Sagal Abshir, CIC Non-Resident Fellow and former Somali government advisor, consultant, and researcher features on the first episode of the Carnegie Corporation's new Peacebuilders podcast, Evolving Ethnicities.
In February 2018, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, International Peace Institute, and NYU Center on International Cooperation convened a workshop on Liberia's ongoing transition process, relationships with the UN and other entities, and implications for sustaining peace in Liberia and other contexts going forward.
This side event to the High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace will explore the potential for the Sustainable Development Goal targets for peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDD16+) to provide a meaningful set of guide posts for actors as they seek to seize windows of opportunity to sustain peace.
This new paper argues that Somalia's chronic instability and the pervasive threat posed by violent extremists should be addressed through a comprehensive approach to managing the politics of security. This includes implementing a common Somali vision of federal and state level security institutions that are shared, trusted, and capable. It also calls for attention to issues of injustice, impunity, and corruption with the Sustainable Development Goals - particularly SDG16 on peaceful, just, and inclusive societies - acting as concrete guideposts around which action could coalesce.
For more than six years, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has documented, independently and impartially, serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed by parties to the conflict in Syria, which have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands. Such violations have further driven more than half of the population to leave their homes. From its inception, this was a conflict characterised by the parties’ utter disregard for the civilians they purport to represent, as well as for international law. This report demonstrates once again that civilians were not only the unintentional victims of violence, but often have been deliberately targeted through unlawful means and methods of warfare.
In the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has recognized that fostering inclusive societies based on strong and transparent institutions is an indispensible requirement for sustainable development. To explore further collective action in addressing issues of participation and inclusion, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Special Meeting at UN Headquarters in May 2018 entitled Towards Sustainable, Resilient and Inclusive Societies through Participation of All.
In preparation for this Special Meeting, CIC Senior Fellow David Steven gave a speech on "Knowledge for Social, Economic and Political Inclusion", highlighting the centrality of Inclusion in the 2030 agenda and the Pathfinders program. Read the full speech here.
Liberia and Sierra Leone are undergoing important transitions. The countries provide important case studies on how the United Nations (UN) can ensure successful transitions, not only from peacekeeping to peacebuilding but also from conflict to building a sustainable peace. With the current UN focus on conflict prevention for sustaining peace, this policy brief provides practical recommendations on what this means in practice.
The Secretary-General’s new report on sustaining peace is the long-awaited response to the call to report on the implementation of the General Assembly’s and Security Council’s dual resolutions on sustaining peace (2016). In this new commentary, CIC Deputy Director Paige Arthur unpacks the report, highlighting key strengths of the report while recognizing the wider challenges facing the UN and Secretary-General in sustaining peace and prevention.