In recent years, the world has seen significant global uncertainty and threats to global peace; be it an unforeseen by-product of government(al) policies, a shift in the geopolitical ‘status quo’, or unanticipated global phenomena, including the emergence and influence of new technologies and actors. Other factors impacting global peace and security include: rapid demographic changes; technological innovations; globalisation and local responses; and climate change. Furthermore, the emergence of ‘rising powers’ is redefining the governance of international peace and security, posing challenges to a global peace architecture that has prevailed for many decades.
Africa occupies an important place in current global responses to the changing nature of threats to international peace and security, and will remain an important actor in global peacebuilding in the future. This conference will specifically explore Africa’s place and potential contributions to the future of global peacebuilding. It will discuss the complexities embedded in ongoing changes in the world’s peace and security terrain and examines their interaction with, and impact on, conflict dynamics and peacebuilding in Africa, as well as the continent’s contribution to global conversations and actions on peacebuilding. Building on the discussions and findings of the past three meetings in this series, policymakers, practitioners, civil society actors and scholars will document and explore Africa’s contributions to peacebuilding as they inform actions and decision-making today, and are likely to in the future.
In doing so the conference will draw on the evolution of these global trends, addressing how they interact with, and impact conflict dynamics and peacebuilding in Africa, its broader ramifications, and explore the options with regard to Africa’s vision and role—along with its international partners in shaping the future of global peacebuilding.
Previous events in our ‘African perspectives on peacebuilding’ series have assessed the development of African approaches to peacebuilding in response to the changing dynamics of conflict and emergence of new conflict actors on the continent.
We spoke to four representatives from the organisations that have been at the heart of the series from the start, and asked for their perspectives on the series so far.