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6 November 2019

#GPW19: Risks and Opportunities of Private Security in Building Peace and Security

Businesses operating in complex and volatile environments often turn to private security companies to manage risks and threats to their personnel and property. So what role do private security companies play in building peace? Can the responsible provision of private security really make a difference in preventing human rights abuses and violent conflict?

This round-table discussion will examine innovative models for the provision of responsible private security. Lessons learned will be shared about how appropriate due diligence and risk management can be ensured at both the international and local level throughout the supply chain. Bring your own questions as panellists seek to answer the following:

- How can international initiatives support private security companies and their clients, civil society and states to ensure responsible private security services?

- What are some of the innovative practices for extractive companies to maintain the safety and security of their operations within a framework that encourages respect for human rights?

- What should we be paying attention to, to prevent civilian harm by private security providers?

- What role do clients play in ensuring the responsible provision of private security?

 

PANELLISTS:

• Mr. Jamie Williamson, Executive Director, International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers Association (ICoCA), Geneva, Switzerland

• Ms. Marlene Wafler, Programme Manager, Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), Geneva, Switzerland

• Ms. Beatrice Godefroy, Director Europe Program, Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), Washington DC, USA

• Mr. Sean Mc Murtry, Asset Protection and Conflict Mitigation Manager at Tullow Oil Kenya

 

EVENT DETAILS:

Wednesday, 6 November, 16:00-17:30 (GCSP Conference Room) 
Hosted by ICoCA, CIVIC, and DCAF

Please register on EventBrite.

 

About Geneva Peace Week 2019

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.

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