The Commission for Peace and the University for Peace launch the Peace Innovation Initiative
A new Commission for Peace, founded and chaired by Ms. Barbara Winston, has joined the University for Peace – established pursuant to UN General Assembly Resolution 35/55 – in establishing the Peace Innovation Initiative. The Peace Innovation Initiative is driven by a mission to create a global culture of peace, where peace-inspired innovation serves as a foundation upon which our global systems of operation are built. The Peace Innovation Initiative – housed at the University for Peace, under the auspices and vision of its Dean, Dr. Juan Carlos Sainz-Borgo, who is also a member of its board – will serve to promote peace in public discourse, act as an incubator and accelerator for the most innovative ideas in peace and will provide real time self-evaluations that serve as a constant engine for discovery, renewal and improvement of our systems of operation. Dr. Narinder Kakar, UPEACE Emeritus Professor and Representative of the University for Peace to UNHQ in New York, will also be joining as a distinguished member of the board.
The Commission for Peace will bring together global leaders and innovators from every sector of society for a series of high-level roundtable talks. These talks will produce the necessary guiding framework for the building and establishment of centers of excellence for peace innovation, where the Peace Innovation Initiative will house all its activities, from digital educational programs, scholarly research and peace-tech project and product development. The Center, headquartered at the University for Peace, will operate immediately on a global scale, engaging the various Centers of Excellence and University for Peace Regional Offices around the world, from Costa Rica to The Hague, Geneva, India and the Middle East.
The Initiative is set to educate the world and be relentless and irresistible in its efforts, creating a wall of determination that is powerfully pervasive in making reason out of chaos.
The University of Peace was established as a treaty organization with its own Charter, in an International Agreement adopted by the UN General Assembly pursuant to Res. 35/55 of 5 December 1980. The mission of UPEACE, in accordance with its mandate, is to:
“provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace and with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, to stimulate cooperation among peoples and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations.“
Barbara Winston, Chair and President of the Commission for Peace, shares her commitment to peace and innovation: “We, as human beings, are an anomaly, formed uniquely here on Earth, our only known home, amongst a galaxy full of stars, planets, and a vast system of which we’ve only grazed the surface. Our unique existence is characterized by a shared belonging to this place in time and space, where we must live together in order to survive and thrive. Our ability to do so, in protection of ourselves and our shared home, is dependent upon our ability to live in peace. This is the reality of our present and the necessity of our future.”
When we, as conscious beings, can fully see the expansiveness in our unity, we can solve any challenge we, our communities, our countries or our planets presents us with.
We are living through a time of unprecedented division and contentious counter-narratives, which only further polarize people and halter progress.
It is time to build a sustainable model for peacebuilding, rooted in the idea that peace is a practice inherent to us all. Peace is a foundation from which we can act. The Peace Innovation Initiative will operationalize peace as a practice by aggregating, supporting and building ideas and projects to infuse into our global systems, sustainably, efficiently, ethically, and creatively.
Drawing from premier research and foundational theories of peace and conflict, the action-oriented Peace Innovation Initiative will aggregate top institutions and individuals from all disciplines and sectors of society to take collective action toward practical and widely, readily available solutions to conflict.
By bringing synergy and cohesion to the international community, the Initiative will serve as the global laboratory for peace, committed to the practice of our humanity, self-reflection, efficient problem-solving, and radical practicality.
Winston shares, “we are looking to achieve excellence in putting together the unlimited knowledge that we have from the beginning of man’s historical journey. We are going to amalgamate them and put them in a fashion that we can use all the knowledge and be able to distribute it in an efficient manner to humankind.”
The Peace Innovation Initiative, under the premier leadership of the Commission for Peace and the University for Peace, will mainstream the habit and practice, making it accessible to us all, and revealing its value as the key to thriving in equity, justice, safety, and happiness.
More information on the Peace Innovation Initiative will be forthcoming on the UPEACE website at www.upeace.org.