This panel, organized by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Berghof Foundation and the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) during Geneva Peace Week, discussed how we can integrate human rights, nonviolent action and peacebuilding to sustain peace by bridging the silos and shifting the mindset of how civil society participates through nonviolent action and peacebuilding.
Examples of how this is done came from practitioners as well as policy level experts:
- Veronique Dudouet, Program Director for Conflict Transformation Research, Berghof
- Lisa Schirch, Research Director, Toda Peace Institute
- Millicent Otieno, Founder and the Director of Local Capacities for Peace International
- Shaazka Beyerle, Senior Research Advisor, Program on Nonviolent Action, United States Institute of Peace
- Florence Foster, Quaker United Nations Office representative for Peace and Disarmament
All agreed that to leverage true transformation towards sustaining peace, the complementarity of the human rights legal framework, political/elite peacebuilding processes and social movements needs to be acknowledged and put into practice at all levels.
The full article is available below (PDF document).
QUNO Geneva through its Peace and Disarmament Programme continues to promote integrated action between peacebuilding and human rights actors on the ground and in the UN system. A pilot initiate notably brought together both peacebuilding and human rights civil society organisations to interact and engage in the UPR process and to promote input by UN Peace and Security agencies to the process and increased use of UPR outputs and awareness of implementation processes in the work of those UN agencies. Similar follow-up projects are being developed.
The full report of the pilot imitative is available below (hyperlink).