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Free for all or freedom for all? Promoting SDG 16 needs German leadership

Stanley Henkeman, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJRR), South Africa

It seems like the world is in free fall as peace has remained elusive for most people. Even stable democracies are experiencing their fair share of political instability. It would not be out of place to question the notion of a “free world.” Predictability has become problematic as voters defy, once reliable, exit polls in their political choices. It is ironic that in its quest for more stability and positive peace our choices have the exact opposite effect.

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Challenges of peacebuilding for “transforming our world”

Cornelia Ulbert, Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)

After two days of intense debates at the FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum let me act as a kind of sounding board resonating some of the points we were talking about. In my reflections I would like to focus on five issues: the nature of violent conflicts; the state and its relationship with civil society; visions and motivations to act: the role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); institutional silos and organizational entrapments; and peacebuilding “beyond aid”.

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Interview with Rahul Chandran, United Nations University, Centre for Policy Research

FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

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Interview with Sandra Melone, Search for Common Ground

FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

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Interview with Evalyn Monyani, Catholic Diocese of Malindi, Kenya

FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

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Interview with Wolfgang Heinrich, Bread for the World

FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

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Interview with Paul Okumu, Africa Platform

FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

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Interview with Ivana Franović, Centre for Nonviolent Action

FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

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Interview with Dan Smith, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum

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Showdown or slowdown? The UN and peacebuilding in 2015

Marius Müller-Hennig, FriEnt/Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

In her FriEnt essay on “Peacebuilding at the UN over the last ten years”, Vanessa Wyeth stated in 2011 that “(i)f the last decade has proved anything, it is that, however flawed, the UN has a unique legitimacy and indispensible role to play in peacebuilding”. At that time, however, the discussion about peacebuilding was on the political backburner and practical interest among peacebuilders outside the UN in coordinating and cooperating with the UN in peacebuilding appeared to be rather limited. This fall might be different, both politically and operationally. This blog post fleshes out some reasons why this might be the case.

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