About Us
The Principles for Peace (P4P) is a global participatory initiative to develop a new set of principles, standards and norms that will fundamentally reshape how peace processes are structured, sequenced and actualized.

An international high-level Commission is leading a global, inclusive, bottom-up and top-down process to develop principles for the processes around achieving lasting peace. The approach anchors the initiative in both realpolitik and real society and contributes to bridging the gap between peace processes and local needs and aspirations. It leverages cutting edge research, participatory consultations and public engagement to fundamentally re-think and re-shape peace processes worldwide.


The Principles for Peace Initiative aims to bridge the gap between policy and action by enabling local, national and international actors to craft more inclusive peace processes and develop new Principles for Peace. Grounded in evidence and experience, these principles seek to create accountability between actors engaged in peace processes and the societies they serve. Through a collective effort, the Initiative is undertaking a multilayered approach that considers various facets of societies and various stages of the processes of building peace – from local voices to national and international actors. The Initiative seeks to engage member states and anchor the new Principles for Peace in relevant and strategic formal bodies and processes to lay the foundations for global adoption and encourage the long-term oversight required to achieve lasting peace.

The key objectives of the Principles for Peace initiative are:

  1. Collaboratively develop and establish a much-needed new set of principles, informal norms and guidance for how to structure, sequence and build more inclusive peace processes.
  2. Create greater accountability and long-term oversight of peace processes and subsequent implementation actions.
  3. Transform the incentives that drive and govern national and international actors engaged in peace-making and peacebuilding interventions and seek to deliver the necessary strategic coherence required to achieve sustainable peace outcomes.
The Secretariat

The Principles for Peace Secretariat is responsible for the management of the initiative. It facilitates and coordinates the work of the International Commission and the collective effort of the Stakeholder Platform.