Parallel roundtables hosted by the Peace and Justice ecosystem

Peace & Justice Reception 2021 – Tuesday 2 February – 16:00-18:00 (CET)

Thank you for your interest in joining the roundtable sessions hosted by organizations within the Peace & Justice ecosystem. Participants can join a total of two roundtables – one per round. These are interactive online roundtables designed to facilitate a discussion on the specific theme.

Registration: Please register on this page by clicking on “Register” at the bottom of this page or by following this link.

If you are interested in joining other aspects of the programme of the Peace & Justice Reception week, please head to the general programme.

First round – 16:00-16:50

Data protection legislation has been developing rapidly in recent years: currently, around 120 countries have laws on data protection or some kind of statutory requirement concerning privacy, and new laws continue to be drafted as awareness of the need to protect data spreads throughout the world.

International institutions providing humanitarian aid worldwide, process a great amount of sensitive data on a daily basis. Increasing digitisation has resulted in even greater volumes of data, which at the same time comes along with new threats that need to be mitigated by the humanitarian sector.

Safeguarding the personal data of individuals, particularly in sensitive contexts, is an essential aspect of protecting people’s lives, their physical and mental integrity, as well as their dignity – which makes it a matter of fundamental importance for humanitarian organisations.

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In September 2020, the Institute for Economics and Peace launched the new Ecological Threat Register measuring the ecological threats that countries in the world are currently facing and providing projections to 2050. The Register is unique in the sense that it combines measures of resilience with the most comprehensive ecological data available.

The report emphasized the enormous scale of these issues that will cause immense of human suffering and displacement over the next 30 years, with 3.5 billion people likely not to have sufficient food and up to 4 billion experiencing severe water stress for at least 1 month per year. COVID-19 will only make matters worse. The report was used as the basis for a series of seminars from which a number of approaches to face this huge challenge emerged.

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How to thrive and lead in an uncertain future: based on work in the field of agile and adaptive leadership.

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During this roundtable, we invite a discussion on current global “governance gaps” to address effectively intersecting Global Health Security challenges – pandemics, ecological crisis, and migration, among others – and share perspectives on the implications of this gap for international peace and justice. We will start the roundtable by introducing our work related to climate change, migration, and infectious diseases, as well as their impact to policy making, implementation and legal systems. Participants will then be invited to join the discussion, with the aim to find common priorities for future collaboration.

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How can novel satellite constellations, geographic information systems and artificial intelligence be used to detect crimes, prevent conflict and monitor peace-building initiatives? During the round table, Space4Good will share best practises from previous projects while encouraging the participants to bring in their own challenges on using data-driven methods for improving peace & justice progammes.

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We will have a lively discussion on the challenges and solutions to interact with rural communities in our newly shaped world as a result the global pandemic. What tools have been applied and work? We will tap into the experiences and knowledge of the participants and draw upon examples of the work from Sawa World and the Lavazza Foundation in Uganda.
Facilitators of the session:
  • Daphne Nederhorst- Founder, Sawa World and Ashoka Fellow
  • Sheila Ampumuza – Country Director Uganda, Sawa World

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What does success look like for your team or organisation in 2021 when your goal is not ‘to make profit’ but to ‘contribute to a better world, to peace and justice’?

What do we need to achieve before we can say that we made a difference? Is a small change enough, or should the whole world be able to acknowledge it before we can say that what we did mattered?

For over 50 years now NGOs, UN and other non profits have been struggling to quantify their success with often complex (read …expensive) results frameworks, multidimensional indexes, KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), real time monitoring systems and more. Often though, before any of these tools can be useful we need to answer this key question: What does success look like for your team/organisation?

Join the Alternatives Factory for an interactive session on how to define success for your purpose driven organisation in 2021; year of uncertainty, optimism and creativity, and the year in which things still have to get worse before they get better…

To the discussion the CEO of the Alternatives Factory, Laura de Franchis, will bring her coaching skills (Certified by the international coaching Federation – ICF) and 20 years of experience data management and analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, and performance management for non profits ranging from local environmental NGOs to large humanitarian UN organisations.

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Youth in conflict affected settings are often neglected/not involved in shaping their shared future. This has to change. If we do not want a repetition of the past we have to listen to the voice of the future. But how? What does it benefit and what is required

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Join us in discussing what this means in practice for our work

The Hague Academy for Local Governance, together with the Fletcher School at Tufts University will share their research findings on “Addressing Transparency & Accountability Among Local Authorities”. A joint research paper focused on the question “How to engage local authorities to address social norms that may drive problematic behaviour related to transparency and accountability?” The findings are based on collaborative work done with The Hague Academy, CARE International and the Fletcher School, using case studies from Burundi, Rwanda and Sudan.

In the round table, Diana V. Chigas, Fletcher School, and Freddy Sahinguvu, The Hague Academy, will introduce the work and exchange with attendees on what the conclusions mean in practice for the work of organisations in the Hague’s Peace & Justice ecosystem.

  • Diana V. Chigas, Senior International Officer and Associate Provost, Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Fletcher School, Tufts University
  • Freddy Sahinguvu, Senior Programme Manager/Trainer, The Hague Academy for Local Governance, The Hague

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Second round – 17:00-17:50

– Biggest challenges for governmental and non-governmental organizations for adopting AI technology

– What is possible and what is not possible to do with AI

– Where to start with AI adoption

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The past year the City of The Hague in cooperation with HiiL have been researching the access of justice of citizens in The Hague. Not being able to deal with justice issues can have a profound negative impact on someone’s live. In order to address these issues in The Hague, the first part of the research focused on finding out what kind of justice problems people are facing in The Hague. Join this round table with HiiL (Tim Verheij) and the Municipality (Charlotte de Jong) to learn more about access to justice in The Hague.

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The value of a trustworthy reputation takes years to build and a “digital second to lose”. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying “infodemic” has showed how easily the digital information landscape can be destabilized. In an ever more complex world, how do we address these issues? Together at the Find Out Why roundtable we will explore key indicators of high quality information in the digital ecosystem.

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We all want our cities to be just and fair places where everyone can thrive. Yet, in our daily lives, we frequently come across instances of urban injustice. These inequities, some of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic, existed long before the virus and will likely persist beyond it.

The European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) EGTC invites interested participants to join a roundtable on ‘the Just City’. Supported by the EUKN’s vice-chair at the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and fellow Hub resident The Hague Academy for Local Governance, we will engage in a ‘reflection exercise’ to map just and unjust practices in our urban environment – pre- and post-COVID-19 – and identify ways of addressing them.


  • Ms Karen van Dantzig, Urban Envoy at the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
    Mr Gerald Kweri, The Hague Academy for Local Governance
    Mr Martin Grisel, Director of the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) EGTC
    Ms Livia del Conte, Policy and Project Officer at the European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN) EGTC

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Environmental crime (including the illegal wildlife trade, timber trafficking and illicit trade in damaging chemicals) has become of the most lucrative forms of transnational organised crime and also one of the fastest growing. Despite growing commitments by the international community to tackle such crimes, the reality on the ground is that all too often crimes against nature remain a low priority for national enforcement agencies, and so offer low risk and high profit opportunities for criminal syndicates.

The current biodiversity and climate crises, along with the growing threat posed to humanity from pandemics caused by zoonotic viruses make it imperative that more effective action I taken to curb environmental crimes.

This session will cover the following aspects;

  • Overview of the scale and types of environmental crimes
  • Barriers to more effective action
  • Examples of progress and best practice
  • Case studies on environmental crime types, for example the illegal wildlife trade, timber trafficking and climate crime involving illicit trade in greenhouse gases. In each case examples from Europe will be included.

Ideally speakers will come from a range of backgrounds, including non-governmental organisations, enforcement agencies, government policymakers and the private sector.

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As part of the Annual Justice and Peace Ecosystem reception, UN Youth Impact and the Chair of UN Studies in Peace and Justice are hosting a roundtable discussion about the role young agents of change can play in addressing global issues of peace, justice, and security. We want to look at the lessons current and future agents of change can learn from those who came before and those who are active now. The aim of this event is to produce recommendations that can be shared with young agents of change and to showcase the resilience, enthusiasm, and excitement of young agents of change. The objective is to discuss what an agent of change toolkit would like if it contained a section on how to translate enthusiasm into political action.

The Roundtable will cover the following topic:

  • The impact of Youth and their ability to disrupt the Status-Quo (Very Quickly)
  • Capitalizing on youth resilience and translating their energy into political change
  • Guideline or recommendations for youth agents on how they can translate thoughts/ideas into action (negotiating tangible outcomes)

In this room the moderator and guests will discuss how we can ensure that young people are included in decision making processes at a local national and global level. More importantly we will investigate how young people can utilize resources at their disposal to generate the impact they want. We will specifically ask the guests how young agents of change can build a solid foundation, gain the trust of the public, and translate their support and enthusiasm into political action and change.

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MapAction provides information and geographic analysis to help responders anticipate, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. This session will look at the cross overs of that information between humanitarian, peacebuilding and development contexts and how we might do more with a little to benefit different types of situations.

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International NGO Safety Organisation (INSO) provides free products and services to over 1,000 humanitarian partners operating in 14 volatile contexts. By independently collecting and analysing the correlation between conflict and NGO incident data, INSO directly supports its humanitarian partners in assessing risks to their safety and access. The recent relocation of its HQ to The Hague presents INSO with the opportunity to host a discussion on the future role and impact of evidence-based conflict analysis on global humanitarian decision-making.

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