Addressing Fragility and Building Peace in a Changing World

Fifth Global Meeting of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding


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The world has changed dramatically since 2008 when the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding was created. The number of conflicts and crises is on the rise and more people than ever have been forced to leave their homes due to injustice, human rights violations, inequality, exclusion, climate change, poor management of natural resources and the absence of political settlements and capable institutions. At the same time, extreme poverty continues to take root in countries facing conflict and fragile situations. The entire international system set up to deal with these issues is also changing. The expiration of the New Deal trial period and the landmark adoption of a global Agenda for Sustainable Development, together with the UN’s ambition to improve its peacebuilding activities, provide an important opportunity to boost our efforts towards building a more peaceful world.

It is in this context that the International Dialogue hosted its 5th Global Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, on 5 April 2016. This meeting reaffirmed our collective commitment to addressing the root causes of conflict, fragility, and violence and to creating clear pathways out of fragility and towards greater resilience, as a means of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The main outcome of the meeting was the adoption of the 'Stockholm Declaration on Addressing Fragility and Building Peace in a Changing World’, which recommits members to using the New Deal principles to prevent and address the root causes of conflict and fragility as a way of ensuring that the 2030 Agenda leaves no one behind in fragile and conflict-affected settings. The Stockholm Declaration also insists upon the provision of more effective financial support and, last but not least, the reinforcement of partnerships. 


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As it happened

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The International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding is a unique partnership for political dialogue which brings together countries affected by conflict and fragility, development partners and civil society. In December 2011, at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, the International Dialogue launched the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. This was endorsed by over forty countries and organisations. The New Deal contains two core agendas: a) what to prioritise when engaging in fragile situations; and b) how to engage most effectively. Since the launch of the New Deal, we have learnt that without greater political leadership, a stronger role for women in building peace, and capable institutions, the goal of eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development will remain far off. The New Deal framework provides the best pathway out of conflict and fragility and for delivering the 2030 Agenda in fragile and conflict affected environments.

Objectives and Outcomes of the Meeting

The 5th Global Meeting of the International Dialogue will seek agreement and cooperation in the following areas:

  1. Addressing the root causes of violence, conflict and fragility;
  2. Accelerating and improving the implementation of the New Deal at the country level and forging broader, stronger and more effective partnerships for peace;
  3. Smarter, more targeted development support for peacebuilding, statebuilding, and implementation of the SDGs in fragile and conflict-affected situations, especially in g7+ countries;
  4. A statement from the International Dialogue to the World Humanitarian Summit outlining a partnership with humanitarian actors; and v. Commitment to greater responsibility and leadership on the part of political leaders

More Information

The concept note of the global meeting provides the background, outcomes, and format of the meeting. A draft strategy for the International Dialogue was distributed as a background document at the meeting. For a List of Participants, please contact the International Dialogue Secretariat.