This special edition toolkit will focus on peacebuilding!
But first, what does peacebuilding mean?
Peacebuilding is an evolving concept that does not have one simple definition. However, it comprehends all actions that are taken to transform the conditions of a community that usually lead to conflict into sustainable peace. It is a comprehensive concept that includes conflict transformation, restorative justice, trauma healing, reconciliation, development and leadership. Peacebuilding highlights the difficult reality that the end of a conflict does not automatically lead to peaceful, stable, socio-economic development, but involves building bridges and establishing good relations between ordinary people on all sides and justice of a conflict. The process of building peace involves many stages and a range of participants with different roles. Something to be kept in mind is that peace is not a product that can be achieved in the short term but it is along-term process whereby the people directly involved or affected by the conflict work collectively to transform the society.
Peace is at the heart of the SDGs 2030 Agenda: ‘‘there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.’’1 In addition, SDG #16 is exclusively dedicated to prioritizing peace: ‘‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.’’
The aim of sustainable peace includes ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children (child marriage, female genital mutilation, child labour,child soldiers, human trafficking, etc). It also means ending corruption and bribery, combating terrorism and crime, ensuring public access to information, developing effective, accountable,and transparent institutions, and a lot more!
Peace is clearly essential to human rights and development. However, peacebuilding is difficult to achieve. Thus, we hope this toolkit will help empower you, and all youth around the world, tocreate a peaceful change in your community. Together, let’s put peace among our top priorities!
On the following pages, you will find ideas for activities related to the topic of peacebuilding. Those ideas are just there to give you some inspiration, but of course, you are more thanwelcome to come up with your creative ideas, or even try and make these activities your own.