Origins | Timeline

2009 | Building a Generation of Reconciliation

In 2009, the Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV), published a hallmark concept note, Building a Generation of Reconciliation: The Role of Early Childhood Development in Peace Building, which outlined the organization’s rationale: the association between peace and early childhood interventions and programs. This conceptual paper was the first attempt by the Foundation to articulate its vision for peace, extrapolating from the evidence on ECD and its own programs. In particular, the evidence drew upon AÇEV’s parenting initiatives, namely the Father Support Program and the Mother Support Program, which bring together groups of fathers and mothers, respectively, to promote harmony and democratic values and to reduce violence and abuse. 

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2012 | The Inception of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium

Strong interest in AÇEV’s concept note led to the 2012 inception of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) - a loose affiliation of global partners from multiple sectors, institutions and organizations engaged in peace building in early childhood development, which emerged from an effort involving four agencies: UNICEF (representing the United Nations); Yale (representing academia and research), Mother and Child Education Foundation (AÇEV; representing NGOs); and the John E. Fetzer Institute (representing private and philanthropic organizations). These agencies were individually engaged in improving peace outcomes for families and communities and realized the potential of joining forces to create a much larger impact on the world community.


2013 | The Launch of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)

The launch of the ECPC in 2013 at UNICEF NY brought together over 140 partners from multiple sectors (including civil society, the media, government officials, as well as practitioners and academia), agencies and countries to “create a legacy of sustained peace drawing on the transformative power of early child development.” ECPC has established an unprecedented network of unified stakeholders to advance peace building through early childhood.


2014 | U.N. High-level Forum on The Culture of Peace

On the occasion of the 2014 UN High-level Forum on The Culture of Peace on 9th September, Yale University along with members of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium, UNICEF and the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace organized a luncheon event with distinguished guests to discuss the transformative power of children and families as a pathway to peace.


2015 | Early Childhood & Families Conference / Early Childhood Peace Consortium Annual Meeting

AÇEV (Mother Child Education Foundation), Yale University and UNICEF hosted a conference on 11th June 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. The outcomes of the conference were used to inform the discussions for a follow-up meeting facilitated by UNICEF on 12th June 2015 which considered the next steps moving forward on this agenda to build a global movement that values the role of young children and families as agents of change in peace building.


2015 | Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Is Early Childhood Development - A Pathway to Peace?

The main objectives of the panel discussion, held at UNICEF House, Danny Kaye Center, NYC, in October 2015, was to explore how the ECD evidence could be applied to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” Sponsored by Yale University and UNICEF.


2015 | The ECPC Initiates its Governance Structure

In October 2015, the ECPC took steps to begin the formalization of its governance structure. Rima Salah, PhD, assistant clinical professor in the Yale Child Study Center was elected as Chair of the ECPC. Under her leadership, the ECPC established its Executive and Steering Committees that are currently drafting the organization's Terms of Reference that will include details of its vision, objectives and structure to include conditions of membership. The ECPC Secretariat is located at UNICEF NY.



2015 Milestone | New U.N. Resolution on The Culture of Peace Acknowledges the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC)

30 November 2015 | A new U.N. Resolution on the Culture of Peace announces the formation of the ECPC, voted for by the ambassadors at the September 2015 General Assembly. Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the U.N., and the Ambassador of Bangladesh were instrumental in highlighting the contributive value of the ECPC to the culture of peace at the General Assembly. This achievement is reflected in the following resolution reference:

“Commends the practical initiatives and actions by relevant United Nations bodies, including the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N.-Women) and the University for Peace, as well as their activities in further promoting a culture of peace and non-violence, including the promotion of peace education and activities related to specific areas identified in the Program of Action, and encourages them to continue and further strengthen and expand their efforts and, in this context, welcomes the global launch of UNICEF Early Childhood Peace Consortium in September 2013”.

2016 | Dr. Rima Salah Debates Improving the U.N.s Approach to Sustaining Peace

11 & 12 May 2016 | Rima Salah, faculty in the Yale Child Study Center, participated in a high-level thematic debate on peace and security at the United Nations. As appointee to the High-level Independent Panel on the United Nations Peace Operations, assembled by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in October 2014 with the aim to analyze how U.N. peace operations could be improved, Dr. Salah and her panel of esteemed colleagues offered recommendations to the Seventieth General Assembly. The Panel's deliberations were based on their 2015 comprehensive report, "Uniting our Strengths for Peace: Politics, Partnership and People".


Queen's Awarded £2m to Establish Global Research Group on ECD for Peacebuilding

2017 | Launch of the ECPC-NIHR Global Health Research Group on ECD for Peacebuilding

17 July 2017 | An interdisciplinary research team from the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) has been awarded a £2m grant to study the potential for ECD (early childhood development) programs to promote sustainable development and peacebuilding. The CESI team, led by Professor Paul Connolly (Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland), will work with several strategic partners, including UNICEF, the Yale Child Study Center, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Global TIES for Children research center at New York University and the Early Childhood Peace Consortium.


References

AÇEV. (2009). Building a generation of reconciliation: The role of early childhood development in peace building. Istanbul, Turkey: Mother-Child Education Foundation Publications. 

Top Image | ECPC Planning Meeting, Marrakesh 2013 (Photo: GHFP)

  • Top row, L-R: Kyle D. Pruett (Yale), Prof. Ernesto Caffo (Fondazione Child), Siobhan Fitzpatrick (Early Years), Brenda Haiplik (UNICEF) 
  • Center row, L-R: James F. Leckman (Yale), Pia Rebello Britto (UNICEF, Yale), Simon Xavier Guerrand-Hermès (GHFP), Ayla Göksel (AÇEV) 
  • Bottom row, L-R: Rima Salah (UN, Yale), Sue Carter (Univ. N. Carolina)

Neighborhoods of Peace

Foundations Panelist
Mr. Mohammed H. Mohammed, Fetzer Institute

"We are all neighbors along 'the longest street in the world' where children should live in peace." 

Mohammed H. Mohammed, Program Officer, Fetzer Institute, ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013