Initiatives

Ukraine: Dialogue and East-West cooperation are the key

International Peace Bureau statement

The events of the last few days and weeks only serve to confirm what the International Peace Bureau (IPB) and others in the disarmament wing of the international peace movement have been asserting for years: that in times of political tension, military force solves nothing. It provokes only more military force from the other side, and risks pushing both parties up and around an infernal spiral of violence. This is an especially dangerous course when there are nuclear weapons in the background.

 

Nob Peace Prize

Initiative from the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS)

The International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies (IAPCS) wants to institute the Nob Peace Prize - as a gentle way of mocking the Nobel Peace Prize that has - in the past - made some very curious awards. The Nob Peace Prize (or Notorious Belligerent Prize) should go to an individual, group of people or institution that has demonstrated belligerence during the year in causing human suffering and actively working against peace.

Syria Statement

International Crisis Group argues against potential military strike by US

International Crisis Group statement issued 3 September 2013: Assuming the U.S. Congress authorises them, Washington (together with some allies) soon will launch military strikes against Syrian regime targets. If so, it will have taken such action for reasons largely divorced from the interests of the Syrian people.

Transboundary Conservation and Peacebuilding through Experiential Learning

Video by International Peace Park Expeditions

The Berlin based Environment Conflict Cooperation (ECC) platform initiated by adelphi research has published insights into cross-boundary environmental protection involving Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo. In an interview Geoff Dabelko, Professor and Director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University, talks about this and other experiences in this field: "Utilizing transboundary conservation as a means to advance peacebuilding and environmental goals is no longer a new idea.

Global call to action to stop the violence in Israel-Palestine

Initiative by Department of Peace Operations (DPO) – PATRIR
Kai Brand-Jacobsen, Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) – PATRIR (Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania) calls for immediate actions everyone can take to bring about an end to fighting and just peace for all the people of Israel-Palestine.

"The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize is unlawful and cannot be paid to the EU"

International Peace Bureau letter to Nobel Foundation

The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the EU is unlawful and cannot be paid, says the International Peace Bureau, IPB, in a letter issued 5 November 2012 to the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. The demand from IPB is based on the fact that the Nobel Foundation is by law responsible for overseeing that all the five Nobel Prizes are awarded in accordance with the will and testament of Alfred Nobel.

From Kigali to Kabul: The Role of Art in Post-Conflict Reconciliation

World Bank's blogger Uwi Basaninyenzi examines the creative sector as a facilitator for national reconstruction

In two recent blog posts Uwi Basaninyenzi, currently a Communications Associate with the World Bank's External Affairs Operational Communication department (EXTOC), explores the experience of Rwanda, a post-conflict society that is using art as part of its national reconciliation effort. In this earlier post she argued that Rwanda’s active support of cultural industries, including film, music, crafts, architecture and theater, among other art forms, has played a key role in its peace building efforts  in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide that killed nearly one million people.

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