In partnership with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), PeaceCon provides a dynamic platform for AfP members to network with the broader peace and security community, including funders, policymakers, members of the military, and professionals from a range of related disciplines, such as human rights, democracy and governance, development, and environmental protection. Each year, PeaceCon gathers together a diverse network of stakeholders to provide an opportunity to share their achievements, insights and, vision for the future of peacebuilding. The first day of PeaceCon is hosted at USIP’s magnificent building on the National Mall in Washington, DC. USIP was founded in 1984 by the US Congress as an independent, national institute dedicated to the proposition that peace is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. The second and third days are held at FHI 360 near Dupont Circle.
Conference participants will have the opportunity to constructively engage in an array of activities and workshops structured around cutting-edge developments in the field of peacebuilding, from nonviolent action and narratives to technology and business. Participants in PeaceCon 2018 came from over 250 organizations and 40 countries around the world.
PeaceCon 2019 will feature the world’s most inspiring and experienced national and local peacebuilders. Together, we will work together to address the most pressing issues in the peacebuilding field and elevate our policy influence and innovative practices. Currently, 1.5 billion people live under the threat of violence in more than 50 global conflict zones. At a time when violent conflict has forcibly displaced a record 68.5 million people and cost the world an estimated $14.76 trillion annually, it is clear that the conference this year should be “Seizing the Moment for Peace in a Disrupted World.” PeaceCon 2019 will emphasize advancing better frameworks for solutions, open dialogue, and practical approaches to addressing conflict dynamics. Each session will go beyond exploring the problem to outline better practices and deliver learning outcomes. Finally, if we believe our programs are important and that they are effective at reducing violence and building peace, then we need to prove impact.