Early Childhood Development: Pathways to Sustainable Peace (28 SEPT 2023) ECPC • UNGA-78

September 28, 2023


ECPC global experts demonstrate by evidence-based science and practice the importance of investing in Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a sustainable pathway to peace. They issue a 5-point Call to Action to Mission States including elevating ECD in the new United Nations’ Agenda for Peace.

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1:54:51 ENG


78TH Session of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Session 

Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Ireland, PM of Chile, PM of Colombia to the United Nations. Recorded: Thursday 28 September 2023

Master of Ceremony 

► Mr. Mark Feeney—Representing Early Years, the organization for young children (Northern Ireland))

Opening Remarks “Heralding a New Era for a Culture of Peace”

Rima Salah, PhD—Chairperson, Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)


RESEARCH—“What Science Says: Overview of ECPCs Early Childhood and Peacebuilding Research and Practice”

POLICY & ADVOCACY—“Policy Briefing: Why Early Childhood Development is a Promise for Peace”

PRACTICE—“Foundations for a Peaceful World”

  • Joshua Feder, MD—Medical Director at Positive Development 
  • Ali Shaar, MD —Director of the Palestinian Child Institute, An-Najah National University; Member, ECPC Advisory Board
    • Coming soon! New volume! “Foundations for a Peaceful World: The Transformative Power of Early Childhood Education to Promote Peace and Social Cohesion”

Panel Discussion “Lessons Learned: Key messages and Points of Action”

  • Catherine Panter-Brick, PhD (Facilitator)—Bruce A. and Davi-Ellen Chabner Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs (Anthropology, Jackson School of Global Affairs); Member ECPC Research Division


  • H.E. Ambassador Fergal Mythen—Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. René Ruidiaz Pérez—Deputy Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations
  • H.E. Ambassador Arlene Tickner—Deputy Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
  • Dr. Najat Maalla M’Jid—Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children; Member, ECPC Executive Committee
  • Ms. Gina McIntyre—CEO Special European Union Programmes Body
  • Sherrie Westin—President, Sesame Workshop; Member, ECPC Advisory Board

Video Presentation “Ahlan Simsim” by Sesame Street 

Call to Action

  • Siobhán Fitzpatrick, CBE—Director International Network on Peace Building for Young Children (INPB); Regional Vice Co-chairperson for the Early Childd Peace Consortium (ECPC); Chairperson, ECPC Programmatic Division

Overview and Prelude “Seeds of Peace”  

  • Erinna Dia, PhD—Associate Director and Early Childhood Development Global Lead, UNICEF


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