“This is the most innovative, purposeful, and valuable effort to promote diversity and peace that I’ve found.” – Heather G.
“Nesting Peace: Creating Infrastructures to Sustain Diversity” is the Sixth GAMIP Summit.
It took place on September 16-20, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Peacebuilding is at a turning point. Traditional liberal approaches are giving way to much-needed, alternative peacebuilding paradigms.
Infrastructures for peace are one such emergent, more effective framework for peacebuilding.
Designed as an infrastructure for peace itself, this summit is unique in several ways:
- Team: Completely organized by youth (who like to discuss things with their more experienced friends every now and then);
- Self-practice: Organized by a team of individuals committed to applying principles and practices of peace in their own work, using peace tools and processes as resources for the creation this event;
- Funding: Largely crowdsourced and crowdfunded, with no financial barriers to participation and applying principles of gift and solidarity – one of the first events to apply crowdsourcing to peacework;
- Participants and Location: Making the most of Geneva’s international character to attract a wide variety of actors to dialogue on this topic for the first time (including government, the UN, business, artists, journalists, youth, and many others);
- Historic moment: Happening at an important moment in the history of infrastructures for peace and peacebuilding;
- Formats: Featuring interactive and innovative formats throughout the conference to maximize interaction and engagement on the issues at hand;
- Experience: Providing the experience of various kinds of live infrastructures for peace throughout the conference to facilitate transformational learning and deep understanding.
Traditional approaches to peacebuilding have tended to concentrate on one-off activities without a coordinated, systemic approach. Peacebuilding requires multi-level and long-term investments targeted at building capacities and structures that can help prevent, transform and address the roots of violent conflict. Peace processes – dialogue, reconciliation, mediation, peace education, restorative justice, etc. – require a framework that provides continuity, social support and opportunities for the involvement of all stakeholders. Infrastructures for peace are an emergent and effective framework focusing on the sustainability of peace by developing capacities for coordinated responses to conflict.
According to UNDP, infrastructures for peace are “[a] network of interdependent systems, resources, values and skills held by government, civil society and community institutions that promote dialogue and consultation; prevent conflict and enable peaceful mediation when violence occurs in a society.“ Further, “Recurring conflicts and extended, turbulent, transitions cannot be addressed through discrete one-time mediation or a single peace process. They require standing and sustainable mechanisms for mediation and dialogue—’infrastructures for peace’—at local and national levels within the country itself.”