On March 10-11, 2020, the Central Asian Peacebuilding Consultation, organized jointly by the UN system, Saferworld, the Foundation for International Tolerance, Search for Common Ground, International Alert and PeaceNexus Foundation, was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The consultation was chaired by ex-President of Kyrgyzstan Roza Otunbayeva.
The consultation was attended by experts working on the implementation of the Peacekeeping Agenda, as well as peacebuilding experts from United Nations agencies, government, civil society organizations, business organizations, research institutes and international development organizations from Central Asian states. KazISS was represented by Anastassiya Reshetnyak, Senior Research Fellow at the Department of International Studies.
Particular attention during the discussions was given to collecting concrete examples of both the positive impact of peacekeeping efforts and the problems that arose in this area at the national and local levels in four main areas of peacekeeping: coherence of operational policies, leadership, responsibility and potential, financing of peacebuilding and partnership.
The regional consultation will be resulted in a brief report that sets out the progress of peacekeeping and the impact of the UN, Member States and peacekeeping CSOs, INGOs and donors in the region. The outcome of the regional consultation will also be included in the report of the Secretary-General for 2020 on peacebuilding and peacekeeping, which, in turn, will serve as the basis for a review of the 2020 UN peacebuilding system.