(UN) 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review with GPPAC Pacific

More than 50 participants partners and multi-stakeholders, Civil Society, Peace Builders and Humanitarian Partners participated at an online consultation co-hosted and convened by – The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and the Shifting the Power Coalition, in partnership with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, an expert-level thematic consultation on Understanding the Inclusive Peace-Development-Humanitarian Nexus, to take place online as part of the United Nations (UN) 2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review. The consultation was held yesterday on June 18th 2020, 7:00pm – 9:10pm EST & on June 19th 2020, 11:00 – 13:30 FJT.

The consultation served as a platform to unpack and understand the inclusive Peace-Development-Humanitarian Nexus as one of the approaches to the implementation of peacebuilding and sustaining peace. It presented and drew from specific case studies to elaborate the complex, context-specific nature of the political and operational environment affecting efforts aimed at building and sustaining peace. Also created spaces to examine the opportunities for further enhancing the regional capacities for peacebuilding across all pillars, including peace, humanitarian and development, and with various actors, including national governments, regional organizations and local peacebuilders in a gender-sensitive and inclusive manner. For Transcend Oceania as a peacebuilding organization and the Secretariat to GPPAC Pacific the opportunity came at an important time @ COVID 19 and following the Pacific Island Forum meeting, to dialogue collaborate and engage across region with peacebuilding stakeholders at these platform is vital.

The Executive Director Transcend Oceania, Adi Vasulevu in her presentation reiterates that “engaging with women peacebuilders in addressing climate change helps to transform responses away from securitized approaches towards a human security approach that would empower communities and make everyone a stakeholder in peacebuilding. Our work in the Pacific is certainly a demonstration of the potential that engagement with women peacebuilders, with innovative approaches with indigenous knowledge creativity skills and expertise can bring about sustainable peace”.

“In times of climate change induced national and local natural disasters, women and girls are more prone to increased cases of sexual violence in the context of displacement, due to the loss of their homes or traditional protection mechanisms. This drives violence in communities, and contributes to human security and most of all women are the most affected. She went on to say, I hope that the consultation would better able to unpack these and many other examples of the work being done in the region to advance the nexus through an inclusive and transformative approach to identify how the United Nations system could better support and contribute to strengthening the joint implementation of peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the region” added Adi Vasulevu.

There was substantive conversations presented by representatives of partners from the region bringing the Pacific perspectives into the Online Consultation towards the [2020 Peacebuilding Architecture Review] Understanding the Inclusive Peace-Development-Humanitarian Nexus Review. Vinaka Vakalevu