First Meeting of the Commission for Peace




First Meeting of the Commission for Peace

  • The first official virtual gathering of the Commission for Peace, part of the Peace Innovation Initiative at the University for Peace, was held on 20 January via Zoom.

20 January 2022 – The Commission for Peace was officially established on 31 May 2021 by Ms. Barbara Winston, in partnership with the University for Peace (UPEACE), as part of the broader Peace Innovation Initiative.  the only university established by the United Nations General Assembly and founded in 1980, to set up the Peace Innovation Initiative (PII), which envisions a world where the systems in which we live, and work, are formed on a culture of peace.

The members of the Commission, who all hold the title of UPEACE Ambassador, include Barbara Winston, UPEACE Rector Francisco Rojas, UPEACE Dean Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, Narinder Kakar, Zulfiquar Ghadiyali, Mubarakka Lokhandwala Ghadiyali, Ida Beerhalter, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Gordon Winston, James France, Mark Johnson, and Anu Jain. The Commission serves as a steering committee to PII and its members will act as global guardians and advocates for UPEACE and PII, in support of the mission and a global culture of peace.

The Peace Innovation Initiative (PII) is built to create a global culture of peace through peace-inspired innovation. In partnership with the University for Peace, PII is building an ecosystem for sustainable peacebuilding by bringing all society sectors together and harnessing their relative strengths and insights to innovate for change. PII envisions a world where our global systems are built on a foundational framework for sustainable, positive peace.

In his introduction, UPEACE Rector Francisco Rojas Aravena stated: “Peace is a difficult good to sell. The task of peace is very difficult. Therefore, thinking of new ways to create, sell, and address the subject of peace is an urgent and necessary need and the Peace Innovation Initiative (supported by the Commission for Peace) is crucial in that sense.”

Likewise, Mrs. Barbara Winston, President of the Commission for Peace, stressed that UPEACE is a jewel inside the United Nations system. “The intrinsic nature of this Commission is the strength of its leadership and the nature of the people aligned to give direction and powerful guidance on the operationalization of the ideas that the Commission decides to promulgate and to endorse.”

The meeting, which served as an initial meeting point for Commission members, is the first of many, which are intended to share initiatives and possibilities for joint collaboration on projects and initiatives emanating from the Peace Innovation Initiative at the University for Peace.

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About the University for Peace

Created in pursuance of UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55, the University for Peace has been training leaders for peace for the past 41 years. It is a unique international academic institution with more than 3,800 graduates from over 100 nations. The main campus is located in Ciudad Colon and overlooks the Costa Rican Central Valley. It also has centres around the globe in Ethiopia, Somalia, China, Serbia, and permanent offices in New York and Geneva. 

The University continues its pursuit of academic excellence through systematic and critical study, understanding and analysis of the causes of the multiple problems that affect human and global well-being. Through its rich faculty of resident and visiting professors, UPEACE trains future leaders for peace to explore and formulate strategies and practices in diverse contexts to address these problems and contribute to peacekeeping and peacebuilding processes. The UPEACE experience is empirical and unique, empowering, transformative and cultivates critical thinking in its students.

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