Civil Society Coalition Welcomes Global Fragility Act

March 8, 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 8, 2019

CONTACT

Laura Strawmyer | 317.340.1085 | laura@allianceforpeacebuilding.org

Richmond Blake  | 202.999.8935 | rblake@mercycorps.org

WASHINGTON, DC – Over 50 Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) members and partners applaud the introduction of H.R 1580 and S. 727, the Global Fragility Act of 2019, by Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Bill Keating (D-MA), and Francis Rooney (R-FL) in the United States House of Representatives, and Senators Christopher Coons (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Todd Young (R-IN) in the Senate, on March 7th.

The bipartisan Global Fragility Act (GFA) would require the U.S. government, in coordination with civil society, to develop an innovative 10-year Global Fragility Initiative or Strategy. This whole-of-government approach will improve the capacity of the United States government to identify and address threats to civilians in fragile, conflict-prone regions around the world.

The legislation would give U.S. federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Defense, and others, the tools they need to work effectively and in coordination to identify security threats in at-risk communities and to mitigate them through diplomatic action and development programs.

H.R. 1580 and S. 727 build upon the progress of previous versions, including H.R. 5273, which passed the House of Representatives in 2018 with the broad bipartisan support of 376 representatives. The new versions are markedly stronger, as they will authorize the use of existing foreign assistance funds. Such investment is critical to ensuring the strategy and country plans will be implemented effectively.

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 following list of leading international humanitarian, peacebuilding, development, human rights, and faith-based organizations endorse this legislation, under the co-leadership of AfP and Mercy Corps. We look forward to working with Congress to pass a revised Global Fragility Act as quickly as possible, with an emphasis on strengthening civil society-led good governance, conflict resolution, and violence reduction capacity over the long-term.

  1. Alliance for Peacebuilding
  2. American Friends Service Committee
  3. American Jewish World Service
  4. CARE
  5. Carl Wilkens Fellows
  6. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
  7. Center on Conscience & War
  8. Charity & Security Network
  9. Chemonics
  10. Church of the Brethren, Office of Public Witness
  11. Conciliation Resources
  12. Conference of Major Superiors of Men
  13. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
  14. Cure Violence
  15. Educators’ Institute for Human Rights
  16. Foreign Policy 4 America
  17. Franciscan Action Network
  18. Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
  19. Futures Without Violence
  20. Global Communities
  21. Global Water 2020
  22. Humanity United Action
  23. i-ACT
  24. In Defense of Christians
  25. Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
  26. InterAction
  27. International Alert
  28. International Civil Society Action Network
  29. International Crisis Group (ICG)
  30. International Rescue Committee
  31. Jewish World Watch
  32. Karuna Center for Peacebuilding
  33. Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  34. Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
  35. Mercy Corps
  36. National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  37. National Latino Evangelical Coalition
  38. Never Again Coalition
  39. Nuru International
  40. ONE Campaign
  41. Pax Christi International
  42. Pax Christi USA
  43. Peace Direct
  44. Presbyterian Church (USA)
  45. PRBB Foundation
  46. Saferworld
  47. Search for Common Ground
  48. STAND
  49. Stop Genocide Now
  50. United Church of Christ
  51. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  52. Women for Afghan Women
  53. World Relief
  54. World Vision

 

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