The efforts to sustain peace is required not only once conflict had broken out but also long beforehand, through the prevention of conflict. Based on the recommendations of the 2015 review of the UN peace-building, The UN aimed to develop the “Sustaining Peace” agenda.
In 2016, the UN General Assembly and Security Council adopted identical resolutions (UNSC Resolution 2282 and General Assembly Resolution 70.262). Theses resolutions emphasize the importance of a broad approach to peace-building, encompassing all stages of peace, and underscored that sustaining peace should be understood as a “goal and a process to build a common vision of a society, ensuring that the needs of all segments of the population were taken into account.”
The Sustaining Peace agenda is strongly linked to the efforts of women’s organizations (CSOs) to implement the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) resolutions. CSOs, and in particular women’s rights organizations, can be seen as pioneers in implementing the Sustaining Peace agenda – and as key actors who will take it forward.
TWBI organization participated in a study conducted by Global Network of Women Peace builders (GNWP) to ensure civil society’s meaningful participation in shaping the Sustaining Peace agenda by adding their voices to the global policy discussions about this new agenda. TWBI conducted focus discussion group session in Tripoli with different civil society members about the role of civil society in peace building. The study involved GNWP’s members and partners. The countries included in the study are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Canada, Colombia, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mexico, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Ukraine.