Date: Monday, 27 January 2014, 12.30-14.00
Venue: Room IX, Palais des Nations
Speaker: Paul Okumu Odongo, Head of Secretariat, Africa CSO Platform on Principled Partnership, Nairobi, Kenya
Discussant: Luigi De Martino, Co-ordinator, Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development
Registration: REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED. Please register by Thursday, 23 January 2014, 18:00. If you do not have a United Nations access badge you must register by the deadline and enter via the Pregny Gate.
The United Nations System Task Team first proposed peace and security as among the four pillars of the Post 2015 Development Agenda. This position was reaffirmed by the group of 19 fragile states known as g7+, and later by the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Agenda, and the MDG Review Report by Ireland and South Africa. Against this background it is clear that the role of peace and security will be a key part of the discussion on the new framework to be agreed by member states in 2015.
Central to the debate are the voices of the over one billion people who struggle daily in the midst conflict, violence and instability. From the people living the ongoing national conflicts, such as in South Sudan, Syria and the Central African Republic, to those exposed to community violence that previously paralyzed lives and destroyed livelihoods in Liberia, Burundi, Haiti and other contexts.
What are these voices saying? Where are they? And, how do they matter in the Post 2015 debate?
This lunch-time briefing will seek to move beyond the current debate on the Post-2015 peace and stability agenda, with a view from the individuals that suffer from insecurity and violence. Paul Okumu will present his case for the place of peace and security in the Post 2015 agenda as part of an interactive discussion.
Achim Wennmann, Executive Coordinator, Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
Sandwiches, soft drinks and coffee will be available prior to the event.