The private sector's role in sustaining peace: how to complement multilater...

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* important information for participants who do not have a valid UNOG grounds pass: please see guidelines for registration for an access badge below after event description *

This will be an interactive session during the Geneva Peace Week ( based on the following steps:

1. Brief intro to the topic by the three facilitators of the break out groups (5 mins each max)

Moderator: Joachim Monkelbaan (Quaker United Nations Office, Geneva)

- Serge Stroobants (Institute for Economics & Peace, Brussels)

- Maika Oshikawa (World Trade Organization, Geneva) TBC

- Johannes Schreuder (PeaceNexus, Geneva)

2. questions for clarification

3. guidance from organizers to guide discussions in break-out groups

4. break out groups that come up with short agenda for further research/action on 3 topics related to the need for multi-stakeholderism (30 mins):

A.) cyber/technology

B.) environment/climate-driven conflicts; and

C.) trade for peace.

5. Reporting back of key points from groups and wrap-up


Sustaining’ peace has become a widely recognized concept over the past few years. Sustaining peace and conflict prevention require the combined effort of many different groups, agencies and sectors. Sustained peace is the outcome of a complex process which requires foresight and agility. Such a multi-stakeholder approach helps bringing together the resources, knowledge, perspectives, skills and constituencies of the various stakeholders that can lead to the political will, collective capacities and sense of ownership needed to prevent conflict and sustain peace.

In this context, the role of the private sector in different aspects of conflict resolution and the sustenance of peace has received increasing attention in recent years. This is due to several factors. First, the private sector, domestic or multinational, is often present in contexts of armed conflict and exposed to its risks and impacts, which frequently compel it to act. Second, it has the capacities (human, resources, managerial and technical, among others) to intervene in different ways. Third, what has been called the ‘privatisation of peace’ is underpinned by the wider global trend of privatizing services and functions traditionally provided by the state or the international community. Fourth, corporations transcend borders with their activities but rarely take on some forms of accountability and responsibility for sustainability, human rights, and peace-building comes with that. Corporations are often the last to leave a conflict, and the first to be back: they should have a role throughout the conflict-peace curve.

Important information for participants who do not have a valid UNOG grounds pass:

All participants and speakers who do not have a valid UNOG grounds pass must register via the UNOG registration system - INDICO. They will then receive a single badge valid from 4 to 8 November 2019 and will be able to attend all events of Geneva Peace Week 2019 held at the UN Palais. Participants should still additionally register for each event via the event organizer’s website/ Eventbrite. REGISTRATION STEPS In order to register, two steps are required:

1) Step 1: Create an account in INDICO (if you do not already have one)

Create an account in INDICO at the following link: If you already have an account, please log in. The following video and frequently asked questions will help you to create your account and register:

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• FAQ: Please note that the UNOG online registration system works better with the following browsers: Edge, Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera.

2) Step 2: Register for the badge to the Palais des Nations here:

INDICO - UNOG will open the registration on Monday 30 September 2019. Registration will be open till the end of the Geneva Peace Week, however we encourage participants to register as early as possible. Participants must bring confirmation of registration (printed or electronic) in order to receive a badge. As Geneva Peace Week is a public meeting, UNOG will review and approve registration requests in the system.

COLLECTION OF BADGES Badges can be received from 8 a.m. onwards on Monday 4 November 2019 at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. No bulky luggage/items are permitted. Participants will be required to bring a photo ID (passport, driving license, etc.) issued by a State recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (please see the following link for the members of the United Nations: along with the Indico confirmation of registration. Entry point to the Palais des Nations for the holders of the "red" badge is the Pregny Gate throughout the duration of Geneva Peace Week 2019. Please note that no parking is provided and no car access will be made possible.

Please note that your registration information will also be shared with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (the key Facilitator of Geneva Peace Week) for the purpose of compiling anonymous statistics on event attendance.

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