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20 Years of an "Agenda for Peace": A new vision for conflict prevention?

On Friday, 15 June 2012, the United Nations Office at Geneva and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform hosted a panel discussion on
20 Years of an "Agenda for Peace": A new vision for conflict prevention?


On 17 June 1992, then United Nations Secretary-General Boutros-Boutros Ghali published "An Agenda for Peace", a landmark document about the role of the United Nations in preventive diplomacy, peacemaking and peace-keeping in the post-Cold War world. The 20th anniversary of "An Agenda for Peace" is a reminder of the continued importance of a clear vision and strategy to maintain international peace and security in the 21st century. With the decline of inter- and intra-state armed conflict, with most violent deaths occurring outside of traditionally defined armed conflict areas, with new state and non-state actors at the world stage, and growing military spending, the global efforts towards the achievement of peace and security require new partnerships and approaches.  Commemorating the 20th anniversary of "An Agenda for Peace", this event provided an opportunity for a forward-looking discussion about the new visions needed to prevent conflict and consolidate peace in a changing world.  Questions that were considered included the role of regional partners, how to ensure long-term attention and funding for conflict prevention, the importance of disarmament, the impact of new technologies and media and how to improve early warning mechanisms.    

A welcome and introduction was given by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. The discussion was moderated by Amb. Fred Tanner, Director, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and speakers included: Prof. Timothy D. Sisk, Korbel School, University of Denver; Associate Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy; H.E. Ms. Elissa Golberg, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva; and Mr. Andrew Tomlinson, Director, Quaker United Nations Office, New York.