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Review Conference 2008

Ministerial Review Conferences aim at regularly assessing progress concerning the process and implementation of the Geneva Declaration. The first Ministerial Review Conference held on 12 September 2008 reflected on progress in implementing the Geneva Declaration and provided guidance to enhance programming on the ground.

The 2008 Review Conference offered a forum for discussion on how to strengthen the relations between security and development communities through practical measures and reviewing cutting-edge practices at the international, regional, and national levels.

The conference helped build political support for a UN General Assembly resolution entitled ‘Promoting Development through the Reduction and Prevention of Armed Violence’ (A/RES/63/23). The Summit Statement reaffirmed that armed violence is a major impediment to sustainable development and to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. In addition, it states that efforts aimed at preventing and reducing the negative impacts of armed violence on development through practical measures will have to be continued and intensified.

At the Ministerial Review Summit 2008 delegates agreed to reconvene for a review conference no later than 2011. The 2nd Ministerial Review Conference took place in Geneva on 31 October and 1 November 2011.