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Nesting Peace - Sixth GAMIP Summit - Sept. 14-20, 2013, Geneva

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Transcript of Nesting Peace - Sixth GAMIP Summit - Sept. 14-20, 2013, Geneva

Program
Outcomes
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for future

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Pre-Summit
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Gift Economy
Formats
Live I4P
Youth organized
Diversity of participants
Overview
“Nesting Peace: Creating Infrastructures to Sustain Diversity” was the sixth Summit of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (GAMIP). This conference, fully organized by youth, took place from 16th to the 20th of September 2013 at the Centre de Conférences Varembé and at the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
This Summit brought together
212 participants from 54 different countries
across the globe representing various groups from civil society, governments, as well as United Nations institutions and agencies.
The Summit was preceded by the
weekend learning event
“Walking Towards Conflict: an Introduction to Restorative Systems” facilitated by Dominic Barter at the Collège Voltaire in Geneva on September 14-15. This pre-Summit learning event was an introduction to
Restorative Circles
and restorative systems as an excellent example of an infrastructure for peace. With this exposure, participants thus learned about a specific method that has proven very effective, and also had an introduction that would support them in holding the space of the restorative system to be created during the week of the Summit. In fact, a
live restorative system
was then created during the Summit, supported by participants and a few more experienced facilitators, including
Dominic Barter
himself.
This conference applied the principles of
gift economy
and
crowdsourcing
.
The Summit was completely funded through
donations and sponsorships
in order to be truly inclusive and
not impose financial constraints

on individuals' participation.
This Summit featured
interactive and innovative formats
throughout, in order to maximize
interaction and engagement
on the issues at hand, using

World Café
methodology,
Open Space
Technology alongside other
artistic and creative spaces
.
The event was largely organized by youth committed to applying the
principles and practices of peace
in their own work.
Additionally, we made special efforts in ensuring that
more than a third of the participants be youth
, and seeked to increase the engagement
of youth in peacebuilding and violence prevention
Beyond conceptual understandings
,
the Summit featured various kinds of live
infrastructures for peace to be experienced throughout
the conference, providing
transformational learning
and a deeper understanding of peace processes.

The Summit took advantage of
Geneva
’s unique character to
gather a
heterogeneous group of actors
, coming from governments, civil society organizations, the United Nations system, academia, business, youth, artists, the justice system, religious groups, the police and others.
Restorative systems
The restorative system that ran throughout the week was the element most clearly recognizable as an infrastructure for peace.
Many of the participants had participated in the pre-Summit Learning Event on restorative systems and had had some exposure to the method in order to be able to support circle facilitators and the general functioning of the system. Certain individuals were also present who had considerable experience with Restorative Circles.
Several circles were called and facilitated to address live conflicts that participants were having. In fact, the system was created for the whole community present during the week, including participants, organizers, volunteers, guest facilitators, etc., as distinctions between those different groups were blurred in multiple ways to form a diverse and comprehensive learning community.

Pre-Summit Learning Event
Walking Towards the Conflict: Introduction to Restorative systems” was the pre-summit learning event, facilitated by Dominic Barter during the weekend before the summit, September 14 and 15 at Collège Voltaire, in Geneva.

Dominic Barter has been developing restorative systems in the favelas (slums) of Rio for the past 20 years. In the mid 1990s, local communities in slums and favelas of Rio de Janeiro began to develop ways respond to crime, conflict and disruptions agreements. These approaches led improve
community ties, security and well-being
. Moving away from the dynamics of punishment and fear, these approaches seek to
heal the pain
has been inflicted and to
provide mutual well-being
to those who are involved in the conflict, as well as their community. Restorative systems are now being used in communities, schools, families, courts, prisons, police stations, universities, social services, churches, local governments and the business of several Brazilian states and in 14 other countries.

Dominic facilitated the creation of a restorative circle system developed with some of the participants to be implemented during the week for the conflicts that happened at the summit. Many participants who had participated of one of the circles during the week shared that they felt that it was a
very enriching experience
, creating bounding connection, new perspective and a
new way of seeing conflict
and a new meaning of restorative response it.
After a musical performance by Alp horn players L’Etoile, the official welcome was given by Pascal Rubeli, President of the City Council of Geneva.
Karen Barensché, President of GAMIP, gave a welcoming speech, followed by a video of Barbara Lee, Representative in the House of Representatives of the United States, who endorsed the Summit and I4P approach to peacebuilding.
Victoria Fontan, teacher and researcher at UPeace, presented a critical viewpoint on the United Nations’ liberal approach to peace, building on Oliver Richmond’s work.
Participants were asked to walk toward conflict, to go deep into conflict to harness its transforming capacities by experiencing and developing restorative systems. Dominic Barter offered to facilitate these processes if needed.
Oliver Rizzi Carlson and Luiza Oliveira, co-organizers and hosts of Summit, introduced the conference’s innovative formats that participants will use and interact through, during the entire week.
A
guided meditation
was offered by Saul Arbess and Penny Joy, to visualize the week ahead, which was followed by
teambuilding exercise
offered by Vishal Sunny Dhawotal (Mauritius Red Cross Society) and Kristin Famula (National Peace Academy). These exercises aimed at creating the community that will journey together during the week. It built trust and formed a safe space in which to reflect and exchange with a smaller group of participants, the
Home Group Nests
.
The final activity were the Mini welcome spaces: Five stations were designed to allow participants to start to grasp the different aspects of the conference, to discuss them with the organizers and to get to know each other. Through exploring this space, participants found out what will happen during the week and how.
Jack Savoretti, singer and songwriter, harmoniously closed the day in music
Day
Day
The second day of the Summit embraced an exploration of
concepts
related to infrastructures for peace (I4P), incorporating World Café discussion sessions among Summit participants, informative presentations by I4P visionaries and experienced practitioners, and a thought-provoking panel conversation in the plenary.

This Summit also included a
Seminar on Infrastructures for Peace with a National Mandate
, organized together with the International Civil Society Network on Infrastructures for Peace. This unprecedented collaboration of the two existing organizations focusing specifically on infrastructures for peace meant that we saw the
presence of several government representatives
, including those from the Vice-Ministry for Peace in Costa Rica and of the Ministry for Peace and Reconstruction in Nepal, the National Peace Council in Ghana and the Ministry of Peace and Reconciliation of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, to mention only a few, who shared their history, challenges and achievements.
Day
Day
Day
Following the
morning’s connection
circle
led by Birger Norup (Peace Alliance Denmark) and empathy session co-facilitated by Vishal Sunny Dhawotal (Mauritius Red Cross Society) and Kristin Famula (US National Peace Academy), Summit participants engaged in a dynamic process of dialogue and sharing by way of
World Café methodology
facilitated by Ulrich Soeder, Stanley Nyoni, facilitators of large group dialogues and processes, together with Sara Flores.
After an introduction to the method in plenary, the following
three rounds of conversations took place in two break-out rooms. The whole group gathered again by noon for harvesting the results of the conversations. The conversations started with the first question: “Introduce yourself by telling an adventure in contributing to peace. How does this relate to who you are today?” The second round of conversation was introduced by a meditation exercise. The participants have been invited to imagine to be living in a peaceful society. “How do you feel now? How does it feel like to live in a peaceful society? What did we need to learn to get there?” The third and last round of conversation was guided by the following question: “In your experience what strategies and practices have contributed to creating peace?” Each group was asked to report out no more than five examples.
World Café
Lunch followed these World Café activities,
during which
Open Space activities
were taking place which allowed several participants to present on the following subjects: “Peace Education Programs”, “UN Resolution – Encouraging member states to establish governmental peace infrastructures, departments and ministries”, “Journey to the Center – Documentary and Discussion”, “Ending the ‘war on evil’ - as a habit of mind and a hidden strategy” and “Women's contribution on Infrastructure for Peace”.
After lunch, hatching time and open space sessions, Heather Grohe performed "The Lotus”, an original composition, sharing her gifts of song and simultaneous sign language as a welcoming introduction to the afternoon’s activities.
Presentations began with
Victoria Fontan
, Professor at the University for Peace and author of
Decolonizing Peace,
whose exposé of the challenges associated with contemporary efforts in international peacebuilding shed light on the ways in which dominant systems and global power relations discourage local peace practices and initiatives from emerging organically, and frequently undermining viable opportunities for lasting peace. Victoria’s
provocative work
calls into question the dominant discourse and practices of global peacebuilding, encouraging those working for peace to support diverse, non-traditional and
local peace efforts
as a foundational tenet for strengthening infrastructures for peace.
Summit host Oliver Rizzi Carlson, representing Pacicultura and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, continued the presentation series with the topic “Designing Learning Spaces for the Culture of Peace,” offering deeper insight into the many intersections between education and infrastructures for peace in their vital contribution to creating a global culture of peace.
Charles Eisenstein, internationally renowned speaker and author of Sacred Economics, elicited heartfelt emotion among Summit participants by sharing inspiring examples of individuals and groups stepping into the New Story of the People, catalyzing the
transition toward an economy and culture of peace
. Charles offered insight into the disconnects between existing norms, structures and systems that seem out of sync with what we know in our hearts as beautiful and possible. His
gift for storytelling
resonated with a deeper understanding of how people are bravely embodying new ways of being and relating, effectually rendering the old Story of Separation increasingly irrelevant.
Charles Eisenstein
Victoria Fontan
Oliver Rizzi Carlson
Following a spontaneous, original acoustic guitar and vocal
performance by Charly Lanthiez, day two of the Summit ended with a
dynamic finale, bringing together infrastructure for peace visionaries and practitioners for an interactive conversation on Conceptualizing
Infrastructures for Peace. Presenters Victoria Fontan, Charles Eisenstein
and Oliver Rizzi Carlson were joined by GAMIP President Karen Barensche
and Paul van Tongeren, founder of the International Civil Society
Network on Infrastructures for Peace as primary discussants, fielding
questions in a two-way flow between panelists and Summit participants. As moderator, GAMIP Assistant Secretary and Doctoral Candidate at the
University for Peace, Tara Ruttenberg, posed an initial question
to the five panelists: How do you conceive of infrastructures
for peace contributing to the deconstruction of old systems
and structures while at the same time supporting the
creation of new paradigms for a culture of peace?
Interactive conversation
The day ended with an inspiring, original performance by London-based singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti, whose songs ‘Dreamers’ and ‘Better Change’ speak of the transformation and visionary idealism at the heart of Nesting Peace.
Music
The third day was dedicated
to discuss and learn from concrete
projects
of peace infrastructures coming
from
Civil Society Organizations
, made by non- governmental actors before we move into the governments’ experience the next day. The day was designed to show a diversity of geographical region, and a diversity of the kinds of infrastructures for peace promoted by CSOs.
The First CSO highlight “African Alliance for Peace Efforts in Creating
Local Peace Committees
” aimed at presenting a case of CSO deciding to do a project with civil society, without expecting the government to do take part in the process.
Jean de Dieu Basabose
(Shalom Educating for Peace, Rwanda) [via video] and
Paul Koroma
(Action for Conflit Transformation International (ACTION) and Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), Sierra Leone) talked of their work in developing local peace committees, involving local leaders, helping the community to resolve their conflict at low cost, as local justice is very expensive.
African Alliance
for Peace Efforts in Creating
Local Peace Committees
The Second CSO Highlight “Campaigns for Departments of
Peace in North America” was a case study of a CSO initiative
targeted at the government, aimed at
creating a department for peace within the federal government
in a northern country with a fairly stable society. However, Kristin Famula, from the National Peace Academy (USA) and Saul Arbess from the CanadianDepartment of Peace Initiative (Canada) argued that these two countries experienced a lack of coherence and coordination in their effort toward conflict prevention, and that the military budget kept rising. Their presentation helped participants coming from “developed” Western countries to consider that
stability do not equate peace
, that infrastructures
for peace can bring a lot including in those
societies, as
no country live in a culture of peace
.
Campaigns for Departments
of Peace in North America
The Third CSO highlight entitled “From Civil War to Institutions for Peace in Papua New Guinea” was given by Dennis Kuiai (First Secretary Counterpart Advisor on Peacebuilding, Ministry for Peace and Reconciliation of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), Papua New Guinea, Pacific). His work was exemplary of how CSOs can become part of government through peace initiatives, and how peace infrastructures can prove essential in a post-conflict setting, to sustain peace efforts beyond a single peace agreement. Dennis was a rebel leader during the war, where he lost his leg, his wife and his daughter.
From Civil War to
Institutions for Peace in
Papua New Guinea
Civil Society Marketplace
Complementarily to the three CSOs highlights, participants had the opportunity to discuss what they had just heard during the Civil society marketplace, one of the innovative format offered only that day. Participants who expressed a willingness to expose their work found the perfect space there. It allowed networking but also constituted an opportunity for those who did not present during the CSO highlights to share experiences.
Before the lunch, participants were offered to
discuss and share their views on social and financial sustainability in a plenary discussion entitled “The Summit as an Infrastructure for Peace itself: Discussion on its Social and Financial Sustainability”. We wanted to create the space in which participants could realize that we designed this conference to be an infrastructure for peace in itself, which meant that we would not put any
financial barriers to participation, to collaborate,
to work and learn for peace in the world.
The Summit as an
Infrastructure for Peace itself
Open Space activities
The lunch was followed by an Open space.
Discussions, workshops, and presentations were offered
that day: “Indigenous ‘good living’ paradigm vs. systems of violence – an example from Latin America”, “Moving from peace to a culture of peace”, “Restorative circle facilitator practice”, “Designed to Change”, and finally “World cafe reflection”.
Visit to the
International Museum
of the Red Cross &
Red Crescent
Member of the
international network of Museum for Peace
, this
museum was a concrete example of an infrastructure for peace dedicated
to spreading a culture of peace and warning about the damages of war. After being presented and exchanging on CSOs infrastructures for peace, participants were to make the experience of what infrastructures for peace facilitate in term of creating a learning space about peace and war. Three different aspects of the Red Cross movement were developed during the afternoon, representing infrastructures for peace at different level: The
Museum
, fixed and located in an international hub (Roger Mayou); The
ICRC
, a single organization constituting an infrastructure for violence prevention (David Maizlish); and finally the
IFRC
(Katrien
Beeckman and Charlotte Tocchio ) and its youth branch
YABC
, constituting an international network of organization.
Seminar on Infrastructures
for Peace with a National Mandate
The Fourth Day was dedicated to learning about the peace infrastru-ctures developed with a
national mandate
in various parts of the world by governments as well as the United Nations Development Programme.
While this day served as a complement to the previous day on civil society initiatives, it also created a space for governments to speak on their peace infrastructures and
connect
with other actors about non-governmental initiatives and potential collaborations.
It was the first public, global Seminar on Infrastructures for Peace with so many
high-level representatives
from all over the world, including countries that have established peace infrastructures such as Ghana, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, and Costa Rica.
The morning was dedicated to an overview
of peace infrastructures developed by
pioneer
governments
focused on an understanding of the processes
leading to the creation and the mandates of Ministries of
Peace, National Peace Councils and other peace infrastructures
with a national mandate. After the usual
Morning Connection Circle
and
Empathy Buddy session
, Oliver Rizzi Carlson and Paul van Tongeren made some welcoming remarks. With the able moderation of Florence Mpaayei, Ambassador Wyrsch, Chargée de Mission for Swiss Peace and Human Rights Policy, then opened the Seminar with a discussion of
Swiss policy and Switzerland’s support of infrastructures for peace
. Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman of the
National Peace Council of Ghana

discussed his country’s experience, followed by Guyo Liban
of the
National Cohesion and Integration
Commission of Kenya.

Ozonnia Ojielo
, Head of Conflict Prevention
and Recovery at the Bureau for Conflict Prevention
and Reconstruction of
UNDP
discussed UNDP’s role
in the development of peace infrastructures in various countries, followed by
Mira Karybaeva
, Chief of Division of Ethnic and Religious Policies and Interaction with Civil Society of
Kyrgyzstan
, who presented her government’s organized approach to dealing with inter-ethnic tensions.
Dulce Umanzor Alvarado
of the Vice-Ministry for Peace of
Costa Rica
, who had participated in the 4th GAMIP
Summit in Costa Rica as the country gave birth to its Ministry for Justice and Peace, discussed her country’s
long-standing commitment to
developing
institutional capacities for peace.
After ample time for lunch and hatching time,
two rounds of workshops
in the afternoon created
the space to explore more in depth the experience of each pioneer country as well as learning about other important country case studies from around the world. Besides deepening the discussions on
Costa Rica, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya and Ghana
, the workshops focused on the experience of developing peace infrastructures in
Nepal, Guatemala, Bolivia, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Colombia
. Local peace committees, a session on peaceful elections and early
warning & response systems as well as initiatives
at the local level in government were also
on the program.
In the
“Open House” Reception
immediately following, participants were then
invited to wander into other workshop rooms to
discover what was discussed and contribute fresh perspectives. The
posters
served as a way to record information and make it available in case no one from the original workshop group was present in the room.
Hosts/facilitators
were also responsible for noting on the poster or otherwise onto a cohesive record any further ideas emerging from the “Open House” Reception that would be useful for the peace infrastructure in that country and to contribute to the draft conclusions. The “Open
House” Receptions happened at the end
of each of the two rounds of workshops
After a day of intense
learning about peace infrastructures
with a national mandate,
soprano Claire
Giulini
, accompanied by Ben Slade, delighted participants with a wonderful repertoire of lyrical pieces related to peace. Claire’s wonderful talent, offered freely for the event, was thus a gift in more ways than one.
The last day was devoted to a
reflection on the week’s experience. This
was meant to draw
conclusions
from the
Summit, define
future directions
and
launch
joint initiatives
to support
participants’ work further.
"Cross - Hatching"
We asked participants to think about the following: “What
kinds of infrastructures for peace can I develop in my own
context?” and “What kind of support do I need, what strategies can
I develop?” The reflection started within the home group nests that had been meeting at the end of every day, in which participants shared their own
reflections and ideas from their experience
during the week. Participants were then invited to move individually to other groups to learn about their discussion, with some group members remaining. Individuals would thus visit another group and come back, then go to another one and again come back. This “cross-hatching” was meant to
create exchange
on the above questions while still maintaining and benefiting from the relationships developed in
the reflection groups. The cross-hatching then transitioned organically into a break for even more informal
interaction among participants
Support system
In the spirit of focusing on the strategies and
support needed to carry our work forward on this last
day of conclusions, Ayman Qwaider from Gaza briefly spoke on the importance of the very concept of “support system” in his work with youth in Gaza. As a young person himself, he said that the creation of a support system for youth is a very useful approach in working with other youth in a context with so many factors contributing
to conflict as the situation in Gaza.
Nesting Peace Team
The support system or infrastructure we created
during the Summit required being supported itself. The
Nesting Peace team, also completely formed by youth, took the
floor to tell
the story of their work together
. One by one, they
said two or three sentences describing how and why they personally got involved in the organization of the Summit, and then sat down in a circle in the middle of the room. Once every team member had spoken, volunteers and all those who helped were also acknowledged for their contributions. At this point, the discussion turned to the wider group of participants, moving to
how to financially sustain
this event that had no fees and was based in very real concrete ways on inclusion and a
very participatory approach
to both event content and form. Just as on Day 3, participants were asked
to
connect with the meaning this
experience had for them
.
Gratitude and gifts
Through the undirected large group discussion
the emotion was palpable, and after many moving
speeches by participants, the group spontaneously burst
in song, making the session a celebration of community, learning, new relationships and the gift of the event to make all of them happen. Without any direction on our part, participants started placing donations and pledges in envelopes in a box in the middle of the room, while others danced and sang to keep the donations flowing. After
lunch, we communicated the result of the counting
to the group, which still showed a small deficit.
Again we asked for donations and pledges,
and this final collection resulted in a
positive balance covering
all costs.
Closing Ceremony
After
words of thanks and closing
by Karen
Barensché, GAMIP President, we were delighted by two performances offered by participants. Lyla June Johnston, a youth from the Navajo nation in New Mexico, created a
spoken word poem
about her experience during the week. Lyla performed her poem and gifted the group with her beautifully formulated reflections. Heather Grohe then performed the song “
Colors of the Wind
” from Pocahontas. Just as for the song she performed on Day 2, Heather sang and signed the lyrics in American Sign Language at the
same time. Once again, art provided a wonderful
addition to the session and a way to close the
Summit with beautiful contributions
by participants.
UN Ceremony
Envisioned as a
celebration of the International
Day of Peace
, we co-organized with a coalition of other
organizations a side-event during the
24th Session of the
Human Rights Council
at the Palais des Nations. This high-
level meeting focused on “
The Role of National Institutions in the Promotion of Education for Peace and Peace as a Human Right
” and served to bring the attention of other actors and participants not at the Summit to infrastructures for peace and concepts and practices related to the sustainable realization of peace. While emphasizing the role of “national institutions” instead of
more local, civil society initiatives, the event was a great
opportunity to
involve State and intergovernmental organizations
by utilizing the 2013 International Day of
Peace’s theme on “
Education for Peace
” to focus
on the support structures needed to facilitate
the process of creating the culture
of peace.
The first day of the Summit was dedicated to setting the tone to create the space that would allow the kind of transformative learning
we aspired to.
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Nesting Peace triggered
immediate
results
, along with
planting seeds
in all the participants
to move forward in the construction of infrastructures for peace. These
are difficult to quantify and we are not aware of most of them, but here are some of the outcomes we identified as resulting directly from Nesting Peace.

Prior to the Summit, GAMIP had a total of 102 community members, 52 of whom were also governance members. Following the Summit, the GAMIP Board approved 65 new community members and 8 new governance members, contributing to a current total of 167 community members, including 60 governance members.
An inspiring outcome of the networking opportunities made possible by the Nesting Peace Summit was the creation of the
Asia-Pacific Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (APAMIP)
, whose regional representation serves as a support network for GAMIP members and peacebuilding practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region. APAMIP joins the African Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (AAMIP) as GAMIP’s established regional affiliates.
Within GAMIP, an Academic Committee was formed, dedicated to research specifically on infrastructures for peace, unique in its kind.
Thanks to and inspired by the workshop on Restorative Circles, a “guide for preventive and restorative school justice” is being elaborated by the Ministerial delegation to the prevention of violence in schools of the French Ministry of Education.
A Youth Peace study group composed of former Nesting Peace youth volunteers has been formed, to sustain the engagement and reflection around peace issues. Vincent Verzat, co-organizer of the conference, inspired by the topic of infrastructures for peace wrote several papers on it, pending publication. The conference also inspired him to talk to students of international relations about a Culture of Peace, which he did during the 2013 Youth Perspective Conference of the Geneva International Model of United Nations.
We The Trees, a crowdfunding website, created a section dedicated to restorative systems thanks to the efforts of two Nesting Peace participants. Nesting Peace was the first peace conference funded through crowdfunding, and as such it affected the world of crowdfunding, which now offers new openings for this kind of events.

A practice group on Restorative Systems has been created in Geneva, dedicated to the practice of the transformative justice system that has been taught and applied during the week. It is composed of 15 members, half of them youth.
Another initiative that was revitalized thanks to the Summit is the campaign for a UN General Assembly resolution on infrastructures for peace, which received a lot of support at the conference. At the same time, a PeaceNow petition calling for Departments of Peace in governments worldwide was also given fresh impetus at the end of the Summit.
During the Summit itself, we managed to reach a diversity of individuals to an unprecedented extend. More than
200 people from over 55 nationalities
participated in the conference, before returning in their respective communities. In itself, the conference allowed to
raise awareness for infrastructure for peace development at a global level
, reaching way beyond Geneva’s international community. Several participants told us they received in Geneva the energy they needed to continue their important work back home.
For the first time in GAMIP history, this Summit was organized jointly by
GAMIP
and two other non-governmental organizations, namely
Pacicultura
, a local NGO tasked with developing the event concept and logistics, and the
United Network of Young Peacebuilders
(UNOY Peacebuilders), an international NGO contributing the youth dimension into both the organizing team and the conference itself.
The event was
designed
to enhance awareness and understanding of peace infrastructures and their essential role in sustainable strategies of peace promotion, utilizing the event itself as
an experiment
in creating one such structure.
The international outreach of the conference is particularly visible in Asia with APAMIP, and primarily in
Africa
: The continent witnessed the creation of the Nesting Peace Coalition Sierra Leone. General Pereira from Senegal attended the conference, where he found the inspiration to launch the “Centre des Hautes Etudes de Défense et de Sécurité (CHEDS)”, a center dedicated to sharing experiences between experts from various fields, academics, media professionals and civil society activists. In this context, Dominic Barter has been invited to share his approach to conflict transformation.

The intentional design of this Summit,
in all its aspects, made possible
an extraordinary event
. The
diversity and number of participants, the formats used, the youth
dimension, the innovative nature and importance of the topic for peacebuilding, the embodiment of the ideas discussed and the financial strategy based on donations alone are only some of the threads woven together in this experience. Having thus created such an effective and creative space for connection, dialogue and learning, and having stimulated several concrete initiatives,
how can we build upon this going into the future?
We hope that whatever venture event participants or GAMIP members may embark on, they will not only benefit from the opportunities created by the Summit, but they will
learn the apply and adapt the many useful strategies pioneered in this event to their own initiatives
. In fact, perhaps the most important learning from the event that made all the others possible is the vision of designing the experience intentionally, looking at all of its aspects, generating alternatives creatively and not being afraid to make mistakes. Doing this requires looking at our assumptions about social dynamics, human nature, learning itself… If there is something that we confirmed in this endeavor, it is that working on ourselves is an essential first step in any effective peacework.
Peace starts with us - and the supports we create for our own learning.
GAMIP itself can use
its unprecedented exposure and
reach to divulge its work, including that of the freshly created Academic Committee and its scholarship, inclu-ding by developing further successful collaborations with the International Civil Society Network on Infra-structures for Peace and other
actors up to the UN level.
The gift
principles applied in
the event could also spark
many
new initiatives
were social equality and inclusion are not only discussed, but experienced.
APAMIP, together with the African Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (AAMIP), could strengthen the involvement of actors in the Asia Pacific region, and inspire
new regional groups
and activities to take shape.
The group of youth that worked on the organization of the conference, having created a peace study group and being part of the newly-formed Restorative Circles practice group, has the potential to gather even more youth into peace learning and around concrete peace projects in Geneva.
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