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Early Childhood Peace Consortium Inaugural Event

Photo by N. Shemrah Fallon

Maria Regina Reyes, PhD of Yale University and Adrian Cerezo, PhD, Assoc Dir Educ Research, St Louis Zoo, participate in the inauguration of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium, held at UNICEF HQ in New York, 20 September 2013.

The birth of the Consortium brought together a large multidisciplinary global team of 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, who as a result of the event, are actively uniting to “create a legacy of sustained peace drawing on the transformative power of early child development”.

Participating Agencies

Al-Quds University
Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND)
ACEV Foundation
Aga Khan University
Center for Research on Population and Health American University in Beirut
Center of the Developing Child
Harvard University
Child Care Aware® of America
ChildFund International Children's Institute (CI)
University of Cape Town Christine Jang
Columbia University
Columbia University // Children's Health Fund
NY Conflict Prevention and Recovery at UNDP
Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (CGECCD)
CUNY Graduate Center
Elma Philantrophies Family Trust Fund (based within the UN Secretariat, DESA)
Full Court Peace
Global Capital New York - World Vision International
Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack
Global Partnership for Education
Global Partnership for Education Government of the Netherlands, MoFA
Grand Challenges Canada
Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
Harvard University
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC)
International Federation for Family Development
International Network on Peace Building/ Early Years
International Rescue Committee
ISSA/ TEYN - Romani Early Years Network
Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
Macquarie University
Mike Evan High School
National Resources Investment & Development Cooperation
Norlien Foundation OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education)
OMEP (World Organization for Early Childhood Education)
Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), United Nations
OSI Pavia & Harcourt LLP
Peacebuilding and Development Journal
Plan International
Play Soccer Nonprofit International Resilience Research Centre
RISE Institute
Roots of Empathy
Save the Children
Sesame Workshop
Sisters of Notre Dame at the UN
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
Tel Aviv University & Hebrew University of Jerusalem; representing ERICE (Empowerment and Resilience in Children Everywhere)
Turkish Permanent Mission to the UN
UNESCO Asia / Hands to Hearts International>
Uninorte's Pisotón program
Universidad del Norte, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University University of London
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
US Federation for Middle East Peace
US Fund for UNICEF Victoria Parra, Columbia University
World Association for Infant Mental Health
World Association of Early Childhood Educators
World Bank
World Organization for Early Childhood Education
World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
World Vision International
Yale Child Study Center
Yale University
Zero to Three

What was most interesting was there were more actors represented, more agencies, themes. It was not the talking about the ‘usual’. There was a wider circle, more advocates… I feel encouraged.

Liana Ghent, ISSA – REYN – Romani Early Years Network
Photo by N. Shemrah Fallon

Participant poses question to session panelists at the inauguration of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium, held at UNICEF HQ in New York, 20 September 2013
Photo credit: N. Shemrah Fallon

I have been to many similar events, which were mostly a conversation among younger adults, many of whom were idealistic. This event was real, tangible, and proposed valuable mechanisms for change.

Michael Evans, Founder – Full Court Peace