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15 Jul 2019

Ministerial launch of the IDPS 2019-21 Peace Vision

The IDPS 2019-21 Peace Vision (French version) was successfully launched on 15 July 2019 during a side event at the High-level Political Forum in New York. The Peace Vision is a jointly developed framework that builds on existing international agendas including the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda, the Sustaining Peace Agenda, the Conflict Prevention Agenda and the United Nations/World Bank’s Pathways for Peace report.

Download the concept note for the ministerial launch in English and French.

Ms. Elissa Golberg, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada, opened the event on behalf of the Canadian government and in particular, the Canadian co-chair of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality. She noted that the Peace Vision is a blueprint for how the three constituencies of the IDPS will collaborate together into the future to drive positive change in countries experiencing conflict, fragility and violence.

H.E. Francis Kaikai, Minister of Planning and Economic Development in Sierra Leone and co-chair of the IDPS, led the event, supported by the following ministers:

  • H.E. Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development,   Somalia (via pre-recorded video)
  • H.E. Félix Moloua, Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation, Central African Republic
  • H.E. Gisèle Pana, Minister for the Promotion of Women, Family and Child Protection,  Central African Republic
  • H.E. Priscilla Schwartz, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Sierra Leone
  • H.E. Alpha Timbo, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Sierra Leone
  • H.E. Nabeela Tunis, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sierra Leone

Speeches

In his opening statement, H.E. Francis Kaikai called attention to the Peace Vision’s overarching goal of delivering increased, better-targeted and more effective country-owned peacebuilding and statebuilding that will amplify and sustain efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda with a focus on SDG 16. He highlighted the commitments in the Peace Vision, against which IDPS members will hold themselves accountable, and looked forward to the implementation of the jointly developed framework.

H.E. Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development in Somalia spoke of efforts to revise Somalia’s constitution and electoral laws, thereby providing a unique opportunity to empower women to contribute to building sustainable peace and development. She said that by securing progressive constitutional gender equality provisions, it was possible to lay a critical foundation for the advancement of women’s rights throughout the statebuilding process, citing the example of the Somali Women’s Charter in her country. Watch her video message online.

Panel discussion

Mr. Jorge Moreira da Silva, Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), spoke of the need for donors and multilateral institutions to create incentives for private sector investment in conflict-affected situations, referring to the Kampala Principles on Effective Private Sector Engagement in Development Cooperation. He added that the Peace Vision’s recognition of the private sector’s role in supporting peacebuilding presented a great opportunity to make progress in this area.

Mr. Theophilus Ekpon, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) called attention to the importance of an enabling policy environment to counter attempts to shrink civic space in conflict-affected situations. Other essential elements of an enabling environment include security for civil society actors working in conflict situations; sustained funding; and capacity building so that they can fulfil their crucial role of holding governments to account.

H.E. Félix Moloua, Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation, Central African Republic highlighted the role of partnership and sustained dialogue, both internally and with international partners, in his country’s ongoing path towards peace, economic stability, and national cohesion. He noted the importance of implementing the National Recovery and Peacebuilding Plan 2017-21 with partners in Central African Republic and the need to ensure inclusive growth to foster cohesion at national level.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Helder da Costa, General Secretary of the g7+ Secretariat, recalled that the outcome document from the 5th g7+ ministerial meeting held on 26-27 June 2019 committed g7+ members to implementing the Peace Vision. Citing the Lisbon Communique, he said:  “As a constituency of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), we welcome the IDPS Peace Vision 2019-2021, and we commit to working with our partners to realise the objectives therein.”

What did we learn from the event?

  • Build on the success of the VNRs. The success of bringing together the three IDPS constituencies as part of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process on SDG 16 should be leveraged and built upon at country level.
  • Continue to apply core principles. The principles of the New Deal and Stockholm Declaration are key to achieving SDG16+.
  • Focus on inclusion.  Inclusion is an essential component of SDG 16 delivery; a wide range of voices are needed in peacebuilding and statebuilding in order to achieve sustainable results, including women, youth, underrepresented groups and different warring and political factions.
  • Incentivise the private sector. International financial institutions can be incentivised to apply a gender lens to their investments, including to support women’s empowerment, gender equality and female entrepreneurial activity in conflict-affected situations. Equally, the private sector must be supported and incentivised to abide by the 'Do No Harm' principle so that international standards are respected in conflict zones.
  • Recognise the links. The achievement of peace, women’s empowerment and the role of  a peace-promoting private sector are inextricably linked:
    • When women are involved in peacebuilding processes, they are more effective and peace lasts longer;
    • A peaceful and stable environment facilitates private sector investment, which is essential to achieve Agenda 2030;
    • Equally, the private sector can be a game changer for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment by providing jobs and equal pay.
  • Focus on reconciliation. Reconciliation in conflict-affected situations is essential to overcome the crisis of confidence between different groups.

What can we do as a community to advance the Peace Vision’s agenda?

  • Provide political support to the IDPS platform and the Peace Vision.
  • Engage in global advocacy on in-country efforts to advance the Peace Vision’s core themes, including to increase dedicated spending on improving gender equality in conflict-affected situations and conflict prevention.
  • Engage in IDPS activities at country-level. Bring together government representatives, development partners and civil society for in-country dialogue to discuss and find solutions to priority challenges in g7+ countries.
  • Operationalise the Peace Vision and hold ourselves accountable.

“Our experience in Somalia shows that advancing women’s empowerment is a critical ingredient for sustainable peace and development in fragile and conflict-affected contexts…we believe that with the right partnerships, Somalia can become an example of what women’s effective engagement in peacebuilding and statebuilding can look like, delivering important lessons and evidence for other contexts. The IDPS could be an important ally on this journey.”

H.E. Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Somalia

21 Aug 2018

Building and sustaining peace through inclusive country dialogues: The case of Sierra Leone | IDPS Panel

This IDPS panel session was held on 13 June 2018 at the the GIZ sponsored FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2018. It brought together members of the IDPS with CIC/NYU Pathfinders multi-stakeholder partnership to implement the SDG16+, to provide their perspectives on the role of inclusive dialogue processes between donors, governments and civil society, in supporting peacebuilding and statebuilding and the Agenda 2030 in Sierra Leone. 

Key Takeaways

  • Sierra Leone’s government representative re-affirmed the continued relevance of the New Deal principles for Sierra Leone, although it requires some simplification. Sierra Leone is a founding member of the g7+ and is currently chair of the g7+ and co-Chair of the IDPS. Sierra Leone is also a New Deal pilot country and as such, has experience of New Deal implementation. For instance, in 2012 findings of the Fragility Assessment (FA) were used to inform planning of the national development plan (2013-18). In 2016, the updated FA was particularly useful in the elaboration of the Government’s response plan to the Ebola outbreak. The Service Level Agreement (SLA) of Ministry of Health, are testament to the incorporation of the New Deal (effectiveness) principles beyond Finance and Planning. Some challenges were also noted – even if many of the basic principles are understood, e.g. ‘mutual accountability’ – sometimes the overly technical language is a problem (FOCUS, TRUST, PSGs) for wider uptake.

  • New opportunities for applying the New Deal emerged with the new government in place since March, as strong commitments were made to many of the issues that are close to the International Dialogue: inclusive governance, social justice, strengthening democracy, tackling corruption and fighting against violence against children and women, amongst other issues. Plans are underway for a new national development plan and the national budget – both of which are to be ready in November 2018.

  • Supporting coherence and coordination between actors and initiatives in order to avoid duplicating efforts and overwhelming the government is keyDEPAC (Sierra Leone’s mechanism for dialogue between donors, civil society and government) which meets on a quarterly basis, needs to be re-energized.

  • We should be careful not to get bogged down in processes that focus on targets, indicators and mechanisms and lose sight of what brings us together. The SDGs are just a vehicle to address broader questions such as eradicating all forms of violence, building democratic institutions etc. The country dialogue process should focus on helping the government to deliver on its priorities and commitments, including delivering the SDGs and playing a leadership role as a Pathfinder for Goal 16+. The New Deal principles could help, but it is important to ensure that the form follows function and not the other way round.

  • Yet, processes are important. How we get to where we want to, in a way that builds cohesion and inclusion is not always straightforward. Participants identified several potential challenges including the profusion of initiatives around building peaceful, just and inclusive societies and competition between these initiatives.

  • Some interest was expressed in mapping and an assessment of all these initiatives with a view to aligning them before presenting an offer to the government. Whilst scoping is important, others insisted on prioritising concrete actions and results, rather than overwhelming the new government.

  • The country dialogue process could provide a forum for fostering coherence between these initiatives, identifying synergies and creating partnerships within the country based on comparative advantage; improving and strengthening coordination between donors; and strengthening the existing institutions. The FA in particular was identified as a useful country-led assessment that could be used to convene all those wishing to invest in joint risk assessments. It was suggested strongly that the IDPS convenes a country dialogue around sharing and further developing this assessment.

  • The language around ‘fragility’ is sensitive in New York and inside Sierra Leone, and as such may need to be reviewed. Building peaceful just and inclusive societies, which are resilient, could work better as a message.

  • The lack of national cohesion became most apparent during and after the elections. Yet, someone suggested that Sierra Leone’s political tensions are deeply rooted in its history and state formation itself. Some highlighted the potential contradiction between ending impunity and the need for building cohesion. Civil society participants insisted on the importance of accountability without a political witch-hunt. Social cohesion with accountability, security and land rights (particularly in context of mining and extractives) were suggested as possible focus of future country dialogues.

  • Civil society representatives raised concerns about increasingly restrictive NGO policy – in light of government concerns to have more visibility over service delivery, requiring NGOs to register to ensure equitable regional distribution.

Read the full summary report here

24 Jul 2017

The Role of Young People in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

A forum entitled “The Role of Young People in Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Socities” took place on July 19, 2017 as a side-event to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum in New York City. The goal of the event was for participants to exchange information and experiences surrounding the role of youth in conflict-affected and fragile countries, and more specifically with regard to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2250, which calls for greater inclusion of youth in local, national and international decision-making and peace and statebuilding efforts. Resolution 2250 was created in recognition of the threat to stability and sustainable development caused by the radicalisation of youth. The theory behind the Resolution is that greater youth inclusion in all decision-making arenas will decrease radicalisation and violence, as it will provide young people a say in both their own futures and the future of their country.

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05 Apr 2016

5th Global Meeting a Success

Today, 1.5 billion of the world’s poorest live in countries grappling with conflict or fragility. By 2030, without coordinated international action to tackle the root causes, two thirds of the world’s poor will be living in countries and regions plagued by endemic violence, and fragility. This will undermine any prospect of achieving the UN’s ambitious goal of eradicating extreme poverty in Agenda 2030, which the world signed up to last September. And, crucially, it could further precipitate the global humanitarian and refugee crises and heightened threats of terrorism with increasing repercussions on a global scale.

Recognising the urgency of this challenge, members and supporters of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, from over 40 countries, gathered in Stockholm on 5 April to commit to speeding up and scaling up their efforts to prevent conflict by tackling its root causes. 

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25 Feb 2016

Istanbul Dialogue on Somalia

The Effective Institutions Platform (EIP) and the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) joined different branches of the federal government of Somalia and development partners for the Somalia High Level Partnership Forum held in Istanbul from 23th to 25th February 2016.

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