The White Paper on Peacebuilding constitutes a participatory multi-stakholder process involving peacebuilding practitioners from all regions. This process attempts to give voice to, and capture, a multitude of diverging views and perspectives.
Conducted over a 12-month period, the process drew on the network of professionals of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform and its four partners – the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP); the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); Interpeace; and the Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva (QUNO) – as well as the networks of the Centre for International Cooperation (CIC) of New York University (NYU), and of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.
Overall, the aims of the White Paper process echo those of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform itself:
- Add value to on-going discussions by generating substance, analysis or understanding on peacebuilding at the cross-section of institutions, sectors, and disciplines;
- Enable frank and honest exchange by locating discussions outside of official meetings on positions, and above institutional and sectorial silos and ‘turf wars’; and
- Listen to the voices of local peacebuilders worldwide, and make those voices heard in decision-making circles in Geneva, New York, and other major policy hubs.
The initiative was coordinated by the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform.