There is a window of opportunity to collaboratively bridge the gap between policy and action in order to rethink the processes of building and realizing peace.
Despite serious challenges there are still durable pockets of global political will. The UN Sustaining Peace agenda and related Security Council Resolutions provide the critical political will for greater international, national and local efforts toward sustaining peace. However, there continues to be a persistent gap between policy and action which needs to be addressed urgently.
The momentum to reframe the current approach to peace processes is growing. Efforts to revive multilateralism and fatigue with the persistent poor track record of the International Community is generating strong pockets of political will and momentum with key Member States, global, regional and local actors.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has further underscored the importance of this work. The pandemic has triggered the largest economic slowdown in living memory and is expected to become a conflict multiplier as economies, export earnings, remittances and tourism contract significantly. There is an imperative to act now.
The changing nature of power and the rise of social movements in various parts of the world, militate the need to create a bridge between citizens, their aspirations and old power institutions.
The key objectives of the Principles for Peace initiative are
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.
Create greater accountability and long-term oversight of peace processes and subsequent implementation actions.
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.