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Peacebuilding: what is it and why is it important?

Department of International Development public lecture

Date: Tuesday 4 March 2014 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Judy Cheng-Hopkins
Chair: Dr Stuart Gordon

Peacebuilding has become a buzzword over the past decade. Yet, there are many diverging ideas of what peacebuilding is and what it entails. The United Nations is not exempt from such uncertainty, diverging interpretations, and misunderstandings, as well as the resulting conceptual and practical debates. Assistant secretary-general for peacebuilding support, Judy Cheng-Hopkins, will seek to outline the concept of peacebuilding, its practical significance, and translation into operational activity, with a particular focus on the work and engagement of the UN Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Fund, which finances activities of UN agencies, funds and programmes in fragile states around the world. 

Judy Cheng-Hopkins has been the United Nations assistant secretary-general for peacebuilding support since 2009.  She was previously the assistant high commissioner for refugees (2006-2009), the director of the Asia Bureau and the Balkans at the World Food Programme (WFP), and served UNDP in Africa for ten years.  She received a masters of international affairs degree from SIPA, Columbia University.  In 2011, she was listed by Forbes as one of the ten most powerful women at the UN. In 2013, she received the prestigious Global Leadership Award from Columbia University.

Stuart Gordon is assistant professor in the Department of International Development at LSE.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEpeacebuilding

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email events@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 6043.


A copy of Judy Cheng-Hopkins' powerpoint presentation is available to download. Download 'Peacebuilding:  what is it and why is it important?' (pdf).


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