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Practice Briefing

Exploring entry points for a new prevention agenda between New York, Geneva, and the field

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Background

This meeting brings together a cross-section of actors working on 'prevention' in Geneva with the objective to explore entry points for a new prevention agenda that connects New York, Geneva and the field. The backdrop to the meeting is that despite an expected uptake of various 'conflict prevention' issues in late 2011, there has been hardly any systematic action in this direction in 2012 in or around the United Nations in New York with the exception of the issue of mediation support. This stands in contrast to Geneva where activity on prevention has been more active, including growing activity on violence and armed violence prevention, on the preparedness for disasters and natural hazards, and the building prevention capabilities in states and communities as part of peacebuilding programmes or around large-scale business investments. The meeting offers the possibility to exchange on various prevention perspectives including disaster risk reduction, armed violence, and conflict prevention.

Objectives

(a) Gather feedback on the need and appreciation of a collective effort towards a new prevention agenda;

(b) Explore potential connecting points between existing efforts on violence prevention, disaster preparedness, and the building of prevention capabilities that could be entry points for a new prevention agenda; and

(c) Identify potential knowledge and action gaps to be addressed to strengthen prevention activities in the field, and its international accompaniment.

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