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, that took place in Geneva in February 2022.
2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding
The Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding took place in Geneva virtually from 1 to 4 February 2022. The Environmental Peacebuilding Association® (EnPAx™) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) are convening the conference in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform, the Geneva Water Hub, the Geneva Environment Network, and the PeaceNexus Foundation.
The Conference featured 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.
The four days programme includes plenary sessions, an awards ceremony, breakout sessions, networking events, and training courses. The conference brought together researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, and others to examine diverse dimensions of environmental peacebuilding. The agenda included 5 training sessions and 78 panels and roundtables, with 330+ experts from 60+ countries. In addition to traditional panels and a poster session, the conference is highlighting a diversity of tools and approaches, with a photographic exhibition, networking events, a screening of a film, a resume review workshop, and other dynamic sessions.
The Geneva Environment Network contributed to the conference with a session on Mobilizing International Geneva for Environmental Peacebuilding on 3 February, 13.00 CET.
Awards | Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding
To honor outstanding contributions to environmental peacebuilding, the Environmental Peacebuilding Association sponsors awards for leaders, practitioners, and researchers.
The Road to Geneva Process
In the run-up to this major conference, an inclusive and consultative process – The Road to Geneva – sought to elevate and diversify voices in environmental peacebuilding, while learning from regional insights. This process engaged 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 featured regional, national, and thematic events on environmental peacebuilding.
Geneva Dialogue on Environment, Climate, Conflict, and Peace (ECCP)
The Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP) 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 developed 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, 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).
The White Paper launched for download on 1 February 2022 at the Second International Conference for Environmental Peacebuilding. It will be available in English, Spanish, and French, and a limited print run of English-language copies will be available at the conference.
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 opened a call 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. More information will be shared once the paper is finalized. For any further inquiries, please contact the report coordinator: Albert Martinez (email@example.com).
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- Building peace by protecting the environment | EnPAx | 6 November 2020