Most read reports
- Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 3, September 2018
- A Future Stolen: Young and out of school
- Levels & Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2018
- The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018: Building climate resilience for food security and nutrition [EN/AR/RU]
- ECOWAS calls for increased coordination to address security and developmental challenges in Sahel region
The Center on International Cooperation has joined dozens of international and domestic peacebuilding organizations to release a statement for International Day of Peace, September 21.
by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
Bringing together the views of more than 100,000 people, the Peace Perceptions Poll sought to answer questions around how people experience and respond to violent conflict, and and how they think their government should respond to conflict.
More countries are experiencing violent conflict now than at any time in the past 30 years. People have been displaced from their homes at a rate not seen since the Second World War. The cost of conflict is currently estimated at US$1.04 trillion a year.
This guidance addresses the question of how companies can ensure respect for human rights in their operations without exacerbating or generating conflicts.
Since International Alert published its 'Conflict-sensitive business practice' in 2005, the field of business and human rights has emerged as a highly influential area of theory and practice.
Press Release: UNDP in partnership with International Alert launch a new toolkit that offers support with preventing violent extremism
Programmes aiming to prevent violent extremism need to be grounded in the context in which they are intervening, be based on evidence and have a realistic monitoring framework, according to a new toolkit published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with International Alert.
By Farah Kobaissy
The realization of women’s rights and gender justice in the Middle East and North Africa is inseparably entwined with conflict resolution and peace building efforts explains Farah Kobaissy.
“No matter where you are, everyone says that now is not the time to talk about these issues. There is no such thing as women’s rights. We are in times of war, there is a massive humanitarian crisis. They say now is not the time.”- Yemeni Activist
Mark Goldring and Harriet Lamb
A new report from Oxfam and International Alert looks at how violent conflict impacts local civil society and how international partners respond. Here Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert and Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB, reflect on the key findings and their implications for future and current partnerships in conflict.
Building peace means ensuring better governance and should result in people being safe from harm and having better livelihoods, wellbeing and access to justice. Peacebuilding requires wide support, especially in the current climate of frayed international relations and increasing conflicts (in both number and scale), exemplified by the war in Syria, where hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions are displaced.
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
'Conflict sensitivity' is a catchword that addresses business practices in environments of armed conflict. The United Nations Global Compact and international finance institutions are devoting efforts into convincing companies to comply with principles aiming to provide the private sector with a role in peacebuilding. They portray employment creation as a key factor in attracting young people away from joining armed groups.
We have launched a new guidance for how companies can ensure they respect human rights in conflict areas at the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.
Peacebuilders have a duty to understand and demonstrate the impact of their work in terms of helping to create more peaceful, more inclusive and equitable societies. Gender is a key factor in conflict and peacebuilding, and in determining people’s positions of relative power or vulnerability, and thus having a better understanding of how different women, girls, men, boys, trans- and intersex persons are affected can only help in better grasping both conflict and peacebuilding.
Commitments to more effective synergies among peace, humanitarian and development actions in complex humanitarian situations
“A New Climate for Peace: Taking Action on Climate and Fragility Risks”, an independent report commissioned by members of the G7, identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks that pose serious threats to the stability of states and societies in the decades ahead.
Exploring the potential of cross-border trade in peacebuilding
A three-day advocacy campaign to support women’s civic, political and economic empowerment in the Great Lakes region of Africa has ended with calls to ensure that the rights of women cross-border traders are respected and their contribution to peacebuilding is recognised.
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