Please join the Alliance for Peacebuilding on Tuesday, July 20th at 9am ET for the second event in our series focused on reducing and tackling the effects of violent extremism, entitled, A Bird's Eye View: Inside Violent Extremism Disengagement and Reconciliation Programs. Our speakers will explore successes and challenges to disengaging former violent extremists and the ways in which holistic reconciliation programming can provide former combatants with opportunities away from the battlefield, reduce violence, address stigmatization, and promote social cohesion. The panelists will discuss their work in Indonesia, Nigeria, and Central Asia, as well as provide a cross-comparative analysis about how reconciliation programming can reduce violent extremism globally.

Speakers include:

Liz Hume, Acting CEO and President, Alliance for Peacebuilding (Welcome Remarks)

Leanne Erdberg Steadman, Director, Program on Countering Violent Extremism, USIP (Moderator)

Cameron Sumpter, Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence for National Security, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

MaryAnne Iwara, Jennings Randolph Fellow, Program on Countering Violent Extremism, USIP

Dr. Stevan M. Weine, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Chris Bosley, Senior Program Officer, Program on Countering Violent Extremism, USIP

Date & time: Jul 20, 2021 09:00 AM (US & Canada Time)



The Biden administration has repeatedly asserted itself as a champion of sexual and reproductive rights abroad (albeit without ever having said the word abortion), and yet it continues to impose draconian anti-abortion policies which deny access to abortion to pregnant people around the world without exception. As the largest global health funder in the world, these restrictions have an enormous impact on global health providers. This impact is no more destructive than in conflict zones, where local clinics and providers are routinely forced to turn away victims of war rape seeking abortion care, leaving these pregnant victims with no alternative other than to seek out unsafe alternatives.

Over the past decade, policymakers, advocates and medical providers have sought to change these policies, and ensure that pregnant people are able to access safe abortion care as they are entitled to under international law. In parallel, journalists and others have worked to tell the stories of those whose lives have been impacted by these policies and expose the sweeping brutality of the United States’ actions on abortion access around the world.

Join us for a discussion between journalists and leading experts on the impact of US abortion restrictions in conflict zones, and what can be done to turn abortion care as a legal and human right from paper to practice.
Time and date: Jul 15, 2021 11:00 AM (US & Canada time)



It has become evident that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but one with serious economic, social and political consequences. These represent major risks for the achievement of SDG 16, including the promotion of peace, rule of law, inclusive, representative and participatory decision-making, and access to information and fundamental freedoms. While the pandemic is not a cause of violence, it acts as a driver of conflict and an obstacle to peace. But most worryingly, the pandemic has rapidly accelerated the world’s turn towards authoritarianism. Emergency regulations have opened the door for autocratic rule; journalists, local peacebuilders and human rights defenders are under threat, while those most in need of protection are the worst affected. To stop and reverse this downward spiral and create new potentials for peace, international state and non-state actors need to make a concerted effort and take guidance from their local partners. Only if a peacebuilding and rights-based lens is applied in countering the pandemic´s collateral effects, societies can generate momentum for peace and sustainable development.

In a joint initiative, the Advocacy Forum Nepal, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), CIVICUS and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will discuss the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic from a peacebuilding perspective. FriEnt – the Working Group on Peace and Development – will present findings from a recent study “Coming to peace with Covid-19?” to lead the discussion.

Date and time: Tuesday, July 6th, 13:30 - 15:00 CEST / 7:30 – 9:00 EST via MS Teams



Organized By : United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

UNESCO, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism and Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children – in partnership with the Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Norway are hosting a joint side event, titled “From online hate to offline violence” within the 2021 Counter-Terrorism Week. 

The event will seek to further unpack this dilemma, by exploring how we can address and counter, through education in a digital context, hate speech and violent extremism which can lead in the worst instances to atrocity crimes. In particular, it will explore the role of education (including media and information literacy) as a tool for prevention and a means to build learners’ resilience against hateful and violent narratives, with a view to offer possible solutions for early interventions, for the consideration of the international community. At the same time, the side event will recognize that education alone cannot undertake the full range of preventive measures that are needed. And so, it will call for multi-sectoral partnerships and a whole-society approach that requires engagement of government and non- governmental multi-stakeholders in the decision-making process to address the multiplicity of factors feeding hate speech and violent extremism.

Date & Time: 25 June 08:00 – 09.30 AM EST 



Organized By : Center for Civilian in Conflict

In adherence with international humanitarian and human rights law (IHL and IHRL), States’ responsibility to ensure the protection of civilians (PoC) can take many forms - legislative, legal or operational. While incremental progress in each of these realms is important, it may fall short of its objectives until it becomes a national political priority spanning strategic, operational, and tactical planning and decision-making.

The adoption of comprehensive national policy frameworks, strategies or action plans on protection of civilians presents opportunities to raise the standards from protection of civilians as a matter of legal compliance to protection as a strategic imperative applicable across all types of contemporary warfare. Such initiatives also pave the way for States and non-State actors, including civil society, to develop innovative tools and approaches that aim at translating IHL into practice and taking concrete steps towards better civilian protection; they also represent an opportunity to reach shared objectives across the ‘triple nexus’ and improve collaboration between New York and Geneva-based UN stakeholders, Member States and civil society partners.

While many PoC approaches have to be tailor-made to specific threats faced in specific environments, these common elements can enable better coherence across national policies and practice ranging from national legislation, adoption of doctrine and training by state security forces, or the development of civilian harm tracking mechanisms, and strengthened civil-military engagement. This requires a continuous dialogue between State and non-state actors and across civilian-military sectors; and outside-the-box and cross-sectoral cooperation between UN and civil society partners.

The side event will bring insights from actors in the field, civil society, community, and military experts that will share practical, field-tested recommendations, solutions and best practices to respond to civilian harm.

Date and time: Jun 25, 2021 08:30 AM (Zurich)