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News - 31 October 2016

PRME Business for Peace Forum Highlights Role of Business in Peacekeeping

31 October 2016 | Sharjah, UAE – The PRME Business for Peace Forum concluded last week in the United Arab Emirates, during which a large gathering of representatives spotlighted the relationship between business, sustainable peace, and conflict resolution.

Organized by the PRME Working Group on Business for Peace (B4P), the forum brought together academics, practitioners, civil society, international organizations, and NGOs to present and discuss cutting-edge academic research on the role of business in advancing peace while highlighting areas for further research.

The event took place on the sidelines of the UN Global Compact’s Making Global Goals Local Business series of events nearby in Dubai.

The PRME Business for Peace Forum – the first of its kind – took place on 25 October, and was hosted by the American University of Sharjah (AUS).

Highlighting newest academic research and practical experience in the B4P filed, the Forum focused on the peacebuilding potential of the private sector and due diligence mechanisms.

Addressing the participants at the opening, Dr. Björn Kjerfve, AUS Chancellor said “peace is the core social issue of our region, and the private sector is often best positioned to address it”.

The Forum further explored innovative multi-stakeholder partnership opportunities for peace and broadened the scope of the B4P community to include academic and research-practitioner thought leaders.

“Just two years ago at the first Business for Peace Annual Event in Istanbul we held a special session with the academic and practitioner community to explore this cross collaboration. We’ve been astounded by the interest from both sides and I am delighted to already see a Forum like this attract so much interest,” said Ursula Wynhoven, Chief of Social Sustainability, Governance and Legal, UN Global Compact.

Recognizing the crucial role of students as future business leaders to advance the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda for Humanity, the panel discussions and sessions throughout the Forum were guided by questions generated by students from the American University of Sharjah’s senior seminar on Business and Peace.

This first PRME Business for Peace Forum was the starting point for closer collaboration between the different stakeholders in the B4P community under the overarching framework of the PRME Working Group on Business for Peace with the aspiration to convene the group on an annual basis.

For more information, please contact the co-chairs of the working group,

Co-Chair:  John E. Katsos, jkatsos@aus.edu
Co-Chair: Dr. Robert McNulty, rmcnulty@bentley.edu

And make sure to visit the webpage of the PRME Working Group on Business for Peace.

31 Oct 2016

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