Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation


Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)

29 April 2021
16.00h - 17.30h
Virtual Session 26

'Both Feet on the Ground': Innovation at the Nexus of Peacebuilding and Human Rights

Whether through the creative practice of HR defenders or peacebuilders on the ground in conflict contexts, or in the innovative leverage of multi-lateral HR instruments to contribute to peace and the prevention of violent conflict, it is arguable that the resourcefulness of practitioners may offer a key to greater creative collaboration at the nexus of peacebuilding and HR. There is much common ground - whether in 'dealing with the past', or from the perspective of YPS or WPS programming & implementation, or in the risks of securitization of peacebuilding - but there are also challenges.

It is our view that tapping into the innovation and creativity of pracitioners across this disciplinary divide, we may 'shake loose' policy debates that are often stuck, or foster and incentivize integrated rather than bifurcated funding strategies. We plan to cultivate a round table dialogue to explore this, and thus contribute to building an integrated community of practice.


Florence Foster
Quaker UN Office (QUNO), Switzerland
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Graeme Simpson
Interpeace, USA
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Sigrid Gruener
Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, United States
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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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