“Elections play a significant role in peace processes since they are widely considered to be the main method of achieving a peaceful resolution to political controversies. An election process is a means of pursuing or retaining political power in which social differences are highlighted by candidates and parties campaigning for popular support. This process can contribute to peace, but it can also provide entry points for violence and conflicts”.
This course provides an in-depth overview of strategies for assessing, designing and convening multi-stakeholder partnerships and initiatives. It is designed and delivered in partnership with the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) - a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 by leading practitioners and theory builders in the fields of negotiation and dispute resolution and affiliated with Harvard and MIT.
Through case studies and realistic simulations, participants deepen their skills in:
The 2030 Agenda emphasizes a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, free of fear and violence. It calls for development strategies that result in more resilient societies where people are safe from chronic threats such as abject poverty, hunger, disease, violence and repression, and protected from sudden and hurtful disruptions in their daily lives.
Local governments are often the first to collapse when factions fight for territorial control. In post-conflict settings, the state is often unable to effectively reach parts of its territory for years. Given these challenges, it is no surprise that decentralization and local governance provisions are increasingly prominent in peace agreements and national post-conflict peacebuilding agendas.
Human rights, conflict, peace and development are closely linked, but the linkages are not always evident in practice. Misconceptions exist; such as that conflict prevention involves making unacceptable compromises or that human rights engagement means delaying lasting peace. Even though they engage with similar national partners and both aim to build just and peaceful societies, conflict prevention practitioners and human rights practitioners do not always work together and at worst the divide can lead to them working against each other.
To work towards peace, security and sustainable development is challenging and requires a high level of commitment from every staff member and also from the United Nations as a system. One of the most effective approaches is through infusing conflict sensitivity into planning and programming processes.
Conflict sensitivity refers to the capacity of an organisation to:
1) Understand the context in which it operates;
2) Understand the interaction between the organisation's interventions and the context;