Consultative Meeting of the UN entities on “The United Nations system’s contribution to the Promotion of Peace: Past, Present and Future perspectives”

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Where: 
Switzerland, Geneva
Type of Event: 
Consultative Meeting
Contact: 
Ann-Belinda Preis, ab.preis@unesco.org

On 21 June 2016, a Consultative meeting will be held in the UNESCO Geneva premises on the theme: “The United Nations system’s contribution to the promotion of peace: past, present and future perspectives”. Participants include representatives from relevant UN agencies, Funds and Programmes along with the Abat Oliba CEU University, constituting UNESCO’s key partner in the framework of this event. The Consultative meeting will highlight the relevant work of the UN entities individually within their areas of competence, and will offer suggestions and recommendations to improve inter-agency cooperation to advance peace agenda collectively.

The Consultative Meeting will provide a platform for discussion to take stock of the contribution of UN bodies to the promotion of the peace agenda at the national, regional and global levels.

Each UN organization is expected to present their input on three major topics, each of them constituting a session:
- the links between its constitutional roles and mandate, and the peace agenda;
- its most important achievements, best practices and on-going activities in the promotion of peace;
- the possible future avenues for strengthening the peace agenda in its fields of competence as well as through UN inter-agency cooperation.

Mr. Abdulaziz Almuzaini, Director of the UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva; Ms. Ann-Belinda Preis, Chief of the Intercultural Dialogue Section of UNESCO's Sector for Social and Human Sciences, and Ambassador Christian Guillermet Fernandez, Chair of the Consultative Meeting will open the event.

The Meeting is part of the ongoing joint research project undertaken since 2015 by partnership of UNESCO and the Abat Oliba CEU University (Barcelona, Spain) on “Progress and challenges of the peace agenda in the entities of the United Nations 70 years after the creation of the UN and UNESCO: a reflection in the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures”. The project aims to shed lights on the United Nations’ accomplishments and added value in the advancement of peace since its creation, as well as its challenges. UNESCO spearheads the project in the context of its mandate as lead agency for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022). The final outcome of the project includes a publication, to be released to the public, that will be distributed free of charge to researches centers, academic institutions, permanent missions, civil society organizations and national research institutions.