Programme: 15 November 2011
The first day of the conference was an open policy forum, that was recorded and aired. The footage of the first days' sessions, session summaries and the transcripts and power point presentations of most of the speakers' speeches are available below.
Welcome Remarks (footage: minutes 0:00 – 32:20)
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- Enrique Iglesias, Secretary General of the Ibero-American General Secreteriat (SEGIB)
- Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)
- Emmanuel Bombande, Chair of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
The Challenge of Democracy: Managing Political Transitions and Preventing Violence
During this first session (footage minutes 32:21 – 02:22:33, including Q & A) on 15 November 2011, the participants discussed the experiences of different regions that have gone through, or continue to undergo, political transitions, and how regional organizations have contributed to these processes, as well as the role that civil society organizations have had to support these efforts.
Moderator: Miguel Alvarez, President of the Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz (SERAPAZ)
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- Ambassador Rodolfo Severino, Former Secretary General of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ambassador Hassine Bouzid, Head of the Mission of the League of Arab States in Spain
- Vasu Gounden, Director of the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
Governance, Peace and Security. How to respond to transnational threats?
In the second session (footage) of 15 November 2011, the participants elaborated on the following questions: How can regional organizations and CSOs promote good governance and the development of strong and inclusive democratic institutions? And, how to respond to transnational security threats (irregular armed groups, organized crime, etc.) challenging the authority of the state and the stability of a region?
Moderator: Natalia Belitser, Pylyp Orlyk Institute for Democracy
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- Dr. Kwaku Asante-Darko, Senior Expert on Conflict Prevention, Department of Peace and Security of the African Union (AU)
- Carlos Manuel Echeverria, Director of Communications and Public Relations at the Central American Integration System (SICA)
Unfortunately, Juan De Luis, senior external cooperation officer at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) could not participate in this session.
From Reaction to Prevention, Collaboration Between RIGOs and CSOs in Promoting Peace, Development and Security: Perspectives and Experiences
In the last session (footage) of 15 November 2011, the speakers answered the following questions: How to improve the global peace and security architecture through multi-actor cooperation? What are the roles and contributions to peace and security of different actors such as regional organizations, NGOs and private sector organizations? A session on innovative approaches, experiences and best practices.
Moderator: Augusto Miclat, Director of Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
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- Levant Bilman, Director of the Policy and Mediation Division of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA)
- FlorenceMpaayei, Director if the Nairobi Peace Initiative (NPI)
- Enrique de Obarrio, Vice-President of Private Sector of the Americas
Programme: 16 November 2011
The programme for the second day of the conference was a closed round table discussion. Therefore, only some of the speakers' speeches and presentations are available through the website. For more information on what was discussed on the second day, please read the conference report.
Setting the Stage: The Link Between Peace, Development and Security. The Role of RIGOs and CSOs
In his keynote speech Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, argues that development and security are two sides of the same coin. Peace and security are pre-requisites for successful policies leading to greater social cohesion, poverty eradication and development. On the other hand, development policies that promote democratic governance, economic growth and social cohesion are fundamental in addressing the root causes of conflict. This understanding of peace, security and development as a global collective responsibility requires of a collaborative approach involving not only state actors but all different stakeholders in society. The speech of Ambassador Ramdin was aimed at setting the stage for the discussion, understanding the perspectives of different actors on how to design and implement effective strategies to promote peace, enhance security and advance towards sustainable development.
Developing a Strategic Cooperation: Overcoming Obstacles and Identifying Complementarities
During this first sessionon 16 November 2011 the speakers (Emmanuel Bombande, Director of the West African Network of Peacebuilding (WANEP) and Chair of GPPAC, and Andie Fong-Toy, Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum) discussed the following subject: Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs) are increasingly expected to play an important role in ensuring peace and stability in their respective regions. There is a need and an opportunity for RIGOs to enhance their capacities in this area through the establishment of strategic partnerships with different stakeholders, particularly with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). While CSOs have been developing significant capacities in areas such as early warning, track II diplomacy, policy analysis, advocacy, media outreach and others, it is not always common knowledge within RIGOs the role that CSOs can play in the development and implementation of peace and security strategies. The same can be said of CSOs, which are not always aware of the mandates, capacities and roles of RIGOs. The session aimed at presenting successful experiences in the development of structured forms of cooperation between RIGOs and CSOs to promote greater peace and security.
Moderator: Fernando Garcia Casas (SEGIB)
Structured Cooperation Between Civil Society and Regional Intergovernmental Organizations: Best Practices
The speakers (Andrew Byrne, Principal Administrator, Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Mediation Unit, European External Action Service (EEAS) and Professor Andrés Serbin, Executive President of the Regional Coordination of Economic and Social Research (CRIES)/Chair of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP)), continued in this second session of 16 November 2011 with the analysis of the experiences of different regions in the development of multi-actor partnerships and strategies to promote sustainable peace and security. The goal was to start developing a community of practice and knowledge-sharing among key sectors of society by contributing to making the necessary connections of a regional level of intervention with global as well as local levels of engagement.
Moderator: Ivana Gajovic, Director of the Nansen Dialogue Network
The Way Forward: Recommendations on Improving Cooperation Between RIGOs and CSOs
A discussion on the options and recommendations to achieve the outcomes described in the concept-note, and to agree on a proper conference follow-up, by Gilberto Marin Quintero (President of the Board of the Latin American Business Council, CEAL), Augusto Miclat (Executive Director of Initiatives for International Dialogue, IID), Kwaku Asante-Darko (Senior Expert on Conflict Prevention, Department of Peace and Security of the African Union, AU), and M. Levant Bilman (Director of the Policy and Mediation Division of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, UNDPA).
Moderator: Joris Voorhoeve, former Defense Minister of the Netherlands
During the closing remarks Augusto Miclat, Executive Director of Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), presented the closing remarks, including recommendations following from the two-day conference.