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January the 16th

GPPAC Welcomes Sida Partnership

In 2018, thanks to a recent and close partnership with Sida, GPPAC will achieve bigger and deeper results globally and regionally. GPPAC will be able to focus on strengthening its global and regional networks, to shed more light on the impact of conflict prevention and ensure that local voices of civil society actors are heard in international arenas and in turn, have an impact locally.

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December the 20th

Conference: Peace Education for Peacebuilding

From December 1-2, the International Conference 'Peace Education for Peacebuilding' took place in Gyumri, Armenia. During the conference, the participants and speakers underlined the need to expand peace education through formal and non-formal teaching and the creation of a culture of peace among schoolchildren and youth as an essential to establishing peace and preventing violence and terrorism. Among the speakers who contributed to the discussions, by offering insights on peace education in the United States, was GPPAC peace education expert Jennifer Batton.

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December the 20th

Statement: Myanmar Must Prioritize Protection of Civilians in Rakhine State, Address the Roots of the Conflict

With the latest escalation of violence in Rakhine State, Burma/Myanmar, and the attacks against unarmed civilians, GPPAC members from Southeast Asia have expressed their concerns as this is a critical development on peace and security in the region. Together with many other organisations, our members have issued a statement emphasising that Myanmar must prioritize protection of civilians in Rakhine State and address the roots of the conflict.

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November the 6th

GPPAC & Geneva Peace week

From 6-10 November, was the Geneva Peace Week. In its fourth edition, the Geneva Peace Week focused for the first time on the theme of Prevention and effective pathways for implementation. The theme built on the prioritization of prevention by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who in his address to Members of the UN Security Council on 10 January 2017, said "Prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority. If we live up to our responsibilities, we will save lives, reduce suffering and give hope to millions." This week was an opportunity to see what the progress is towards conflict prevention and what can be done together with many various actors and organisations in this field.

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September the 28th

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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September the 18th

Reflections on Peace and Security in Northeast Asia

The publication, Reflections on Peace and Security in Northeast Asia - Perspectives on the Ulaanbaatar Process, was launched in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on August 29. This was done on the occasion of the third meeting of the Ulaanbaatar Process, a civil society-led dialogue for peace and stability in Northeast Asia, launched by GPPAC in 2015. The publication is a collection of essays which capture the diverse and uncompromised opinions, concerns, tensions and contradictions of a region in turmoil.

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