Publié: 15 Mar 2021

The Road to Geneva is an inclusive and consultative process to elevate and diversify voices in environmental peacebuilding, and to learn from regional insights leading up to the Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding, to take place in Geneva in 2022.

2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding

The Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding is scheduled in Geneva in February 2022 (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and online). The Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx) is convening the conference in partnership with the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, the Geneva Water Hub, the University of Geneva and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The Second Conference will feature five themes that draw attention to key environmental peacebuilding issues and their important interlinkages in the particular context of peace and conflict: Building the Evidence Base, Public Health, Business and Market, Rights and Justice, and Climate Change.

Call for Abstracts | Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding

A call for proposals for the Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding has been launched. The partners invite proposals for presentations, panels, roundtables, and posters to be delivered at the conference.  Practitioners, researchers, activists, students, journalists, and others are encouraged to contribute. While the deadline for priority consideration was 30 April 2021, proposals will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the agenda has been filled.

The Road to Geneva Process

In the run-up to this major conference, an inclusive and consultative process – The Road to Geneva – seeks to elevate and diversify voices in environmental peacebuilding, while learning from regional insights. This process will engage practitioners, researchers, decision-makers, and students from around the globe in a series of flagship initiatives to showcase at the conference. The Road to Geneva features regional, national, and thematic events on environmental peacebuilding.

Geneva Peace Week 2021 (GPW2021)

The Geneva Peace Week is a flagship initiative of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform aiming to foster exchange between the actors working on peace from all sectors. This platform is the opportunity to build bridges and bust silos in order to enable creative responses to violence, exclusion and insecurity.

The 2021 edition will be held online from 1 – 5 November 2021 under the theme “From seeds to systems of peace: Weathering today’s challenges.” In the run-up to the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding, environment is also high on the agenda of this edition.

GPW21 will include a condensed number of Online Interactive Session, and Digital Series, which are now open for applications. The selection committee will accept the 30 contributions for each format. Submissions are welcome until 16 June 2021. Detailed guidelines on the GPW21 application process and selection criteria are available below.

Geneva Dialogue on Environment, Climate, Conflict, and Peace (ECCP)

The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP) currently acts as a neutral convener of the Geneva Dialogue on Environment, Climate, Conflict, and Peace (ECCP) in order to improve the exchange between environmental and peacebuilding communities. In collaboration with the PeaceNexus Foundation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Environmental Peacebuilding Association (EnPAx), the GGP is developing a White Paper on the Future of Environmental Peacebuilding in order to advance a forward-looking practical agenda based on the patterns of consent and disagreement on key environmental peacebuilding questions.

White Paper on the Future of Environmental Peacebuilding

The White Paper on the Future of Environmental Peacebuilding is a policy-oriented document, to be developed through a reflexive, consultative, multi-stakeholder process. It aims to deliver a strong, cogent message about the future of the field to the Stockholm+50 forum in June 2022.

This project was developed not only to advance a policy agenda for environmental peacebuilding, but also to foster inter-institutional collaboration and shared innovation for the field. It is intentionally designed as a highly collaborative project, inviting institutions to work together to develop submissions, and creating space for field-wide reflection on drafts at each step of the process. Therefore, the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform welcomed contributions from all interested stakeholders (call closed on 16 April 2021).

Digital Technologies for Environmental Peacebuilding

A core group of researchers and practitioners from the Environmental Peacebuilding Association and the United Nations Environment Programme are collaborating to assess the environmental peacebuilding applications of digital and frontier technologies.

The report team is opening a call is for submissions for developers, researchers, policymakers and practitioners to share cases from their work demonstrating novel applications of digital and frontier technology (e.g. machine learning and neural language processing, blockchain, mobile phone applications, remote sensing, or mapping) to advance environmental peacebuilding goals.

Abstracts can be submitted for consideration by 30 April 2021. A team of experts will evaluate the submissions and select a number of contributors who will be asked to submit a full case study (500-750 words) to be featured in the forthcoming report. The team strives to feature contributions from across the globe that feature different types of technology addressing unique environmental and peacebuilding challenges. You are kindly invited to circulate this call within your professional networks. For any further inquiries, please contact the report coordinator: Albert Martinez (albert.martinezsequero@un.org).

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