In 2012, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) organized a training seminar with the UN (Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect) for Syrian civil society activists. The seminar, which took place in August 2012, was an initiative of the UN in response to increasing polarization and tensions between sectarian and ethnic groups in Syria. It was designed as a pilot project to explore whether non-violent, non-partisan strategies and tools, as utilized by NP, could be helpful in preventing the escalation of sectarian tensions and reducing community level violence in Syria, in particular in a transition or post- transition scenario. The workshop was conducted by NP trainers and following NP's methodology.
Based on its assessment of the suitability of the training for the Syrian context, the UN office recommended that Syrian civil society representatives receive extensive training in the tools and methodology utilized by NP.