Advocacy

Country Facts

  • The world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade. - 2018 Global Peace Index
  • Every 2 seconds a person is forced to flee their home. There are now 68.5 million people who are forcibly displaced, a record high. - UN High Commission on Refugees 2017 Annual Report
  • Deaths in war, numbers of displaced populations, military spending, and terrorist incidents, among others, have all surged since the beginning of the century. - Pathways for Peace, World Bank and the UN
  • NP Response

  • Connecting groups using UCP
  • Influencing key decision makers in local, national and multi-lateral organizations
  • Improving nonviolent practices
  • Promoting adoption of those practices
  • Standing with Civilians in Violent Conflict

    Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a global leader in the practice of unarmed civilian protection (UCP), with a solid track record of success in conflict zones. But violent conflicts are increasing across the globe, creating a growing need for unarmed civilian protection.

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    Our critical mission is to protect civilians. But protection is not only from physical harm. Protection is also about creating the empowering conditions for local communities to leverage existing structures and capacities to live peacefully with others.

    Our advocacy team amplifies this work in international policy forums at the United Nations and in capitals around the world. We not only advocate for support for our protection work in specific countries, but also raise awareness on the necessity of non-militarized approaches and the importance of unarmed protection as both a complement to traditional peacekeeping and a key ingredient in attaining sustainable peace to communities facing violence and conflict.

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    Advocacy at the United Nations

    Nonviolent Peaceforce was granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2007. Consultative Status to ECOSOC is the highest status granted by the United Nations to non-governmental organizations (NGO's), thereby allowing them to participate in the work of the United Nations.

    Additionally, we serve on the NGO Working Group on the Security Council. Since 1997, the NGO Working Group has provided this unique platform for NGOs to access the UN Security Council. As the Security Council's decisions affect nearly all NGO constituencies - including human rights, humanitarian relief, disarmament, governance, and the concerns of women and children - the Working Group works to maintain a diverse membership.

    Our team advocates for the necessity of non-militarized approaches and the importance of unarmed protection as both a complement to traditional peacekeeping and a key ingredient in attaining sustainable peace to communities facing violence and conflict. Through our work, unarmed civilian protection has been included in 23 UN and UN-related policies, recommendations, and resolutions have recognized unarmed approaches for the protection of civilians.

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    Advocacy at the United States Congress

    Last year, unarmed civilian protection was recognized and defined in the FY2020 appropriations report.
     
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    Now, we are working to make sure unarmed civilian protection is included in the FY2021 appropriations bill. 
     

    How can you help? Urge your representative to "make an amendment to add $25 million in funding for Unarmed Civilian Protection to the Appropriations Bill for State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs." 

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    Photo: Tracey Brown

    We want to thank Bob Van Heuvelen, Bobby Cunningham and the rest of the staff at VH Strategies for providing pro-bono lobbying services.

    Advocacy at the African Union

    In support of the Afican Union's Silencing the Guns initiative, Nonviolent Peaceforce is partnering with the UN Department of Peace Operations to strengthen the skills of African youth leaders in unarmed civilian protection. Nonviolent Peaceforce will offer online training in unarmed civilian protection (UCP) to youth peacebuilders from selected countries on the continent and provide follow-up mentoring and advisory services. 

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    Photo: African Union

    Developing and expanding the field

    As a relatively new practice, there is an urgent need to research and document the experiences of organizations on the ground in the last decades, in order to articulate proven, effective strategies methods. In service of this goal, Nonviolent Peaceforce is spearheading a comprehensive global review of good practices in the field of unarmed civilian protection. 

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    Highlighting unarmed civilian protection at international forums

    In addition to Influencing key decision makers in local, national and multi-lateral organizations, our advocacy team connects with other non-governmental organizations in the peacebuilding, protection, and humanitarian sectors. Notably, Nonviolent Peaceforce participates in one of the largest international forums: Geneva Peace Week (see the recaps from 2019 and 2018). See NP representatives at various speaking events at this Youtube playlist. 

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    What still needs to be done?

    A massive scale up of unarmed civilian protection is needed. All present approaches for the protection of civilians, whether armed or unarmed, provided by governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations added together do not come close to meeting present needs. We need to continue to validate and share widely affordable and effective ways to protect civilians. We also need to fight for adequate funding that is equivalent to the UN military peacekeeping budget—about $6.7 billion USD.

    The Nonviolent Peaceforce team at the 2019 Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
    Our Impact
    Since NP was granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2007
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    UN and UN-related policies, recommendations, and resolutions have recognized unarmed approaches for the protection of civilians.

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    country missions to the UN have hosted events featuring UCP.

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    UN agencies have funded NP efforts. 

    Our Advocacy Team

    UN Representative: Gay Rosenblum-Kumar
    Director of Advocacy: Mel Duncan

    Granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC): 2007