Last updated: 05 Dec 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 February 2022.

2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding

The Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding will take place in Geneva from 2 to 4 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.

To stay up to date on developments regarding the Road to Geneva and the Second Conference, including associated events, please subscribe to our mailing list by contacting conference@environmentalpeacebuilding.org.

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 Association is seeking nominations for awards to be presented at the Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding. Self-nominations are welcome, as are both individual and group submissions. Any questions may be directed to awards@environmentalpeacebuilding.org.

Agenda

The preliminary agenda for the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding is now available.

While the agenda is still being refined, it already includes 5 training sessions, and 65+ panels and roundtables, with 100+ experts from 50+ 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 lunches (for women and for mentors/mentees), a resume review workshop, and other dynamic sessions.

Registration

Registration is open for the Second International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding.

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 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).

As of the moment, there are about 50 contributions to the compendium. Nearly every contribution is collaborative, bringing the total number of authors to 150. Moreover, apart from the compendium, the processes of collective consultation and review on the shorter 10-15 page policy paper has commenced.

The White Paper will launch for download on 2 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 (albert.martinezsequero@un.org).

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