WFM – Canada Executive Director Fergus Watt joined a panel of experts at an event April 24 at the United Nations. The side event on “Global Platforms for Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace on the Road to 2020” took place during the April 24-25 UN General Assembly “High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.”
“Sustaining Peace” is a relatively new term that is meant to describe a broad range of measures, not only UN peacemaking and peacekeeping, but also preventive action and post-conflict peacebuilding. The problem, of course, is that governments don’t make the investment in using the UN’s conflict prevention, mediation and peacebuilding machinery.
Watt’s remarks focused on the “UN2020 Initiative,” a civil society-led campaign which is mobilizing support for using the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020 as an occasion for stocktaking, renewal and reform for the organization.