This workshop aims to provide an opportunity for Geneva Peace Week participants to share insights and exchange views with the institutional partners working on a joint initiative to ensure that the early warning tools, systems and practices in the African context are informed by human rights norms, standards and data. In addition to providing information about the project, the workshop seeks to harness scientific, technical and other related expertise and experiences among the participants, in line with a multi-disciplinary approach bridging the gap between early warning and early action in Africa.
This will be attained by the following specific objectives:
1. Take stock on past achievements and results of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office-supported joint project of the African Union (AU), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the World Bank Group (WB), to mainstream and integrate a human rights approach to prevention into in AU and Regional Economic Communities/Mechanisms (REC/RMs) early warning systems.
2. Introduce the new phase (2023-2025), including its objectives & results areas, and how it aligns with the agendas and mandates of the AU, RECs/RMs, UN, WBG and civil society.
3. Mine and synthesize the ideas of the different participants concerning conflict early warning evolution, new approaches and methods anchored on human rights, as well as the importance of mainstreaming human rights in conflict prevention through a “world café” format.
4. Generate interest from participants (and potential partners) to support implementing the new phase of the project.