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UN diplomat to share on the art of peace-making

The recent UN mediation efforts in Yemen and the role of women in peace building are to be the focus of a lecture by a senior UN official.

Martin Griffiths, the UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen, will deliver a free public talk at the University on Wednesday 24 April.

He will be in conversation with senior BBC journalist Lyse Doucet.

Yemen and the Art of Peace-Making in the 21st Century Conflict Environment

Wednesday 24 April at 17.30

The University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, EH8 9JS

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Women in peace

The University will also host the Special Envoy's meeting with the Women Technical Advisory Group, which provides guidance in relation to the UN-facilitated peace process.

He will also receive an update about Yemeni Voices, an innovative inclusive peace-making project that uses digital tools to allow Yemenis and other interested stakeholders not formally represented in the peace process to better understand, analyse and share views about the UN-facilitated process.

I’m looking forward to meeting with the Women Technical Advisory Group in Edinburgh. They are already making an important contribution to the peace process. The role of women will be incredibly important in securing sustainable peace and rebuilding Yemen. The use of digital tools is also an important new component that can help support inclusive peace-making and I also look forward to hearing about their development from the Yemeni Voices team.

Martin Griffiths The UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen

Innovative technology

Yemeni Voices is an independent project that is currently being developed by the London School of Economics in association with Edinburgh PeaceTech and a host of other Yemeni partners.

Edinburgh PeaceTech is a collaboration between the University's Edinburgh Law School and School of Informatics and Beyond Borders Scotland, a non-profit organisation that helps facilitate international cultural exchange, dialogue and reconciliation.

The project – which is sponsored and supported from the UN and the Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen  is designed to complement and enhance the UN’s wider consultations with Yemeni stakeholders in relation to the peace process.

This is an exciting first project for the Edinburgh PeaceTech hub, one that will really test what data, connectivity and technology can do in helping end conflicts. The Yemeni process is still in its early stages, but if we can include more people in shaping what society should look like after the fighting, we hope that it will make the peace more robust.

Professor Christine BellEdinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh

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Political Settlements Research Programme

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Beyond Borders Scotland 

Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen