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13.09.2017 - Article

Attended by 28 peacebuilders from around the world, this year’s Global Peacebuilder Summit focused on innovative methods and strategies in peace processes.

Group photo with all participating peacebuilders
Group photo with all participating peacebuilders© AA

Peacebuilders from around the world convened this week for the second time to discuss best practices in the field. Innovative methods and strategies in peace processes were the focus of this year’s Global Peacebuilder Summit.

Meeting for peace

Holding discussions: participant from northern Kenya Fatuma Abdulkadir
Holding discussions: participant from northern Kenya Fatuma Abdulkadir© Eric Vazzoler, Zeitenspiegel

Holding discussions: participant from northern Kenya Fatuma AbdulkadirThe Global Peacebuilder Summit, promoted by the Federal Foreign Office, took place for the second time. Twenty-eight representatives from civil society organisations held discussions on their peacebuilding efforts in Paretz near Potsdam last week (7 to 12 September). Interest in a platform promoting the international dialogue among peacebuilders continues to be strong. The Global Peacebuilder Summit is the world’s only event format geared exclusively to leading peacebuilders in civil society. The objective is therefore to create long-term cooperative partnerships and networks.

Dialogue with employees of the Federal Foreign Office
Dialogue with employees of the Federal Foreign Office© Eric Vazzoler/zeitenspiegel

Promoting peacebuilding work and learning from experience in the field

On Monday (11 September), the peace activists also met employees of the Federal Foreign Office during their conference. Together, they identified obstacles to fostering peace and examined ways in which the Federal Foreign Office can support peacebuilders’ efforts in an even more targeted manner. At the end of the day, it will be necessary to expand the scope of civil societies once again in order to consolidate the peacebuilders’ work in the long term.

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