This event, organised by the GICHD and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is a discussion and roudtable during Geneva Peace Week.
The Secretary General’s prioritization of prevention entails a greater emphasis on situational awareness and early action when signs of emerging risks of conflict arise. In the past years, endeavors to track these types of signals and to measure conflict risks have been nurtured by the increasing availability of data and continuous technological advancements, including for geographic information systems and mapping solutions (GIS).
How can these technologies be translated into effective tools for conflict prevention? A number of organizations and research institutes have recently engaged in this area. What can be learnt from these experiences, what preliminary conclusions can be drawn?
The focus of the session will be outcome-oriented, looking at measuring the effects of improved data analysis and mapping technologies on decision-making. It will also contribute to a better understanding of the needs and expectations of the peace community with regards to how maps and geographic information can help support conflict prevention policy and action.
The event will be two-fold:
Olivier Cottray – Head, Information Management Division, GICHD (Organiser)
Corrado Scognamillo – Early Warning Specialist, Crisis Response Unit, UNDP (Organiser)
Einar Bjorgo – UNOSAT: Preventing conflict over water
TBC –Interpeace: mapping peace and detecting risks of conflict
Jen Gaskell – Co-founder and co-director, BuildUp
Thomas Baar- Center for Innovation / Humanity-X, University of Leiden
Bas Bijlsma - Senior Policy Officer, Conflict prevention, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bernhard Metz – Geospatial Operations Support Team, World Bank
Andrew Thow - Field Information Services, UN OCHA
Date: Thursday 9 November, 13h-15h30
Location: Maison de la paix, Conference Room C1.
To attend, please register.