Nonviolent Peaceforce CEO Doris Mariani will be giving a talk about the organization’s work to protect civilians.Nonviolent Peaceforce is an international organization that works to promote the safety and security of civiliansin conflict areas. Our peacekeepers work unarmed to prevent and reduce violence and to provide protection forcivilians. Nonviolent Peaceforce has four active field programs...
The 65-nation International Federation of University Women (IFUW) passed a resolution while in Istanbul at their Triennial Conference in August, calling upon the members  to learn about and promote the use of unarmed civilian peacekeeping (UCP). Kathleen Laurila, current Nonviolent Peaceforce Grants Manger and advocacy volunteer, conducted a workshop on UCP and brought the proposed...
In working for change at the UN, one is either a masochist or an incrementalist or both.  Just ask those working on Security Council reform. Yet every once in a while there are rivulets of progress that seep through a crack in the process. Last Tuesday (12 February) the Security Council held an open-ended debate on the Protection of Civilians <www.un.org/News/Press/docs//2013/sc10913.doc....
Excerpt from the Pelican Rapids Press (MN, USA) When asked how often he has been in potentially dangerous situations, Duncan said with a laugh, “I’m much more afraid of budget shortfalls. I went on to say: Russia, Saudi Arabia and the U.S., to name just a few, are “tripping over each other to sell arms” to rival factions around the world, said Duncan.  “Yet, an organization dedicated to...
In reacting to the peace accords signed on October 15th in Manila by the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, people have remarked about the growth of Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) and the prominent role we played in the peace process in Mindanao.   While NP’s contribution was significant among many, it is important to note that social change always happens...
People often ask me what the difference is between the UN Peacekeepers (Blue Helmets) and NP’s peacekeepers.  First, let me be clear.  NP is not in principle opposed to armed peacekeeping.  I personally believe it is vital in a number of  situations e.g. the Goma area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Rather than competing, unarmed civilian peacekeeping (UCP) is a...
Last month I spent a few days in Yirol, a town in Lakes state where we deployed a resident team in April.  Last year, we initiated a series of mediations between tribes in Lakes and the neighboring state of Western Equatoria who had resorted to armed conflict. There has been no resumption of violence since an agreement was struck 12 months ago. Two executive chiefs came to visit me. ...
I met with a Women’s Peacekeeper Team (WPT) made up of local women in the town of Nzara (on the border of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo).   They have been organized and trained by Nonviolent Peaceforce.  This women's team works on a variety of early warning/early response activities including helping with the return, integration and protection of...
Life is tough in Pibor a year after South Sudan became the world’s newest country.  Grueling subsistence accompanies the pride of achieving independence.  The new nation endures the world’s highest incidence of maternal death. The child mortality rate exceeds 10%.  Every glimpse includes desperation and inspiration. NP deployed 3 teams to the restive Jonglei state after inter-...
From our base in Nzara we traveled by Land Cruiser for two hours through the lush green forest on red rutted roads splashing through puddles up to our door panels.  We stopped in a boma* a few kilometers from the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).   We were in the heart of what is referred to as the “LRA Affected Areas,” those parts of South Sudan, the DRC and...