An event promoted by the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and the Legal Vice-Presidency of the World Bank – partners of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development – in collaboration with USAID.
October 21, 2014 11:00 am – 12:30 pm World Bank Headquarters | Washington DC
Room MC9-100 – 1818 H street NW, Washington DC
Private sector, foundations and mass atrocities prevention – Best practices and the way ahead
On October 21, the Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities is organizing a panel discussion on the role that private sector and private foundations play in the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP).
This panel is part of the broader project “Deconstructing Mass Atrocities and Development”: a series of session on the interaction between development cooperation and RtoP. Following a first event held last April on the role of development agencies, the Centre wants to shift the focus on private sector and private foundations. These latter, in fact, have recently grown their engagement in issues that were previously dealt with by government agencies alone. Currently, the private sector is using a wide range of initiatives for development, which raises hopes that both the private sector and private foundations could become vital for enhancing the flow of information among the different actors and providing the necessary resources to amplify the impact of their actions.
At present, the private sector is often deemed the “missing actor” in the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP). Thus, the aim of this panel is to shade light on the current best practices of private sector and foundations with the final objective of facilitating their inclusion and socialization in the development and RtoP community.
In a ninety-minute session, four speakers will deliver TED-style speeches, and Andrea Bartoli, Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, will deliver the concluding remarks. TED speeches are intended to be about passions and possibilities, a joint journey of speaker and public from ignorance to understanding of an issue with no desired outcome, straight to the point, and predisposed for a breakthrough moment. For these reasons, TED-style speeches are ideal to understand what can the private sector and foundations practically do to prevent mass atrocities.
The session will be introduced and moderated by Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, Director of Research and Cooperation of the Budapest Centre and Co-Chair of the Community of Practice on Mass Atrocities Prevention and Development of the Global Forum for Law, Justice, and Development of the World Bank.
The speakers are:
Tim Brennan, Treasurer and CFO, Unitarian Universalist Association
Elise Ford, Director of Investments, Humanity United
Sally Smith, Managing Director, The Nexus Fund
Paul Haible, Executive Director, Peace Development Fund
Andrea Bartoli, Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University.
If you wish to receive more information about the panel discussion, please contact info[@]budapestcentre.eu
This event is organized within the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development which is a permanent knowledge forum that seeks to connect experts and stakeholders from around the world and to provide a mechanism for continual and efficient knowledge exchange and for the cogeneration of innovative legal solutions to development challenges based on efficiency, equity and justice.