The Global Peace Index shows a steady 10-year decline, indicating that the level of conflict around the globe has increased.
An estimated 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected areas of the world.
The result of ongoing, protracted violence is that 84 million people—the size of the population of Turkey— have been displaced by violent conflict.
Our advocacy efforts are dedicated to interrupting cycles of violence and enhancing nonviolent responses to conflict.
From teams in the field supporting civilians to directly advocate for their needs, to direct engagement in advocacy with parties to a conflict, to high-level political advocacy in key international fora.
Our advocacy efforts are dedicated to interrupting cycles of violence and enhancing nonviolent responses to conflict. We on improving the protection of civilians from the perspective of the nonviolent and civilian-led practice of Unarmed Civilian Protection. Unarmed Civilian Protection as a policy and practice that interrupts cycles of violence, protects civilians and enhances nonviolent responses to conflict, in order to move us closer to a vision of a worldwide culture of peace.
This advocacy is a whole-of-organisation function – from teams in the field supporting civilians to directly advocate for their needs, to direct engagement in advocacy with parties to a conflict, to high-level political advocacy in key international fora. This advocacy occurs through both direct engagement and contributions to public discussion and debate.
Nonviolent Peaceforce engages with the European Union (EU) both in Brussels, at headquarters level, and through EU Delegations in the countries where NP is present.
Our team works on raising awareness and understanding of Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) among EU policymakers in order to increase political and financial support for UCP activities and better integrate UCP into the EU’s response to conflicts. In Brussels, our interlocutors include the European Commission, the European External Action Service (including but not limited to those working on the civilian and military missions under the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)), EU Member States and the European Parliament.
Nonviolent Peaceforce is also an active member of the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), a network of NGOs advocating for the EU to be more active and effective in supporting peace and nonviolent forms of conflict resolution in all regions of the world.
Nonviolent Peaceforce engages with ASEAN to connect community-level UCP with government decision-makers. In addition to ASEAN, we engage with state ministries of foreign affairs, civil society and women's networks, and universities (for example: Gadjah Mada University, Chiang Mai University, Prince of Songkla University, Chulalongkorn University, and University of Malikul Saleh). We have an important opportunity to support the vision of ASEAN as a people-oriented and people-centered organization.
Our team works to advocate for a transition from traditional peacekeeping to UCP, support women's participation in peace and security, document and share UCP with students and decision makers, and improve communication and engagement between community-level peace stakeholders and ASEAN member states.
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 and dialogue with 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.
Nonviolent Peaceforce engages with the United States Congress and Government in Washington D.C., and through embassy presence in countries where NP is present. We also work closely with educational and research institutions, the humanitarian sector, and other UCP partners.
Our team works on raising awareness and understanding of Unarmed Civilian Protection (UCP) among policy and decision makers in the United States in order to strengthen political and resourcing support for UCP activities, and to better integrate UCP into the United States’ responses to conflicts. In Washington D.C., our interlocutors include Congressional members and their staff, US Government agencies, humanitarian and peacebuilding organisations, universities and policy think-tanks.
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 advocate 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.
UN and UN-related policies, recommendations, and resolutions have recognized unarmed approaches for the protection of civilians.
country missions to the UN have hosted events featuring UCP.