Plenary Session

Co-Creative Transformations – Mobilizing Ambitious Actions to Build Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

In recent years, major policy frameworks for Sustainable Peace and Development have been developed in multi-stakeholder processes like the 2030 Agenda with its 17 SDGs. While the participatory approach to the processes and the subsequent frameworks have received much credits, this presents only a first step to harness the transformative potential of co-creative action. We believe that we need partnerships to create change and transformation to build sustainable peace and just development. But what kind of partnerships are needed to create transformative change and enable actors to implement the SDGs in an inclusive manner with inclusive results? The panel debate will bring together experts from the UN, global partnerships and civil society with great experience in transformation processes. The exchange aims to discuss the potential of innovative collective action and the necessity of multi-level, sector-crossing collaboration. The panel debate aims to discuss the following questions:

  • What kind of partnerships for transformation are there and how are they contributing towards peaceful, just and inclusive societies?

  • What can the peacebuilding community learn from other partnerships or schools of thought that also seek change?

  • Do we need to cooperate in partnerships on a common ground of shared visions of the future or development models to transform our societies co-creatively towards peace? And if so, how would we achieve them?


Dr Gilles Olakounlé Yabi
Citizen Think Tank for West Africa (WATHI)
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Henk-Jan Brinkman
United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), United States
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Michael Taylor
International Land Coalition (ILC), Italy
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Olla Alsakkaf
Youth Without Borders Organization for Development (YWBOD), Yemen
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Natasha Walker
Moderation FriEnt Peacebuilding Forum 2021
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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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