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 – RCSS Week” consisted of three main activities including the International Steering Group meeting of GPPAC 2018, international conference on “Trends in Youth Radicalization in South Asia”, and Regional Steering Group – South Asia meeting.
Following links feature the media coverage given to the theme of prevention of conflict and building peace rendered throughout the week of activities:
“GPPAC-RCSS Week 2018” discusses armed conflict: Call to youth, faith leaders to become peace-builders, Prof. Gamini Keerawella, Executive Director – RCSS
“Young people as peace-builders and faith leaders as role models in the peace-building process will be important elements, and this will prevent the huge losses on the economic front, where the cost of conflict on a country’s resources is enormous. The voice of non-elected members could play a crucial role in disseminating the message of peace in a conflict-ridden environment,” he said.
Mr. Darynell Rodriguez Torres, the Executive Director of the GPPAC Foundation in an interview with Daily News:
“Peace Building is essentially rebuilding relationships that are broken which include relations between people and relationships between people and state institutions. So how can we rebuild these relations that have been broken? We do that through dialogue. First you build trust. You put yourself in another person’s position. You talk and gain a common understanding. So we try to create spaces for dialogue. We work amongst people and institutions to build up trust”.