GAAMAC Events

Past Events

Washington, D.C., United States

Organized By : United States Institute of Peace

Organizations that work to build peace in fragile states often fail to meet the stated goals of the programs they design to resolve violent conflict. In her newly published book, "Global Governance and Local Peace: Accountability and Performance in International Peacebuilding", Susanna Campbell dives into why peacebuilding organizations often fail and presents one of the keys to success: local actors that force organizations to stay accountable to local peacebuilding goals.

Join experts at an event at the United States Institute of Peace, as they discuss Campbell’s findings and how country-based staff can sidestep normal accountability procedures and empower local actors to push for innovative solutions to local problems. 

Speakers:

Susanna Campbell
Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Michael Barnett
Professor, International Affairs and Political Science, The George Washington University

Mike Jobbins
Senior Director of Partnerships and Engagement, Search for Common Ground

Kate Somvongsiri 
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, U.S. Agency for International Development

Leanne Erdberg, moderator
Director, Countering Violent Extremism, The U.S. Institute of Peace


Barcelona, Spain

Organized By : International Center for Transitional Justice

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and the Barcelona International Peace Center (BIPC) are pleased to announce the Intensive Course on Prevention and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence: The Role of Transitional Justice to be held in Barcelona, Spain from 1 to 5 October 2018. This course will examine how transitional justice can contribute to preventing the recurrence of violent conflict. The course will look at practical examples of current, past, and paradigmatic transitional justice processes and their contribution to prevention. Country case studies to be discussed may include Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the former Yugoslavia, and Latin American cases. The aim is to provide course participants with a firm grounding in transitional justice efforts and insight into the challenges and opportunities of helping to avoid the recurrence of violent conflict. It is targeted at mid-career and senior staff at multilateral agencies, governments, NGOs, foundations, universities, and others directly involved in peacebuilding, conflict. and post-conflict contexts around the world.


New York, United States

Ahead of the end of his term as UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, noted “human rights violations are the sharp zig-zag lines of a seismograph flashing out warnings of a coming earthquake.” Often, that earthquake takes the form of mass atrocity crimes and/or armed conflict. Long-standing, persistent and widespread violations and abuses of populations’ human rights remains one of the most reliable early warning signs of genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity. As such, the protection of human rights is closely related to the prevention of mass atrocity crimes and the maintenance of international peace and security.

This event will explore existing challenges for strengthening the UN human rights pillar outside of Geneva, as well as concrete measures that member states and UN officials in New York and Geneva can take to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights are placed at the heart of the maintenance international peace and security and atrocity prevention.

Sign up to the event here before 25 September. Because of strict security relating to the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, guests will need to arrive by 1:45pm and bring a photo ID, as well as a printed copy of the invitation to enter the building.


Geneva, Switzerland

Organized By : Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

In the Geneva Academy's opening lecture of the 2018–2019 academic year, Elisabeth Decrey Warner will share her experience, as Co-Founder and former Executive President of Geneva Call, in promoting respect of international humanitarian law by armed non-state actors. She will discuss the utility of international law, not its substance but also of its implementation and respect by the international community. Starting from Geneva Call’s ground-breaking approach to develop an inclusive process towards armed non-state actors, she will highlight that the limits of international law are not setin stone but are in our minds, habits and fears to develop and invent new ideas.


Geneva, Switzerland

The 6th edition of the Geneva Peace Talks is organized under the theme “Peace without Borders”. The speakers will share their personal experiences, stories and ideas to highlight their efforts to promote peace that goes beyond borders - be they in the mind, geographic, political or physical boundaries.

The Geneva Peace Talks are a public event co-organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The United Nations General Assembly has declared the 21 September devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.


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