AfP Applauds Committee Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Reduce Global Violence

September 28, 2018
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 28, 2018

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Laura Strawmyer | 317.340.1085 | laura@allianceforpeacebuilding.org

WASHINGTON, DC – The Alliance for Peacebuilding applauded yesterday’s approval of the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 (H.R. 5273), by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

H.R. 5273 was introduced by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Paul Cook (R-CA) in March 2018. The bill has strong bipartisan support with 15 cosponsors.

This timely legislation comes at a moment when violent conflict has forcibly displaced a record 68.5 million people and costs the world an estimated $14.76 trillion annually. There is an urgent need to improve the U.S. government’s ability to reverse these trends and prevent future conflict.

The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act would require the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense, and other federal agencies, to develop a new strategy to reduce and prevent violent conflict. It would give the U.S. government the tools it needs for a long-term, coordinated approach to identify and mitigate the drivers of violence in order to prevent conflict.

A broad coalition of 47 leading international humanitarian, peacebuilding, development, and faith-based organizations endorse this legislation.

The bill will now move to the full House of Representatives for a vote. A related bill awaits committee consideration in the Senate, S. 3368.

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