This image shows a quote from the statement on the International Day of Peace. It says "Without peace, development will falter. Without justice, hope will wither. Without inclusion, we will all be left behind.". The background is blue and shows the QCEA logo with a dove in the middle.

Together with over 200 international and domestic peacebuilding organisations, QCEA has signed a joint statement calling on governments to work for peace. The statement highlights the need for a new global partnership to mainstream peace, justice, and inclusion central to efforts to transform our world and respond to the challenges we face. Peace is not an add-on – peace is the way.

The statement, released at the opening of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, calls on governments and the international community to:

  • refocus on peace, justice, and inclusion, in development, in crisis response, and in addressing the climate emergency;
  • mainstream and step up investment in peace;
  • prioritize inclusion and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  • and step away from securitized responses.

“As we face the stark human-made realities of a warming planet, we must redouble our peace efforts, to help mediate and navigate the immense shifts in power and resources that will be needed to forestall further avoidable temperature rise, to prevent and resolve the conflicts that may be exacerbated or precipitated by environmental destruction; and to prepare the path to a more sustainable, peaceful, and equitable future.”

The signatories of the statement include organisations dedicated to peace from around the world, including faith-based groups, international development agencies, policy organizations, and others.

Read the statement and see the over 200 signatories by clicking here: STATEMENT