GPPAC and International IDEA organised a side event to the UN high level debate on peace and security

GPPAC and International IDEA organised a side event to the UN high level debate on peace and security

GPPAC and The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) organised an event in New York City entitled "Beyond the UN Peace and Security Architecture: How can Enhanced Cooperation with Civil Society and Regional Organizations Help the UN to Fulfill its Purpose?".

This was a side event to the High-level Thematic Debate on UN Peace and Security "In a World of Risks: A New Commitment for Peace" and was co-sponsored by:

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the UN
UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
The Africa Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) 

From the concept note:

This event will build upon the High Level Thematic Debate on Peace and Security as an opportunity to reflect about the roles that RIGOs and CSOs can play to enhance the ownership, effectiveness and impact of conflict prevention, peace keeping and peacebuilding measures. The contribution of RIGOs and CSOs to the global peace and security architecture can be enhanced by strengthening the mechanisms of interaction and policy discussion between RIGOs, the United Nations (specifically with the UN Security Council) and civil society organizations (CSOs) with expertise in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Establishing better connections among different levels of action (global through the UN, regional through RIGOs and local through CSOs) can enhance collective efforts to prevent violent conflicts and build more resilient and democratic societies. 

The event's objectives include:

  • To reflect on how to strengthen the global peacebuilding architecture through enhanced CSOs-RIGO-UN cooperation in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and explore how these relationships can boost the role of these different actors. 
  • To share lessons learned on the inclusiveness of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture and the existing spaces for the participation of civil society, in countries under the consideration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission and in New York. 
  • To share concrete recommendations on measures for the building of strategic partnerships between the UN, regional and sub-regional organizations and civil society. 
  • To highlight existing forms of consultation and collaboration that foster cooperation and experience-sharing amongst regional and sub-regional organizations with civil society organizations. 

For a detailed account on the whole event, you can read this blog post on the Peace Portal by Minna Hojland, GPPAC UN Liaison Advocacy Officer in New York.

The video recording of the whole meeting is available at this link.

You can find the event concept note here.

For more information on the High-level Thematic Debate, you can visit the UN General Assembly website.