Introduction

Twin UN resolutions introduced the concept of Sustaining Peace, emphasizing the imperative to prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict in response to worrying global trends and the increasingly complex and protracted nature of contemporary violent conflicts. With the growing strength of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, there has been progress in efforts to integrate gender perspectives and promote the meaningful participation and representation of women and girls in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and sustaining peace. Nevertheless, significant challenges persist.

Sustaining Peace requires an ecosystem of partners working together for sustaining peace, including governments and their citizens; local stakeholders, particularly youth and women’s groups.

The Youth, Peace and Security and Women, Peace and Security agendas seek to address a significant gap in the international community’s efforts to address the complex challenge of preventing conflict and sustaining peaceful and inclusive societies through more comprehensive approaches.

All of the above developments give momentum to this first edition of the Torino Forum.

Objectives

Objectives: 

The intended goal of the Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace is to reignite dialogue, inspire action, reinvigorate learning and renew engagement around the challenges and opportunities of bringing forward two agendas: Women, Peace and Security (WPS) as well as Youth, Peace and Security (YPS).

By convening this event, UNSSC aims to strengthen the capacity of key actors on the ground, including the civil society representatives participating in the Forum.

Course Methodology

Course Methodology: 

The Forum will be conducted through discussions, experimentation and reflections providing the platform for interdisciplinary exchanges among practitioners, scholars and policy-makers. The Forum will combine both panel discussions and interactive sessions.

Course Contents

Course Contents: 

On day 1, the Forum’s keynote addresses and high-level panel will frame the overall event, examine progress in implementing Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions, and address the centrality of women and girls to peace.

On Day 2, panelists will look at the challenges and pressing issues of women and girls’ experiences on the ground, and set the context for four deep-dive parallel tracks (breakout workshops) where participants will discuss specific issues and explore solutions. Each breakout interactive session will be focused on a set of specific sub-themes (to be discussed and refined with partners) that will invite active participation from stakeholders at all levels. The last session of the Forum will synthesize the outcomes of the day; integrating the content, experience and ideas emerging from participants’ work. These sessions will also serve as collaboration hubs for identifying best practices, plans and future initiatives.

Specifically, in the context of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), on day 1 the Forum also envisages a cultural event to leverage the potential of music by bringing together the cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious diversity in support of commonly shared values around peace. 

Target Audience

Target Audience: 

UN staff, governments, practitioners, representatives of women's and youth groups and civil society organizations, private sector, academia, and representatives of institutions that are interested in stepping up their capacity on the Sustaining Peace, Women, Peace and Security, and Youth, Peace and Security agendas.

Cost of participation

Cost of participation: 

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, there are no fees for the Torino Forum. However, participants are expected to cover travel and lodging. To defray these costs for qualified applicants from the Global South, UNSSC will offer a limited number of scholarships.

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