GPPAC Foundation

The Netherlands

About Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a global network led by civil society organisations (CSOs) actively working to prevent violent conflict and build more peaceful societies.

Full Commitment GPPAC has been involved in advocacy for and application of the SDGs linked to conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Through its network, GPPAC has supported members in their capacity to analyse and translate the SDGs in their work and has taken initial steps in capturing examples of comprehensive implementation of conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities.

The GPPAC Working Group Influencing Policy recognized the relevance of the SDG framework for GPPAC and the peacebuilding community more widely. In its plans for 2019 it therefore proposes to facilitate at least two civil society lead national review processes. With the SDGs as the dominant global framework for peace and development issues as GPPAC Working Group we want to make sure the SDGs (through an SDG 16+ lens) translate into positive actionable, practical and inclusive changes in peacebuilding and conflict prevention at national and community levels. We also aim to contribute to continued support and commitment for the peace goals at global levels.

Four years after the adoption of the SDGs we aim, through this national reviews and related exchanges to: Increase civil society capacities to take part in SDG 16+ related processes and discussions nationally and internationally and assess the role civil society has played/can play in the inclusive implementation of SDG peace goals. By doing this we are also aiming at supporting existing or new CSO (coalitions) working on SDGs and peace for them to continuously engage in this agenda nationally and ensure the practical – local implementation is driving SDG national peace agenda. This will be achieved through preparatory work towards the workshops and during a 5 day in country workshop co-organised by a local GPPAC member and members of the WG and through continued engagements between the lead GPPAC member in country, the WG and GPPAC GS before and after the workshop and their involvement in advocacy moments. Assess what progress (or lack thereof) of the peace goals (16+) has been achieved from a grounded civil society perspective at national /community levels, Inform local, national, regional and international priority setting on how to further the implementation of the peace goals based on the local experiences and expertise of CSOs/members and showcase their work/expertise. Based on the findings of the desk study, survey, interviews and workshop a country report providing a civil society perspective on SDG 16+ progress and implementation will be drawn up and, through GPPAC GS, a GPPAC policy brief written to include findings from both countries.

A side-event to the HLPF in July in New York providing the findings from the two countries and overall recommendations will be organized by GPPAC in cooperation with other actors. Beyond the HLPF, GPPAC and the WG will use the recommendations and findings in SDG related events and discussions throughout 2019. Reflect on the inclusivity and usefulness of the review process itself this will be done by comparing the different country reviews processes. Actively undertake advocacy at key policymaking moments on comprehensive implementation of SDGs with a peacebuilding.