The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".
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The 2017 Global Peace Index finds that the world became more peaceful in the last year, however, over the last decade it has become significantly less peaceful.
“We need the anxious to move majorities”, said Frauke Petry, a leading German right-wing populist politician from AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) in 2015. Populism to a large extent exploits the fears of the people while offering simplified explanations - we against the others, good versus bad - to complex socio-economic and political situations in a globalised world. It is thus also a vehicle for group-focused enmity and hatred and a communications tool. The refugee crisis, for example, has exacerbated social and political tensions towards migration in European countries and beyond.
This Workshop seeks to explore and critically engage with the way difference is being used in the theory and practice of peacebuilding. In particular, we invite papers that address one or several of the following themes:
The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) is pleased to announce the fourth Georg Arnhold International Summer School, which will take place in Braunschweig, Germany, from 24 to 28 July 2017.
The Global South Unit for Mediation (GSUM) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, swisspeace as an associated institute of the University of Basel and the Centre for Mediation in Africa (CMA) at the University of Pretoria are jointly organizing the third edition of the Academic Conference on International Mediation from 17-19 July 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The first edition was hosted by CMA at the University of Pretoria in June 2015, and the second edition was hosted by swisspeace at the University of Basel in June 2016.
The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Since 2002, The Rotary Foundation has provided 1000+ social change leaders with peace and conflict resolution education at Rotary Peace Centers around the world.
The Switzerland-based PeaceNexus Foundation has been supporting organisational change and development of local civil society organisations and international NGOs with a peacebuilding mandate since 2009.
In the expression of interest the NGOs have to give a description of the organisational challenge, and how overcoming it would lead to more peacebuilding impact. CSOs from specific countries of the Western Balkans, Central Asia and West Africa are eligible, as well as international NGOs can apply until the 12th of February.
Conflict and peace-making have fundamentally shaped and remade boundaries and relationships in the world we live in. These transformations include processes of inclusion and exclusion that accompany conflicts and the efforts to resolve, transform or secure them. Inclusion is commonly associated with peace rather than conflict, but violent means are often justified in inclusive or productive terms: the renewal of a unified people, the protection of a national economy, or the toppling of an old regime to make way for a more inclusive future.
Nobel Committee - Press release - 7 October 2016 - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people.