Entitled "Sustaining Peace in Practice: breaking the siloes between humanitarian, development and peace actions", the event was part of the Geneva Peace Week's thematic track on "Rights, Inequalities and Peace." It featured ILO's Peace Specialist, Nieves Thomet; Kevin Babila Ousman, Interim Lead of the Interagency Policy for Emergency Unit at the WHO; Cecilia Sánchez-Bodas, Programme Specialist at UNICEF; and Julius Jackson, the team leader of the Peace Unit (CPU) at FAO. Anita Ernstorfer and Annika Erickson-Pearson, respectively from Interpeace and the Geneva Peace Platform, moderated the workshop.
It is time for us to discuss peace responsiveness-We have to change the dialogue from working in conflict to working on conflict. We need to integrate conflict sensitivity and analysis to better carry out our mandates."Kevin Babila Ousman, WHO
We took stock to see where we are, what we have learned to start building peace consciousness. This leads to introducing explicit peacebuilding objectives cross-cutting our different sectors."Cecilia Sánchez-Boda, UNICEF
Our organisations need to move away from taking for granted that our mandate is enough to contribute to peace, to explicitly address conflict drivers at the origin of fragility - related to decent work deficits in ILO’s case - through collective conflict-sensitive and peace-responsive strategies."Nieves Thomet, ILO