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.