Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a global leader in the practice of unarmed civilian protection (UCP), with a solid track record of success in conflict zones. But violent conflicts are increasing across the globe, creating a growing need for unarmed civilian protection.
Deaths in war, numbers of displaced populations, military spending, and terrorist incidents, among others, have all surged since the beginning of the century. - Pathways for Peace, World Bank and the UN
Every 2 seconds a person is forced to flee their home. There are now 68.5 million people who are forcibly displaced, a record high. - UN High Commission on Refugees 2017 Annual Report
Increasingly, UCP is being recognized as an effective and affordable approach to protect civilians and prevent violence. UCP is recognized by the United Nations and member states. And, forty-two nongovernmental organizations now practice some form of UCP in 24 areas. Yet, few of these groups know, share or communicate with each other.
Nonviolent Peaceforce’s critical mission is to protect civilians. But protection is not only from physical harm. Protection is also about creating the empowering conditions for local communities to leverage existing structures and capacities to live peacefully with others.
Our advocacy team’s task is to amplify this work in international policy forums at the United Nations and in capitals around the world. We not only advocate for support for our protection work in specific countries, but also raise awareness on the necessity of non-militarized approaches and the importance of unarmed protection as both a complement to traditional peacekeeping and a key ingredient in attaining sustainable peace to communities facing violence and conflict.
On April 23, UN Secretary General António Guterres urged warring parties across the world to lay down their weapons so we can face COVID-19 together. Nonviolent Peaceforce has joined the call for a #GlobalCeasefire, and we want you to be a part of this worldwide movement! Get started now
YOU amplified the call for nonviolence on Capitol Hill in 2019 - and we need you speak up for peace again. Congress must knowthat we want to start building a future of sustainable peace NOW. The pandemic has highlighted the urgency of supporting unarmed civilian protection. Get started now
A massive scale up of unarmed civilian protection is needed. All present approaches for the protection of civilians, whether armed or unarmed, provided by governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations added together do not come close to meeting present needs. We need to continue to validate and share widely affordable and effective ways to protect civilians. We also need to fight for adequate funding that is equivalent to the UN military peacekeeping budget—about $6.7 billion USD.
The Nonviolent Peaceforce team at the 2019 Commission on the Status of Women in New York.
Since NP started advocating for UCP at the UN in 2011.
UN and UN-related policies, recommendations, and resolutions have recognized unarmed approaches for the protection of civilians.
country missions to the UN have hosted events featuring UCP.
UN agencies have funded NP efforts.
Our Advocacy Team
UN Representative: Gay Rosenblum-Kumar
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