By Emma Bjertén-Günther (SIPRI), Yeonju Jung (SIPRI), Johanna Poutanen (CMI), Silja Grundström (CMI), Maria Ristimäki (CMI)
Major misconceptions continue to weaken efforts to make gender-sensitive peace mediation a reality. Here are six persisting myths standing in the way of progress.
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.
We, the civil society organisations working with Syrian communities, welcome the launch of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2017-2018 in response to the Syrian Crisis (3RP) and the sharing of the key humanitarian priorities for Syria in 2017 in Helsinki on 24 January 2017. We endorse the focus of 3RP on integrating a development approach with humanitarian assistance activities and echo the key features of the plan, such as the emphasis on educational opportunities and the need for boosting the use of national and local capacities for service delivery.
Statement on Supporting Community Resilience in Syria coinciding with the launch of the United Nations Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2017-2018 in response to the Syrian Crisis in Helsinki on January 24, 2017.
CMI, together with its South Sudanese partners the University of Juba Centre for Peace and Development Studies (CPDS) as well as the Organization for Non-violence and Development, have concluded the start-up phase of their youth dialogue project in South Sudan.
CMI’s follow-up project on the Aceh peace process, supporting the implementation of the outstanding issues of the Helsinki peace agreement, is coming to an end in June 2012. The results of this two year project are presented in a final report, which provides a summary of the findings and views stakeholders in the peace process have about the outstanding issues of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement. The report also lays out recommendations for future action and support to enable sustained peace and development in the province.
To gain field-based knowledge on how gender-based violence (GBV) should be taken into account in future peace processes, CMI and its partner WANEP (West Africa Network for Peacebuilding) organised consultations at the end of February in three Liberian counties (Lofa, Bong, Nimba). These workshops were attended by over ninety women who shared their stories and views on gender-based violence in peace- and wartime Liberia.
The Panel Members of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry into the events in the Southern part of the Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission) paid a working visit to Bishkek and Osh from January 23-28, 2011. The visit was headed by the Chairman of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission Kimmo Kiljunen. In the framework of the visit, the Panelists conducted meetings with President Roza Otumbaeva, the Prosecutor-General, the Governor and Mayor of Osh, as well as other senior officials.
During a press conference on January 27 Mr.
European perspectives in the context of Eastern Partnership
One of the biggest challenges for the international community when addressing territorial conflicts is the difficulty of developing a meaningful strategy of engagement that under international law would encompass both the principle of territorial integrity and of the right for self-determination of people.
On November 7, 2010, Burma/Myanmar(1) will organize its first parliamentary elections since 1990. The significance of the elections stems from the controversial constitution on which they are based and which involves a complete reconfiguration of the political structure.
The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is supporting an independent research commission formed to explore the reasons behind the violence in Kyrgyzstan in the summer of 2010. The aim of the commission is to examine who was responsible for the violent outburst. The research commission intends to publish a report on the background and causes of the violence.
Western donor policies directed towards 'peace state- building ' in Africa have not had the desired effect in terms of creating stability, development and human prosperity, It is evident that the gap between donor rhetoric and empirical realities is widening, Hence, there is a need for critically rethinking approaches to peace and state building.
CMI's heart beats for peace. Our ultimate goal is bringing conflicts to an end so that sustainable peace is achievable. A major part of CMI's work is networking for peace, supporting local decision makers in building stability and encouraging conflict parties to a dialogue. The CMI way of doing things is pulling together international peacebuilding experts and local experience. Over the past decade CMI has gained valuable knowledge of different peacebuilding and conflict solving methods. CMI tailors the models accordingly and turns thinking into action.
Western donor policies directed towards 'peace as state-building' in Africa have not had the desired effect in terms of creating stability, development and human prosperity. It is evident that the gap between donor rhetoric and empirical realities is widening. Hence, there is a need for critically rethinking approaches to peace and state building.
Roxana Cristescu, Mikheil Mirziashvili and Antje Herrberg
In December 2009 Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) held a one day dialogue meeting in Tbilisi that convened the representatives of CMI's partner organizations as well as selected members of the Peacebuildingregional Expert Councils from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Republic of Moldova.
The year 2008 was significant for the Crisis Management Initiative. We made progress on many fronts, through pioneering new and effective approaches to conflict resolution and statebuilding. Our private diplomacy and good offices contributed at highest international levels of policy and decision-making.
The use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is becoming more and more commonplace around the world and the spread of mobile phones, computers and the internet even to the remotest places of the world is evident. In addition to their intrinsic value, the value of using ICT as a means to achieve more significant development related goals, has been widely recognized. In a post-conflict context the use of ICT is a means of enabling effective and sustainable state-building.
Modern conflicts are often rooted in ineffective and exclusive governance.