In his first address to Members of the UN Security Council on 10 January 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that “Prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority. If we live up to our responsibilities, we will save lives, reduce suffering and give hope to millions.” After nearly a year of this statement, the 10th Annual Meeting of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform takes stock of the progress towards the prevention of violent conflicts and explores the future of prevention practice jointly with representatives of multiple sectors and institutions that work in this field. The Annual Meeting asks the questions of What is effective prevention of violent conflict? What are the success cases? Why did they work? What is the new frontier for prevention practice?
The discussion of the Annual Meeting sets the scene for a whole week of deliberation and discussion on the theme “Prevention Across Sectors and Institutions: What Pathways for Effective Implementation?” that guides Geneva Peace Week 6-10 November 2017.
- Anna María Menéndez Pérez, Senior Advisor of the Secretary-General on Policy, United Nations, New York
- Valentin Zellweger, Ambassador, Permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and the other international organizations in Geneva
- Jonathan Woolley, Director, Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva
- Darynell Rodríguez Torres, Executive Director, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), The Hague
- David Nyheim, Chairman, International Conflict and Security (INCAS) Consulting Ltd., Valletta, Malta
- Rachel F. Madenyika, UN Representative, Quaker UN Office, New York
- Annika Hilding Norberg, Head of Peacebuilding Cluster, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
- Audrey Palama, Operational Director, Second Chance School, Toulon
- Gerard McHugh, Founder and President, Conflicts Dynamics International, Boston
The Annual Meeting will be followed by a World Café opening reception of Geneva Peace Week.