Humankind needs to take lessons from its turbulent past to build a better and more peaceful world. All of us wish for peace and declare it as the major aim of humanity. However, the road to sustainable peace is hard and complex. Different approaches, ideas, and strategies have emerged on how to respond to conflicts and build peace in countries torn apart by civil conflicts and violence. Galtung and other scientists draw different strategies on how to move from theory to practice and how to implement peace policies in practice. Changing reality, globalization and new challenges and risks requires from us to envisage new approaches for building peace in the communities.
In the given policy recommendations (IO4), first, we will talk about peacebuilding and sustainable peace strategies particularly in four countries: Georgia, Ukraine, Germany and Spain. The first two countries have experienced bloody conflicts and their peace policy is directed to solving violent, armed conflicts. While Germany and Spain have not experienced any major violent conflict, however, new risks and challenges requires these countries to adopt new peace policies in their subsequent societies. After we discuss the four countries’ policies, we delve into depth and discuss proposals to move from theory of peacebuilding and sustainable peace to our everyday practice.
The policy recommendations also give an overview of policy recommendations and sets out a specific roadmap for the future targeted to all relevant stakeholders’ levels. The roadmap presents recommendations on policy making at local, national and international areas and specifies the steps that actors need to take at the specific levels. The bulk of attention is on youth institutions and youth workers who are or need to become the prime leading force to bring peace in their communities.
The document is available in English, German, Spanish and Georgian language. Enjoy reading!