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We can send information from one end of the planet to another in a fraction of a second. Over a billion of us are connected to one another via social media. We have the ability to peek billions of light-years into the universe. We have the knowledge to land a space lab on Mars.

The human spirit is unstoppable.

Yet, 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by violent conflict. Worldwide, more than 8 million children have been killed or disabled by guns, knives, bombs and other weapons.

It’s time to do something – as individuals and as a human family.

The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI ) is convinced that these challenges can be addressed and transformed by empowering individuals, communities and nations through innovative approaches in peace education that can inspire practical acts of peace and protect our shared future.

Join us to make peace happen. You can contribute by acting in your family, your school, your community, your country and the world. Create your profile and get engaged on our website:

  • View and contribute to the Global Peacemaker Network; an open source virtual space with a wealth of videos, infographics, toolkits, educational modules and publications about peace and conflict (add link and image).

  • Add information about your community to our Global Map so that we all know more about what is happening in our world.

  • Engage in a discussion about conflict, peace, human rights and development in our Forum and learn from people from around the world.

  • Sign up for our Newsletter so that you can get more involved with WPDI.