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Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV)


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Introduction to the Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV)
Information meeting on the 2014 Regional Review Conferences on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development
Geneva, 19 February 2014

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Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV)

  1. 1. 2014 Regional Review Conferences on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development Wednesday 19 February 2014, 13:00-14:30 Room XXIII, E Building, Palais des Nations2014 Regional Review Conferences on the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development Wednesday 19 February, Palais des Nations, Room XXIII
  2. 2. • At the 2011 Geneva Declaration 2nd Ministerial Review Conference, with 80 civil society groups present, the process to establish a global alliance on armed violence began. • An Interim Committee was selected and met in April 2012 to establish the structure and function of the Alliance. Background
  3. 3. UN Photo/Tobin Jones GAAV Interim Committee The Interim Committee (IC) represents a broad range of regions, areas of work, and experience in armed violence, including the following organizations: • Action on Armed Violence (UK) • Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (Philippines) • Danish Demining Group (Denmark) • Handicap International • IKV Pax Christi (Netherlands) • Instituto Sou da Paz (Brazil) • Quaker United Nations Office • National Working Group on Armed Violence (Nigeria)
  4. 4. UN Photo/Stuart Price About GAAV vision A world where people and communities are safe from armed violence. mission To provide a global platform that helps to improve the quality, impact and visibility of local, national, regional and international initiatives to prevent and reduce armed violence. objectives • To create a ‘whole of society approach’ to armed violence reduction and prevention (AVRP). • To improve the quality and scale of resources given to local and national initiatives on AVRP. • To disseminate effective practices and strengthen networking and advocacy on AVRP.
  5. 5. Our Members • GAAV brings together over 100 actors worldwide working to prevent and reduce armed violence, from community to global policy levels. • GAAV Members are mostly CSOs and NGOs, and include community-based organisations, faith-based groups, regional and national networks, academic institutions and government bodies. • GAAV members represent a broad spectrum of AVRP initiatives – from weapons control and management, survivors’ rights and rehabilitation, work with gangs and criminal groups, to conflict prevention and peace building.
  6. 6. I) Working Groups – Policy & Programme Solutions Thematic and geographic Working Groups are the main bodies of the alliance, allowing GAAV Members to interact on common issues, forge solutions, and build a solid base of best practice. II) Advocacy and Communications GAAV’s advocacy and communications aim to provide a united voice for AVRP practitioners and a platform to disseminate best practice. III) Capacity Building & Knowledge Exchange GAAV plans to offer a member-driven knowledge exchange platform to strengthen national and local capacities of practitioners. This initiative will support development of members’ technical and practical skills, as well as fostering exchange of relevant policy and programming experience, and provide opportunities for south-south cooperation. GAAV Pillars of Work
  7. 7. Civil society participation In partnership with the Geneva Declaration Secretariat, GAAV is conducting outreach and coordinating a selection process for civil society participation at the RRCs. Civil society activities at GD RRCs • GAAV will be hosting civil society events on the side-lines of the GD RRCs. • For the Americas RRC, and via its working group on Understanding the Problem, GAAV plans to conduct training to familiarise participants with tools to measure and monitor armed violence, including a comprehensive template for national reporting on armed violence (GAAV is seeking co-funding for this activity). • Preparatory events will also provide space for dialogue on the post-2015 development framework and an overview of conference agendas. GAAV & the GD Regional Review Conferences 2014
  8. 8. Engagement in post-2015 development agenda & issues relevant to Geneva Declaration • Through its working group on Armed Violence & Development, GAAV is engaging practitioners in a dialogue to develop ideas on ways to integrate armed violence reduction targets and indicators in goals of the post-2015 development agenda. • GAAV will continue to engage CSOs and other actors in areas relevant to the Geneva Declaration, via our working groups and other activities. Continued..
  9. 9. UN Photo/Tobin Jones GD RRCs are important forums to: • Take stock of progress and strengthen political will of governments and international organisations to invest in and advance armed violence reduction agendas. • Build partnerships and improve coordination for multi-stakeholder responses to regional and cross-border armed violence trends and challenges. • Explore ways to create enabling policy environments nationally and strengthen international frameworks, including the post-2015 development agenda, to reduce and prevent armed violence. Why are the GD RRCs important to civil society?
  10. 10. For more information visit Global Alliance on Armed Violence Geneva Declaration contact Nicola Williams Coordinator Global Alliance on Armed Violence s: nikki.s.williams22 e: