Early Childhood Peace Consortium

Early Childhood Peace Consortium Inauguration

L-R Standing: Pia Rebello Britto, PhD (CSC); Omri Wiseman (CSC), James F. Leckman, MD (CSC), Daniel Tam-Clairborne, Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, MPH (EPH), Walter Gilliam, PhD (CSC), Seharish Gillani, Gerald O'Dowd (Arts & Sci), Kerry Ann Dobies (FASPSY); Adrian Cerezo, PhD; C. Brandon Ogubunufor, MD; Yanki Yazgan, MD (CSC), Kyle D. Pruett, MD (CSC/Sch Nursing) 

L-R Seated: Catherine Panter-Brick, PhD (Anthropology, Health & Global Affairs, EPH), Jiarui Wang (ACSWS), Rima Salah, PhD (CSC), Maria R. Reyes, PhD (CSC), Anna Zonderman, MPH (CSC); N. Shemrah Fallon (CSC); Angelica Ponguta, PhD (CSC)

Photo credit: N. Shemrah Fallon and Eva Lotta Schiermeyer

 

Vision: To create a legacy of sustained peace by drawing on the transformative power of early childhood development by building a global movement that values the role of young children and families as agents of change in peace building (UNICEF, ECD Unit) 

This consortium brings together global leaders in effective practice, new and emerging knowledge, finance, media, philanthropy and international policy to create a legacy of sustained peace, drawing on the transformative force of early childhood development (ECD). A multidisciplinary Yale University team has joined forces with these leaders to form the Early Childhood Peace Consortium (ECPC) and participated in its inaugural event in September 2013, at UNICEF head quarters in New York. 

Read the Concept Note here.

A New Paradigm for Peace

Yale professors at United Nations point to new pathways for peace through the transformative power of formative childhood

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UN High-level Forum on The Culture of Peace / 9 September 2014  - The Yale Child Study Center along with members of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium, UNICEF and the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace organized a luncheon with distinguished guests to discuss the important role of early child development and familial relationships in the process of peace-building and conflict resolution, and to explore novel approaches to translate science-based knowledge into concrete and sustainable action. Read more here.  Event 7-part video series "A New Paradigm for Peace" available here.

A Culture of Peace

Introduction to Consortium

alt textRima Salah, PhD, Adjunct Faculty Yale University Child Study Center, former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, former Deputy Special Representative of the Sec-Gen, UN Mission in Central African Rep and Chad 

"Dear Colleagues and friends: Your science, your knowledge, your practical experience, your dedication to the well being of children and their families globally, helped to orchestrate a global movement for peace, that values the role of young children and families as agents of change in peace building. This is changing the tide of violence, that is marking, our world today." 

Rima Salah, PhD, Rima Salah, PhD, Adjunct Faculty Yale University Child Study Center, former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, former Deputy Special Representative of the Sec-Gen, UN Mission in Central African Rep and Chad; ECPC Launch Event 20 Sept 2013

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High Representative - UN Alliance of Civilizations

"The whole world will not change automatically. Nor will it stand still and wait for us. Regardless, I, personally, pledge to strengthen the ability of the Alliance to work closer with Yale University’s Child Study Center to advance our mutual goals. In closing, let me say this, our world is a great, yet complex thing. To leave it to a generation which is unprepared, and unequipped with the proper principles and ethics, would be hazardous. Hence, instilling values of harmony and tolerance in our children through instruments of early education is vital for a peaceful future. The time for change is NOW. Let us benefit from today, for a better tomorrow."

—H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative - Alliance of Civilizations; Keynote Address - Early Childhood Peace Consortium Launch, 20 Sept 2013 NY

Early Childhood Peace Consortium

Action Agenda

  • Contribute to the debate on peace building by focusing on early childhood development (ECD)
  • Ensure that early childhood is central to peace building, resilience and social-cohesion efforts by engaging families, communities, civil society and government, and philanthropists
  • Leverage the potential of partners and networks working to advance proven, sustainable ECD interventions and peace building
  • Link emerging knowledge from bio-behavioral and environmental sciences with existing programs
  • Increase investment in, advocate for and create local and sustainable programs for peace building through ECD
  • Generate new evidence and advocate for policies and practices that promote peace for young children, families and communities
  • Educate member states who advocate for the drafting of a UN resolution on ECD and peace building that complements other peace building resolutions