What are our goals?

The "Principles for Peace" initiative aims to bridge the gap between policy and action by enabling local, national and international actors to craft more inclusive peace processes and develop new "Principles for Peace". Grounded in evidence and experience, these principles will center accountability between actors engaged in peace processes and the societies they serve. Through a collective effort, the initiative is undertaking a multilayered approach that considers various facets of societies and various stages of the processes of building peace – from local voices to national and international actors. The initiative seeks to engage member states and anchor the new "Principles for Peace" in relevant and strategic formal bodies and processes to lay the foundations for global adoption and encourage the long-term oversight required to achieve lasting peace.

The key objectives are:

  • Collaboratively develop and establish a much-needed new set of principles, informal norms and guidance for how to structure, sequence and build more inclusive peace processes.
  • Create greater accountability and long-term oversight of peace processes and subsequent implementation actions.
  • Transform the incentives that drive and govern national and international actors engaged in peace-making and peacebuilding interventions and seek to deliver the necessary strategic coherence required to achieve sustainable peace outcomes.

How does the project work?

The key areas of the "Principles For Peace" initiative are:

The Secretariat
The "Principles for Peace" Secretariat is responsible for the management of the initiative. It facilitates and coordinates the work of the International Commission and the collective effort of the Stakeholder Platform.

The Stakeholder Platform
The Stakeholder Platform brings together representatives from local, regional and international organizations, research institutions, governments, private sector companies and other relevant networks. It accompanies the International Commission for Inclusive Peace throughout its mandate and the development of the "Principles for Peace". The platform is intended to support the commission as a sounding board and a vehicle for a greater outreach.

The Commission
The independent International Commission on Inclusive Peace consists of a diverse group of eminent experts and leaders, bringing together policy, practice, on-the-ground experiences and high-level political leadership.

Who organizes and supports the project?

The project partners are:

Interpeace as the implementing institution of the "Principles For Peace" as well as the foreign ministries of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.