Initiative for Peace (IfP) was founded in 2001 by a group of students and staff to promote peace in global, national and regional conflicts. The annual conference follows a year of preparation by our students, who receive training from specialists in the fields of public administration, conflict resolution and negotiation and historical perspectives in order to facilitate an event in the target country for youth leaders from both sides of a conflict.
The IfP conferences aim to bring youth leaders together to equip and empower them to establish and lead their own initiatives towards the prevention or resolution of conflicts within their communities. The success of each conference is therefore determined not by what happens at the event, but by what happens afterwards. For example, following the 2009 conference in Timor-Leste, two participants, Leonardo Rosa and Salles de Sousa, were inspired to set up a project to reforest the hill behind their community. In 2010, the Timor-Leste Youth for Peace organisation was created by Timorese IfP participants. They disseminate what they learn in the IfP conferences to the rest of their community.
This year, for the first time, two conferences took place simultaneously as UWCSEA East students joined the IfP. The conference in Dili, Timor-Leste continued in its sixth year and, following a six-year absence, IfP returned to Kandy, Sri Lanka. The focus of both conferences was peace building, but with priority given to issues relevant to each country.
In another development this year, the inaugural Peace Day was a student-led initiative involving IfP participants, and for the first time, local Singapore schools participated. We hope that Peace Day will become an annual event to support our students in developing their skills and provide an opportunity for student participants in the year-long IfP programme, but who are not selected to attend the conferences, to use their skills.
Read about the 2013 IfP conferences below:
|IfP Timor Leste 2013||IfP Sri Lanka 2013||Peace One Day Singapore 2013|
If you are interested in learning more about the Initiative for Peace, please visit the IfP website.