Plenary Session | 14 June 2018, 09:00h | Mainhall

Breaking silos: A new movement for prevention?

Prevention is back on the global agenda – and not without reason: Since 2010, the number of major violent conflicts has tripled, indicating an urgent need to shift the approach from crisis management to addressing risk factors before violence starts and escalates.

The plenary discussion is taking stock of the progress towards the prevention of violent conflicts and will explore the future of prevention practice. This session charts the new frontiers for prevention practice and reflects on the partnerships necessary to effectively prevent violent conflict. It asks:

  • What has been learned from the many cases of ‘failed’ prevention?
  • What are practical priorities for the prevention of violent conflict?
  • How to practically advance prevention of violent conflict across institutions and sectors?
  • How to build a movement that will bring together the many communities that are working to prevent different forms of violence?



  • Emma Leslie, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cambodia
  • Graeme Simpson, Director, Interpeace USA, Lead Author for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by UNSCR 2250, USA
  • David Steven, Senior Fellow and Associate Director at the Center for International Cooperation (CIC)/New York University, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, USA


  • Natascha Zupan, Working Group on Peace and Development (FriEnt), Germany