by Diana Quick
A shared statement by peacebuilding organizations
International Day of Peace, 21 September 2018
Inaction Will Enable Further Abuse of Vulnerable Rohingya
(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, Human Rights Watch and 80 other nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint appeal to the council.
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.
In recent years, there has been increased recognition of the role civil society organizations (CSOs) can play as partners with governments and inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) in conflict prevention and peacebuilding work. This potential role has been articulated in government policy documents and acknowledged by various UN reports and declarations, including reports published by the Security Council, and regional organizations. Translating these statements and principles into systemized working modalities and effective practice remains erratic however.
The purpose of this research is to close some gaps in methodological questions and to highlight practical dilemmas involved in early warning / response initiatives, and extract general lessons and points for reflection. This research is part of the Mobilizing Early Warning and Early Response Programme of the Global Partnership and builds on the experiences and material offered by GPPAC members and other civil societies organisations.