Preventing violent conflicts requires the forging of effective partnerships and networking among Civil Society Organizations, governments and intergovernmental organizations, among others. In the following section you can find information about initiatives that have been carried out, best practices and literature regarding the multistakeholder approach towards armed conflict prevention.
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In recent years, several joint activities with RIGOs and CSOs have taken place, leading up to the pivotal Stregthening Global Peace conference:
- September 2011 (Cairo, Egypt) - The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) co-hosted a 'High Level Retreat of Envoys for Peace in Africa' in partnership with the African Union (AU) and Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) on the topic "Good Governance for Peace, Security and Stability." It focused on i) the challenges involved in establishing good governance; ii) the review of the mechanisms and frameworks for addressing governance challenges; iii) the threat of poor governance to peace, security and stability and iv) international and regional responses to governance related conflicts.
- October 2010 (Panama) - CRIES was invited to participate at the event "Compromiso Centroamérica: un espacio para construir una región segura", which was organized by the Central American Integration System (SICA), UNDP, and AECID. With the event's focus on regional security priorities, they shared experiences, lessons learned and successful stories of concrete initiatives on the ground which helped in the past or are helping to build a more secure region.
- July 2010 (Kathmandu, Nepal) - The Center for South Asian Studies, in collaboration with GPPAC, hosted a Regional Roundtable on ‘Promoting People to People Interaction Through SAARC.' Civil society participants met with the Director of the SAARC Secretariat and pledged to regularly send their publications and materials to the Secretariat library.
- April 2010 (Suva, Fiji) - FemLINKpacific and GPPAC Pacific regional representatives attended the first PIFS-CSO Dialogue of 2010 organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. The PIFS-CSO Dialogue is the mechanism endorsed by the Forum Regional Security Committee to provide a structured approach for civil society to engage with the Forum Secretariat on peace, conflict and security issues. The PIFS-CSO Dialogue is held twice a year.
- March 2010 (Panama) - At the meeting "Conflict and Violence in Central America: Towards a Multistakeholders Preventive Action Plan," representatives from regional intergovernmental organizations (UNDP, OAS, SEGIB and SICA), as well as CSOs and members of the Central American chapter of PLACPaz were invited to participate and discuss potential avenues for collaboration in a Conflict Prevention Plan for the region. Participants developed a proposal together for a Central American Work Plan.
- November 2009 (Washington, DC) - The OAS and CRIES hosted the policy roundtable "Regional Peace, Development and Security: the Role of Regional Organizations and Civil Society." Panelists presented examples of successful partnerships between government and CSOs and considered the particular role CSOs can play in conflict prevention.