Global Peacebuilder Summit Culture Counts Foundation initiates and organizes the first "Global Peacebuilder Summit". It will be held in September 2016 in Berlin, bringing together 30 reknowned personalities from (post-)conflict regions worldwide.
For the first time some 30 peacemakers from around the world will gather in
Berlin to discuss the role of civil society in the next year. Common to them is
that they come from conflict regions, belong to the most outstanding
personalities in their field and have proven to work successfully with their
organizations on the peace process in their country. The objective of the
"Global Peacebuilder Summit
is to strengthen these key actors in their commitment, to make their work better
known to the broad public, and to facilitate the networking between them.
The Global Peace Builder Summit is organized by the Culture Counts Foundation
in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office, which also funds the summit.
Other partners are Helga Breuninger Stiftung, Berghof Foundation, Ashoka and the network
"der kongress tanzt”.
The situation in crisis and post-conflict regions often changes quickly and
dramatically. Therefore it is important to regularly seek the expertise of
those who work in peace processes on site. Hot topics of the summit will be:
How can civil society work more effective? What are limits of civic engagement?
What form of intervention and support desire peacemakers from the international
community? How can a state like Germany get involved without weakening the own
strengths of a society?
These topics do not leave us indifferent. From successful peacemakers we can
learn how to resolve conflicts in our own society, as they show up for expample
with the refugee issue. The wave of asylum seekers and migrants is in a drastic
way, how much affect us the consequences of violence and war.
Typical participants of the summit are those peacemakers who portrayed the
project Peace Counts for twelve years; Here are some examples:
• Pastor Dr. James
Wuye und Imam Muhammed Ashafa
, Nigeria: Once known as militia leaders and archenemies,
after their personal reconciliation they have jointly set up the Interfaith
Mediation Centre in Kaduna. In particularly conflictive Nigerian "Middle
Belt" they establish early warning systems against religious violence.
They engage leaders of both religions in nonviolent conflict resolution, use
massmedia for peace education.
• In Sri Lanka, for long years suffering from one of the bloodiest civil wars
worldwide, Dishani Jayaweera brings together young people from different ethnic
and religious groups. They photograph their
and share the photos with members of the other communities.
The universal language of pictures connects the young people and allows
dialogues about a peaceful future of the island. The organization CPBR directed
by Dishani, also connects religious leaders - Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslims -, and
has shown that tolerance and understanding between them is possible.
• Nava Sonnenschein
it the head of the School for
. in the Jewish-Arab village of Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam in Israel.
She has developed a special method for encounters between young Palestinians
and Israelis, which is not based on personal sympathy, but focusses in
critical, supervised dialogues on the group conflict and its profound causes
and consequences. This methodology has since been adopted in other conflict
zones around the world.
• Babloo Loitongbam,
: The lawyer and founder of the organization Human Rights Alert is
committed to the observance of human rights in the eight states in Northeast
India. There applies a special act, which gives the army the right of “shoot to
kill” – solely on suspicion of terrorist activities. The organization has
proven in 1528 cases that innocent people were killed, and helped to curb the
extrajudicial violence decisively.
The Global Peace Builder Summit
itself as a learning organization that collects evidence on effective
engagement of civil society and is dedicated to develop it further at summits
at regular intervals. The first will take place in September 2016 partly near
Potsdam, partly in Berlin.
For questions please contact the coordinator Michael
Global Peacebuilder Summit
is organized by the Culture Counts Foundation in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office
, which is also funding the project.