The People’s Report Card: Assessing the Sustainable Development Goals

Global Citizen has teamed up with the Social Progress Imperative to launch ‘The People’s Report Card’. It’s a Report Card on the progress that the world as whole and each of the countries of the world is making against the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s the People’s Report Card because it is a tool for citizens everywhere to check on how whether their leaders are living up to their promises.

Campus Election Engagement Project

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America’s colleges and universities motivate their 20 million students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls. They focus on how administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders can help engage students, and they’re now engaging schools for the 2016 elections.

Preventing violent extremism with skills, education and dialogue (UNESCO)

Skills, jobs, freedom of expression and more culture and history – these are the responses that must be nurtured in the face of violent extremism stated UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at an event organized by Albania, Jordan and the Holy See on 20 September 2016.‎ ‎”Tackling this threat is a huge responsibility, of which UNESCO is deeply aware, and this is why we are acting across the board,” said Bokova. “This goes to the heart of the UNESCO Constitution, to build the defences of peace in the minds of women and men, starting with education, starting with the soft power of learning, the sciences, intercultural dialogue, on the basis of shared values.”

Connecting peace research, action, and education in Colombia

From September 7-9, 2016, the University of Cartagena’s Observatory for the Study of Displacement, Conflict, and Peacebuilding hosted the first annual International Forum on Peace Studies. The conference offered an unparalleled opportunity for critical analysis and collective reflection on the implications of the recently announced peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which marks a political end to nearly 60 years of internal armed conflict. For the participants that gathered, the conference offered a space to not only identify the current demands that this historic moment presents for the field of peace studies, but also a space to recognize the impact that civil society has had in their decades-long work for peace that made this agreement possible.

Christa Tinari works with kids at The Providence Center.

Lessons in Empathy

Three years ago, when Providence Center was rethinking its after school program they turned to community leaders to determine what the children needed: it was help coping with the brutal circumstances of living in Philly’s highest-poverty and most murderous neighborhood. So Providence Center hired Christa Tinari’s PeacePraxis, which brings research-based social emotional learning (SEL) programs into schools. Now, afternoons at the school revolve around a curriculum that teaches children skills of resiliency, conflict resolution, empathy, and self-awareness. Those skills, in turn, have helped students become more attentive and interact better with their peers and teachers in class—and beyond.

Interview with Noam Chomsky for the International Peace Bureau World Congress

Noam Chomsky is interviewed by Joseph Gerson, American Friends Service Committee’s disarmament coordinator, about the themes and concerns of the upcoming IPB World Congress 2016 on Military and Social Spending – “Disarm! For a Climate of Peace – Creating an Action Agenda,” taking place September 30-October 3 in Berlin, Germany.

Image of a peace campaign posted on Facebook created during a workshop. (Photo: Mary Pham)

Addressing Religious & Ethnic Violence Through Peace Education in Myanmar

This report, by Mary Pham, a fellow with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, details her applied research examining best practices of civil society strengthening that can drive positive social change and increase justice, rights, peace and development in Burma.

High-level panel discussion on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training: good practices and challenges – Opening statement by Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

This panel discussion marks five years since the adoption by the General Assembly of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training. This Declaration places human rights education and training as a core pillar of our great project to realize all rights for all.

Program Manager for Education and Convening: International Human Rights Funders Group

The Program Manager for Education and Convening will support IHRFG’s diverse membership to critically reflect on their grantmaking practice, incubate and pilot new ideas, and initiate new collaborations. Core responsibilities of this role include designing and executing educational programming and developing relevant resources.

Jennings Randolph Peace Scholarship Dissertation Program: now accepting applications!

The United States Institute of Peace’s Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards non-residential Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowships to students enrolled in U.S. universities and who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to international conflict management and peacebuilding. Application deadline: Nov. 22, 2016.

Refugee children from Syria at a clinic in Ramtha, northern Jordan. (Photo: Wikimedia commons / Russell Watkins/Department for International Development)

World leaders must do more to educate refugee children, say top academics and influencers

20 leading academics and influencers from across the world, have joined forces in an open letter to world leaders – asking that they do more to ensure refugees obtain an education.

Militarism and the Young: Youth Gathering at the Disarmament Congress in Berlin

“In many ways the world we live in is unjust and inhumane, especially towards young people. Our social model is established on unlimited economic growth, the extensive use of natural resources, the predominance of capital, domination structures, patriarchy, competition, violence, confrontation, conflict and war. Capitalism and militarism reinforce themselves, destroying the livelihoods of all beings.” That’s how the draft of the Declaration for Demilitarization and Youth begins, which was developed in the preparation meetings for the Youth Gathering of the Disarmament Congress that starts in Berlin end of September 2016.

Seeds of Peace GATHER Fellowship accepting applications

Seeds of Peace is proud to announce its second annual GATHER Fellowship in partnership with the Swearer Center’s Social Innovation Initiative at Brown University. The Seeds of Peace’s GATHER initiative is searching for 15-20 emerging leaders whose work and ideas are advancing the political, social, and economic conditions essential for peace.