Early Childhood Peace Consortium

Summary Report of the Global Launch – September 2013 Content, Key Outcomes and Next Steps

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The launch of Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) brought together over 140 partners from multiple sectors (including civil society, the social and mass media, government officials, multi and bilateral agencies, 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.” The ECPC established an unprecedented network and unified stakeholders around the goal of reducing and preventing violence against children, recognizing the transformative power of the early years, and incorporating the broader social context in the promotion and generation of evidence-based early childhood programming for social cohesion, justice, and peace. 

The ECPC is at the vanguard of creating transformative solutions to one of the greatest issues plaguing the world community – that of increased violence and conflict. Its next steps include:

  • Advocacy to focus on advancing efforts in advocating for a UN resolution to ensure the highest level of global government recognition for the role of early childhood in promoting peace.  
  • Creating a formal governance structure of the Consortium and multiple stakeholder roles; (i) regional foci (e.g., conflict/post-conflict settings); and (ii) the complementarity of the Consortium with other networks and initiatives on ECD and peace. 
  • Generating a communication strategy that successfully reaches civil society and media who are the main messengers of conflict.

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Energy, Enthusiasm & Endurance

Closing Remarks
Dr. Christian Salazar Volkmann

“The Early Childhood Peace Consortium can and should be an important advocate to place ECD higher on the global peace and development agenda. This is really urgent. During today’s workshop, there heard several concrete proposals on how to move forward with our advocacy for ECD. Without such concerted advocacy, we will not have resources and political attention we need to scale-up ECD programs worldwide, especially in countries heavily affected by violence and conflict.” He concluded, “Partnerships need steadfast support. Today was great. There is high energy and enthusiasm. But the peace building agenda is a long road. It needs endurance.” 

Dr. Christian Salazar Volkmann, Deputy Director Programs Division, UNICEF; ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013