Moving from a promise made in Sweden towards hope for peace in Yemen

Briefing the Security Council via video conference from Amman, Jordon, Mr. Griffiths confirmed that under the “strong leadership” of Lt. Gen. Michael Lollesgaard, who heads the UN operation monitoring a cease-fire in Yemen’s key port of Hudaydah, the parties had agreed  that the first step of the so-named Hudaydah redeployment plan. would be withdrawal from the ports of Saleef and Ras Isa. Read more

Transition and Peacebuilding

Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)

The successful reintegration of former combatants is recognized as a key factor in successful peace-building, addressing the need for immediate security and longer-term recovery in the transition from war to peace. IOM supports DDR efforts by focusing principally on successful reintegration, supporting former combatants to transition to civilian life and by supporting communities to recovery, absorb and support returning former fighters and other conflict affected populations through socio-economic recovery, social cohesion programming and a broad array of peacebuilding support interventions.  IOM’s efforts support reconciliation at the national and community level and contribute to restoring trust through confidence-building measures to help prevent or mitigate future violent conflict. Direct assistance to former combatants and to host communities may include health services, psychosocial assistance, livelihoods assistance, social cohesion activities and reconciliation among other needs defined by the context. Read more


“Divided Past – Joint Future” is the project implemented by a consortium of 18 partners (7 IPA beneficiary countries plus Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Netherland). Project consortium involves CSOs, research institutes, foundations, resources centres and Erasmus NAs and 13 associated business partners. Read more

The Essential Role of Women in Peacebuilding

An International Peace Institute study of 182 signed peace agreements between 1989 and 2011 found that when women are included in peace processes, there is a 35 percent increase in the probability that a peace agreement will last 15 years or more.

Evidence indicates that women participants in peace processes are usually focused less on the spoils of the war and more on reconciliation, economic development, education and transitional justice – all critical elements of a sustained peace.  Read more

Deeply Talks Special: Women & Peacebuilding Discussion Forum

Drawing from cases of conflict and peacebuilding around the world, we examine the factors holding back women’s participation in peace and security efforts and consider what can be done to better protect women and girls from gender-based violence. IN THE FALL of 2000, the United Nations adopted Security Council Resolution 1325 on women and peace and security with the goal of involving more women at all levels of peace and security efforts and taking action to protect women and girls from gender-based violence. Read more