On March 23, 2020, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global ceasefire to allow member states to shift focus to coping with the threat to humanity from the coronavirus pandemic. Some 70 countries, including Afghanistan, have backed the call. In response to the UN's appeal, some warring parties, such as the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen and the National Liberation Army rebel group in Colombia, have announced temporary ceasefires.
Justice systems are vital to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating its worst effects. This new Pathfinders briefing, the first in the Justice in a Pandemic series, draws on input from over 50 justice experts from around the world and calls for urgent action to build and maintain justice for all in the face of the unfolding pandemic.
There has been a wave of insightful commentary over the last month on the potential for the COVID-19 pandemic to upend fragile peace process (e.g., Afghanistan) or to exacerbate risks for conflict (for an updated list, see Political Settlements Research Program). As the world deals with COVID-19, at CIC we are also interested in thinking through the potential risks created by how governments and communities respond to the virus—and how a conflict prevention lens can be applied in a practical way to response efforts.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, one urgent issue that CIC is watching is the price of food around the world. In this short talking points memo, Sarah Cliffe and Nendirmwa Noel highlight specific country situations, emerging risks, and practical recommendations.
Last week, the UN released two plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic: one on global humanitarian response, and another report from the secretary-general outlining a plan of action for combatting the economic and social dimensions of the virus. In this commentary, CIC makes 5 key observations about what the plans get right and how they might do more.