Collective challenges require a collective response. The complexity of the current international agenda can be better understood if clustered in three groups: 1) issues related to peace and security, 2) global issues and 3) economic and development issues. These three clusters are closely interrelated and the positive or negative dynamics in one of these areas have a significant influence on the other two. Issues such as social and political stability, armed conflicts, the environment, migrations, human rights, organized crime and terrorism, among others, necessarily need to be approached also from the perspective of peace and security as well as with a development lens. Multilateral and multidimensional strategies to address these issues are of utmost importance. New spaces need to be developed to enable the contribution of different actors, not only states but also civil society organizations and the private sector, to promote synergies and identify complementarities.
Regional Intergovernmental Organizations (RIGOs) are among the actors that are increasingly expected to play a more significant role in ensuring peace and stability in their respective regions. Accordingly, the relationship between global international organizations (such as the United Nations) and regional international organizations needs to be re-defined and mechanisms for cooperation need to be enhanced. At the same time, nontraditional actors like civil society organizations (CSOs) and private sector organizations are becoming more active and influential in global governance processes. CSOs in particular have developed significant expertise in the conflict prevention and peacebuilding field. These capacities are not always known or used within RIGOs in the design and implementation of their security strategies. The same can be said of CSOs, which are not always aware of the mandates, capacities and roles of RIGOs. There is a need and an opportunity to create a platform to facilitate sustained engagement, exchange and collaboration among these different actors.
With the objective of examining and further defining the roles that regional inter-governmental organizations can play to contribute to a sustainable peace and how they could better cooperate with civil society, the Organization of American States, OAS, and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, GPPAC, joined efforts to organize the First International Conference Strengthening Global Peace and Security for Development. This event, held on 15 and 16 November 2011 in Madrid, Spain, brought participants from all corners of the globe. They represented many sectors including government, the United Nations, Regional Organizations, civil society, business, and academia. The discussions were aimed at sharing impressions, experiences and best practices about the development of regional and global mechanisms to enhance multi-actor cooperation for peace and security. The footage and transcript summaries of this conference can be found in the previous events section of this web page. Also, GPPAC intends to present regional follow-up to the global conference, starting with the Middle East and North Africa region. The MENA conference Responding to the Arab Spring: Enhancing Civil Society and Regional International Organizations Collaboration to Meet New Peace and Security Challenges will be convened in Beirut, Lebanon, in the end of May 2012. To stay updated, visit the events section of this website.
GPPAC is committed to exploring every opportunity to increase and strengthen the relationship between RIGOs and CSOs. To that end, this website functions to effectively facilitate knowledge sharing and discussion, and is open to everyone interested in the topic. We offer the latest news from RIGOs, provide background articles and documents, and most importantly ensure easy contact with scholars, organizations, and field practitioners.
For more information, please contact:
Darynell Rodriguez Torres
Programme Manager Policy and Advocacy
Secretariat of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
T: +31 (0)70 311 0982