A delegation of six Diplomatic Council members attended the Geneva Peace Week on the occasion of a Diplomatic Council side event at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva. This year, Geneva Peace Week focused on the theme “prevention of violent conflicts” and pursues the guideline of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who prefers „Diplomacy for Peace“ over the military efforts of the blue helmets.
During this peace conference, the Diplomatic Council also participated in several panels dealing with topics such as „trends in peace mediation and conflict prevention“, „what next in peacebuilding“ and „Sustaining peace in the city“, „business and peace“, „a digital Geneva Convention“ and „Trends on water and peace“. The Diplomatic Council pursues in particular two approaches to achieve peace: diplomacy for peace and economic prosperity as a basis for well-being and peace.
Members of the Diplomatic Council believe that actions built on sustainability and responsibility represent a crucial basis for the welfare of the community and the social peace in a region or country.
At the same time, it is important to be prepared for hybrid conflicts as well as micro conflicts. In many cases, several conflicts are related and overlaid by micro conflicts and we need a peaceful solution with brings together three, four or even five conflict parties. At present, hybrid conflicts can be observed in South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. A typical European example would be Ukraine with a conflict that involves the Ukrainian people, Russia, the EU and further “players” in the background. The significance of the economic environment became evident at Geneva Peace Week when the following statement was made: “Imagine a company investment of 2 billion Euro in a country or region with a 5 billion Euro GDP and it becomes clear: this changes everything!” The conclusion is that the main factors for the conflicts in Africa are a result of the economy. In most parts of the continent, people live in absolute poverty: this provides a breeding ground for terrorists groups. Hybrid conflicts are much harder to solve than normal ones because the “problem solver” may do more harm than good. Hence, managing risks for conflict solving experiences an unprecedented importance.
At its side event, the Diplomatic Council focused on the three following topics that do have global impacts:
The following speakers and topics are presented::
- DC Business Ambassador Jamal Qaiser, DC Commissioner for UN Affairs: DC Peace Strategy – How to mitigate conflicts if there is no quick solution
- Thorsten Nowak, Chairman DC Safer Internet for Children: Crime prevention through collaboration between governmental and non-governmental organizations
- Dr. Klaus-Ulrich Moeller, DC Commissioner for UN Affairs: The DC Code of Trusted Public Communication. How communication prevents crime and hate and contributes to peace.
The Diplomatic Council has come to the following conclusion:
We seem to be preparing for the Third World War. We have to prevent this in any case!