Berlin Summer Dialogue 2018

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding – Establishing the Basis for Sustaining Peace

In any process whose purpose is to transform violent conflict, the public’s attention tends to focus on international peace and donor conferences, international organisations’ mediation and peace missions, and national level negotiations. However, especially local peace work is important as a basis for sustainable peace. Within the sustaining peace process, the United Nations are also focussing on strengthening local and national peace structures.

At this year’s Berlin Summer Dialogue 2018, we will discuss the chances and challenges of local peacebuilding. We will especially focus on the work and composition of local peace committees. What can be done to achieve more active engagement by women and young people in local peacebuilding and which specific contributions can they make to sustaining peace. How is their work influenced by the wider conditions at the national and international level? And which forms of external support are beneficial to local peace engagement over the long term?

The public evening event will discuss the role of local media in violent conflicts.

Public Evening Event, 29 May 2018

Building Peace through Media Engagement?
The role of local media in armed conflict

Berlin Town Hall, 17:30 hrs (registration at 17:00 hrs)

The evening event’s programme can be found here.

Please register for the event until 23 May 2018.

Expert Conference, 30 May 2018

A detailed programme can be found here.

Participation by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to


The Global Refugee Crisis: Towards a just response


With their effort to keep refugees and migrants out of their territories, Western nations abdicate their historical and political responsibility, according to the analysis of the renowned Indian migration researcher B.S. Chimni in GLOBAL TRENDS. ANALYSIS 03|2018. Chimni therefore calls for a just response from the international community to the global refugee crisis. Such a response could only consist of a multidimensional strategy that had to be worked out in a genuine dialogue between all stakeholders.

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sef: Policy Lunch 2018

The EU in Global Food Governance


Enough food is produced worldwide to feed humanity, yet more than 815 million people in the world are undernourished. What is the global vision for food and nutrition governance? What initiatives and reforms are being implemented? What role can the EU play?

sef: and CIDSE – International Alliance of Catholic Development Agencies discussed these questions during a Policy Lunch in Brussels. Read the report now!

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Strengthening Local Peacebuilding. Establishing the Basis for Sustaining Peace


On 30 May 2018, international experts discussed in Berlin in what way local peacebuilding can contribute to the prevention of conflicts and to a sustainable peace. Examples from Burundi, Ghana, the Philippines and South Africa were provided to demonstrate chances and challenges of local peacebuilding. Read our short summary now.

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