Peace and Human Security
The world is affected by an array of profound and interconnected crises that not
only accelerate complex power dynamics, but also increase war, violence, conflicts, human rights violations and economic inequalities. Struggles for the right to life and human dignity, self-determination, freedom of expression, assembly and association, freedom of religion and belief, along with freedom from both political subjugation and increased militarisation, are manifestations of people’s quest for peace with justice and security. By engaging with populations under stress to address the needs they identify, human security directly and positively affects the daily lives of people threatened in their survival, livelihood and dignity.
To promote peace and human security ACT Alliance will work closely with National Councils of Churches, interfaith networks and civil society organisations to support or develop programmes and join other initiatives to prevent violence by addressing the root causes of conflict and strengthening a community’s robustness to manage potential conflicts in the future. This involves addressing and preventing violence and ensuring that both women and men participate in decision-making processes, post- conflict reconstruction and transitional justice processes. Strengthening women’s economic and social security, as well as addressing gender-based violence, are essential measures to secure a durable peace, security and reconciliation.
Peace begins with prevention
ACT Alliance aims to create, develop, and strengthen a common understanding of joint actions on peace and human security, in accordance with the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit recommendations and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals agenda to strengthen linkages between humanitarian, development, peacebuilding.
ACT Alliance engages ecumenically and in close cooperation with churches and other faiths in advocacy for peace at national, regional and global
levels (e.g., UN Security Council), as well as with local communities, local governments, NGOs, regional and global networks and academic institutions.