HLPF Side Event: Coming to peace with COVID-19?

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It has become evident that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, but one with serious economic, social and political consequences. These represent major risks for the achievement of SDG 16. Emergency regulations have opened the door for autocratic rule; journalists, local peacebuilders and human rights defenders are under threat, while those most in need of protection are the worst affected. To stop and reverse this downward spiral and create new potentials for peace, international state and non-state actors need to make a concerted effort and take guidance from their local partners.

In a joint initiative, the Advocacy Forum Nepal, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), CIVICUS and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will discuss the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic from a peacebuilding perspective. FriEnt – the Working Group on Peace and Development – will present findings from a recent study “Coming to peace with Covid-19?” to lead the discussion.

Please find the full invitation here:

Join the side event by registering with info@frient.de until July 5th.


Welcome Note: Dr. Michael Bröning, Executive Director, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Office in New York

  • Mandira Sharma, Co-Founder, Advocacy Forum Nepal
  • Fidèle Djebba, President of “Association Rayons de Soleil” and CSPPS focal point in Cameroon
  • Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS
  • Dr. Elke Löbel (tbc), Deputy Director General „Displacement and migration; crisis prevention and management”, and Commissioner for Refugee Policy, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Moderator: Elsa Benhöfer, Policy Officer for international processes and global dialog, FriEnt – Working Group on Peace and Development


A summary of the event can be found here.