Invitation to the UNDP Regional consultations on MHPSS and peacebuilding

You are invited to participate in a series of virtual regional consultations during October which will engage practitioners within and beyond UNDP on how to integrate mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into peacebuilding which will inform UNDP’s ongoing development of a global guidance note on this issue.

To see dates and register, please click here: https://bit.ly/3hWREbk

To capture regional contexts, 5 consultations will be held covering Latin America & the Caribbean, Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Africa and Europe & Central Asia. We invite you to partipcate in one and also to share the invitation in your wider network.

The consultation will consist of 2 elements for each region: 1) E-discussion rooms on UNDP’s online engagement platform SparkBlue which will be open for written discussions and sharing of resources before and after the consultations, and; 2) A virtual workshop which will be held via Zoom. During the consultations, practitioners will share experiences, challenges and best practices whilst initial findings of a recent stakeholder survey will be presented by the research team. To ensure meaningful discussions, each consultation has a maximum number of attendees which will be selected upon registration closure on 7th of October after which participants will receive further instructions for participation in both SparkBlue and Zoom. The registration form considers language requirements as well.

Brief Background: In the past years, UNDP has been engaging in processes to drive a stronger integration of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in peacebuilding through engaging in multi stakeholder consultations, hosting global discussions, and exploring new programming approaches. The July 2020 Report of the UN Secretary General on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace included a clear ambition towards enhancing the integration of MHPSS into peacebuilding and UNDP plays an important role in carrying forward this ambition. To that aim, UNDPs Crisis Bureau/Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding & Responsive Institutions (CPPRI) has commissioned a research project to develop a guidance note on how to integrate mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) into peacebuilding. While bringing the two fields closer together (in theory and practice) might seem self-evident, this is not yet explicitly considered part of peacebuilding and research shows that many obstacles stand in the way of holistically linking the fields in order to achieve more sustained peacebuilding outcomes.

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