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