Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: September 2020
“I notice we are always framing our conversations with the starting point of COVID – That is what most media outlets are feeding us. It is what makes us locked down. I really want to challenge us as peacebuilders to stop doing that – to stop talking about COVID the disease, and to start talking about the situations that we face in the world today. Because the pandemic is not the only thing that is going on.”
Emma Leslie, Executive Director
For much of 2020, the world’s focus has been on the pandemic of COVID19 – the medical crisis, the challenges of various levels of quarantine and restrictions, and the looming economic challenges. However, there are other, big developments that continue and that have massive implications for peacebuilding. CPCS Director Emma Leslie challenges peace builders to stop focusing only on COVID19 and the “new normal”, and to refocus our energy and our resources to ending violent conflict. With this in mind, Emma shares “6C’s of Peacebuilding” that can guide us to sustain our energy and creativity in 2020 and beyond.