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Youth aspirations for peace and security

Jan 2018
Youth aspirations for peace and security
In December 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted UNSCR 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. The resolution was the first to recognise the important role young people can play in preventing conflicts, and sustaining peace. Conciliation Resources was invited by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to contribute to the Progress Report on UNSCR 2250. Between July and September 2017, we conducted participatory research with 494 young people living in Afghanistan, Jammu and Kashmir, South Sudan, the Georgian-Abkhaz context, and among youth of the Ogaden diaspora living in the United Kingdom.

Five ways to support youth inclusion in peacebuilding

Young people who have experienced conflict firsthand have a vital role to play in peacebuilding. They have a clear vision of what peace could look like in their countries and communities, and have the drive to work towards the realisation of these goals. 
However, in many cases they are seen not as positive forces for peace, but rather as threats to it.

Annual Report 2016

Jun 2017
Annual Report 2016 cover
Read this annual review of our work in 2016. Highlights include: reconciling community tensions in Ebola-affected areas of West Africa, working with youth to build peace in Kashmir and the release of our Accord publication on 'transforming broken relationships'.

Paths to peace?

In 2013, qualitative research was conducted on both sides of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict into attitudes towards a range of potential steps that could contribute to transforming the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict. What do people really think, what hopes and fears do they have, and to what extent are predominant attitudes presenting an obstacle to moving forward? The first PDF contains the Georgian findings, the second PDF contains the Abkhaz findings.

Making peace with the past: transforming broken relationships

Aug 2016
Although the importance of reconciliation is increasingly acknowledged by policymakers and practitioners, it is often viewed belatedly and purely as a post-conflict concern. This third Accord Insight reflects on approaches and challenges to address the legacies of violent conflict and stresses the need for efforts to transform relationships between and amongst people and institutions.

The realm of the possible: education

Aug 2016
Front cover - the realm of the possible: education
The Georgian-Abkhaz conflict has had a serious and long-term impact on education, particularly in Abkhazia, but Georgians and Abkhaz alike have identified access to education as a clear area of common interest. The better prepared youth on both sides of the conflict are for engaging in a process in pursuit of peace, the more likely it is that a resolution can be found and that the conflict does not descend into violence again.

Inclusive peacebuilding is crucial

Liana Kvarchelia from our partner The Center for Humanitarian Programmes (CHP) highlights how significant is to include all the sectors of the society in building sustainable peace.

Building peace together: local voices

We are lucky to work with a range of partners from across the world. Watch this video to have a small insight into why all of us together believe peacebuilding is crucial.

Realm of the possible: Gal/i

Jul 2015

The Gal/i region has long been a focus for controversy in the Georgian-Abkhaz context. It is the southernmost district of Abkhazia, and highly populated by ethnic Georgians, whose living conditions, identity and rights are contested issues that create an uncertain outlook for the future.

Securing an Armenian-Azerbaijani agreement

Jun 2015
Mutual insecurity is a primary driver of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict and a dominant factor in contemporary Armenian-Azerbaijani relations. The current peace proposal, known as the Madrid Principles, addresses the issue of insecurity through the envisaged deployment of an international peacekeeping operation, as part of a wider security package.

Dialogue workshop on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and peace process 24-27 February 2015

Mar 2015
At the invitation of Conciliation Resources a dialogue workshop on the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and peace process took place in London from 24-27 February 2015. The meeting brought together officials and public figures from both sides of the conflict. On the fourth day, participants were joined by international experts.

Negotiating access and security

Jan 2015
Geography, and questions of access to territory, are key concerns driving conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis who for many years have had no access to each other’s societies or territories controlled by the other side. This discussion paper incorporates a number of perspectives through which the issue of access is understood today. While identifying areas of clear disagreement, 
it also explores points of convergence, asking whether this issue can be reframed as a solution to a common problem.

Building bridges through filmmaking

In these short films, you can see the work of a group of young aspiring Armenian and Azerbaijani video journalists that came together to complete a one-year film-production study programme at the 'Dialogue Through Film Academy'.

Video: The Nagorny Karabakh Conflict – Perspectives for Peace?

Watch an expert panel discussion and television interview looking at perspectives for peace for Nagorny Karabakh and the current status and challenges of the area.