The pursuit of sustainable peace: national ownership, inclusion and international solidarity – Ministerial level side event at UNGA 76


UNDP and the Principles for Peace Initiative invite you to a high-level UNGA side event on opportunities and practical strategies to foster sustainability and durability of peace processes. The panel will bring together ministerial level government representatives, eminent members of the International Commission for Inclusive Peace as well as senior UN officials to discuss on these questions.

When: September 22, 2021, 8.30 am – 11.00 am EDT (New York)

8:30 – 8:45 am  – Introductory remarks
  • Ms. Asako Okai – Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Crisis Bureau, UNDP
  • Mr. Bert Koenders – Co-Chair of the International Commission on Inclusive Peace; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Netherlands & Former United Nations’ SRSG in Ivory Coast and Mali

8:45 – 9:50 am – Session 1 – The pursuit of sustainable peace – a collective responsibility


  • Mr. Flemming Møller Mortensen – Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Nordic Cooperation 
  • Ms. Najla Al-Mangoush – Minister of Foreign Affairs Libya (TBC)
  • Ms. Carin Jämtin – Director-General for the Swedish International Development Agency
  • Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa – Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP 
  • Ms. Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini – Co-chair of the International Commission on Inclusive Peace; CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network, ICAN
  • Mr. Scott Weber – President of Interpeace 


  • Mr. Samuel Rizk – Head Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding & Responsive Institutions, UNDP Crisis Bureau

9:50 – 11:00 am – Session 2 – Harmonizing the engagement for short-term violence reduction with long-term resilience building  


  • General Roméo Dallaire – International Commission on Inclusive Peace, Former Force Commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda; Founder of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security
  • Ms. Dafina Gercheva – UNDP Resident Representative, Ukraine
  • Ms.  Stella Voutta Program Director, Peace, Global Issues; Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany)
  • Mr. Björn Gehrmann, Team Lead Mediation, Peace Finance; Desk for Stabilisation & Peacebuilding, German Federal Foreign Office 
  • Ms. Ilwad Elman – International Commission on Inclusive Peace; Director of Programs and Development, Elman Peace, Somalia 
  • Mr. Henk-Jan Brinkman – Chief of Peacebuilding Strategy and Partnerships at United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office 


  • Ms. Hiba Qasas – Head of Secretariat, Principles for Peace Initiative