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. More


Latest Event


Women's Dialogue Initiative: Bridging the Islamist-secular divide in Tunisia

Friday 5 December 2014




Academic Friends

Academic Friends of EPLO is an informal network of academics working on peacebuilding and conflict issues, and/or the role of the EU in peacebuilding worldwide. The purpose of the network is to connect practitioners and advocates seeking to influence the EU to make it more effective at peacebuilding with academics carrying out research on the EU and conflict. More



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Civil Society Events


This page includes information about events which are being organised by EPLO's member organisations and other civil society organisations or events which are open to civil society participation.



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Upcoming events organised by EPLO Member Organisations




Title Road to peace or dead-end? Sudan's national dialogue and the 2015 elections
Type Round-table discussion
Organisers Saferworld and Sudan Democracy First Group
Date Friday 28 November 2014
Time 14.00-16.00
Venue Mundo B, Rue d'Edimbourg/Edinburgstraat 26, 1050 Brussels
Short Description

With the convening of a National Dialogue by President al-Bashir, but official insistence to hold presidential and legislative elections in April 2015 independently from the outcomes of the dialogue, Sudan is entering a critical if uncertain period. In recognition of the important crossroads at which Sudan stands, the EU adopted on 20 October Council Conclusions in which it set out five preconditions for a dialogue to be successful in putting Sudan on a path to peace, prosperity and justice, and expressed its readiness to support such a dialogue.


Taking the opportunity of a visit by leading Sudanese civil society actors to Brussels, we would like to invite you to a roundtable to discuss recent developments around the National Dialogue, the comprehensive approach to negotiations and the 2015 elections, as well as the conditions and international support needed if these processes are to lead to sustainable peace in Sudan.


The discussants will include Dr Suliman Baldo, Executive Director of Sudan Democracy First Group, Father Benjamin Barnaba, a civil society representative from South Kordofan, and Ms Azaz Elshami, a youth activist. They will be accompanied by Dame Rosalind Marsden, former EU Special Representative to Sudan and South Sudan.


Following brief presentations on key topics by the discussants, the meeting will be held as a roundtable discussion to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas between all participants. The discussion will be strictly confidential.

Useful Links

For more information about this event and to register your participation, please contact Kloé Tricot O'Farrell.

(Deadline for registration: Wednesday 26 November 2014)




Title Let's Mark the Difference! What impact has the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child had on the lives of children globally?
Type Report Launch
Organisers World Vision Brussels & EU Representation
Date Wednesday 3 December 2014
Time 10.00-12.00
Location European Parliament, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels
Short Description

To mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, World Vision launches its new report 'Writing our Rights - letters of children from around the world'.

Written by children, these letters describe the ways in which this important Convention has assisted them in realising their rights and in improving their lives.


This event also aims to explore how the EU can better promote the rights of children in its legislation, funding and consultative processes.

Useful Links

Click here for more information and here to register your participation.

Deadline: Wednesday 26November 2014)



Upcoming events organised by other organisations



Title Third Annual Conference of the Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network: Human Rights and Memory
Type Conference

Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability

Date 4-6 December 2014
Venue Lund, Sweden
Short Description

Human rights have become a globally accessible moral and legal language for expressing universal claims and measuring development; it forms the goal of activism and the ground of resistance. It is also an indispensible part of international political rhetoric and is sometimes used as virtually synonymous with concerns of justice. But how does the human rights perspective relate to collective experiences and memories of injustice, violence, or exclusion? In the field of memory studies many scholars tend to see transculturality and cosmopolitanism in normative terms and memories of past atrocities as promoting a discourse on human rights around the world, but we cannot take that on faith. For example, the common assumption that the memory of the Holocaust served as the impetus for the international human rights doctrine has lately been forcefully challenged. What is the relation between collective memory and experience and human rights? Cultural and transcultural memories can lead to the transcendence of boundaries and an inclusive solidarity, or to contestation and competitive claims. When and why do they aggravate conflicts and when and why do they open up for inclusive approaches or tend towards a universalization of experiences?

This conference aims to discuss and analyze enabling and disabling power of collective memories and lived experiences in relation to human rights. 

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Civil Society Dialogue Network

The Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN) is a mechanism for dialogue between civil society and EU policy-makers on issues related to peace and conflict. It is co-financed by the European Union (Instrument for Stability) and EPLO, and managed by EPLO in co-operation with the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS)More


Latest Event


Youth in Conflicts: Agents for peace or recruits for armed groups?

 Thursday 11 December 2014




The EU and Peacebuilding: From European Peace Project to Global Actor

The EU and Peacebuilding: From European Peace Project to Global Actor is an 18-month project co-financed by the European Commission (Europe for Citizens Programme) and aimed at engaging a broad range of actors in a dialogue on the EU's role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and its history as a peace project. More


Final Event


The EU as a peace actor - peacebuilding in the EU and its neighbourhood

Monday 23 June 2014

Brussels, Belgium