Building Peace

The lessons learned from centuries of strife, indicate that building and sustaining peace is an ongoing process, demanding participation from diverse actors at all levels of society. Through the Building Peace programme we work to promote inclusive, coherent and sustainable strategies for peacebuilding in countries that are at risk of violent conflict. We aim to contribute to more resilient and stable states and societies.

We engage with diverse stakeholders including multilateral institutions, civil society organisations, bilateral donors and academics in seminars, workshops and bilateral discussions. Country case studies implemented in partnership with local civil society actors also contribute new perspectives and strategies that influence policy recommendations for strengthening the uptake of local voices in peacebuilding processes. As a part of  our focus on inclusivity, the Foundation has also been facilitating dialogue sessions with civil society representatives in Israel and Palestine, supporting civil society groups working towards peace on each side and with the international community. 

The Foundation also promotes understanding and supports implementation of the recommendations coming out of the 2015 UN peace and security reviews and the Sustaining Peace resolutions passed in the Security Council and the General Assembly in April 2016. In response to identified needs and requests from UN partners, we act as a convener of meetings and as a platform for consultations. These consultations bring together Member States, key actors in the UN, and international, regional and local civil society on key themes that need attention for realising sustainable peace globally, including engagement of civil society, inclusive dialogue and adequate, predictable financing for peacebuilding.

Through this effort we hope to improve the UN’s effectiveness in supporting peace and security and push towards an integrated, comprehensive and long-term approach that will also be crucial in enabling the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.



Girls banging the drum for peace

A conversation between two feminists about being young and advocating for youth engagement in peacebuilding.


Supporting youth contributions to peace in Myanmar

A paper that highlights the barriers for young peacebuilders in Myanmar, as well as presents recommendations on how to support them.


From Uppsala to Bogotá: Connecting advocates for peace

Together with Uppsala University, the Foundation recently hosted the inaugural gathering of a new alumni network.


Hammarskjöld’s personal push for peace

In this blog Love Calissendorff looks at Hammarskjöld engagement in the West Asia North African Region, defining the relevance of his approach from 50 years...


International Training on Dialogue and Mediation

This training provides practitioners, policymakers and researchers with a unique opportunity to explore the use of dialogue and mediation in building and sustaining peace.


Latin America and the Caribbean: Implementing the vision of sustaining peace

The Foundation recently hosted an inspiring dialogue about sustaining peace with a diverse set of participants from across Latin America and the Caribbean.