Principles for Inclusive Peace



The world is currently at its least peaceful since the end of the cold war – in the first half of the 2010s more armed conflicts started than ended. This has resulted in over 70 million people being forcibly displaced, which is the highest number on record, surpassing post-World War II numbers. Moreover, 90% of the active conflicts during 2000s were in countries that had already experienced a civil war. Therefore, there is an inability of countries to resolve their own conflict and the existing toolbox of the international community’s peace and security architecture is ineffective at addressing these peace and conflict challenges.

Globally, there are 52 on-going conflicts. At this critical time, with intense conflicts such as Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and across the Sahel requiring enormous resources and humanitarian aid, effective peace processes are more important than ever.


Principles for Inclusive Peace is an independent initiative, created in 2019 to develop a new set of standards, guidance, and principles for the international community to enable countries to develop nationally owned and more effective long-term peace processes.

The Initiative was launched by Interpeace, with the support of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The objective is for the initiative to become a collective effort, were partners from all the areas of peace-making and peacebuilding community will join and contribute to the principles. The project was selected among 10 of the most promising governance projects presented at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum on November 2019. It was selected from over 700 initial submission an 114 projects presented at the Forum.

A global participatory and consultative process

In 2020, the initiative will commence a global participatory and consultative process to inform the development guiding the Principles for Inclusive Peace. The objective is for the initiative to become a global reference point against which all peace processes would/could be assessed in terms of their inclusiveness and likely effectiveness. The initiative will establish a participatory global process and diverse advisory commission and supporting mechanisms to lead development of the Principles.