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Organization: Nonviolent Peaceforce
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

There has been progress toward our organizational goals but we are still developing indicators to measure that progress.  See our comprehensive "Feasibility Study" and pilot project updates on our website, www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Problems common to new organizations, such as difficulty acquiring funding and lack of staff, have been the most significant obstacles but we are working to identify and overcome such problems as we build and gain experience with this new organization.
Lack of mainstream media coverage is another obstacle to promoting the culture of peace and nonviolence.  When we do succeed in communicating with individuals and groups who have not previously investigated the nonviolent option, the response has been uniformly enthusiastic.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

1.  The founding of the organization itself, which originated at the 1999 The Hague Appeal for Peace Conference.
2.  The Feasibility Study supported by the United States Institute of Peace, documenting unarmed civilian peacekeeping over the last fifty years.  The full document can be acquired from our website, www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org
3.  The Nonviolent Peaceforce Inaugural Convention held in November-December 2002 in Surajkund, India, and attended by over 130 people, representing nearly 40 organizations, from every part of the globe.
4.  The development of a core training curriculum for nonviolent intervenors by an international consortium of experienced trainers--the curriculum may be purchased from Training for Change--www.trainingforchange.org.
5.   The initiation of the Nonviolent Peaceforce pilot project in Sri Lanka in the latter half of 2003.  The project has just noted its first anniversary and is expanding to bring more teams of multinational, trained nonviolent intervenors to Sri Lanka to work with local peacekeepers and peace makers.  Visit our website for updates and information about applying to become one of our field team members in Sri Lanka.
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ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Use the upcoming Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (at the UN, July 2005) as a platform to create political will among governments world wide to support, with finances and expertise, a stronger role for NGOs and CSOs committed to nonviolent prevention, intervention and reconciliation of armed conflicts.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Nonviolent Peaceforce itself is organized through a network of 93 member organizations located around the world.  These organizations are international (e.g., International Fellowship of Reconciliation), regional (e.g., West Africa Network for Peacekeeping), national (e.g.,  Women Making Peace [Korea]) and local (e.g., SERPAJ-Morelos [Morelos, Mexico]).

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Exploratory visits to areas of conflict (Mindanao, Philippines; northern Uganda-southern Sudan; etc.) will prepare for additional Nonviolent Peaceforce projects and deployments in the second half of the Decade.  At the same time, regional training in nonviolent intervention techniques and strategies along with a public education campaign will spread the notion of nonviolent alternatives to violent conflict.

Postal address of organization

425 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

E-mail address of organization

info@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Website address of organization

www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

International peace and security

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace


Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

Sri Lanka
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