Cluster II – Instilling High-Level Leadership for Peace

Timeline: March 2018 – March 2020

Targeted leadership interventions by the co-chairman of the Ban Ki-moon Centre, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the former President of Austria Heinz Fischer are means to initiate processes, raise awareness, introduce issues and open doors for the causes of peace and security while empowering women and youth in the framework of the SDGs.

This cluster of Ban Ki-moon Centre projects therefore focuses on providing the high-level leadership interventions of the two co-chairmen including: the establishment of a Women Mediators’ Network in Asia, and a campaign to promote the UN Road Safety Conventions and regional capacity building in East Africa and a campaign on access to education during emergencies.

The Centre will assist in building a Women Mediators’ Network in Asia and connecting it with the existing global women mediators’ networks. The Centre will proactively advocate for women to be featured in all peace and security negotiations regionally and globally. Currently, women are drastically underrepresented in peace and security negotiations as only around 2% of chief peace mediators, 9% of peace negotiators, and 4% of signatories to peace agreements are women. The international community has recognized that increasing the participating of women in peace and security matters plays a decisive role in ensuring respect for women’s rights and in improving operational effectiveness, building resilience, preventing and resolving conflicts and sustaining peace. Therefore, in cooperation with the already established networks, the Centre will forge alliances to build a Women Mediators’ Network in Asia.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre project for Road Safety will be executed in partnership with the International Federation of Automobiles (FIA). The goal is to strengthen the universalization of the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (1968) and therefore, to decrease the youth mortality rate due to road related accidents in East Africa. Globally, road traffic crashes kill an estimated 1.25 million people every year and road related accidents are the number one killer of youth ages 15 – 29 globally. The BKM Centre together with FIA will raise awareness about the Conventions  in the East African region while creating political momentum for East African countries to ratify and implement the UN Road Safety Conventions. The Centre additionally seeks to establish an East African regional road safety observatory.

The Campaign on Access to Education in Emergencies seeks to help elevate education to the top of the global agenda of G20 countries and others. Globally, 75 million school-aged children and youth have had their education disrupted by conflict and only 2% of humanitarian assistance goes towards providing education during emergencies. By working with the NGO Global Citizen, the Ban Ki-moon Centre will seek to help increase awareness and funding for education during emergencies. The Centre aims at engaging in high-level events such as the Global Citizen Festivals in Argentina and in South Africa, campaigning for access to education during emergencies.

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