Peacebuilders have to have the knowledge and skills to build the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities with transformative frameworks and tools that increase social connection, and resilience to bring peace across the world.
StandUp4Peace: Media Education Centre with Danube Peace Boat E.U.R.O.P.E, International Cities of Peace and Building PEACE will join forces to promote all connections with Peace between People, Countries, and Peace with Nature. Without peace, it will not be possible to achieve the levels of trust, cooperation, and inclusiveness needed for societies to be resilient to amazement, manage disputes, and adapt to changes in their environments. Replicating these and other factors in all countries is vital, but to do so means identifying the factors that create and sustain peaceful societies, to begin with. Without this, it will not be possible to develop the programs, create the policies, or understand the resources required to build peaceful societies facing unprecedented global change.
Be The Change: Multiple points are simultaneously affecting our global society including COVID-19, climate change, wars… Leaders and organizations are being challenged to simultaneously confront the inherent chaos and transform the unprecedented limitations into opportunities and solutions that will create positive change. Our intention is to build the capacity of leaders and peace builders-changemakers to improve their well-being and to re-calibrate their intention and impact.
Peace Leadership and their Goals: Our education will become a tool for a new understanding of Peace as it is not just a word and desirable, it’s essential in the 21st century as the challenges we face and what requires cooperation on a scale unprecedented in human history. The number of people killed in armed conflict is 10 times greater than in 2005 and the number of countries with violent conflicts is the highest at any point in the last 30 years. Those living in fragile and conflict-affected states are the furthest from achieving the SDGs and by 2030, could account for 80 percent of the impoverished population.
For all that we plan to do to promote PEACE, we have in mind that Museums for Peace are important cultural institutions in telling the history of peacemaking as well as working to build and cultivate peace and justice for the present and future. Museums for peace have not only been exhibiting historical narratives and telling stories of the prevention, stopping, ending, and healing of warfare and violent conflicts of the past. They have been engaging audiences, young and old, in reflecting, dialoguing, envisioning, and collaboratively working toward cultures of peace, nonviolence, human rights, decolonization, and both social and planetary justice for the present and the future. We are planning our “Building Peace” to bring history to life, to support education for peacebuilding, and to permanently build peace for the future of all of us in the spirit of the UN and the spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld.