On 29 August, The Hague Institute convened a high-level conference to discuss the complex challenges involved in stabilization and reconstruction in fragile and conflict-affected situations. The conference built upon a research project, The Hague Approach, which identified six guiding principles for achieving sustainable peace.

Event Recap

On 29 August, The Hague Institute convened a high-level conference to discuss the complex challenges involved in stabilization and reconstruction in fragile and conflict-affected situations. The conference built upon a research project, The Hague Approach, which identified six guiding principles for achieving sustainable peace.

The conference featured Dutch and international representatives from governments, international organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector.  The three areas of focus:

  1. Achieving Sustainable Peacebuilding:  What have we Learned?
  2. Securing Peace After Interventions:  Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya
  3. Building Peaceful States in an Era of Globalization:  Future Directions

Speakers

10:00-11:00h | Opening Session

11:00-12:30h | Panel 1:  Achieving Sustainable Peacebuilding:  What Have we Learned?

  • Sam Muller, Chair
    Director, The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL)
  • Judy Cheng-Hopkins
    Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support
    United Nations
    Topic:  Lessons Learned from UN Peacebuilding
  • Ramesh Thakur
    Director, Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation & Disarmament
    Crawford School of Public Policy
    The Australian National University
    Topic:  The Challenges and Obstacles of Democratic Peacebuilding
  • Dan Smith
    Secretary-General, International Alert
    Topic:  The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding

12:30-14:00h | Lunch

14:00-15:30h | Panel 2:  Securing Peace After Interventions:  Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya

  • Koen Davidse, Chair
    Director Multilateral Organizations and Human Rights
    The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ad Melkert
    Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq
    United Nations
    Topic:  The Case of Iraq
  • Scott Carlson
    Former Senior Rule of Law Advisor
    U.S. Department of State
    Topic:  The Case of Afghanistan
  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate, Middle East Program
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Topic:  The Case of Libya

16:00-17:30h | Panel 3:  Building Peaceful States in an Era of Globalization:  Future Directions

  • Achim Wennmann, Chair
    Executive Coordinator
    Geneva Peacebuilding Platform
  • Pieter Feith
    Former International Civilian Representative for Kosovo
    Topic:  The Role of Regional Organizations
  • John Forrer
    Associate Director Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility
    The George Washington University
    Topic:  The Role of the Private Sector in Peacebuilding
  • Richard Ponzio
    Senior Adviser
    Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan
    U.S. Department of State
    Topic:  The Future of the Global Peacebuilding Architecture

17:30-18:00h | Closing Session

  • Dick Benschop, Closing Remarks
    Chair of the Supervisory Board
    The Hague Institute for Global Justice

Related Event

On 28 August, The Hague Institute presented The Hague Approach principles to H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. The event commemorated the Centenary of the Peace Palace and included a panel discussion titled:  Pursuing Justice and Sustainable Peacebuilding in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. | Learn more

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