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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.

UN Day of Sustainable Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. read more

Celebrating the Dream

On January 15, 2015 more than 600 civic, business and philanthropic leaders from Los Angeles, the State of California and the nation gathered at the Celebrating the Dream luncheon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown Los Angeles to applaud the accomplishments of the public-private partnership that has created the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. In addition to a preview of the hospital’s offerings, leadership and vision, the program honored several high profile leaders. Forest Whitaker, Artist, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Founder and CEO of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative was honored with the Community Engagement Award. Here is his acceptance speech. read more

Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative documentary on South Sudan

Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) documentary on the strife and displaced youth and families in South Sudan and the WPDI program read more

Myriam Sidibe: The simple power of handwashing

In the fight against childhood disease, Myriam Sidibe is a warrior. Her weapon of choice? A bar of soap. For cost-effective prevention against sickness, it’s hard to beat soapy handwashing, which cuts down risk of pneumonia, diarrhea, cholera and worse. Sidibe, a public-health expert, makes a smart case for public-private partnerships to promote clean hands — and local, sustainable entrepreneurship. read more

How does the United Nations work? | RMIT University

RMIT University academic Dr Binoy Kampmark explains how the United Nations (The UN) works. read more

Voices against Violence: parcours de mise en oeuvre

In French, a graphic chart how do deliver the“Voices against Violence” i tool for young people around the world. It can be adapted to national contexts, translated into local languages, and rolled out in schools and communities in partnership with youth organizations, UN partners and governments. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital library/publications/2013/10/voices-against-violence-curriculum#view read more

Pasos para ofrecer el programa

In Spanish, a graphic chart how do deliver the“Voices against Violence” i tool for young people around the world. It can be adapted to national contexts, translated into local languages, and rolled out in schools and communities in partnership with youth organizations, UN partners and governments. - See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/digital library/publications/2013/10/voices-against-violence-curriculum#view read more

Why Education Matters

#Bejing20 UN Women: unwomen.org read more

Organizing a Girls in ICT Event

Supporting the global Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women, giving them the confidence to pursue ICT studies and careers. Girls and young women have the potential not only to become ICT users, but also to become ICT creators. And the good news is that jobs as ICT creators often offer higher salaries and lower gender based pay gaps than in other fields. Girls in ICT Day events make girls and young women aware of the vast possibilities ICTs offer, quelling misconceptions about the sector and inviting them to envision their future as ICT creators. Encouraging women and girls to pursue ICT careers also fosters a more dynamic technology sector, posing extensive benefits for companies. A more gender-balanced workforce reflects the customer base more accurately, enhances productivity and innovation and leads to better financial results. read more

What is Mediation

At its core...Mediation is...a structured discussion where an impartial person...known as a mediator...helps you reach an agreement with someone else. Mediation is a form of what's known as ADR -- Alternative Dispute Resolution. Types of ADR include Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration, Facilitation and several others... mediator uses their special skills, training and knowledge to help you find a path to an agreement...one that everyone is satisfied with. If you decide you don't like the way the conversation is going at any point...you can take a different direction. And just like an electronic GPS adapts to help you find a different route -- a good Mediator will adapt to help you identify new paths to a possible agreement. - Mediation is Confidential *few exceptions - Mediation is Voluntary and gives YOU control of the outcome - Mediation is usually Faster & Costs less than Litigation - Mediation is Balanced and Fair According to the American Arbitration Association, 85% of all Mediation results in a settlement. Mediation is successfully used, everyday, by Couples, Families, Businesses, Government, the Courts, Religious and Non-Profit Organizations, Schools, Communities, and people just like you. read more

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