As a global network of civil society peacebuilding organisations, GPPAC welcomes the historic summit and subsequent agreement in Singapore by President Donald Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The points laid out in the agreement, relating to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations, the building of a lasting peace regime, and the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula are important, positive steps forward to achieving a peaceful, nuclear-free Northeast Asia.Read more
At Hague Talks in Colombo, local and international speakers from Sri Lanka, Colombia and The Philippines shared how personal experiences inspired them to become peacebuilders and what led them to take action. Their stories underlined importance of civil society participation in preventing conflict and building peace, as they contribute to peaceful societies and communities. One of the main threads that came out of their stories was the need to talk – to have a conversation going between communities, the government, and others – and making all voices heard, as very important. This is because shaping stories, narratives, and including people in the conversation, are perhaps one of the most important tools of peacebuilders.Read more
Last week, GPPAC hosted four representatives of the Korean National Peace Committee (KNPC) from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), for an exchange visit in The Hague. The visit was a unique opportunity to further strengthen the relations between GPPAC and KNPC, and to build on the GPPAC dialogue between civil society in Northeast Asia for peace and stability in the region.
The visit took place at a key moment in history, as the window for diplomatic engagements towards the resolution of the conflict on the Korean Peninsula now seems to be opening.
The past years have shown a drastic increase in the number of violent conflicts worldwide. As a result, many thousands have died and many more had to flee their homes. The solution is not in reacting to violent conflicts when they appear. We need to shift our focus from reacting to violent conflicts to the longer-term focus of prevention. In this animation we explain what conflict prevention is, why it is important and what GPPAC is doing for sustainable peace worldwide.Read more
- Policy Discussion: How to ensure national ownership for legitimacy and long-term impact?
- Welcoming the Singapore Summit: A Step Towards a Peaceful, Nuclear-Free Korean Peninsula
- Where we have been, and where we are now? Peace in 2018!
- What’s the role of civil society in sustaining peace and preventing conflict? Hague Talks at Colombo