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The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) is pleased to announce Building the International Law of Peace Negotiation, the third webinar within our year-long 10 Peacebuilding Innovations series. 

The Peace Treaty Initiative is a major global undertaking that aims to establish a purpose-built multilateral treaty to help incentivise warring parties to choose the pathway of negotiation in order to prevent internal armed conflicts in the first place and to end them once underway. In this webinar, our expert panellists will discuss the origins and concepts underlying the initiative; explain how the treaty could help prevent and resolve armed conflicts in a more systemic manner; and describe the goals and outcomes of the ongoing global consultation process. 

Date: Tuesday, December 6 from 4:00pm-4:30pm Barcelona time 

Registration: Please click here to receive the Zoom link to be able to watch the webinar. 

Moderator: Mariana Casij Peña, IFIT

Panellists: Sarah Nouwen and Hesham Youssef, members of the Expert Advisory Group, Peace Treaty Initiative

10 Peacebuilding Innovations is a year-long series of events and initiatives to mark IFIT’s 10th anniversary. The events are led by diverse experts belonging to IFIT’s staffbrain trustspractice groups, and governance bodies. Each event lasts 30 minutes and is held via Zoom.

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The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) is pleased to announce The Initiative on Apex Court Appointments – Filling the Gap in Guiding Principles, the second webinar within our year-long 10 Peacebuilding Innovations series. 

An apex court is the highest judicial body on constitutional matters in a country, often dealing with politically-charged cases that have foundational consequences for democracy and the rule of law. In this webinar, we will examine key structural characteristics and roles played by apex courts in a democratic society and explain how IFIT’s Initiative on Apex Court Appointments is filling the current gap in global guidelines and criteria for the selection and appointment of judges to these unique courts. 

Date: Thursday, September 8 from 4:30pm-5:00pm Barcelona time 

Registration: Please click here to register and receive the Zoom link.

Moderator: Colleen Gwazani, IFIT

Speakers: 

10 Peacebuilding Innovations is a year-long series of events and initiatives to mark IFIT’s 10th anniversary. The events are led by diverse experts belonging to IFIT’s staffbrain trustspractice groups, and governance bodies. Each event lasts 30 minutes and is held via Zoom.

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Philanthropic support or annual sponsorship of IFIT’s short and long-term growth – expanding its local, regional and global impact – is an investment in advancing peace, justice and security for all.

As long as human conflict exists, IFIT will have a substantive role to play. The success of peaceful transitions requires continued presence in volatile regions and countries before, during and after peace and political settlements have run their course.

IFIT helps usher in negotiation and transition processes that are more inclusive, resourceful, evidence-informed and collaborative. Ensuring IFIT’s continued leadership in this field will generate reforms to, and eventually bring about the evolution of, traditional peacebuilding techniques which are often fragmented or fall short of aspirations.

IFIT brings together under one roof the best of theory and practice in relation to successful negotiations and transitions out of conflict or authoritarian rule.

We hope this case for support offers the starting point for a deeper conversation regarding how we can work together to move current practice away from fragmented interventions and towards more integrated solutions to strengthen peace, democracy, and human rights.

To discuss your partnership with IFIT please contact Adriana Brassart, IFIT’s External Relations Manager, at [email protected].

IFIT’s Distinguishing Features

IFIT’s uniqueness lies in the following combination of factors:

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The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) is pleased to announce Locally-Led Peacebuilding: The IFIT Brain Trust Model, the first online event to be held as part of our new 10 Peacebuilding Innovations series. 

This event brings together three recognised local leaders from Nigeria, Syria, and Venezuela who will share their first-hand lessons in bridging elite and community-level processes of dialogue and peacebuilding. The event will include discussion of the critical – but often overlooked – role played by local go-between peacebuilders who “lead from the middle”.

Date: Thursday, July 28 at 4pm Barcelona time 

Registration: Please click here to register and receive the Zoom link.

Moderator: Mark Freeman, IFIT Executive Director

Speakers: 

10 Peacebuilding Innovations is a year-long series of events and initiatives to mark IFIT’s 10th anniversary. The events are led by diverse experts belonging to IFIT’s staffbrain trustspractice groups, and governance bodies. Each event lasts 30 minutes and is held via Zoom.

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The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) is delighted to announce that Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi will serve as the new President of the organisation’s Board of Directors.

“It is an honour to assume this position and I do so in a spirit of humility and deep admiration for the important global work of IFIT in supporting inclusive negotiations and transitions,” Professor Gyimah-Boadi said. 

Professor Gyimah-Boadi is co-founder and Board chair of Afrobarometer, a global reference for high-quality data and analysis on African democracy, governance, economy, and society; co-founder and former executive director of the Ghana Center for Democratic Development; member of the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy; and author and publisher of over a dozen books and monographs. A former professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Ghana, Legon, with previous faculty positions at various universities in the United States, he is the recipient of a myriad of international awards including the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice and the African Studies Association’s 2018 Distinguished Africanist Award. He was recently named as one of the “100 Most Influential Africans″ by New African Magazine.

Professor Gyimah-Boadi’s appointment comes in the wake of the untimely death of IFIT’s former Board President, David Gardner, who served with distinction for many years.

Board Vice President Leslie Vinjamuri and Board Secretary Jon Greenwald said, “Professor Gyimah-Boadi’s appointment is tremendous news. We very much look forward to working with him as he steers IFIT along its remarkable course.”

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On May 16, the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), in collaboration with the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security and the UCL Faculty of Laws will hold an invitation-only consultation session on IFIT’s Peace Treaty Initiative. 

The latest in a series of consultation sessions, the International Law Workshop aims to promote reflective discussion on key questions of international law and policy embedded in the indicative text of the proposed treaty.

Date: Monday, May 16th 2022.

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On Wednesday, May 9th 2022, the IFIT Syria Resource Group (SRG) participated in a panel discussion held as part of the Brussels VI Conference´s Day of Dialogue. In the session Giving Voices to Syrians, Sawsan Abou Zainedin, co-coordinator of the SRG, called for the international community to rethink its approach to providing support to Syria, in order to ensure an effective and sustainable response that meets the minimum needs of the Syrian people and facilitates communities to lead their own recovery. 

Representing a coalition of 13 Syrian civil society platforms, Ms. Abou Zainedin urged attendees – who included ministers, policy-makers, donors, international organisations, and other stakeholders – to shift their focus towards more integrated and consistent policies which are guided by the key principles of human rights and sustainable peace.

The intervention served to reiterate the conclusions and recommendations that emerged from an earlier event, Towards More Principled International Support: A Dialogue between Syrians and the International Community, held independently by the SRG and the Syrian civil society coalition at the end of March. In this forum, the coalition presented its vision for international donor support of the Syrian population, focusing on how to achieve more integrated and consistent policies that would support Syrian communities, but without consolidating the war economy; worsening the divisions between different regions in Syria; planting seeds for new conflicts; contributing to more human rights violations; or empowering certain segments of the Syrian population at the expense of others.

Practical examples of how to operationalise the conclusions from this dialogue were discussed in a subsequent side-event to the Brussels VI Conference, Towards More Principled International Support for Syria: Advancing the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, this time organised by the IFIT SRG in partnership with the Center for Operational Analysis and Research (COAR).

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The Syria Resource Group, with the support of the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), and in partnership with the Center for Operational Analysis and Research (COAR) organized the discussion, Towards More Principled International Support for Syria: Advancing the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, a side-event to the Brussels VI Conference. The event took place virtually on Tuesday, May 3rd 2022.

The discussion focused on practical examples that can operationalise the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus, building upon the conclusions of the convening Towards More Principled International Support, A Dialogue between Syrians and the International Community that took place on March 31st.

Speakers:

For more information and general queries contact [email protected]

Highlights Video: Advancing the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus in Syria

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The Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) deeply regrets to inform friends, colleagues, and partners about the untimely death of Mr. David Gardner earlier today.

This news is shared with an overwhelming sense of loss and sorrow.

David had a long and distinguished career at the Financial Times, where he was one of the preeminent journalists and international affairs editors of his generation. At IFIT, he served with dedication and distinction for many years as President of the Board of Directors. He was an extraordinarily thoughtful and decent man, whose intellectual contributions elevated us all and whose memory and legacy IFIT will honour in perpetuity.

The IFIT community extends its deepest condolences and sympathies to his beloved wife, children and other close family and friends for this heartbreaking loss.

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IFIT´s latest consultation session on its global Peace Treaty Initiative will take place at the Carter School Fall 2021 Peace Week.

In Building the International Law of Peace Negotiation, experts Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Juana Acosta, and Mark Freeman will participate in a panel discussion through which attendees will learn first-hand about the origins and concepts underlying the Peace Treaty Initiative, and have a unique opportunity to examine and discuss the current indicative text for the proposed treaty.

Date: Friday, September 24th from 9:00 to 11:00 New York time (15:00 – 17:00 Barcelona time)

Registration: To attend this session, please register here by Wednesday, September 22. You will receive a Zoom link two days before the session as well as a special meeting package.

IFIT’s Peace Treaty Initiative aims to develop new international law to incentivise and support peace negotiations. Governments, multilateral organisations, academia, faith-based entities, NGOs and think tanks from around the world will be invited to shape the content of an indicative draft of the proposed treaty through participation in thematic and regional workshops and outreach events. 

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