On 9 October 2018, CPPF organized a small briefing for its donor representatives based in New York on the current situation in Myanmar. The briefing was be conducted by an experienced practitioner from the field, who is also part of CPPF’s network of experts on Myanmar. The briefing primarily focused on the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State, and the spillover effects of population displacement.
On 12 September, CPPF organized a one-day, closed-door strategic discussion at the SSRC on Myanmar, in collaboration with the UN Department of Political Affairs. The expert meeting aimed to help brief the incoming Special Envoy on Myanmar of the UN Secretary-General, and was attended by high-level UN actors and experts on and from the region. The discussion focused primarily on the Rohingya crisis, the fragmented peace process, and supporting the country's democratization process. The meeting also touched on possible UN responses and entry points with the Myanmar government and civil society.
CPPF organized a one-day, closed-door meeting on gender and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean at the request of the UN Department of Political Affairs. The meeting brought together academics and practitioners on and from the region, with a diverse group of representatives from the UN, to examine the recent struggles for gender equality in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, and how this impacts political agendas in the region. Although LAC has made significant strides towards the equality of women and LGBT population in recent years, a push by conservative movements across the region by what has been called “anti-rights” groups (echoing a world-wide phenomenon) has placed these issues squarely in the center of public discourse.
CPPF, in partnership with the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, convened an expert brainstorming on the Horn of Africa. This off-the-record, high-level meeting examined current cross-cutting political, economic, and social trends, and worked towards a shared analysis on the Horn region's dynamic relationship with neighboring countries, the Gulf States, and the Red Sea. The discussion also aimed to help the UN develop a regional, system-wide strategy for the Horn of Africa.
CPPF Associate Director Renata Segura and CPPF Program manager Sabrina Stein launched the new CPPF report, "Making Prevention Everyone's Business: Lessons Learned from Disaster Risk Reduction, Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Public Health," while in Switzerland. On June 12, they presented their report at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern. The report was official launched on June 13, during a panel event in Geneva.
On March 20, CPPF organized a closed-door, off-the-record briefing on Venezuela for the UN Department of Political Affairs, to discuss the prospects for the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela in May 2018.
CPPF, in partnership with the International Peace Institute (IPI), hosted the launch of a joint report on drugs, sustainable development, and the drive for policy coherence. The event, which took place on February 22, centered on how drug policy can help or hinder member states’ efforts to achieve the SDGs. The forum also examined the findings following a year of work by a group of researchers and policy makers—convened by CPPF and IPI—on ways in which the drug policy agenda overlaps with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CPPF Program Manager Sabrina Stein, who co-authored the report, was a member of the panel. During her remarks, she addressed the concern that drug policy has not been developed in concert with the SDGs, and described six concrete recommendations from the paper that would enable this mutual consideration. The paper is available on the CPPF and IPI websites.
On 16 February 2018, CPPF convened a small, off-the-record meeting on Mali at the request of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). The meeting brought together senior UN policymakers, both in New York and Bamako, and a number of experts working in and on Mali, to brief the team charged with the Independent Strategic Review of MINUSMA. The discussion took stock of the current state of implementation of the peace agreement, the deteriorating security conditions and their implications for MINUSMA’s work, as well as challenges and opportunities for the future of MINUSMA.
In partnership with the UN Department of Political Affairs, CPPF hosted an off-the-record brainstorming session on Burundi to look at the current state of the Inter-Burundian Dialogue, mediation challenges encountered at the multiple layers of governance, and opportunities for the UN to help build internal system coherence on the country. This high-level meeting, which took place from 8-9 February in Maputo, Mozambique, also helped inform the new Special Envoy and Resident Coordinator of Burundi.
At the request of DPA, CPPF organized a meeting with experts from the region on 5-6 February 2018, to discuss cross-cutting issues in Southern Africa with a view to feeding into a UN regional strategy of intervention. During the meeting, which took place in Maputo, Mozambique, an analysis of particular cases (including Namibia, Angola and Zimbabwe) were also conducted with the aim of assessing risks associated with transitions and overall preparedness for the region to respond to related challenges. The two-day, off-the-record meeting was attended by numerous Resident Coordinators from the region.
On 2 February 2018, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) and the International Peace Institute (IPI) convened a small, off-the-record briefing to take the pulse of the drug policy debate two years after the UNGASS; and as the system prepares the path towards 2019, when the 2009 Political Declaration and Plan of Action needs to be revised.
CPPF convened the first of a series of workshops that will culminate on a research paper on the role of prevention in public health, disaster risk reduction and nuclear nonproliferation. This project has been organized at the request of the Swiss MFA Human Security Division. The workshop, which took place on 26 January 2018, aimed to contextualize prevention from the perspective of each of these three fields, as well as draw on lessons to help bring fresh and innovative thinking to the prevention discussions currently taking place at the UN.
CPPF, together with Department of Political Affairs and the region’s Resident Coordinators, convened an off-the-record meeting on 17 January 2018 in order to analyze the UN’s approach to non-conventional violence in the Northern Triangle and examine how the system can better respond to this crisis and the humanitarian needs it produces.
On 13-14 December, CPPF organized the third annual MENA RC Forum at the request of the DPA. The closed-door, off-the-record meeting brought together 16 Resident and Humanitarian Coordinators, members of various UN agencies (including UNDP, OHCHR, UNHCR, and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General), experts from academia, and key stakeholders from other parts of the region to examine the challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa. Participants took stock of issues such as national dynamics and the challenges they pose to peace and security, the geopolitics of non-regional actors, and trends in socio-economics and human rights that run through the region. The meeting concluded with recommendations for the system’s work in the region.
In early December, CPPF organized a closed-door, off-the-record expert meeting to examine the status of women in Iraq; examined the challenges and opportunities to advance the meaningful participation of women in all peacebuilding efforts in post-ISIL Iraq; and assessed the legal, economic, and cultural dimensions that perpetuate discrimination against women and girls in Iraq. Participants helped formulate policy-oriented and actionable recommendations for the UN system at the close of the one-day meeting.
CPPF organized a closed-door, off-the-record expert meeting on Haiti in New York at the request of DPKO. The meeting examined the role of the new mission in Haiti, MINUJUSTH, and help the Special Representative and members of the UN identify key priorities for this new phase of the system’s work in the country. Given the mandate of the new mission, the meeting focused on trying to identify pragmatic, concrete actions that can have both an immediate and a sustained impact beyond its two-year life span. The crucial role of civil society, the issues of oversight and accountability, and the lack of access to justice all featured prominently in the themes of the discussion.
CPPF organized a closed-door, off-the-record meeting on 1 December with the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Bogotá on the reinsertion of armed actors after peace processes. The meeting aimed to delve into the wide-ranging issues that surround short- and long-term socio-economic reintegration strategies and incorporate lessons learned from other cases that can help the current reinsertion process in Colombia. The meeting also produced recommendations for the UN to help establish entry points as the government of Colombia prepares to create a reintegration policy in the next year.
On 14 November 2017, CPPF and the DPA organized a closed-door, off-the-record meeting on Brazil. The meeting brought together the UN Resident Coordinator of Brazil, officials from different UN divisions, programs and agencies, and a diverse group of experts and academics to discuss the challenges facing Brazil. The meeting’s discussion addressed the nature of the political and economic crises, which began in early 2014, and its enduring effect on Brazil’s democratic system and the day-to-day lives of its citizens. Looking ahead to the October 2018 general elections, the discussion examined various electoral scenarios as well as assessed their potential impact on the trajectories of the country’s economy and foreign policy agenda. Participants also examined some of the main challenges facing Brazil today, including the need to eradicate poverty and diminish inequality, confronting climate change and its consequences, insuring economy growth, and the need to reduce violence, corruption and bribery.
On 9-10 November 2017, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum held closed-door briefings on the status of the Rohingya crisis and the current political situation in Myanmar, which were led by an expert on the country. The objective of the briefings was to offer a frank assessment of the political situation in Myanmar following the August 25 attack in Northern Rakhine State, and discuss State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s response to the current crisis, the position of the military and the role of religious leaders, particularly Buddhist extremists. The expert also offered insight as to what possible roles the UN could play in helping to bring about a resolution of the crisis.
CPPF consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper analyzing the current dynamics in Myanmar's Rakhine State in light of the Rohingya crisis, and includes specific recommendations for UN action.
CPPF produced a short summary note detailing updates on the peace process in Colombia, based on a week of interviews and meetings conducted in Bogotá between 2-6 October. The analysis addresses the status of the implementation of the main points included in the accord between the FARC and the government of Juan Manuel Santos, and described some of the most difficult hurdles that the implementation of the peace agreements signed almost a year ago is facing.
CPPF organized a small briefing on Venezuela to discuss the current political and economic crises facing the country today. The discussion, based in New York, examined the political developments of the past months, their impact on the Venezuelan political regime, as well as the worsening economic crisis in the wake of the newly established US sanctions announced by the Trump administration on 25 August.
CPPF consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper examining the changes in media freedom since Myanmar began opening up, the laws that are used to target journalists, and the recent increase in prosecutions and the implications for freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
On 27-28 June 2017, the Government of Switzerland and the Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region of Africa convened the Special Envoy Expert Retreat, in partnership with CPPF. This meeting, held under Chatham House rule, endeavored to take stock and reach a shared understanding on recent peace and security trends in the region, including developments related to illegal armed groups and ongoing political dialogues and electoral processes; to assess the risk of human rights violations and mass atrocities, and identify the actors and triggers that might lead to more widespread violence across the Great Lakes Region; and to develop concrete recommendations on how to overcome current challenges, and what avenues for compromise and joint action might exist.
On 14 June 2017, CPPF, in partnership with the UVC, Security Council Report, and the World Peace Foundation, co-hosted an event on “AU-UN Cooperation in Peace Operations.” This was an occasion to launch the May 2017 Special Issue of the African Security Review, which focused on African Peace Mission and Security Sector Governance. A number of the authors presented their articles, including CPPF Deputy Director, Tatiana Carayannis, who spoke to lessons from the Central African Republic.