5-6 May 2021

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Virtual Sessions

27-29 April 2021

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We are looking forward to the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021 "Translate. Relate. Act"

The FriEnt PBF 2021 offers space to reflect on the future of peacebuilding based on current global trends. We will highlight new ways of bringing partnerships into action, translating existing realities into policies and meaningful action, and expanding partnerships with related sectors and policy areas. We will focus on three thematic clusters:

Translating realities into policies

In light of current political trends and peacebuilding challenges, we need to bridge the gap between local, national and international peacebuilding. To do so, we need to become more effective in translating realities into policies. The area of peacebuilding goes beyond the traditional dependency on donors and recipients of the past and seeks to establish a ‘partnership of equals’ based on mutual interest and respect. In practice, however, it is proving difficult to move away from the usual recipes.

Relating across boundaries

Peacebuilding is all about bridging divides to build effective partnerships. New ideas emerge through interactions across organisations and policy areas, not out of them. Sometimes it is easier to take a joint leap of faith and try out an innovative approach, beginning by building relationships of trust among people and between organisations that have previously had little trust in one another.

Acting collectively

From the local to the global level, formulating peacebuilding policies should be a participatory process. To build sustainable peace, we need concrete and meaningful action. The principle of universality enshrined in the Agenda 2030 obliges every country, regardless of its income and level of development, to contribute to comprehensive efforts geared towards achieving sustainable development and peace. We need new forms of joint action to uphold this principle.


We are delighted to present a diverse programme of the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021. It combines interactive virtual sessions on key thematic issues hosted by the FriEnt members as well as national and international partner organisations on 27–29 April 2021 with high-level panels on the future of partnership and peacebuilding on 5–6 May 2021. Find out more!


Participation at the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum is by invitation only and prior registration is required. The entire conference will take place on a virtual conference venue. Learn more about how to participate at the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021 and how to use our virtual conference venue.

16 August 2018

What will peacebuilding look like in 2030?

Reflecting his 26 years of engagement in peacebuilding, Jonathan Cohen considers how peacebuilding might look like in 2030. Highlighting that the future peacebuilding is about those people who build peace on a daily basis in the midst of conflict, he calls on the international community to provid...

31 July 2018

Peacebuilding and Prevention

In order for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to reach people in conflict and post-conflict societies, David Steven deamands to focus on three priorities: stand up for SDG16+ ahead of 2019’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, invest in Pathways for Peace, and put vi...

30 July 2018

The delusion of Security Sector Reform “light”

What are the prospects and what are the challenges of Security Sector Rector Reform (SSR) programs? Herbert Wulf argues that there are three aspects that need careful consideration and also possibly require readjustments.

Our Members

The FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum is a series of events on current and overarching challenges and trends in peacebuilding. With the Peacebuilding Forum, we want to provide future-oriented impulses for the development of peacebuilding and strengthen the visibility and importance of the policy field in its entirety.


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