On 21st November Generations For Peace was accepted as an associate of the United Nations Department of Public Information. NGOs play an important role in carrying out the United Nation’s goals and contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of agendas agreed by its 193 Member States.
“NGOs, with their knowledge of and reach to local communities, are invaluable partners of the Department of Public Information,” said Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. “Together, we inform the world of what the United Nations is doing to ensure no one is left behind, from working on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change to rallying the international community towards a compassionate response to massive refugee and migrant flows. NGOs help carry out the United Nations global mission of peace, sustainable development and human rights.”
Since 2007 Generations For Peace has been working at the grass roots level in communities in up to 50 different countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe; training and mentoring volunteers in sustainable conflict transformation. By promoting youth leadership, community empowerment, active tolerance and responsible citizenship, GFP is empowering and supporting change-makers to create a better future in their own communities.
“As the United Nations celebrates its 70th Year, being associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information and registered on their database is important for Generations For Peace because of all our work across the UN system,” said Mark Clark, Chief Executive Officer.
“Our grass-roots youth-led conflict transformation programs in communities around
the world contribute directly towards Sustainable Development Goals #4 (education), #5 (gender equality), #10 (reduced inequalities) and #16 (peace).
“We are supporting Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and especially youth-led peacebuilding. We are implementing the 2015 Amman Declaration and delivering concrete youth-led actions in communities to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, furthering the extraordinary leadership of Jordan in that journey. And we are implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 by following best practice in gendered conflict analysis, through programmes to promote gender quality and equity, engaging both boys and men as well as girls and women, and by investing in research relating to gendered communication and issues of masculinity in conflict and violence.
“As we face the largest refugee crisis in 70 years and the global threat of violent extremism, our work supports regional, national and local responses to strengthen social cohesion and resilience and to reduce violence and vulnerability to radicalisation and recruitment to violent extremist organisations. We look forwarding to strengthening our partnerships within the UN System and UNDPI’s support is invaluable for that.”