• 76.Bangladesh (New York)

    CPPF convened an expert brainstorming session on Bangladesh at the request of the UN DPA. The meeting sought to examine the current political context and human rights climate, particularly in light of an increasingly narrow political space, rise of extremism and targeted attacks on minority communities, secular media and civil society representatives. Participants also analyzed the economic situation and politicization of the business community, and the role of the UN and international community in addressing the current crisis. Taking these developments into account, the meeting sought to enhance the UN’s understanding of the dynamics in Bangladesh to prevent conflict and avoid a further deteriorating political situation. CPPF convened an expert brainstorming session on Bangladesh at the request of the UN DPA. The meeting sought to examine the current political context and human rights climate, particularly in light of an increasingly narrow political space, rise of extremism and targeted attacks on minority communities, secular media and civil society representatives. Participants also analyzed the economic situation and politicization of the business community, and the role of the UN and international community in addressing the current crisis. Taking these developments into account, the meeting sought to enhance the UN’s understanding of the dynamics in Bangladesh to prevent conflict and avoid a further deteriorating political situation.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific
    Meetings & Events
  • 77.Myanmar (Paper)

    CPPF Consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper on Myanmar’s new peace architecture following San Suu Kyi statement highlighting the peace process as a top priority for the government and the call for a 21st Century Panglong Conference (Panglong-21) to be held in the next two months. The paper gives a summary of the steps taken by the new government regarding the peace process, examines the new architecture outlined in the appointment of the new set of committees, and outlines some of the key challenges ahead. CPPF Consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper on Myanmar’s new peace architecture following San Suu Kyi statement highlighting the peace process as a top priority for the government and the call for a 21st Century Panglong Conference (Panglong-21) to be held in the next two months. The paper gives a summary of the steps taken by the new government regarding the peace process, examines the new architecture outlined in the appointment of the new set of committees, and outlines some of the key challenges ahead.

    Date
    , 7:00am
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific
    Meetings & Events
  • 78.Myanmar (Paper)

    CPPF Consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper on Myanmar’s new peace architecture following San Suu Kyi statement highlighting the peace process as a top priority for the government and the call for a 21st Century Panglong Conference (Panglong-21) to be held in the next two months. The paper gives a summary of the steps taken by the new government regarding the peace process, examines the new architecture outlined in the appointment of the new set of committees, and outlines some of the key challenges ahead. CPPF Consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper on Myanmar’s new peace architecture following San Suu Kyi statement highlighting the peace process as a top priority for the government and the call for a 21st Century Panglong Conference (Panglong-21) to be held in the next two months. The paper gives a summary of the steps taken by the new government regarding the peace process, examines the new architecture outlined in the appointment of the new set of committees, and outlines some of the key challenges ahead.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific
    Meetings & Events
  • 79.Mexico and the Ayotzinapa Report (New York)

    CPPF, in partnership with the Washington Office on Latin America and the Open Society Foundations, organized a small meeting with UN colleagues and other members of the international community in New York to discuss the final findings of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Exerts charged with investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico in September 2014. CPPF, in partnership with the Washington Office on Latin America and the Open Society Foundations, organized a small meeting with UN colleagues and other members of the international community in New York to discuss the final findings of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Exerts charged with investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico in September 2014.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 80.The Humanitarian Implications of Non-Conventional Violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico (Report)

    CPPF’s Sabrina Stein and consultant Colin Walch (Uppsala University) drafted the report titled “The Humanitarian Implications of Non-Conventional Violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico” (in Spanish). The report, produced at the request of OCHA’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), examines how the endemic levels of violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico impact vulnerable populations differently, what have been the challenges for the humanitarian community in providing assistance to these groups, and provides a series of recommendations to better address the humanitarian needs in the region. While the body of the report focuses on the humanitarian aspects of this violence, the annexes present an in-depth examination of the context and dynamics where this violence is taking place. CPPF’s Sabrina Stein and consultant Colin Walch (Uppsala University) drafted the report titled “The Humanitarian Implications of Non-Conventional Violence in the Northern Triangle of Central America and Mexico” (in Spanish). The report, produced at the request of OCHA’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC), examines how the endemic levels of violence in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico impact vulnerable populations differently, what have been the challenges for the humanitarian community in providing assistance to these groups, and provides a series of recommendations to better address the humanitarian needs in the region. While the body of the report focuses on the humanitarian aspects of this violence, the annexes present an in-depth examination of the context and dynamics where this violence is taking place.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 81.Drug Policy (New York)

    CPPF, together with IPI, convened an informal meeting with a number of drug policy experts who were in town to attend the 2016 UNGASS. The Group welcomed the proposal presented by CPPF and IPI of starting a project on how to improve the metrics used to evaluate the successes of drug policy, and how to connect this issue with the SDG agenda. CPPF, together with IPI, convened an informal meeting with a number of drug policy experts who were in town to attend the 2016 UNGASS. The Group welcomed the proposal presented by CPPF and IPI of starting a project on how to improve the metrics used to evaluate the successes of drug policy, and how to connect this issue with the SDG agenda.

    Date
    April 20th
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Thematic
    Meetings & Events
  • 82.Myanmar (Paper)

    CPPF consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper on the newly formed Myanmar government. The paper presents an overview of who is who in the new government and some of the challenges ahead. CPPF consultant Richard Horsey produced a paper on the newly formed Myanmar government. The paper presents an overview of who is who in the new government and some of the challenges ahead.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific
    Meetings & Events
  • 83.Central Africa Policy Forum CAPF (New York)

    CPPF co-hosted a CAPF session on the recent political developments in the DRC. Deputy Director, Tatiana Carayannis, provided a briefing on her recent trip to the DRC and the ongoing constitutional crisis. CPPF co-hosted a CAPF session on the recent political developments in the DRC. Deputy Director, Tatiana Carayannis, provided a briefing on her recent trip to the DRC and the ongoing constitutional crisis.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 84.AU-UN Cooperation in International Peace Missions in the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo (New York)

    On 4 and 5 February 2016, CPPF hosted a two-day expert consultations on AU-UN cooperation in international peace missions in the Central African Republic and Democratic Republic of Congo. The consultations supported an independent project on "Peace Missions in Africa", initiated by the African Union Commission and the World Peace Foundation at Tufts University, and aims to provide an opportunity for the African Union to make an informed addition to the findings of the United Nations High Level Panel on Peace Operations and review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 85.Central African Republic (New York)

    On 3 February 2016, CPPF convened an expert brainstorming to examine the form and implementation of a compact in the Central African Republic (CAR), based on models and frameworks that have been tried elsewhere, and identify the key post-electoral priorities that would need to be addressed by such a compact.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 86.China – Latin America and the Caribbean Relations (New York)

    At the request of DPA, CPPF organized a meeting on the changing role of China in Latin America and the Caribbean. The meeting brought together academic and policy experts and UN counterparts, and examined the role of China as a growing economic and political presence in the region; and how this role has been affected by recent economic troubles in the Asian countries and the shifting political tendencies in key countries in Latin America. The meeting also examined how this changing relation with China has impacted intra-regional alliances, and the standing role of the United States as the hegemonic power in the region. At the request of DPA, CPPF organized a meeting on the changing role of China in Latin America and the Caribbean. The meeting brought together academic and policy experts and UN counterparts, and examined the role of China as a growing economic and political presence in the region; and how this role has been affected by recent economic troubles in the Asian countries and the shifting political tendencies in key countries in Latin America. The meeting also examined how this changing relation with China has impacted intra-regional alliances, and the standing role of the United States as the hegemonic power in the region.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 87.Democratic Republic of Congo (New York)

    CPPF organized a briefing for the UN Secretariat by Professor Thea Hilhorst (Wageningen University), during which she presented the findings of her latest study, “Getting the Balance Right? Sexual Violence Response in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” This report was co-funded by CPPF’s Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP). The briefing was attended by members of DPKO, UN Women, and other UN agencies. CPPF organized a briefing for the UN Secretariat by Professor Thea Hilhorst (Wageningen University), during which she presented the findings of her latest study, “Getting the Balance Right? Sexual Violence Response in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” This report was co-funded by CPPF’s Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP). The briefing was attended by members of DPKO, UN Women, and other UN agencies.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 88.Venezuela (New York)

    CPPF organized a small meeting at the request of the Department of Political Affairs to discuss the newly inaugurated opposition government in Venezuela and their recent confrontations with President Maduro, as well as examine the short and medium term scenarios in that country. CPPF organized a small meeting at the request of the Department of Political Affairs to discuss the newly inaugurated opposition government in Venezuela and their recent confrontations with President Maduro, as well as examine the short and medium term scenarios in that country.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 89.Mali (New York)

    On 9 January 2016, at the request of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) hosted an expert brainstorming for the incoming head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. The discussions focused on the political and security situation in Mali. Specific topics included the state of the 2015 Algiers Accords, the regional context, and the role MINUSMA and the UN can play to help foster peace and an inclusive reconciliation process. On 9 January 2016, at the request of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) hosted an expert brainstorming for the incoming head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General. The discussions focused on the political and security situation in Mali. Specific topics included the state of the 2015 Algiers Accords, the regional context, and the role MINUSMA and the UN can play to help foster peace and an inclusive reconciliation process.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 90.Mexico and the Ayotzinapa Report (New York)

    CPPF organized a panel discussion in collaboration with the Open Society Foundations to discuss the report of the Interdisciplinary Groupo of Independent Experts (GIEI by its Spanish initials). The GIEI was established by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Mexican government to investigate the disappearance of 43 students on 26 September 2014 from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teacher’s College in Iguala, Mexico.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 91.Non-conventional violence and crime (December)

    CPPF, in collaboration with the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF), organized a meeting to discuss NOREF’s report series on non-conventional violence. The meeting brought together a number of the reports’ authors and UN colleagues to discuss the rise of armed violence and crimes at the hands of groups that do not have political aspirations of goals. The meeting focused on how these groups have perpetuated violence and fear around the world in different incarnations of this phenomenon while challenging the authority of the state. The discussion also focused on recommendation for the international community in deal with non-conventional violent actors.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Thematic
    Meetings & Events
  • 92.Bill Teaches Human Rights and Peace Operations in Addis Ababa

    Bill O’Neill taught a course on human rights and peace operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from Nov. 17-20. Course participants included officials from the African Union and UN peacekeepers from missions in the Central African Republic, Somalia and South Sudan and OSCE peacekeepers from the Ukraine and Kosovo.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Thematic
    Meetings & Events
  • 93.Intersections between the SDGs and the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs (November)

    CPPF organized a policy panel in collaboration with the International Peace Institute (IPI) to analyze the intersections between the SDGs and the upcoming UNGASS on Drugs to take place in 2016. The discussion focused on some of the challenges that existing drug policies may present for member states trying to accomplish the SDGs and the need to align drug policy with the SDG agenda.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Thematic
    Meetings & Events
  • 94.Democratic Republic of Congo (November)

    On 7 November 2015, CPPF convened an expert brainstorming on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in support of the newly appointed Special-Representative of the Secretary-General for DRC and Head of MONUSCO. Meeting participants analyzed the DRC’s forthcoming challenges over the next two years, and discussed the country’s security risks, human rights issues, regional dynamics, and economic conditions.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 95.Mozambique (New York)

    On Tuesday 3 November 2015, CPPF held a one-day expert brainstorming on Mozambique. The brainstorming examined the main challenges associated with the 1992 peace agreement and the triggers of the recent escalation of political tensions, and provided an assessment of the national dynamics at play, including the recent economic and security challenges. Meeting participants discussed several opportunities of engagement for the UN to consolidate peace in Mozambique.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 96.High Level Working Group on Mining in Colombia launches first set of recommendations

    On 7 October 2015, the Dialogue Group on Mining in Colombia (GDIAM according to its initials in Spanish) convened a public event to launch the report that contains its first set of recommendations. GDIAM is composed of a diverse group of stakeholders, with deep knowledge of the mining sector and the use of mineral resources in the country. GDIAM is convened by the Social Science Research Council and financed by the Ford Foundations. The initiative is coordinated by CPPF’s Renata Segura. On 7 October 2015, the Dialogue Group on Mining in Colombia (GDIAM according to its initials in Spanish) convened a public event to launch the report that contains its first set of recommendations. GDIAM is composed of a diverse group of stakeholders, with deep knowledge of the mining sector and the use of mineral resources in the country. GDIAM is convened by the Social Science Research Council and financed by the Ford Foundations. The initiative is coordinated by CPPF’s Renata Segura. After nearly two years of work, GDIAM presented the document "Proposals for a shared vision for mining in Colombia" (http://gdiam.ssrc.org/ website in Spanish), the result of consensus and in-depth analysis of the complex dynamics of mining in Colombia. This document includes a vision for mining in Colombia, which should be inclusive, resilient and competitive. The proposals aim to contribute to shaping a mining sector that contributes to sustainable and inclusive development; that cares about the country’s ecological, ethnic and cultural uniqueness, that promotes social inclusion, socio-economic development and peace building , and that gives due consideration to the interests of both current and future generations.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 97.Prevention of Atrocities Workshop (October)

    CPPF organized a workshop with key experts and UN officials to discuss a study on Prevention of Atrocities that examines the links among genocide prevention, the Responsibility to Protect and prevention of atrocities, analyzing the challenges and opportunities for the international community on this issue. This research is supported by a grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Thematic
    Meetings & Events
  • 98.Making Sense of the Central African Republic, London Book Launch

    On 7 October 2015, the London School of Economics hosted a book launch of Making Sense of the Central African Republic, coedited by Tatiana Carayannis, deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum and Louisa Lombard, Yale University Associate Professor and International Dissertation Research Fellow (2009). In addition to presentations by Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard, the book launch included chapter presentations by two of the book’s contributors, Enrica Picco, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Ned Dalby, Conciliation Resources. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session with participants drawn from university students and faculty, NGOs, and the UK Government. On 7 October 2015, the London School of Economics hosted a book launch of Making Sense of the Central African Republic, coedited by Tatiana Carayannis, deputy director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum and Louisa Lombard, Yale University Associate Professor and International Dissertation Research Fellow (2009). In addition to presentations by Tatiana Carayannis and Louisa Lombard, the book launch included chapter presentations by two of the book’s contributors, Enrica Picco, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Ned Dalby, Conciliation Resources. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session with participants drawn from university students and faculty, NGOs, and the UK Government.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 99.Burundi (New York)

    On 22 and 23 September, CPPF held two half-day expert brainstormings on Burundi at the request of the UN Department of Political Affairs. The meeting participants examined the current state of the crisis and peace process, the regional political and economical dynamics, and explored different mediation strategies for the way forward.

    Date
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 100.Horn of Africa (New York)

    On 18 September 2015, CPPF held a one-day expert brainstorming on emerging threats to peace and security in the Horn of Africa. The meeting discussed the regional capacity to respond to these crises and the role of the UN.

    Date
    , 11:00pm
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events