Presentation At The High-Level Meeting On Peacebuilding And Sustaining Peace

April 25, 2018
April 25, 2018 admin

SUSTAINABLE FINANCING FOR PEACE:

The presentation borrows from the Business 4 Peace (B4P) model 1 with the argument that better engagement processes provide for a paradigm shift requiring the “whole society’s” inclusiveness for sustainable peacebuilding.2 We agree that; just and inclusive societies provide a stable foundation for businesses to succeed.3 While under-development provides fertile ground for recurrence of conflict,4the participation of business in the political economy of conflict creates and exacerbates it in fragile environments.5Bearing in mind the developmental prisms of engagement for peace; does “corporate peace, therefore, mean social peace?6 What about scenarios where the dominant assumption of peaceful coexistence based on established structures of governance and democratization, rule of law and free markets, in fragile states; is quashed by the profitoriented role as critical mandate7 of businesses? What are the avenues for the UN to monitor and ensure commitment to the Business for Peace tenets? To respond to these questions, I provide four recommendations for a mutually supportive and sustainable peace vs. development process;

  1. Drafting of unitary global Development Social Responsibility and Corporate Social Responsibility Frameworks for Peacebuilding (DSR & CSR- FP) that align to target member state’s needs for responsible and sustainable development.8
  2. Facilitation of grass-root business engagement processes that provide accountability and commitment through role definition, inclusivity and expertise on early warning signs, to prevent conflict; especially in non-extractive industry,9 that provides for GDP contributions of upwards of 60% in fragile states.10 This process will be sustainable, cheaper and also build resilience by focusing on what works in the different contexts.11
  3. Development of a sustainable and mutually beneficial Peace-Code 12 focusing on the advancement of peacebuilding needs assessment and definitions of a code of ethics that provides the UN with a coordination mechanism and a leading role in the process; under SDG 16.13
  4. Finally, formulation of research on various business dynamics, and creation of feedback loops14 that assist the UN’s – PBC and the various actors to respond, based on the context-specific needs in fragile environments, as an avenue of dealing with a consensus15 that did not respond to different contexts of conflict, the priorities of micro-finance of trade over aid16 and, the benefits to the local communities.
    An extended version of the whole session can be accessed through this link: UN Web TV

 

  1. (UNGC, 2013)
  2. (WOSCAP Project, 2017
  3. (Chakravorti, 2016)
  4. (Miklian & Schouten, 2014)
  5. (Ballentine, Nitzschke, & Editors, 2005)
  6. Milklian & Schouten, 2014)
  7. ibid
  8. (De Colle, Adrian, & Sarasvathy, 2014)
  9. (Zalik, 2004); (Rees, Kemp, & Davis, 2012); (European Union and UN, 2012)
  10. (La-Porta & Shleifer, 2008)
  11. (COMECE, Pax Christi International and Justice & Peace Europe, 2017); (Interpeace, 2016);
  12. (MacNulty, 2014)
  13. (Conroy, 2017)
  14. (Peace Women, 2017); (Luengo-Cabrera & Butler, 2017)
  15. (Berdal & Mousavizadeh, 2010)
  16. (Miklian & Schouten, 2014)
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