The root of many conflicts across the world can be traced to exclusion. We believe that by working to lessen the distance that can exist between the state and wider society a durable peace can be built.
In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In line with Sustainable Development Goal #16, which focuses on the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for all, Interpeace believes that it is important to ensure that all individuals and groups – particularly those who are frequently marginalized, such as youth and women – are brought in to the peacebuilding process.
Peacebuilding is a complex process which cannot be monopolized by one single group – there must be inclusivity at all stages, from the top to the very bottom. Otherwise the peace that is constructed will not last, nor will it be just.
We believe that standing against the trend of exclusion in society requires a concerted effort to ensure inclusivity at all levels of the peacebuilding process, with particular attention to marginalized groups, so that all opinions, interests and needs can be considered. In short, a just and sustainable peace cannot be built without the inclusion of all.