The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a member-led network of civil society
organisations (CSOs) active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across the world. The network is organised around 15 regional networks of local organisations, each region having its own priorities, character and agenda. Each region is represented in an International Steering Group, which determines joint global priorities and actions. GPPAC was initiated through extensive consultations in 2003-4, and officially launched as part of a global conference in 2005 at the UN headquarters in New York.
As part of its mission to work towards a global shift from reaction to prevention of violent conflict, GPPAC strives towards multi-actor collaboration and local ownership. Together, GPPAC members aim to achieve greater synergy in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding by connecting different levels (from national to regional and global), and to strengthen the role of local civil society groups in conflict regions.
GPPAC supports the capacity of the regional networks to interact and act together, and facilitates regional and global exchanges, where members from different parts of the world come together and learn from each others' experiences and develop joint strategies. GPPAC also connect its members with other relevant actors, including the UN, regional intergovernmental organisations, state actors, the media and academia. This has enabled unique initiatives, showing GPPAC's ability to bridge global policy making with local ownership and practice on the ground.
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For 2011-2015, the GPPAC Strategic Plan defines four key strategies to mobilise the network: Action Learning; Public Outreach; Policy & Advocacy; and Regional Action &Network Strengthening. The thematic priorities which provide the content for each of GPPAC's strategies include:
- Preventive Action: developing tools and capacities to enable CSOs to assess conflict situations, formulate action plans and mobilise action to prevent conflicts in collaboration with others;
- Dialogue & Mediation: building capacity and mobilising the expertise within the network to directly support dialogue and mediation efforts in conflict situations;
- Peace Education: promoting and enhancing methodologies for formal and informal education that fosters a culture of dialogue and peaceful handling of conflict;
- Human Security: developing a bottom-up approach to Security, by providing the input of grassroots CSOs in the development and implementation of security strategies such as DDR, SSR, measures to address violent extremism, and civil-military interventions;
- Gender and the UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 as a cross-cutting priority.
GPPAC seeks to pool civil society efforts and develop strategic partnerships around these themes with three key target groups in mind: the UN system; Regional Intergovernmental Organisations (RIGOs); and state actors in conflict (-prone) countries and regions, as well as donor governments such as the US and EU member states.
GPPAC has also developed the Peace Portal, which was launched in January 2012. The Peace Portal is a unique online platform for learning, sharing and collaborating in the conflict prevention and peacebuilding field. It aims to bring people together and transform their online work into active, more effective peacebuilding.The Portal encourages information sharing and participation from civil society and grassroots organisations, whose voices often can not find the online visibility they need. Open to everybody, the Peace Portal is an important tool for GPPAC, to support its peacebuilding activities.
GPPAC has formulated the following vision and mission;
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict calls for a fundamental change in dealing with violent conflict: a shift from reaction to prevention, as an approach that will save lives, and prove more effective and less destructive. The Global Partnership seeks a world in which people and governments elect peaceful means, rather than armed conflict, to achieve greater justice, sustainable development, and human security.
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict is building a new international consensus and enabling joint action to prevent violent conflict and promote peacebuilding, based on regional and global action agendas. GPPAC is a global network of civil society organisations committed to act to prevent the escalation of conflict into violence, at national, regional and global levels. It aims to build a multi-stakeholder partnership including civil society, governments, regional organisations and the UN.
The main actors that GPPAC works with directly and aims to influence through its work consist of four key categories: a) civil society in the conflict prevention and peacebuilding field, in particular GPPAC members; b) the UN system; c) Regional Inter-Governmental Organizations; and d) relevant state actors. Additional stakeholders will be relevant at regional level or as means to influence the main targeted actors.
The GPPAC network would not be here today without the consistent support of a number of core donors. We are thankful to the following governments and agencies which have supported GPPAC's work at global and regional levels in the past year:
- Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
- City of The Hague
- Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
- Cordaid - Catholic Organization for Relief and Development
- Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Rockefeller Brothers Fund
- Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- CEAL- The Business Council of Latin America
- Aeropuertos Argentina 2000
- Peter Meyer Swantee Foundation (private)