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10 September: Lunch-time panel on "Positive Peace and the Post-2015 Development Agenda" - Register here









The Institute for Economics and Peace, the United Nations Office at Geneva, and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform are pleased to invite you to a lunch-time panel discussion on:

Positive Peace and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Towards a more comprehensive approach to increase resilience and well-being

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013, 12.30-14.30

Venue: Room IX, Palais des Nations, (Building A, Door 13, 3rd Floor)

Registration: Please register at http://www.gpplatform.ch by Tuesday 03 September 2013. Registration is mandatory to access the building.

The High Level Panel report released in May of 2013 provided a new roadmap for the post-2015 agenda, highlighting the imperative to measure security and violence as key goals underpinning the broader development agenda. This acknowledged what civil society, practitioners and development professionals have said for a long time; with conflict, there can be no development. However, just as the original MDGs did not go far enough in acknowledging conflict and security, does the post 2015 agenda risk not going far enough in acknowledging positive peace – the positive processes and condition which helps countries become more resilient and increase well-being?

To better understand the long term needs for resilience and capacity building, the Institute for Economics and Peace has developed a new conceptual framework named The Pillars of Peace. This framework defines the national characteristics which are most closely associated with peaceful societies and has been derived through empirical and statistical analysis. It currently stands as one of the few holistic and empirically derived studies that attempt to isolate the positive factors that sustain and reinforce peaceful societies.

The event will introduce the Pillars of Peace framework and methodology and critically examine its implications for the evolving discussions around the post-2015 Development Agenda. This event represents an opportunity to explore and discuss the differences and complementarities of the more traditional negative peace approaches – such as armed violence reduction – with a positive peace approach.

Speakers will be announced shortly.

Sandwiches, soft drinks and coffee will be available prior to the event.