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Conference on how technology helps peacebuilding

One of the UNDP successes in Cyprus has been the restoration of cultural monuments

MORE than 250 peacebuilders, activists, social innovators and academics from 61 countries will get together over the weekend at venues on both sides of divided Nicosia to share experience and ideas on using technologies to galvanise and broaden peacebuilding activities and promote conflict transformation, the UN said yesterday.

The two-day conference provides a unique platform for advocates and practitioners to compare notes as they spell out how and why giving technology a chance can change the dynamics of peacebuilding.

Working closely with the Build Up team and supported by 40 Cypriot volunteers, UNDP-ACT is hosting workshops, discussion groups, and keynote presentations on both sides of the Green Line.

Saturday’s events will take place in the Bedestan, while the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) will host Sunday’s main activities.

Over the two days, 50 speakers from 25 countries will lead conference participants in discussions on up to 30 topics.

Together they will explore how innovative applications of technology, including the latest in communications and information technologies, can be utilised to help surmount barriers to peace and to promote new approaches to peacebuilding and conflict transformation.

Some of the cutting edge themes include the power dynamics of technology and the use of drones for humanitarian needs.

The conference programme also includes public events ranging from a day-long technology fair (http://howtobuildpeace.org/technology-fair-2015) to an arts showcase “Together Separate: Contesting Space” devoted to works about contested boundaries, borders and spaces (http//howtobuildpeace.org/build-peace-art). For a complete listing of conference events see the full programme (http://howtobuildpeace.org/program).

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