“We the Peoples” path to peace

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Multi-colored cutouts of children holding hands, symbolizing the diversity and unity of the world's people.
Multi-colored cutouts of children holding hands, symbolizing the diversity and unity of the world's people. © Joanne Zheng | Dreamstime.com


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The voice of ”We the Peoples” and their determination “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…” was first heard in 1945 when the World Leaders met in, San Francisco, United States, and signed the United Nations Charter (United Nations, 1945). As “We the Peoples” continued their journey to advance the ideals of the United Nations, fulfilling the goals of its charter, they adopted resolutions and a program of action to ensure long-term global peace and security, promoting ”a Culture of Peace”, adhering to the principles of freedom, justice and tolerance (United Nations, 1999).

Their voice was amplified by the historic adoption of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the “Sustaining Peace Resolutions” and other resolutions and declarations. The “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is the Agenda of the People, by the People and for the People (United Nations, 2015). Its 17 goals that range from ending poverty in all its forms everywhere to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, to reducing inequities with and among countries, to achieving peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, were the result of broad consultations.

This Transformative Agenda, for the first time, recognizes the direct link between peace, justice and development and the responsibility of all the countries and people to achieve the global vision of the agenda for “Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies” (Goal 16). The “Sustaining Peace Resolutions” are seen as a pledge by the international community to go beyond mere rhetorical commitment to devise innovative, concrete and lasting solutions and sustaining peace (United Nations, 2016). They reaffirm the importance of Partnership with all segments of society to prevent conflict and sustain peace.

The voice of “We the Peoples”

United Buddy Bears is an international art exhibition with more than 140 bears represented the UN countries, promoting tolerance and living in peace and harmony.

In this new era of “We the Peoples” and peace that promotes the participation of all members of society in peacebuilding efforts, it is time to shape innovative and transformative approaches to address the policies and global action to reduce violence as well as build and sustain peace by engaging families and children in the service of peace.

The voice of science

It is, also, time to raise the voice of science, to join the voice of “We the peoples”, which heralds in a new era with windows of opportunities to contribute to sustainable peace through investment in the positive early development of young children (UNICEF, 2014; Britto, Gordon, Hodges, Sunar, Kagitcibasi and Leckman, 2014). However, in these critical times, insufficient investment in the early years of life as a path to peace, social transformation and violence prevention has led to the formation of the “Early Childhood Peace Consortium” (ECPC).

The promise of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)

The ECPC that was launched at UNICEF Headquarters in New York on September 2013, brought together over 140 partners from governments and multiple sectors (including civil society, social and mass media, multi and bilateral agencies, practice and academia) (ECPC, 2013). This event marked the joining of forces with the international community to 1) advance global and national efforts to build peace and prevent violence and to 2) “create a legacy of sustained peace drawing on the transformative power of early child development”.

Let us continue the momentum, built by the ECPC launch and achievements of the members of the Consortium, and elevate the promise of Early Childhood Development on the Global Peace and Development Agenda.

ContributorRima Salah, PhD, serves as Chairperson of the Early Child Peace Consortium (ECPC). She is Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, Former Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the U.N. mission in Central African Republic and Chad, served on the United Nations High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, and Volunteer Faculty Yale Child Study Center.


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  3. United Nations. (1945). Charter of the United Nations

  4. United Nations. (1999). A/RES/53/243. Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace.  

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  6. United Nations. (2016). S/RES/2282. Peace Resolutions

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United Nations, global frameworks, agendas & resolutions

  1. High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations. (2015). Uniting our strength for peace: Politics, partnership and people.  

  2. Peacebuilding Architecture. (2015). The advisory group of experts report on the 2015 review of the United Nations.  

  3. United Nations. (1997). E/Res/1997/47. International Year for the Culture of Peace, 2000.  

  4. United Nations. (1998). A/RES/53/25. International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, 2001-2010.  

  5. United Nations. (2015). S/RES/2250. Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security.

  6. United Nations. (2016). New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.   

  7. United Nations. (2016). Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.  

  8. United Nations. (2017). A/RES/72/137. Follow-up to the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace.

  9. United Nations General Assembly. (2019). A/74/136. Global study on children deprived of liberty .

  10. United Nations Women. (2015). Preventing conflict, transforming justice, securing the peaceGlobal study on the implementation of Resolution 1325.

Relevant information

  1. Chowdhury, AK. (2014). Foreword: ‘The Culture of Peace’. In Leckman, J.F., Panter-Brick, C., & Salah, R. (Eds.), Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families (pages xiii-xx). Boston: MIT Press.

  2. Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC). (2017). Contributions of Early Childhood Development services to preventing violent conflict and sustaining peace.  

  3. Ramos-Horta, J., et al. (2015). Uniting our strengths for peace, politics, partnership and people: Report of the High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations.  


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