The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized an Expert Group Meeting on "Dialogue in the Social Integration Process: Building peaceful social relations – by, for and with People" at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 21 – 23 November 2005.
The meeting aimed to discuss and demonstrate the analytical and operational relevance of the concept of "Social Integration" for peace-building and conflict transformation and, further, to explore, through case studies and a strategic framework, how participatory dialogue can facilitate the social integration processes.
Approximately twenty researchers and/or practitioners who are working on people-centred peace-building or dialogue related initiatives were invited to participate, together with representatives of United Nations Departments and agencies.
Christian Renoux, president of the International Coalition for the Decade, participated in the meeting. For further information, visit the website of the Expert Group Meeting.