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Peace and Sustainability Session
Forces for Sustainability, 14-15 March 2007
15 March 2007
Conflict prevention and the transformation from armed conflict towards sustainable development involve a range of challenges for the military security sector and the development sector. The first Peace and Sustainability Session has been convened by the IES in March 2007 in the Peace Palace, to promote cooperation between different disciplines and stakeholders that deal with these challenges.
The session was organised by the Institute for Environmental Security (IES), IUCN, its Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The latter also was the financial sponsor of the meeting. The main objective was to see how the military, the private sector and local communities as important actors and stakeholders in ecologically vulnerable conflict areas could indeed be turned into true forces for sustainability.
The session brought together experts from various backgrounds: private sector, academia, security sector, relief organizations, natural resource management and government to discuss questions relating to this objective. The two day session addressed a range of environmental topics in the various stages of armed conflicts: prediction, prevention, management, and transition to civil rule.