In early July 2015, two Czech tourists were gunned down in the hauntingly beautiful mountains of northern Albania. The 25-year old suspect, who allegedly committed the crime with an old, communist-era Kalashnikov, was arrested a couple days later.
Posts Categorized: Peace and security
What? On September 25, the United Nations is unveiling the Global Goals: These 17 Goals aim to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. Young people have a big role to play here, which is why UNDP’s #IstanbulHUB is excited to get YOU in on the… Read more »
Sparks fly. A distinct smell fills the air. Twisted metal, slowly morphs into liquid. Under the watchful eyes of police officers, metal workers, and other observers, sawed up rifles and tagged guns are moved into the furnace, ceasing to exist as we know them – threatening, powerful, lethal. I’m at a gun destruction event somewhere… Read more »
This month marked the 16th year anniversary of the conflict in Kosovo, but the silence on the sexual violence that took place has yet to be broken. The topic itself is still a social taboo. Rape is treated as though it were a death sentence and those who have experienced sexual violence are often shunned… Read more »
At the time of Nelson Mandela’s death in December 2013, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d one day have the opportunity to accompany the two chief Cyprus peace negotiators to meet the key people who helped the great man in leading the struggle to dismantle apartheid. At a time when hope in the peace process… Read more »
I was recently invited to Turkey to give a lecture about women police officers in South East Europe. The lecture was to be delivered during a workshop organized for young Afghan women studying at a police officer training programme at the Police Academy in Sivas. As I watched the hall fill up with young female… Read more »
We can come up with a number of ideas if we want to promote peaceful coexistence. But what do we do if we want to measure “peace”? The empirical study of peace is still an underdeveloped field. Not only is peace difficult to quantify; there are also few tools readily available to measure it.
It’s called the IKEA effect. You value something more when you’ve helped build it. Surely anyone who’s ever suffered through a harrowing afternoon assembling that pernickety SVÄRTA loft bed frame can recall the swell of pride and accomplishment after finally figuring it out. Might not a similar thing be the case when it comes to the various institutions of… Read more »
Why has UNDP-ACT decided to build up? Last year, my colleague Nilgun Arif was lucky enough to attend Build Peace in Cambridge. She spent two full days among 250 fellow peacebuilders, activists, social innovators, and academics discussing how technology can be used to build peace in the 21st century. Her experience left a profound impression; and on her… Read more »
Last year Cyprus was chosen by UNDP colleagues in Moldova for two study visits by representatives of local authorities, civil society, and the business community. They picked Cyprus because of its long history of bi-communal cooperation. Nonetheless, this choice still took us, and our partners, by surprise.