2nd Consultative Meeting on “The United Nations system’s contribution to the promotion of peace: past, present and future perspectives"

When, local time: 
Friday, 2 December 2016 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Category 6-Expert Committee
Lily Gray, l.gray@unesco.org; Bobir Tukhtabayev, b.tukhtabayev@unesco.org; Fernandez David, d.fernandez@unesco.org

UNESCO will convene the Second Consultative Meeting on “The United Nations system’s contribution to the promotion of peace: past, present and future perspectives” on 2 December 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The meeting is being held within the framework of the on-going research project “Progress and Challenges for the Peace Agenda of United Nations entities after 70 years of the creation of the United Nations: a reflection in the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures”. Last year, UNESCO joined forces with the Abat Oliba CEU University to undertake this analytical and descriptive assessment of the UN’s contribution to peace through “soft power” approaches, which supports international cooperation, development, dialogue and human rights.

The first consultative meeting took place in Geneva in June 2016, with the participation of 25 UN entities based in Europe. The Geneva consultation stressed the critical importance of a holistic and multi-sectoral dimension of the UN’s collective work, which is based on the multitude of existing peace building and conflict prevention programmes within the UN system. The meeting affirmed the fundamental importance of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, notably its SDG 16 for strengthening peace and social justice in the world.

For this second consultation in New York, different UN Departments, Offices, Programmes and Agencies will come together to present and share their contribution to the advancement of peace within their respective areas of competence. The participants are to take stock of the roles and inputs of multiple UN bodies in the promotion of the peace agenda at the national, regional and global levels. As lasting peace cannot be achieved only through political and security arrangements, they will discuss the successes and challenges of the United Nations system in sustaining peace through other domains.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 67/104, proclaiming the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), and designating UNESCO to be its lead agency. An Action Plan for the Decade, endorsed by the General Assembly in December 2014, is a “new framework which is building on previous engagement of the international community in favour of intercultural dialogue and peace, which was expressed in a number of landmark commitments led by UNESCO and the United Nations.”

The joint research project developed between UNESCO and the Abat Oliba CEU University offers a concrete response to this call.