Plenary Session | 13 June 2018, 10.45h | Mainhall

Global policies – local peace? A reality-check


Today’s conflicts in a deeply interconnected world are more and more internationalized and interlinked. An unprecedented number of international and national policy frameworks is trying to find answers to the changing nature and scale of conflict and violence. The Agenda 2030, the UN Sustaining Peace Resolutions as well as the German policy guidelines on "Preventing Crises, Resolving Conflicts, Building Peace" represent major policy achievements highlighting inclusive and collaborative approaches for the prevention of violence and sustaining peace. Still, there are many challenges when it comes to translating these agendas into local realities. Ongoing and protracted crisis situations in Syria, South Sudan, CAR, Ukraine, Iraq etc. raise many questions with regard to the implementation of these global policy agendas. At the same time, the global trend of shrinking space for civil society creates a major barrier for their success. Hence we would like to discuss the following questions:

  • What concretely can these frameworks offer to strengthen and improve peacebuilding practice?
  • Which kind of partnerships are necessary to implement the peacebuilding frameworks?
  • How can we bridge the gap between normative international policy agendas, civil society experiences, and research contributions to foster impact on inclusive peace?




  • Lesley Connolly, Senior Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute (IPI), USA
  • Harriet Lamb, Director, International Alert, United Kingdom
  • Sara Sekkenes, Conflict Prevention & Partnerships Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Switzerland
  • Nina Tsikhistavi-Khutsishvili, Director and Chair of the Board, International Centre on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN); Member, GPPAC Steering Committee , Georgia


  • Marc Baxmann, Working Group on Peace and Development, Germany