Monday 1 February: Peacebuilding Strategies Across Borders
1000 – 1100
Opening Keynotes: Pathways to Peace, Security and Democracy: The Role of Parliamentarians
How important are parliaments, parliamentarians and parliamentary processes to establishing sustainable peace in fragile states? What is the role of a parliamentarian within a fragile state, within the region and as part of the broader international community?
1120 – 1240
Policy Priorities for Tackling State Fragility: Perspectives
What are the causes of fragility? What are the drivers of violent and non-violent change? How can state resilience be built up to avoid a return to violent conflict? What policy areas should parliamentarians prioritise to tackle state fragility? What principles should guide policy development and scrutiny?
1400 – 1520
Implementing Peace and Security Policy: Cross-Government Approaches and International Engagement
How can international engagement better support local peacebuilding strategies? What strategies do governments adopt to coordinate responses to state fragility? What are the benefits and challenges associated with implementing cross-government approaches?
1540 - 1700
Scrutinising Multilateral Peacebuilding Actors: Parliamentary Networks in Action
What roles have multilateral organisations played in peacebuilding? How have parliamentarians in donor and fragile states scrutinised the activities of these international actors (UN, IMF, World Bank) and better held them to account? What innovative peacebuilding initiatives have emerged from international, regional and national parliamentary networks and partnerships?
Tuesday 2 February: Revitalising Economies and Human Security
0900 – 1000
Keynotes: Sustainable Peace, Security and Development
How does violent conflict sustain underdevelopment? What are the challenges to rebuilding the economy after conflict? How can priorities and budgets for security and public service provision be balanced to meet public expectations? What role can parliamentarians in donor and fragile states play in scrutinising peacebuilding initiatives for the transition to peace, security and development?
1000 – 1120
Rebuilding Public Financial Management Systems: Moving Beyond Aid Dependence
How can domestic revenue collection in fragile states be strengthened to reduce foreign aid dependency? How can large numbers of international donors be coordinated without compromising local ownership of reconstruction? What are the challenges and opportunities for parliamentarians?
1400 - 1520
Reinstating Rule of Law: The Foundations for Development and Community Security
How does reinstating rule of law produce peace dividends – create the space for investment as well as human security? How can rule of law be re-established where resources are scarce and systems are fragmented and un-coordinated?
1540 - 1700
Effective Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of Conflict Actors: Women and Men, Girls and Boys
What can we learn from the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS) in terms of good practice and policy guidance? At its 10th anniversary, how effectively has Security Council Resolution 1325 been implemented in DDR? How can parliamentarians scrutinise DDR strategies to ensure they curb violence and address the human rights and needs of former combatants in all their diversity – women, men, girls and boys?
Wednesday 3 February: Improving Access to Justice
1000 – 1120
Negotiating Justice and Reconciliation: Perspectives and Experiences
What local, national and international tools and strategies can support justice and reconciliation? What lessons can be learned from experiences of implementing truth and reconciliation commissions/hearings? How can gender-based violence issues be better tackled? How can parliamentarians support these processes?
1140 – 1300
Peacekeeping for the Long Term: Strengthening Effectiveness and Accountability
How does peacekeeping relate to peacebuilding? How has the expanding mandate of peacekeeping operations (civilian protection; disarmament demobilisation and reintegration of combatants, security sector reform, return and reintegration of internally displaced persons and refugees) been matched with developments in training and coordination? What mechanisms exist for holding peacekeepers to account?
Thursday 4 February: Rebuilding Citizen-State Relations
1000 – 1045
Keynote: Rebuilding Citizen – State Relations: Governance Challenges and Opportunities
What is the role of national dialogue mechanisms and processes in sustainable peacebuilding? How can an inclusive and transparent state, active civil society and professional media rebuild public trust and reduce the risk of a return to violence? How can parliamentarians support the construction or restoration of systems for national dialogues? How can decentralisation of political decision making help? What role can traditional leadership structures play?
Friday 5 February: Moving Forward
1500 – 1600
Closing Keynote: The Commonwealth, International Parliamentary Diplomacy and Building Peace
How has the Commonwealth at its 60th anniversary facilitated inclusive and multilayered international diplomacy and supported transitions from violent conflict to peace? What lessons have been learned? How can the Commonwealth contribute over the next 60 years and what role can parliamentarians play in international diplomacy for sustainable development, peace and security?