EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events


EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

Next events

Title Early action and the Responsibility to Protect: exchange of views with civil society
Date Tuesday 20 February 2018
Time 12:00-13:30
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)
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Description

The concept of Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) has become an important part of the normative framework related to peace and conflict. While its operationalisation remains a challenge, the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and civil society organisations have developed new policies, tools and mechanisms to improve the use and effectiveness of this principle.

In this Brown Bag Lunch discussion, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the RtoP, Mr Ivan Šimonović, will exchange views on the priorities of his mandate and some of the future challenges related to the implementation of the RtoP agenda. He will also discuss the preparation of the upcoming 2018 Secretary-General’s report on RtoP, focusing on the linkages between early warning, prevention and RtoP and particularly on moving from early warning to early action.

Mr. Ivan Šimonović has been UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) since October 2016. His role is to further the political, institutional and operational development of the RtoP concept/principle. Before joining the United Nations in 2010, Mr. Šimonović held the position of Minister for Justice of Croatia. He has published extensively in the fields of international relations, law, human rights, as well as development of national institutions and continues to pursue a career in academia.

The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion among participants.

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP to Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.
Title Reducing Violent Extremism Abroad: What Works?
Date Thursday 22 February 2018
Time 12:30-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)
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Description

Over the past ten years, peacebuilding and development actors have developed a more sophisticated understanding of why young people, in particular, are driven to participate in (or resist) violent extremist groups. However, understanding those drivers is only the first step. There is also a pressing need to gather evidence of “what works” in reducing violence and violent extremism. Without this evidence, donors and practitioners will continue to implement policies derived from conventional wisdom on these issues.

In this Brown Bag Lunch discussion, Dr. Rebecca Wolfe, Mercy Corps’ Director of Evidence and Influence and Chiara Galletti, Senior Peace Building Adviser at International Alert, will draw on fresh evidence from a range of countries including Afghanistan, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia and Syria to debate what types of development interventions do and do not work to reduce violence and violent extremism.

The presentations will be followed by an informal discussion with participants.

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. Please contact Lorenzo Angelini if you would like to participate.
Title Training Central African troops on International Humanitarian Law – Lessons learnt for CSDP
Date Tuesday 27 February 2018
Time 13:00-14:00
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)
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Description

The EU’s military training mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA) was launched in July 2016. Its second operational objective is to ‘contribute to Central African armed forces (FACA) capability to become credible, accountable, ethnically balanced and under democratic control.’

The international humanitarian law (IHL) and prevention of sexual violence (PSV) component of the EUTM RCA were designed, developed and implemented by Beyond Peace as part of a pilot project funded by the UK Government.

In this Brown Bag Lunch discussion, the Director of Beyond Peace, Cynthia Petrigh will share lessons learnt from this pilot project and discuss options for improving the design, added value and effectiveness of the EU’s efforts to train armed forces through the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

Cynthia Petrigh is the Director of Beyond Peace, a company specialised in training and advising armed forces and armed groups. She is also a member of the UK Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) Team of Experts. She has worked with the EU’s Training Mission in Mali for one year and the EUTM RCA for six months during which she has trained 900 soldiers and eight trainers.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion with participants.

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.

Registration Please note that seats are limited and registration is mandatory. RSVP to Colin Cogitore if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


February

8/02/2018: After the Summit: what’s next in post-Abidjan AU-EU relations in 2018? (Elissa Jobson, International Crisis Group)


January

25/01/2018: Peace and Stability Strategies for the Private Sector in Afghanistan (Rabia Nusrat, International Alert)

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