►Building a World of Peace: The Promise of the ECPC | Rima Salah (Chair ECPC)

April 19, 2019

“There is no better time than now for all of us to unite to erect the building blocks of peaceful futures for all children.”


Today more than ever before millions of children and their families are trapped in situations of war, conflict, violence and displacement. Science shows that violence has a detrimental effect on the development of young children. In this presentation, Dr. Rima Salah shows that we have every opportunity to make a transformative shift, and raise the voice of science to join with the voice of “we the peoples” to stop war and violence in the world, promoting a “Culture of Peace”. 
Dr. Salah gives a brief history of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC), from conception to official launch to present day. She underscores its pioneering vision to create an inclusive movement for peace and social justice, through using evidence informed early childhood  development strategies, founded on the idea that children and families can be agents of change for peace.
17:49 ENG / Subtitles


Rima Salah, PhD / Chair and founding member, ECPC; Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale Child Study Center; Former Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF. Dr. Salah has served as a Member of the United Nations High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (2014-15), and as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, U.N. Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). In addition, Dr. Salah has had a distinguished career with UNICEF. Her service includes: Deputy Executive Director for UNICEF (2004-2007, 2011-2012), Regional Director for West and Central Africa (1999-2004), and UNICEF representative in several countries including Vietnam, Burkina Faso as well as head of office in Queta, Pakistan. 
Recommended Reading
By Rima Salah, PhD
  1. Donaldson, C., F. Affolter, L. A. Ponguta, R. Salah, P. R. Britto, J. F. Leckman, P. Connolly, S. Fitzpatrick, and P. Walmsley. (2018). Contributions of early childhood development programming to sustainable peace and development. New York City: Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC).
  2. Salah, R. (2018). Global citizenship and the role of the United Nations: The promise of the Early Childhood Peace ConsortiumNew Directions for Child and Adolescent Development 2018, no. 159: 99-105.
  3. Leckman, J., C. Panter-Brick, and R. Salah. (2014). Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families. Vol. 15. Cambridge MA US / London UK: MIT Press.
  4. Leckman, J., C. Panter-Brick, and R. Salah. (2014). Peace is a lifelong process: The importance of partnerships. In Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families, edited by J. Leckman, C. Panter-Brick and R. Salah, 3-17. Vol. 15. MIT Press.

Watch 14 compelling talks by 25 world champions in evidence-based science and practice, education, human migration, web technology and media. Learn why they join together in expertise to pave a road to hope and build pathways to peace through the transformative power of children and families. Hear them sound the global call to action as they launch the ECPC Pledge to Action for Peace. 
  • Be informedMeet the conference presenters who share with you their knowledge, generated from the front lines of this burgeoning field of peacebuilding through early childhood development (ECD). Read their biographies and access additional learning materials.
  • Get involved. Help us pave the road to hope and The Culture of Peace by sharing these series videos with your friends and colleagues.
  • Build peace! Take the ECPC Pledge of Action for Peace, launched by conference speaker, Miss Lames Abdelrahman, IRIS Refugee Ambassador from The Sudan.


This ECPC event was organized by and made possible with support from Queen’s University Belfast LINKS, Yale University, UNICEF and the ECPC.


Distinguished ECPC affiliated presenters join us from the halls of Yale University (Child Study Center, the MacMillan Center for Area Studies, Web Services) Queen’s University Belfast, the United Nations, The Global Movement for The Culture of Peace, UNICEF, Sesame Workshop, ACEV-Mother Child Education Foundation, IRIS-Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, and the NGO Committee on Migration.


The ECPC was established to grow a global movement for peace, social justice and prevention of violence through using evidence-informed strategies to enable the world community to advance peace, security and sustainable development. We must address root causes of violence and conflict, and we must empower children and families to be agents of change to advance social cohesion and peace. 


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