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News article13 November 2019Service for Foreign Policy Instruments

Durable Peace – EU’s contribution at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum


FPI showcases five projects on conflict prevention, violent extremis, biodiversity, and urban cooperation

No less than five projects supported by the EU via the Service for Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI) were presented at the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum. The global event, which took place on 12 and 13 November, focused on innovative solutions to current global issues. Overall, 115 project and examples of best practises were selected and displayed by the Forum.


“Peace is not stable, it has to be maintained and taught” says Hilde Hardemann Director, Head of Service FPI, in a panel discussion on the subject: ‘Durable peace: building better peace processes through partnership’. “To prevent conflict and build peace in a globalized environment, and in the face of an increasing number of complex protracted conflicts, we need the collective intelligence and multilateral drive that all who seek to sustain the peace and stability can muster together”.

In support of an emerging “global constituency for peace”, FPI manages a high number of foreign policy-related initiatives on the ground. Most initiatives are closely coordinated with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and other partners.

The five FPI supported projects selected by the Paris Peace Forum are:

Building Peace Together
(Trilateral cooperation EU-UN-Word Bank on Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) and Recovery and Peace Building Assessments (RPBA))

Individual states, guided by self-interest, are not likely to prioritize conflict prevention. This project brings together the three largest multilateral actors working with crisis-affected countries, the European Union, the United Nations, and The World Bank. Initiated in 2008, 75 joint crisis assessments have been undertaken all over the world. Based on experience gained, this trilateral cooperation is continuously evolving.


Inuka! Community-led Security Approaches to Violent Extremism in Coastal Kenya
(Search for Common Ground)

The overall goal of the Inuka! project is to increase trust and collaboration between key community stakeholders to prevent radicalization and violent extremism in in four coastal counties of Kenya. In a context of deep mistrust between citizens and security forces this project rebuilt relationships between security actors and the people they serve and deployed innovative tech-based solutions to address and reduce security risks, including those posed by Al-Shabaab and other violent actors.


#ExtremeLives - Countering violent extremism using social media (UNDP Asia)
#ExtremeLives explores themes related to violent extremism through conversation-style interviews broadcasted on Facebook Live. The project is a new tool to achieve peace and security that uses capacity-building and knowledge sharing to provide a platform, information, and inspiration for vulnerable communities to discuss the impacts of extremist narratives at both a local and transnational level.

Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework (Expertise France)
The project Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework supports about twenty countries outside the European Union in the preparation of their participation in the COP15 on biodiversity, which will be held in 2020 in Kumming in China and in the implementation of the commitments that will be made.

International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Asia (Ramboll)
The IUC program boosts international urban cooperation with European Union partners in Asia and the Americas. As cities grow, this demographic change puts many urban areas under significant strain, with local governments often struggling to meet higher demands for energy, water, health, education and transport services. The IUC program aims to enable cities in different global regions to link up and share solutions to common problems.


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Publication date
13 November 2019
Service for Foreign Policy Instruments