Global peace is both urgent and possible. The Europe Peace Foundation (EPF) works with governments and organization around the world to settle internal and international conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy.
We believe that foreign policy between Western powers and Third World counties must address human rights and incentivize actors to create dignified opportunities for people in conflict afflicted areas. Transitioning towards stability and lasting peace is only possible with continuous monitoring and engagement at the policy and governmental levels as well as with communities and organizations on the ground. As an international organization, the EPF acts as a bridge ensuring that top-down and bottom-up policies have the desired social impact and long-term benefits for the people most in need.
The EFP stands firm in its commitment to resolving conflict through dialogue and access to services. It is the duty of all nations to meet the existential needs of health, shelter, food, education and secure the safety and wellbeing of people caught in the midst of violent conflicts. The creation of projects and initiatives to address these human tragedies cannot wait and today the EPF offers its hand to mitigate these crises.
In our interconnected world, long lasting peace can only be achieved as a global effort. The disproportionate suffering experienced by rural communities in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with collapsed services that are far from being restored in environments of political strife, economic uncertainty, inequality and injustice, is at the forefront of our mission. We believe that peace and health should be the main priorities in international negotiations and voiced through our elected officials, while work on the ground should be carried out by non-partisan organizations dedicated to reaching the people most in need.
The EPF is committed to continuing aiding refugees and victims of war and natural disasters through health and peace programs and advocating for support from governments and international actors. Moreover, we promote international development and economic investment as necessary to restoring much needed services and security for communities devastated by conflict.
Although much media attention has been focused on the Libyan crisis and many international powers militarily supported the revolution, the situation in the country is on the border of collapsing. The health services in the county barely function, despite being some of the highest in Africa before the conflict. Libyans are forced to travel to Tunisia to access medical care and health services.
Nigeria, Congo, Sudan and Somalia are rarely covered by the international media. The forced migration of people due to violent conflict, often from militias, has devastated the social fabric of large territories of the world. Mass migrations are taking place throughout the central regions of the continent, with people exposing themselves to unthinkable perils in journeys where movement becomes the only form of survival.
The political conflicts in Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen have the limelight on the international media, yet the focus is always on policies from Europe, the United States and Russia rather than on the devastation and destruction suffered by the people. Yemen, Syria and Egypt have a food security urgency that the international community has chosen to ignore. Potable water, medicine and bread are no longer available in many parts of Yemen and the scale of destruction is hardly known. Iraq and Palestine continue to be suppressed by occupying powers that have razed their infrastructure and services. Iran and Tunisia have the spillover of complete instability in neighboring countries with over-extended health services and political pressures that threaten their own stability.
The threat faced by internal dissent groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are a serious threat to the stability of these countries. With large territories and diverse populations, the national governments of these countries need to respect the voices, aspirations and economies of local communities and exercise true democracy via the representation of different people. Professional conflict-resolution and observers to give continuity to agreements can create the necessary roadmap to avoid escalation of conflict.
South Korea and Japan are in a precarious situation because of North Korea´s nuclear threats and the escalation of a bellicose rhetoric with the United States. The need for mediation cannot be underestimated as the only solution to an increasingly alarming situation.
The need for peaceful resolution to the conflict in Europe´s largest country must be a priority for the EU. The proliferation of weapons will only result in an intensification of violence. As always, the people to bear the cost most acutely are the rural communities of the country, where militias roam freely and resources are diverted towards war instead of the people.The need for peaceful resolution to the conflict in Europe´s largest country must be a priority for the EU. The proliferation of weapons will only result in an intensification of violence. As always, the people to bear the cost most acutely are the rural communities of the country, where militias roam freely and resources are diverted towards war instead of the people.