On Wednesday 21 March, the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, the United Nations and the World Bank Group are co-organising an event entitled ‘A Joint United Nations and World Bank Study: ‘Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict’.
Opening Remarks: Barbara Pesce-Monteiro, UN Director in Brussels
Moderator: Sonya Reines-Djivanides, Executive Director of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
Presenters: Roselyn Akombe, Deputy Director of the Policy and Mediation Division of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs; Alexandre Marc, Chief Specialist Fragility, Conflict and Violence of the World Bank Group; Jago Salmon, Advisor on the UN/WB Partnership on Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations at the United Nations; and Djordje Djordjevic, Sustaining Peace Advisor, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support of the United Nations Development Programme.
The United Nations-World Bank Flagship Report ‘Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict’ is a first-of-its-kind study in which the two institutions speak jointly on the prevention agenda.
The study originated from the conviction that the international community’s attention must be urgently refocused on prevention. Even though most societies regularly implement strategies to address potential causes of conflict and launch initiatives to prevent violence, current spending on prevention by the multilateral system amounts to a fraction of what is spent responding to crisis or on rebuilding afterward. A scaled-up system for preventive action could save between US$5 and $70 billion per year, which could be reinvested in reducing poverty and improving populations’ well-being. For this to happen, a much stronger focus is needed on identifying and acting early to address risks of violence.
The presentation of the study will be followed by a discussion with participants on the findings and policy implications for the international community.
Please note that seats are limited, and registration is mandatory. Please RSVP here if you would like to participate.