12 Actions for a More Peaceful 2014 (please add your own suggestions)

Dear PCDN Colleagues

I wanted to put together a list of 12 possible recommendations to help make the world more peaceful and encourage others to contribute their own lists as we move into 2014. Please also consider Paying What You Can to Support the Work of PCDN. For more info click on the Support Link.


1) Examine how to create more peace in your personal life - If we do not have some degree of peace in our own internal lives, there is the question of how effective we can be in helping to build peace in our organizations, communities, societies and the world. There is no recipe for building peace, but there are many options that people have explored such as mediation, yoga, exercise, writing, reflecting, building community and more. Some key resources here are: Peace Revolution, Beliefnet.com, The Fetzer Institute, Charity Focus and The Daily Good.


2) Advocate for a Change in Global Priorities- There is a desperate need to change global spending and priorities. The global community spends more than 1.6 trillion USD per year on security,  126 billion USD on global development, less then 10 billion on UN Peacekeeping operations, and less then 4 billion USD on peacebuilding and conflict resolution activities. Until this mismatch of funding and need is changed, building sustainable peace will be remain difficult. In addition a challenge in conflict prevention is that often policymakers, NGO professionals, academics and others may have information about the potentially negative direction of conflicts. However, translating this information to effective policy changes often requires extensive advocacy campaigns by individuals, NGOs, religious groups and the larger civil society. Advocacy can mean anything from writing a legislature, talking with policymakers, taking direct action and more. For some useful examples of Advocacy Approaches see the International Crisis Group, Women Thrive Worldwide and the Genocide Intervention Network.

3) Share your experiences and hopes for peace, as well as frustrations around conflict - This site is intended as an open resource where people can share both their success stories of helping to address conflicts around the world, and also ask questions/inquiry about ways to improve practice. If you have a particular success story, please share it with others. If you have questions/challenges that you would like input on please feel free to post it on this site in a forum discussion or blog and of course on other social networking sites.


4) Read Positive Peace Media News in the World - Despite the many hardships in the world, there are countless organizations that are reporting and supporting positive social change and reporting on innovative work taking place every day. Some key resources include Peace Direct, the Daily GoodGood, and Dowser.  Also see the PCDN guide to key media resources in peacebuilding

5) Support Organizations working to effect change in the world - There are thousands of dynamic organizations around the world working to address conflict, build community, foster economic development and more. There are many ways you can support organizations such as contributing financially, volunteering, and more. I do not want to endorse specific organizations, but some resources that can be helpful in identifying opportunities include the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Interaction, GuideStar, Global Giving, among others.


6) Mainstream a Conflict Sensitive Approach into your organization/company - Many organizations and companies around the world are beginning to look at how they can integrate a conflict sensitive approach (see the work of International Alert) throughout their external and internal operations. This means examining how an organization's internal hiring, procurement and other policies, as well as the external interactions and services can help to potentially reduce conflicts.


7) Get Additional Training/Education - There are many different paths to pursuing a career in international conflict and related fields. If you feel like you might benefit from additional training there are many academic options, professional training programs, summer institutes and more that can help provide additional training and skills. See the Guide to Training on the Network, the Guide to Academic Programs or  Guide to Emerging Trends in Online Education.


8) Join an Existing Network - There are many academic and professional networking organizations that exist around the world that focus on conflict related issues. In the United States, the Association for Conflict Resolution is a network of practitioners, the Alliance for Peacebuilding is a network of organizations, the Peace and Justice Studies Association is a network of academics and activists, the International Conflict Management Association has an annual conference. Also see the Guide to Key Network Organizations.

9) Engage in Productive Dialogue with Others - One of the keys of addressing conflicts is building understanding and connections between people with diverse perspectives. There are many organizations working on facilitating and engaging communities in dialogue, conversation and discussion. Find an organization in your community, or start your own process. Some great resources in this area include  Masterpeace, Sustained Campus Dialogue Network, Public Conversations Project , the Kettering Foundation, and the World Cafe.

10) Foster Sustainable Economic Development - One of the key ingredients in building peace in post-conflict societies is to help create sustainable economic opportunities for communities. This can be done through a variety of means, international development, social entreprenuership, socially responsible investing, lobbying for changes to foreign assistance programs and more.

11)  Engage in a Social Change Career - Find  a way to move into a career that provides more meaning in service of others. See PCDN's Career Resource Guides.

12) Build Community in your Own Life - There are many ways to build community in your own personal and professional circles. If you don't know your neighbors, invite them over for a party or gathering, start a new group to gather people around a common interest, look for exiting volunteer opportunities (see www.volunteerweb.org), contribute time and resources for helping others, etc.

Please feel free to add your own suggestions and lists for a more peaceful 2014.


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Comment by TUFAIL AHMED ABRO on January 2, 2011 at 3:12am


1. Adress the Traditional and Non-Traditional problems in a state by U.N.O.  and solve them.

2. Control overlapping population

3. More protect and less consume energy strategy

4. Respect the Sovereignty of state and its peoples

5. No weapon no war. The war of opinions must be rather than war of weapons.

6. Produce more food, energy and skill.

7. Make strong vision of U.N.O and respect it

8. Balance of power,  in terms of equity of love and respect for human being

9. Regional blocks on ideological basis, under U.N.O

10. cooperation cooperation cooperation rather than competition.
Comment by Jamiu Tolani A. Alli-Balogun on January 1, 2011 at 4:41am
Using religion affiliations to promote peace within the community.  The import of religious tolerance as espoused by various religions should the reference point of peace cohabitation of people within the community through the preaching of the peace gospel among members.
Comment by jumah kamara on December 31, 2010 at 12:16pm
The essence of peace is many a time neglected and hardly felt unless and untill chaos usurp that the spirit of it begins to wave in the air,and it's absence became a fatal death.Therefore,peace as a concept must be thoroughly crasped and accurate dessemination of the message should cut across all works of life in other to ensure world peace and effect the change of a conflict free world.
Comment by Tim Symonds on December 30, 2010 at 8:44am

A really interesting piece on 'UN Godmothers' (below) has just been sent to me by the UK-based internal aid workers' group Voluntary Service Overseas' (VSO).  Like many of
us, the VSO realises the hardest work re. UN Women has just begun - it faces
very considerable barriers, both internally in pulling together the former 4
rather contentious elements, in obtaining guaranteed and sufficient long-term
funding to do its job, the kind of funding entities like UNIFEM never had, and
above all performing its crucial role in ensuring not only UN Member States but
sister UN Agencies too really do enforce Gender equity rather than spout a lot
of hot air.




UN Godmothers


The UN Godmothers: the Godmothers is a group of men and women who think women everywhere deserve a chance. Together we’ll watch over UN Women, help keep it on track and protect it from people who’d like to see it
fail - everything a good godmother would do. By making sure UN Women gets the
powers and funding it needs, we can make life better for millions of women


§     With 52 years experience sending volunteers to developing countries, VSO knows that by supporting women you can end poverty


§     UN Women is the opportunity of a generation to lift millions of women out of poverty; however it already has a massive funding shortfall.  Its success is dependent on strong and
immediate financial support from the UK and other governments  


§     You can help. Everyone everywhere can make the world a better place for women.  Sign up to be a UN Godmother at www.thegodmothers.org.uk.


Why become a Godmother?



The creation of UN Women is a beacon of hope. It’s recognition at the highest level of the contribution women make to society, and the pervasive barriers that stop many of them from fulfilling their potential.


But a new agency alone is not enough. Previous UN women’s agencies have been prevented from achieving their goals because they have lacked resources and clout. They have been excluded from top-level UN
decision-making forums. They’ve been denied the funding and staff to run
important programmes. And their role and the scale of their operations have
been unclear, resulting in confusion and wasted resources. For a similar fate
to befall UN Women would be a tragedy for millions of women.


The next few months are crucial. They’re when issues like the funding and scale of operations of UN Women will be determined. It all comes down to the decisions made by a handful of people. By showing them that
UN Women is important to us, we can convince them to give it the support it


VSO will be starting by asking the Government to fund the agency properly. More will follow as the action heats up.


We’re not asking for a big commitment. We’re not asking for hours of your time. Most of the things we’ll ask you to do will be as simple as sending an email, talking to your friends or signing your name. If
you want to get more involved, there’ll be plenty of opportunities. It’s the
best chance women around the world have. Help them seize it.


Help us end the discrimination that keeps millions of women in poverty. Worldwide more than 60 million girls have been forced into early marriage. Of the 780 million people who can't read, 510 million are
female. Women work two thirds of the world's working hours but earn just 10% of
the income.


The new UN women's agency could put a stop to all this. But to fulfil its promise it needs everyone's help.

Comment by FREDDY ORTIZ NISHIHARA on December 24, 2010 at 10:48pm

Dear friends I wish that all our words would be translated in real doings and not stay as simple  promises taken by the wind, We need real fortress in our souls and spirits for to face the evil spirits from the enemies of Peace and to keep our open minds and hearts for to share all that we can with others, not the false spirit from all those who only live of preach the Peace for to receive foreign money in exchange and justify their expensives ways of life. It happens in my country Peru and Im sorry and ashamed from these kind of conducts.

Comment by M. Ashaq Malik on December 22, 2010 at 12:38pm
Great Ideas, Peace makers, and one more if I can add is "Teach/preach (sow) peace to your children, they will teach peace to their childern and their children, and so forth, will see (reap) peace in the world then."

And a worldwide curriculum of PEACE EDUCATION (Education for peaceful co-existence) is the need at all levels and for all stakeholders. What do you think??

With best regards


Comment by Ivan ORMACHEA on December 21, 2010 at 9:10am

Excellent ideas Craig!!

I would add to foster within our organziations and peace-related projects the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 principles (plus Resolutions 1888 and 1889) about the effective participation of women in peacebuidling processes as key peacebuilders and decision makers, and introducing a gender perspective in our peace work.

Happy holidays to all of you from Peru!


Comment by Rubayat Ahsan on December 21, 2010 at 5:50am

1. 'Money' and 2. 'Power' these two elements are the root causes of most conflicts across the globe. We had been accused as 'Utopian' to talk about equity based societies and world having human rights and dignity for all. Lack of money or power has created despair among individuals, families, and among conflicting parties/states/groups. Starting from rebel groups in African states to drug lords of Afghanistan to Mexico, from landless farmers to jobless migrants, from refuges to asylum seekers to human traffickers and so on are chasing the money little or more whatever; gold, natural gas, oil, drug, jobs or whatever.  Conflict of today is not much influenced by ideology or religion anymore like before 90s. Deep inside these are highly motivated by money-power. If you are in power in any country either in Sudan, Kongo, Afghanistan, or in USA,  Europe, or in Bangladesh; You will have money and pleasure for sure. Money-power vis-a-vis. Therefore, anger, frustration, despair, greed, inequity manifest conflict one way or other. We really need to work out money-power equation, C=MP!

Comment by Potre Dirampatan Diampuan on December 21, 2010 at 3:15am

Start with the young. Working for peace must necessarily start with the very young children including, but not limited to, secondary and college students. They can be engaged in workshops using games that they may learn to care for each other conditioned as members of the society unmindful of differences yet mindful of building a peaceful world as they grow up to become adults in the society. They can be immersed in exchanges at the school level. Peace caravans are highly encouraged.

Comment by Dr.Venkat Pulla on December 21, 2010 at 12:55am

Excellent suggestions. Now one can better these suggestions.

I am very happy to let you know that we observe, follow and encourage others int eh same ways as craig thinks.


Craig, May I use this opportunity to request all those who read and subsribe to your blogs to pray and pray fro world peace.


Dr Venkat Pulla


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