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7 November 2019

#GPW19: Linking Peace, Justice and Development through Good Governance in the SDGs

This session will focus on the crucial role of independent oversight institutions in delivering peace and security, rule of law and justice, and the good governance ambitions of SDG16. Highlighting the catalytic nature of SDG16 for the wider 2030 agenda, representatives of independent oversight bodies will showcase how their office’s work contributes to Sustainable Development Goal 16 and related targets (Agenda 16+).

National Human Rights Institutions, Ombudspersons, and similar bodies play a crucial role in preventing violence and crime, by investigating complaints and rectifying grievances, protecting and promoting human rights while also strengthening the good governance of peace and justice institutions. Panelists will share experiences and lessons learned that illustrate the centrality of accountable and effective national security and justice sectors that operate within a framework of democracy and the rule of law for the 2030 Agenda - and the role oversight bodies play in pursuing that outcome.



• Ambassador Thomas Guerber, Director, DCAF, Geneva


• Mr. Erwin van der Borght, Director of Programs, IDLO, London

• Ambassador Thomas Guerber, Director, DCAF, Geneva


• Ms. Ghizaal Haress, Ombudsperson, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan (tbc)

• Mr. Roberto Herrera Cacéres, Ombudsperson, Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (tbc)

• The Hon. Florence Kajuju, Secretary-General, African Ombudsman & Mediators Association (AOMA); Chairperson, Commission on Administrative Justice, Nairobi, Kenya


Concluding remarks:

• Nadia Isler, Director, SDG Lab, Office of the Director-General, United Nations Office Geneva (UNOG), Geneva

Light refreshments will be served from 10:45


Palais des Nations, Hall XIV, Thursday 7 November, from 11:15–12:30, hosted by DCAF (PRDIV) and IDLO

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Peacekeeping occurs in many different contexts and cuts across disciplines and sectors. Geneva Peace Week 2019 breaks down silos by offering more than 70 different events to foster meaningful collaboration and explore creative responses to violence, exclusion, and insecurity. DCAF is co-organizing five events during Geneva Peace Week 2019 with a range of partner organizations drawn from International Geneva.