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Global Peacemaker Network

The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is proud to create the Global Peacemaker Network, an online platform for students, teachers, conflict resolution and peacebuilding professionals, policy makers and global citizens. This network is an open source virtual space with information about Peacebuilding and Community Building acting as a social network utilizing technology, education, vocational tools , global resource mapping along with security and development topics from around world – from Conflict Resolution Education materials for teachers to the impact of technology and natural resources in global security. We welcome you to view the Resource Library below and contribute a resource.

In Small Places, Close to Home: The Beginnings of Universal Human Rights.

"The team at American University International Relations online program examines how the universal agreement on the fundamental rights and freedoms of people, formally known as, Basic Human Rights and Universal Human Rights, came to be. What are those right? Who is entitled to them?" read more

TED Talk: What comes after tragedy? Forgiveness | Azim Khamisa and Ples Felix

From YouTube: On one awful night in 1995, Ples Felix's 14-year-old grandson murdered Azim Khamisa's son in a gang initiation fueled by drugs, alcohol and a false sense of belonging. The deadly encounter sent Khamisa and Felix down paths of deep meditation, to forgive and to be forgiven -- and in an act of bravery and reconciliation, the two men met and forged a lasting bond. Together, they've used their story as an outline for a better, more merciful society, where victims of tragedy can grow and heal. Prepare to be moved by their unimaginable story. "Peace is possible," Khamisa says. "How do I know that? Because I am at peace." read more

"If I could go to school..."

The recruitment of girls into armed groups in DRC must be considered in the context of circumstances which prevail in most conflict situations - widespread poverty; lack of access to education and employment; and failure of the rule of law. Amidst these factors, our participants identified education as a critical factor in preventing girls from joining (and re-joining) armed groups. read more

Fighting with non-violence | Scilla Elworthy

How do you deal with a bully without becoming a thug? In this wise and soulful talk, peace activist Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need -- as nations and individuals -- to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how non-violence works, she evokes historical heroes -- Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela -- and the personal philosophies that powered their peaceful protests. read more

How Does the Nobel Peace Prize Work?

Among the top prestigious awards in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize has honored some of the most celebrated and revered international figures and organizations in history. But how does the nomination process work? And who exactly is eligible? read more

The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained

Why is the refugee crisis all over the news? How is this related to Syria? Why should we care at all? The Syrian refugee crisis explained. read more

A project of peace, painted across 50 buildings | eL Seed

eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris. The artist and TED Fellow shares the story of his most ambitious project yet: a mural painted across 50 buildings in Manshiyat Naser, a district of Cairo, Egypt, that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain. read more

Positive Peace Report 2016

Humanity is now facing unprecedented challenges. Some of the most urgent of these are climate change, decreasing biodiversity, increasing migration and over-population. All of these issues are global in nature and transcend national boundaries. These issues call for international cooperation on a scale unparallelled in history. read more

Julia Bacha: How women wage conflict without violence

Are you setting out to change the world? Here's a stat you should know: nonviolent campaigns are 100 percent more likely to succeed than violent ones. So why don't more groups use nonviolence when faced with conflict? Filmmaker Julia Bacha shares stories of effective nonviolent resistance, including eye-opening research on the crucial leadership role that women play. read more

Literacy in the World

Infographic about the status of literacy in the world created by UNESCO. read more