In an increasingly violent world, could the United States help reduce conflict by making a groundbreaking commitment to build peace?
Global levels of violence are at a 25-year high and it is now violent conflict, rather than natural disasters, that is the leading cause of forced displacement, with 66 million people forced to flee their homes in search of safety.
Every seven minutes, an adolescent is killed by an act of violence (UNICEF) and many more are harmed, orphaned, abducted, deprived of education and health care, sexually violated and left with deep emotional and physical scars.
It is more important than ever to focus global efforts on building long-term sustainable peace. And there is hope.
Today new legislation is being introduced to the United States Congress – with support from the Republican and Democratic parties – that would require the US government to develop a 10-year strategy to better address the root causes of violence, conflict and fragility that drive global crises and bring down current levels of global violence.
The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 signals a key advance in how the US government responds to conflict. International Alert are among 35 organisations supporting the bill as it is taken to congress.
This bill represents action; an attempt genuinely to realise the full potential of a peacebuilding approach. We welcome this innovative initiative by the U.S. Congress and we call on European legislators to follow suit.
– Harriet Lamb, CEO, International Alert
According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, violence containment costs the global economy $14.3 trillion a year. Yet only 1% of global foreign assistance goes to peacebuilding and conflict management, despite their cost-effectiveness and proven results.
Reversing the trends in violence is one of the most urgent national security challenges of our time. It’s critical that global leaders stop the rise in global violence and focus efforts on building peace and preventing further crises.
Show your support
If you’re in the US, you can support representatives Eliot Engel, Ted Poe, Mike McCaul and Adam Smith as they introduce the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018.
Support for the campaign
We are joining with 35 organisations that endorse this legislation.
- Alliance for Peacebuilding
- American Friends Service Committee
- Carl Wilkens Fellowship
- Center for Civilians in Conflict
- Center on Conscience & War
- Charity & Security Network
- Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
- Conference of Major Superiors of Men
- Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
- Cure Violence
- Educators Institute for Human Rights
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Global Communities
- Humanity United Action
- International Alert
- International Crisis Group
- International Rescue Committee
- Jewish World Watch
- Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
- Mercy Corps
- National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
- National Latino Evangelical Coalition
- Pax Christi International
- Pax Christi USA
- Peace Direct
- PRBB Foundation
- Search for Common Ground
- STAND: Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
- Stop Genocide Now
- World Relief
- World Vision
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