. Policy makers from developed and developing countries, practitioners from humanitarian agencies, development institutions and the peace and security communities, academics and representatives of the private sector will come together with the goal of increasing our collective impact in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV).
The theme of the Forum, Managing Risks for Peace and Stability, reflects a strategic shift in how the global community addresses FCV – among other ways by putting prevention first. This renewed approach is laid out in an upcoming study done jointly by the World Bank and United Nations: Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict. The study says the world must refocus its attention on prevention as a means to achieving peace. The key, according to the authors, is to identify risks early and to work closely with governments to improve response to these risks and reinforce inclusion.
They are spread across low-income countries (LICS) and middle-income countries (MICs). The spread of fragility to MICs challenges long-held assumptions that fragility is primarily confined to poor countries and that the relative strength of MIC institutions would foster social and economic progress and shield them from the ravages of FCV. This notion is false. We want to prevent conflict before it takes hold to ensure that countries are better able to protect their citizens and maintain the development gains of the last few decades.
We know that no one country or organization can fight fragility globally and win; instead it will take close collaboration and many institutions working with governments to develop more research and data, improve policies, and increase resources to bring about better solutions.
We have introduced new financing mechanisms – including $2 billion to support refugees and host communities and $2.5 billion to spur private enterprise. In addition to working with global partners, we are also working across our own institutions to leverage the full suite of tools, financing, and knowledge available.
As the Forum approaches, I hope that the international community will take a moment to reflect on the millions of people already suffering from the impacts of war and other conflicts: those dying in conflict and those who have been forced from their homes as a result of it.
– International Committee of the Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, United States Institute of Peace, UNICEF and many others – on what they are doing to support and assist countries and their most vulnerable citizens.
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