Resilient Peacebuilding in West Africa: WUN research project workshop in Ghana
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About The Event
International interventions have succeeded in establishing a ‘negative peace’—that is, the cessation of warfighting only (Galtung 1969). Yet, achieving ‘positive peace’, whereby violence and discrimination are replaced by social justice for all, has proved more challenging. In this vein, UN SDG 16 seeks to ‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’ (UN 2017). However, SDG 16’s targets, as well as international legal discourses generally, are overwhelmingly typical of negative peace. This project will establish a network of experts, combining general expertise on peacebuilding interventions with the additional geographical focus on West Africa, to begin an exploratory process of identifying pathways to positive sustainable peace over and above SDG 16’s indicators. It will do so by investigating the transformation of peacebuilding and its impact on local level initiatives in West Africa.
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