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Highlights

June 7th

Hague Talks at Colombo

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.

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May the 23rd

Dialogue for Peace: A North Korean visit to GPPAC in The Hague

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.

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May the 21st

Armenia’s Velvet Revolution: A Civil Society Success for Peace

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.

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Animation: Making Conflict Prevention Possible

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.

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