ICO’s Strategy via its Institute in Vienna

1.ICO Institute in Vienna

“Intra-state conflict has seen a resurgence since the end of the Cold war, leading to the deaths of over 25 million people and the displacement of many more. Internal conflicts of this kind have catastrophic consequences socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. The reasons behind these conflict are even more complex. Peace and Reconciliation studies demonstrate however, that institutional resources and channels for negotiation, mediation and compromise can help alleviate the recourse to violence. ICO aims to give a platform to aggrieved parties, inspiring communities to take charge of their own futures and empowering them to do that by giving access to peaceful tools. By representing oppressed minorities, those who feel their country has failed to represent them through peaceful activism, we hope their voices can lead to change. Together, governments, the UN and civil society organisations and NGO, and ordinary people, we can protect our shared planet, for the sake of our future children.”

James Holmes, ICO Secretary General.

1.1. ICO Institute’s main objectives are to:

  • Facilitate discussions on right to self-determination and other international issues related to peace building;
  • Encourage young and senior researchers from different fields to conduct interdisciplinary research and collaborate with local communities, stakeholders and government representatives and other international actors;
  • Contribute policy development on these areas, and improve the collaboration by using our expertise and resources available to promote peace and prosperity;
  • Provide training and practice opportunities to students and practitioners coming from post-conflict or conflict societies;
  • Support research and opportunities for investment in Emerging markets with banking partnerships.

1.2. To this end ICO activities will

  • Convene people from different sides of an issue and facilitate constructive solutions to prevent and reduce violent conflict;
  • Help support United Nations norms and guidelines by bringing together policy makers, opinion formers, diplomats and expert practitioners to focus on practical challenges and policy delivery;
  • Build the ICO’s reputation for resolving international problems through dialogue;
  • Improve UN’s ability to engage with a network of governments, civil society organisations, and the private sector;
  • Maintain contact with and develop networks of Associates, engaging with the current generation of opinion formers and policy makers;
  • Form a strong and diverse community of investors and sponsors drawn from the private and not-for-profit sectors.

2. ICO Institute’s Management

Director of International Communities Organisation is responsible for all matters concerning ICO Institute. He appoints the Advisory Committee of ICO; allocates core funding to ICO Institute via private investors or donations.

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