• 101.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.

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    , 1:00am
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    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 102.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.

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    , 1:00am
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 103.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.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 104.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.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Thematic
    Meetings & Events
  • 105.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.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 106.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.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 107.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.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 108.Western Sahara (Madrid)

    On 14-15 September 2015, the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum (CPPF) convened a two-day brainstorming on Western Sahara. The meetings sought to examine the current conditions on the ground, the prospects of restarting negotiations and to explore various options to help the parties move closer to a settlement.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 109.Preparing for the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem (New York)

    CPPF co-organized an event with the International Peace Institute to discuss the upcoming United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, which will take place in April 2016. The discussion highlighted and reflected on the increasingly changing policy landscape at the national level is posing challenges to the current international drug control strategies.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Thematic
    Meetings & Events
  • 110.Review of the Middle East Peace Operations

    In collaboration with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), CPPF organized a two day workshop in Nicosia, Cyprus on Risks to Peacekeeping in the Middle East. The objective of the meeting was to assess new challenges facing the region and their implications on implementing the mandates of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). The first day of the event brought together a number of external experts on regional dynamics and United Nations (UN) officials working on the region to exchange perspectives on emerging threats and challenges in the Middle East. The second day was dedicated to an internal UN discussion on possible policies and mechanisms, given the insights from the non-UN experts from the day before. In collaboration with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), CPPF organized a two day workshop in Nicosia, Cyprus on Risks to Peacekeeping in the Middle East. The objective of the meeting was to assess new challenges facing the region and their implications on implementing the mandates of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF). The first day of the event brought together a number of external experts on regional dynamics and United Nations (UN) officials working on the region to exchange perspectives on emerging threats and challenges in the Middle East. The second day was dedicated to an internal UN discussion on possible policies and mechanisms, given the insights from the non-UN experts from the day before.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Europe/Caucasus/Middle East
    Meetings & Events
  • 111.Criminal Bands in Colombia and a possible post-conflict scenario (Paper)

    CPPF commissioned a paper to explore possible scenarios for an eventual post-conflict as it relates to the illicit economies currently controlled by the FARC. The paper analyzes the actors that might remain in control of the US$500 million market and what it could mean for peace in Colombia.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 112.Sierra Leone (New York)

    As part of the 2015 Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) requested CPPF to convene a one-day expert brainstorming on Sierra Leone. The meeting brought together the Peacebuilding Architecture’s Advisory Group of Experts (AGE), representatives from the PBSO, and a group of independent experts on Sierra Leone. The brainstorming sought to assess the historic divisions and grievances that explain the onset of conflict in 1991, review the role and evolution of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, and offer key lessons learned from the international community’s efforts toward peacebuilding in Sierra Leone.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 113.Adolescents and the juvenile justice system in Uruguay (Montevideo)

    CPPF organized a meeting in Montevideo to discuss the current state of the juvenile justice system in Uruguay to try to identify possible reform recommendations based on national and international experiences and best practices.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 114.South Sudan (New York)

    CPPF held an expert brainstorming on the rule of law in South Sudan at the request of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). The meeting brought together participants from key rule of law sectors both within DPKO and the United Nations Mission on South Sudan (UNMISS) and external experts on South Sudan and rule of law. The discussion provided an analysis of the security environment before and after the outbreak of hostilities in December 2013, examined UN and other implementation efforts on capacity building in the rule of law sector, and drew together lessons learned from UN engagement to inform best practices and a future rule of law mandate.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 115.Burundi (Brussels)

    As part of the 2015 Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) requested CPPF to convene a small expert brainstorming on the lessons learned from the Peacebuilding Architecture’s engagement in Burundi. The meeting brought together the Peacebuilding Architecture’s Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) and representatives from the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), and included a briefing from Dr. Susanna Campbell, Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID). The discussion examined the Peacebuilding Commission and Peacebuilding Fund’s interventions on the political and security situation in Burundi, and made recommendations for the UN’s future work on peacebuilding.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 116.South Sudan (Brussels)

    As part of the 2015 Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) requested CPPF to convene a one-day expert brainstorming on South Sudan. The meeting brought together the Peacebuilding Architecture’s Advisory Group of Experts (AGE), representatives from the PBSO, and a group of independent experts on South Sudan. The brainstorming sought to take stock of the factors that led to the onset of civil war in December 2013, review the role and evolution of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, and offer key lessons learned from the international community’s efforts toward peacebuilding in South Sudan.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 117.Central African Republic (Brussels)

    As part of the 2015 Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture, the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) requested CPPF to convene a one-day expert brainstorming on the Central African Republic (CAR). The meeting brought together the Peacebuilding Architecture’s Advisory Group of Experts (AGE), representatives from the PBSO, and a group of independent experts on CAR. The brainstorming sought to provide a historical assessment of the factors that led to a resurgence of violence, review the role and evolution of the United Nations peacebuilding architecture, and offer key lessons learned from the international community’s efforts toward peacebuilding in CAR.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 118.Economic trends in South America (New York)

    CPPF organized a small meeting to discuss the social and political implications of the current economic conditions in South America. The discussion focuses on fiscal and currency control policies and the administration of extractive industries; and the implications of the current economic performance of the region on upcoming on the social and political stability in the region in general.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 119.Haiti (Paper)

    CPPF commissioned a paper from consultant Yasmine Shamsie on the role of the Haitian state on the development of the Caracol Industrial Park. The paper adds much-needed nuanced analysis of the effectiveness of the Haitian state, the role of civil society in large-scale economic development projects, and the importance of balancing industry and agriculture in a poor, food-deprived country like Haiti.

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    , 1:00am
    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 120.Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)

    CPPF held a two-day brainstorming and retreat at the request of the Political Affairs Division (PAD) of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) to examine the immediate and long-term issues facing the DRC, including developments in the electoral process, and security threats from armed groups. Members from CPPF's DRC Affinity Group were invited as external experts to offer their reflections to the debate. CPPF held a two-day brainstorming and retreat at the request of the Political Affairs Division (PAD) of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) to examine the immediate and long-term issues facing the DRC, including developments in the electoral process, and security threats from armed groups. Members from CPPF's DRC Affinity Group were invited as external experts to offer their reflections to the debate.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 121.Petrocaribe (Paper)

    CPPF commissioned a paper from Francine Jacome focusing on the current state of Venezuelan-led Petrocaribe and the implications any sudden stops or changes in oil-policy in Venezuela could have on benefit-recipient countries in the Caribbean and Central America.

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    , 1:00am
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    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events
  • 122.The Middle East and North Africa (Geneva)

    In collaboration with the UN DPA, CPPF organized a two-day brainstorming on cross-regional trends in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with a focus on youth. The meeting—a follow on to a regional meeting on North Africa and the Sahel held in Tunis in October 2013 at the request of DPA’s Africa II team— served as an opportunity to discuss common regional challenges related to youth, including limited education opportunities, high unemployment, growing radicalization and the effects of conflicts in the MENA region.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Europe/Caucasus/Middle East
    Meetings & Events
  • 123.Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region (Nairobi)

    CPPF held a three-day brainstorming and retreat at the request of the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region to examine the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Africa
    Meetings & Events
  • 124.Thailand (New York)

    CPPF held presentations for the UN and CPPF donors on the on-going political disputes in Thailand, the economy, the conflict in the south and likely future scenarios in the aftermath of the recent coup.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Asia and the Pacific
    Meetings & Events
  • 125.Honduras (New York)

    CPPF organized a meeting to discuss the current crisis in Honduras including the state of governance and rule of law, organized crime and citizen’s security, and the economic, environmental, and social implications of the current crisis.

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    Program
    CPPF Activities: Latin America and the Caribbean
    Meetings & Events