From its origins as an ambitious idea of a few people to enhance and structure civil society's efforts to prevent violent conflict and strengthen peacebuilding efforts, GPPAC has grown into an active global network. It encompasses fifteen regions, enabling a concerted effort of many committed organisations and people working together to reflect on, improve and implement civil society strategies for conflict prevention and peacebuilding worldwide. GPPAC is the result of a long process of development, built on the assumption that any overarching strategy must be based on the participation of local stakeholders; those that have a direct interest in the prevention or cessation of violent conflict.
In his 2001 Report on the Prevention of Armed Conflict, then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged "(…)NGOs with an interest in conflict prevention to organise an international conference of local, national and international NGOs on their role in conflict prevention and future interaction with the United Nations in this field." In response, the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP) - which later became the GPPAC Global Secretariat - initiated a process to convene CSOs, in collaboration with partners across several regions. Initiated after extensive consultations in 2003 and 2004, during which each region developed its own Regional Action Agenda, GPPAC officially launched its Global Action Agenda in 2005, at a worldwide conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Since then, GPPAC at the local, regional and national level has been developing and implementing strategies and programmes to put the Action Agendas into practice. You can read about our current activities and projects here.