Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) together with Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) organized the thematic events from 4th to 8th June, 2018 presenting an opportunity to many scholars, academics, members of civil society organizations across the world to network and collaborate in promoting conflict prevention and peacebuidling. “GPPAC Week” consisted of three main activities including the international steering group meeting of GPPAC 2018, conference on youth radicalization, and regional steering group meeting.

The inauguration of the “GPPAC – RCSS Week 2018” was held on 4th June, 2018 at Ramada Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hon. Speaker of Parliament of Sri Lanka, Mr. Karu Jayasuriya graced the occasion as the Guest of Honour, and delivered a speech welcoming all the GPPAC members from around the world. Mr. Darynell Rodriguez Torres, the Executive Director of the GPPAC Foundation & Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Carribean, and the GPPAC representatives were pleased to convene GPPAC meeting in Sri Lanka and Prof. Gamini Keerawella, Executive Director of RCSS, warmly welcomed all to GPPAC – RCSS Week 2018.

GPPAC ISG Meeting 2018

International Steering Group (ISG) is the global governing body of GPPAC. It consists of a minimum of 15 persons representing GPPAC regions plus a maximum of 6 non-regional members. ISG members are internationally recognized figures on prevention of armed conflicts, and peacebuilding in their respective regions. 30 people from GPPAC participated in the ISG meeting 2018.

This is the first time that the ISG meeting is in South Asia. It was held from 4 June to 6 June, 2018 at Ramada Hotel, Colombo.

Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC) which is based in The Hague, The Netherlands, is a member-led network of civil society organisations (CSOs) active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across the world. The network is organised around 15 regional networks of local organisations, each region having its own priorities, character and agenda.

The GPPAC regions are Eastern and Central Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Latin America and Caribbean, North America, South Asia, The Pacific, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Western Balkans.

Conference on “Trends in Youth Radicalization in South Asia” on 7th June, 2018, at Ramada Hotel, Colombo.

The conference aimed to identify the diverse trends and processes in youth radicalization in South Asia in order to propose strategies as how to promote positive youth radicalism towards socio-political progress in South Asia.  The Keynote speaker Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka addressed the gathering sharing Sri Lanka’s experience on radicalization of youth.

Regional Steering Group (RSG) Meeting GPPAC South Asia – 8th June, 2018, at Ramada Hotel, Colombo.

The main objective of the RSG Meeting is to discuss the identified country activity in the year 2018 and also to plan out activities of GPPAC South Asia network for the year 2019.

Since inception of GPPAC in 2003, RCSS has been the GPPAC’s regional secretariat for the South Asian region.