Geneva Peace Week 2017 will for the first time focus on the theme of Prevention.
Geneva Peace Week is a collective action initiative facilitated by the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform in collaboration the Swiss Confederation.* By synchronizing meetings and events on different topics related to the promotion of peace during one week, Geneva Peace Week maximizes synergies between organizations in Geneva, focused on the cross-cutting nature of peace.
Geneva Peace Week underlines that each and every person, actor and institution has a role to play in building peace and resolving conflict. It also highlights that peace promotion occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. In this sense, Geneva Peace Week is an attempt to break down the silos which all-too-often characterize the international community and can limit more creative responses.
In its fourth edition, Geneva Peace Week 2017 will for the first time focus on a dedicated theme: Prevention Across Sectors and Institutions: What Pathways for Effective Implementation? The theme builds on the prioritization of prevention by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. In his address to Members of the UN Security Council on 10 January 2017, he 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.”
Given the multitude of prevention activities at multilateral, national, and sub-national level in 2017, Geneva Peace Week is an opportunity to take stock about the progress towards solutions for the prevention of violent conflicts and to look into the future of prevention practice jointly with representatives of multiple sectors and institutions that work in this field.
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