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.
After the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan attempted to stay in power, the Velvet Revolution unraveled in Armenia. Tens of thousands, mainly youth, marched through the streets, demanding Sargsyan to step down.
During these weeks, youth and civil society have proven vital for the peaceful protests and its success. For many years, our member Women for Development (WFD) has taught the Armenian youth about civil rights, dignity and conflict resolution through peace education. What WFD has always aspired to teach the younger generation has become a reality. The youth demanded to be free.Read more
GPPAC Northeast Asia, a network of civil society organisations working for peace and dialogue in the region, wholeheartedly congratulates the leaders of the DPRK and the ROK, as well as the Korean people, for the historic achievement of the "Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula" issued following the Inter-Korean Summit of April 27, 2018 at the Peace House on the southern side of Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The Summit contributed to a significant reduction of tensions and indeed avoidance of the catastrophe of a potential nuclear war. Furthermore, it showed the world the true impact of committed leadership and diplomacy, and the direct, personal meeting between the leaders of both Koreas sent a powerful wave of emotion around the world.Read more
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