Roads to lasting peace

What really happens after a war has ended? And how do you know it's peace - really?

A peace agreement does not necessarily mean the beginning of a peaceful development. After a war, there are often lots of weapons in circulation and the contradictions that caused the conflict remain. In this way, peacebuilding is about getting armed forces to give up their weapons, help former soldiers find their place in society and build bridges between people to achieve reconciliation, so that the war does not flare up again.

But peace is not just a lack of war. To build sustainable peace is to build a society that promotes peaceful relations. It is about social and economic security. It is about political influence and the distribution of resources. It is about human security and human rights. It is about sustainable development.

During the autumn of 2018, we carried out an information project focusing on sustainable peace. Through, among other things, seminars and debate articles written by experts, we want to spread knowledge and commitment to peacebuilding, especially in post-war countries. We want to raise awareness of the challenges countries face after a war and which often block the path to sustainable peace and development. Click on all material via the links below.

Debate articles

Security policy is about cooperation - not deterrence
By: Lars Ingelstam and Lotta Sjöström Becker, The Christian Peace Movement

Climate and environment - a key to sustainable peace
By: Karolina Eklöw and Florian Krampe, SIPRI

Participation and inclusion lay the foundation for a lasting peace
By: Annika Schabbauer and Lovisa Dahlström, Operation 1325

Peace in Colombia in danger - Sweden must act
By: William Martínez, The Colombian Network

Take a stand against nuclear weapons - for the sake of democracy
By: Josefin Lind, Swedish Doctor Against Nuclear Weapons

Strengthen the links between human rights and sustainable peace in aid strategies
By: Ulrika Strand, Fredrik Svensson and Daniel Wickström, The Fund for Human Rights

Chronicles

Sweden's voice in the Security Council - a voice in the world
By: Sana Pirot, FUF

Women's work on peace issues must be a priority
By: Mona Monasar and Sana Pirot, FUF

Seminars

The environment of lasting peace - webcast / podd
About post-war challenges linked to the environment, climate and natural resources.

What does it take to make peace last? - webcast / podd
On the challenges and opportunities for sustainable peacebuilding in Chad.

A strategy for sustainable peace - webcast
About Sweden's global strategy and work for sustainable peace.

Outside the project:

Does aid benefit Afghanistan? - webcast / podd

Teenage girls on the run - time to act - webcast / podd

Lost generation? Consequences of the Syrian war for children and young people - webcast / podd

Ethiopia at a turning point - webcast / podd

Western Sahara - from a youth perspective - webcast / podd

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