On behalf of the co-chairs of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS), we are pleased to invite you to attend ‘‘A Dialogue for Peace: Delivering SDG 16+ in conflict-affected situations.’ The event, hosted by Sierra Leone’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, H. E. Francis Mustapha Kaikai, and Canada’s Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, H.E. Maryam Monsef, will take place during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in New York, on 15 July at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm.
The purpose of the event is to officially launch the International Dialogue’s Peace Vision document for 2019-2021, which sets out a series of commitments made by g7+ countries, in partnership with members of the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) and the Civil Society Platform on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) to deliver on SDG 16+ in conflict-affected situations. The HLPF presents an ideal opportunity to launch the Peace Vision, given its focus on reviewing progress on SDG 16 on achieving peaceful, just and inclusive societies, in addition to SDG 8 on sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment, SDG 10 on reducing inequality within countries and SDG 17 on strengthening global partnerships to support and achieve the 2030 Agenda. All of these SDGs are directly relevant to the IDPS’ thematic priorities and approach. Furthermore, five g7+ countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone and Timor Leste) will be presenting their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) at the HLPF, with support provided by CSPPS, one of the three IDPS constituencies. One g7+ country in particular, Somalia, is also making great progress in using the opportunity of statebuilding to further women’s rights and participation. As such, the IDPS launch will seek to take advantage of this rich knowledge, experience and momentum within the IDPS community to articulate its global Peace Vision and commitments, in addition to national-level peacebuilding and statebuilding priorities in selected g7+ countries.