Programme theme: Conflict prevention, resolution and state building

Our work continues to cover a range of conflict prevention, resolution and state building issues related to global security threats.

Our event on Protecting civilians in conflict, held in association with the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), brought together military professionals, officials and NGOs from NATO and EU member states with counterparts in partner countries to discuss effective policy and operational approaches for the protection of civilians in conflict (PoC). The conference produced a number of specific recommendations regarding the establishment of PoC policies, guidelines for doctrine writing processes, and initiatives to improve implementation, including the setting up of a PoC centre of excellence.

Implementing peace in Colombia was held in partnership with the Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution (NOREF) in Bogotá, and explored the reintegration of former FARC combatants, one of the most challenging issues facing the implementation stage of the Colombian peace process.

The future of global peacebuilding: Africa was held in Abuja and was the fourth event in Wilton Park’s ‘African perspectives of peacebuilding’ series, which was developed in partnership with the African Leadership Centre and the African Peacebuilding Network, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The meeting created a credible platform for policy-makers, practitioners and civil society actors to continue to discuss issues raised in the previous three Wilton Park meetings on new African peacebuilding approaches.

The FCO’s campaign to create a UK/Commonwealth network of women in mediation was launched at the UN General Assembly in September 2017 in the run up to the April 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in London. Women in mediation: promoting participation was convened to support this campaign.

Our fourth dialogue focussing on gender equality examined the routes available to women in developing, emerging and mature economies in Taking forward the women’s economic empowerment agenda.