Positive Peace and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Towards a more comprehensive approach to increase resilience and wellbeing

Public event
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 - 12:30 - 14:30
The Institute for Economics and Peace, the United Nations Office at Geneva, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform are pleased to invite you to a lunch-time panel discussion


Date & Time: Tuesday, 10 September 2013, 12:30 - 14:30

Venue: Room IX, Palais des Nations, (Building A, Door 13, 3rd Floor)

Registration: Please register by Friday 06 September 2013. Registration is mandatory to access the building.


The High Level Panel report released in May of 2013 provided a new roadmap for the post-2015 agenda, highlighting the imperative to measure security and violence as key goals underpinning the broader development agenda. This acknowledged what civil society, practitioners and development professionals have said for a long time; with conflict, there can be no development. However, just as the original MDGs did not go far enough in acknowledging conflict and security, does the post 2015 agenda risk not going far enough in acknowledging positive peace – the positive processes and condition which helps countries become more resilient and increase wellbeing?

To better understand the long term needs for resilience and capacity building, the Institute for Economics and Peace has developed a new conceptual framework named The Pillars of Peace. This framework defines the national characteristics which are most closely associated with peaceful societies and has been derived through empirical and statistical analysis. It currently stands as one of the few holistic and empirically derived studies that attempt to isolate the positive factors that sustain and reinforce peaceful societies.

The event will introduce the Pillars of Peace framework and methodology and critically examine its implications for the evolving discussions around the post-2015 Development Agenda. This event represents an opportunity to explore and discuss the differences and complementarities of the more traditional negative peace approaches – such as armed violence reduction – with a positive peace approach. 


Welcome and introduction

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Key-note presentation

Pillars of Peace: Understanding the institutions and attitudes that sustain peaceful societies

Steve Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace, Sydney


Neil Buhne, Director, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Geneva Liaison Office, United Nations Development Programme, Geneva

Renée Larivière, Director of Programme Development, Interpeace, Geneva

Carina Solmirano, Senior Researcher, Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Stockholm


Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform


Sandwiches, soft drinks and coffee will be available prior to the event.