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UN Special Envoy to speak on Yemen and the role of women in peace building

Tue 23 April 2019

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On Wednesday 24th April, the University of Edinburgh will host a lecture by Martin Griffiths, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen. Discussing recent mediation efforts in Yemen and the role of women in peace-making processes, the Special Envoy will be in conversation with Lyse Doucet of the BBC.

The UN and the Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen supports the Yemeni Voices project: an innovative peace-making project using 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. Yemeni Voices is being developed by the London School of Economics in association with Edinburgh PeaceTech, with the latter being a collaboration between the Edinburgh Law School, the School of Informatics, and Beyond Borders Scotland.

While the Special Envoy is in Edinburgh to deliver this lecture, which is free and open to the public, he will receive an update on the Yemeni Voices project, as well as meeting with the Women Technical Advisory Group, which provides guidance around the UN-facilitated peace process.

On the subject of this meeting, Martin Griffiths said: “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.”

Professor Christine Bell of the Edinburgh Law School, who leads the PeaceTech collaboration, said in a statement: “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."

‘Yemen and the Art of Peace-Making in the 21st Century Conflict Environment’ will take place at 17.30 on 24th April at the Edinburgh Business School. Register for free tickets for the event here.