March 2023 will mark the fifth anniversary of the publication of the UN-World Bank report “Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict.” The report urged a pivot to prevention, strengthened the business case for prevention initiatives, and highlighted new research on the importance of inclusion in efforts to prevent conflict and build peace. Five years later, the global landscape has changed significantly and is now grappling with a complex set of converging crises and cascading risks. Against this backdrop, it is timely to reflect on the continued relevance of the findings of the Pathways for Peace report, and the contribution it has made to how the peace and development community understands and supports peace and peacebuilding in conflict- and crisis-affected states and regions.
The consultation will reflect on the legacy and contribution of the Pathways for Peace report, and ask if our concepts and theories of change for inclusion and prevention are still relevant for our fast-changing conflict landscape?
15:00-15:15 Welcome and Opening
Cedric de Coning, Research Professor, Center for UN and Global Governance, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI)
Halvor Sætre, UN Director, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Awa Dabo, Director and Deputy Head, Peacebuilding Support Office, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), United Nations
Thomas Djurhuus, Head of Partnerships, Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, World Bank
15:15-16:25 Expert Reflections on the Legacy of the Pathways for Peace Report
Adam Day, Head of the Geneva Office, United Nations University
Hiba Qasas, Executive Director, Principles for Peace Foundation
Claire McAllister Project Lead, Environment of Peace, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Erwin van Veen, Senior Research Fellow, Clingendael Institute
Annika S. Hansen, Head Analysis, Center for International Peace Operations
Thania Paffenholz, Executive Director, Inclusive Peace
16:25-16:30 Closing Reflections
Rory Keane, Head of the UN Liaison Office for Peace and Security, Brussels