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  • 8:45 – 12:30 New York
  • 14:45 – 18:30 Geneva
  • Asako Okai

    UN Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Bureau

  • Dr. Bandar Hajjar

    Islamic Development Bank

  • Mourad Wahba

    Associate Administrator a.i.

  • Hilde Hardeman

    Director - Head of Service
    European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, FPI

Prevention in Action Global Forum Day 1

Development pathways for conflict prevention and peacebuilding

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The Prevention In Action-Global Forum, the first of its annual series, will feature discussions and dialogue on state-of-the-art thinking on prevention and peacebuilding and will showcase innovative experiences from initiatives around the world.

The Forum will tap into UNDP’s offer and global practices from a wide range of partners to discuss and exchange how to support more effective conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts.
UNDP will provide a platform for exchange of ideas and experiences between practitioners and policy makers aimed towards collective thinking and advancing development pathways for conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

UNDP’s Prevention Offer aims to protect and accelerate development trajectories, stabilize fragile situations, and integrate recovery, resilience, reintegration into crisis/conflict response. Based on needs emanating from country offices, the offer links vertical systemic/structural/operational prevention to the horizontal continuum of prevention — outbreak, escalation, continuation/spill over, recurrence/relapse — to ensure integrated support to country offices and partners. The prevention offer allows for UNDP to provide integrated development solutions to complex problems based on analysis and evidence.

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Day 1 Agenda

08.45-08.50 Welcome: Femi Oke
8:50-8:55 Opening remarks: Asako Okai, Assistant Administrator, Director for the Crisis Bureau, UNDP
8:55-9:05 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bandar Hajjar; President, Islamic Development Bank
9:05-10:00 SESSION 1: Development as a conflict prevention and peacebuilding strategy and approach

Mourad Wahba, Associate Administrator a.i., UNDP

Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner-Elect, Political Affairs, Peace and Security Council, African Union

Hilde Hardeman, Director – Head of Service at the European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments, FPI

Stefan Oswald; Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Republic of Germany

Moderator: Samuel Rizk, Head Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding & Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) Crisis Bureau, UNDP

10:00-11:00 SESSION 2: Development pathways and peace processes

Minister Naguib Sinarimbo, Minister for Interior and Local Government of Bangsamoro, Philippines

Lise Grande, President and CEO, United States Institute of Peace

Miroslav JENČA, Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas Departments for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO)

Jessica Faeita, UNDP Resident Representative in Colombia

Moderator: Khalida Bouzar, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP

11.00-11.10 Break
11:10-12:10 SESSION 3: Technology for Prevention and Peacebuilding

Helena Puig Larrauri, Director and Co-founder, BuildUp

Dr. Medinat Abdulazeez Malefakis, Member of the Independent Review Panel of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)

Althea Middleton-Detzner, Director, PeaceTech Lab

Yolanda Jinxin Ma, Digital Transformation Specialist, UNDP

Moderator: Christian Cito Cirhigiri, Programme Advisor, Conducive Space

12:10-12:25 Reflections

Mirjana Spoljaric Egger; Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, UNDP

Oscar Fernandez Taranco; Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, United Nations

12.25-12.30 Close for the day: Femi Oke