Past Events


Organized By : Institute for Security Studies

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is organizing a webinar on how forecasting can help prevent violent conflict in sub-Saharan Africa. In the region, political instability is driven by an intricate combination of risk factors, including demographics, poor development, regime type, cross-group discrimination and structural imbalances. Understanding which risks are increasing and how they interact in the long term is key to preventing violent conflict.

This View on Africa, presented by ISS Senior Researcher Dr. Julia Bello-Schünemann, can be attended in person or online via Voiceboxer.

Geneva, Switzerland

Organized By : TRIAL International

On 18 June, TRIAL International is organizing a public roundtable debate on the fight against impunity of sexual violence in conflict in Geneva, Switzerland. The experts on sexual violence in conflict, comprised of civil society actors, will share the progress achieved in recent years with regard to the fight against impunity for conflict-related sexual violence, and will discuss the courses of action that are gradually opening up. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Ms. Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner of Human Rights and Mr. Valentin Zellweger, Swiss Ambassador to the UN in Geneva. Dr. Denis Mukwege will deliver a special message.

Kampala, Uganda

Organized By : GAAMAC

Third Global Meeting of Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC III)

23-25 May 2018
Lake Victoria Serena Hotel
Kampala, Uganda

The biannual global meetings of GAAMAC, a highly inclusive network and community of commitment, convened actors from around the world to make the prevention of atrocities a reality.

The objective of GAAMAC III was to bring together representatives of governments, international and regional organizations, relevant United Nations offices, civil society and academia.

Participants identify and discuss the challenges of developing and strengthening state architectures on atrocity prevention and together found concrete action to improve national strategies and policies.


  • engaged state representatives, civil society members and experts during three highly interactive days
  • combined plenary sessions, working groups, face-to-face conversations and a highly innovative marketplace, which allowed participants to showcase and learn from pioneering prevention strategies
  • evaluated existing experiences of prevention and their lessons learned

Following GAAMAC III, participants are empowered to pursue the creation of national prevention architectures and policies, drawing on the community of commitment fostered during the meeting. The expanded network of stakeholders works together to deliver concrete actions and strategies for the prevention of atrocities.

Previous global meetings

GAAMAC’s previous global meetings, held in Costa Rica in 2014 (GAAMAC I) and the Philippines in 2016 (GAAMAC II), brought together more than 200 individuals from over 100 states and civil society organizations. Eminent personalities honored us with their presence and their contribution, including H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General; Mr. Jose Ramos-Horta, former President of Timor-Leste and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Mr. Adama Dieng, UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide; Ms. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Hon. Desmond Tutu.

We thank everyone for their active and engaged participation during GAAMAC III!


Organized By : Institute for Security Studies

Four years after the Chibok girls’ abduction, keeping girls out of school remains a key part of Boko Haram’s violent campaign in Nigeria. In Borno state, parents are reluctant to send their girls to school and many boarding schools have closed. But why is educating girls so vital in the fight against Boko Haram? And how can girls continue to attend school where the group remains a threat?

This View on Africa is presented by Ms. Uyo Yenwong-Fai, Researcher for the Institute of Security Studies in Pretoria. She will discuss how girls’ education can help win the war against Boko Haram.

New York, USA

The Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights is hosting a panel event to draw attention to the role that truth commission archives play as a potential source of information for justice and the search for those forcibly disappeared in times of conflict or oppression. The panel will discuss historical decisions about access to truth commission archives in light of evolving standards on the right to truth, accountability, and justice. In addition, panelists will talk about the specific potential of El Salvador’s Truth Commission archives and how they can contribute to the search for the disappeared.

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