It brings together a broad coalition of actors across political, diplomatic, academic, defence and security, civil society and multilateral organisations. The global, inclusive, bottom-up, and top-down process of developing the Principles for achieving lasting peace was led by the International Commission on Inclusive Peace. The approach anchored the initiative in both realpolitik and real society and contributed to bridging the gap between peace processes and local needs and aspirations. It leveraged cutting edge research, participatory consultations and public engagement to fundamentally re-think and re-shape peace processes worldwide.
The Principles for Peace Foundation acts as a catalyst, custodian, and curator of the Principles for Peace and Peacemaking Covenant. It promotes the uptake and implementation of the Principles and serves as a synergist of partnerships to engage a diversity of actors to develop country, constituency, and thematic specific roadmaps and codes of Practice. The Foundation's goal is to empower actors at all levels to create more durable and inclusive peace processes and enhance oversight and effectiveness for long-term peace outcomes.
The Foundation employs a rigorous and transparent monitoring approach to assess peace actors' contributions, encouraging constructive input to advance peacemaking efforts. It seeks to build upon evidence-based, politically-conscious, and participatory approaches and alliances established in the initiative's initial phase, fostering global, regional, and local peacebuilding efforts. The Foundation operates independently to ensure consistency and effectiveness in peacemaking efforts, with no direct operational role.
- In 2021, more than 50 active conflicts caused over 119,000 deaths and many millions of injuries or displacements. The number of active conflicts has tripled since the end of the Cold War and remains stubbornly high.
- Almost half of the conflicts since 1989 have recurred in some form, often repeatedly, and many protracted crises persist for a decade or more with no resolution. Furthermore, in many regions not at war, people live with high levels or endemic cycles of violence, insecurity, and unresolved conflicts that provide fertile ground for violent mobilization. These trends demonstrate the urgent need for more effective and sustainable peacebuilding strategies.