A new era is dawning in the Philippines as the forty-year conflict in Mindanao, Philippines, between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), reaches a turning point; one that has the country directed toward sustainable peace.
Today, 27th March, 2014, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was officially signed by both the GPH and MILF. The final signing of the CAB comes 17 months after it’s initiation in October 2012 and is the culmination of a peace process spanning 17 years. This milestone solidifies the foundation for the Bangsamoro Sub-state, which will provide the region greater political and governing autonomy. It will also preserve the vibrant history, tradition and culture of the Moro people. Moreover, this epic achievement will bring an end to the decades of violence that have plagued Mindanao. The MILF Peace Panel Chairman, Mohager Iqbal, specifically relayed to Atif Hameed, Nonviolent Peaceforce Director of Programs, “The Final Signing of the CAB is a greatest hope for real peace. Its collective achievement of a life time and Nonviolent Peaceforce is very much part of this historical success.”
An ad featuring the field teamwork of Nonviolent Peaceforce is running on the CBS Super Screen on 42nd Street, New York City, and will continue through January 12th. Every day, at least a million and a half people will see the holiday message that peace can best be created and kept in nonviolent ways.
On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2013, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) names Robert J. Rivers as International Civilian Peacekeeper of the Year 2013.
The annual award, given for outstanding service in the practical application of unarmed civilian peacekeeping, was announced by Ms. Simonetta Costanzo Pittaluga, co‐chair of NP’s International Governing Council. For over a decade, Nonviolent Peaceforce has been demonstrating the usefulness of unarmed civilian peacekeeping in violent conflict zones around the world.
The purpose of the award is to honor the successful application of unarmed civilian peacekeeping, so as to promote this method as a routine part of global conflict management.
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Doris Mariani as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. The organization is thrilled to have Doris lead Nonviolent Peaceforce into its second decade of providing unarmed civilian peacekeeping in conflict affected areas around the globe.
Doris has extensive international leadership experience with governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. She is a native of Estonia, an economist by training, and has lived half of her life in Europe and half in the United States. Doris’ previous leadership positions have been in the area of international development and international security. This unique background is extremely valuable to Nonviolent Peaceforce, given the interdependency between peace, security, and development.
Canadian-born Tiffany Easthom is today named as “Civilian Peacekeeper of the Year” by the NGO, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP).
Tiffany Easthom, who is currently serving as NP’s Country Director for South Sudan, has also run field projects for NP in Sri Lanka and for Peace Brigades International (PBI) in Indonesia. In announcing the award, co-chair of NP’s International Governing Council Simonetta Costanzo Pittaluga had this to say:
“It gives me great pleasure to announce this award on the occasion of International Women’s Day and no one deserves it more than Tiffany Easthom, who has been doing an amazing job under exceptionally difficult circumstances in support of the people of South Sudan.
July 26, 2011 — Minneapolis, MN
In a letter to President Obama and federal officials involved in the current budget stalemate, Nonviolent Peaceforce urged our leaders to look at a new, highly effective means of responding to global violence and conflict that would entail great savings. According to Mel Duncan, co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce and the letter’s author, “In some conflict situations around the world, it makes sound strategic sense to use teams of unarmed international civilian peacekeepers to protect civilians and prevent violence.’’
“Because it focuses on and addresses root causes of violence, unarmed civilian peacekeeping carried out by trained professionals effectively resolves long-standing conflicts and makes durable peace possible,” added Duncan.
Unarmed civilian peacekeepers are cost-effective compared to armed peacekeepers. Unlike the latter, they live among the civilians they work to protect, not in separate military compounds. Armed troops engaged in military intervention require far more infrastructure and costly equipment than unarmed peacekeepers.
July 8, 2011 — Minneapolis, MN
As Southern Sudan celebrates its first independence day, unarmed civilian peacekeeping — a new approach to human security with Minnesota roots — is saving lives and protecting civilians there.
Over a year ago, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), an international nongovernmental organization based in Brussels with a U.S. office in Minneapolis, deployed an international unarmed civilian peacekeeping team to Southern Sudan at the invitation of local organizations.
The team protects civilians and works with local civil society to prevent violence in the states of Western and Central Equatoria. NP peacekeepers live and work shoulder-to-shoulder with civilians living under extreme threat of violence. NP provides direct protection to those vulnerable to violence, including women and children, especially children at risk of abduction by armed groups.
HERALDS OF CONSCIENCE AND NONVIOLENCE
Minneapolis, MN - The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship announces that Presbyterians Bill Galvin and Mel Duncan will receive the 2009 and 2010 PeaceSeeker Awards at the Peace Breakfast on Wednesday, July 7, held in conjunction with the meeting of the 219th General Assembly of the PC (USA) in Minneapolis. These once-in-a-lifetime awards celebrate Galvin’s ministry with Conscientious Objectors to war and Duncan’s pioneering work as co-founder of the Nonviolent Peaceforce. A national community of over 3,000 Presbyterians, the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship presented its first PeaceSeeker Award in 1970 to Stated Clerk William P. Thompson for his work on behalf of Presbyterian Conscientious Objectors during the Viet Nam War.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-09 Dec 2009- Nonviolent Peaceforce has been officially invited to be part of the International Monitoring Team for the peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), which has been working in the Philippines since 2007, was invited along with two other non-governmental organizations (the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Mindanao People's Caucus) and four member states (Malaysia, Japan, Brunei and Libya) to be a part of this historic move forward in the peace negotiations. This Comprehensive Compact is intended to help secure and stabilize the situation on the ground in Mindanao through monitoring of agreements signed by both parties, including ceasefire, humanitarian, development, and civilian protection provisions.