Strengthening Parliaments in Conflict/Post-conflict Situations

Having in mind the crucial role of parliaments and other legislative and consultative bodies in conflict prevention and resolution, peace building and post-conflict sustainable development, the obstacles to the effective functioning of parliaments in conflict and post-conflict situations, as well as, the often unintended overlooking of parliamentary development in post-conflict countries by the international community, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Government of Belgium, convened an international conference in early 2006 entitled The Global Conference on Strengthening Parliaments in Conflict/ Post-conflict Situations. The conference brought together parliamentarians, parliament development practitioners, donors and other stakeholders and sought to make recommendations on how parliaments’ role in conflict and post-conflict situations may be better supported by the international community.
The conference stepped on a preparatory process including preparation of case studies and background papers produced for all five regions included in the project (Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Latin America and the Caribbean).
UNDP has commissioned to the Centre for Liberal Strategies the preparation of six case studies and background paper for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States. The final results were presented at a conference in Brussels, at the beginning of 2006

Period: January 2005 - July 2005
Coordinators: Daniel Smilov, Rashko Dorosiev
Financing Organisations: United Nations Development Program
Political Studies