Looking to the future: New partnership between ICP and IEP

On July 17 the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and the Institute for Climate and Peace (ICP) hosted the Asia Pacific Launch of the 2020 Global Peace Index (GPI).

This marked their first collaboration in what iis building to be an enduring and dynamic new partnership. 

ICP is an organisation based in Honolulu, Hawai’i. By activating Positive Peace, they aim to address the growing climate concerns that have proliferated in the 21st century and build a climate-resilient future for the Asia-Pacific region. ICPs Theory of Change – which stresses the parallels of ‘rigorous research’ and peacebuilding –  strongly correlates with IEPs mission: to use data-driven research to shift the way the world thinks about peace. The clear alignment between the IEP and ICP methodologies is an exciting indicator of the future possibilities and opportunities that will come out of this partnership. 

IEPs frameworks have long informed the work of ICP and today’s conversation is a special opportunity to bring leaders from both Institutes together to celebrate a new publication being produced by IEP; to share about their partnership and upcoming programming; and talk story about some of today’s global challenges – Gretchen Alther

The upcoming Ecological Threat Register (ETR) Report, to be released by IEP next month, supports the growing effort to address climate change. The ETR combines a confluence of ecological risks with Positive Peace and economic coping capacity, to better understand where future potential risks and fragilities may occur. The partners see that ICPs platform and global networks will engage and act upon this research to create sustainable, climate solutions. 

The webinar itself featured ICP Co-Founders and Senior Advisors, Maxine Burkett and Maya Soetoro-Ng, IEP Director of Partnerships, Charlie Allen and was facilitated by Advisory Committee member, Gretchen Alther. Topics discussed included the 2020 GPI, the correlation between climate and peace, ongoing ramifications of COVID-19 and ways in which we can develop Positive Peace in the Pacific. At the fore of the Q&A discussion, was the need to create spaces for marginalised voices, as well as an exploration of the benefits that arise when the ideas and perspectives of our younger generations are drawn upon.

Positive Peace is so fundamental to the work of the Institute for Climate and Peace and advancing action-oriented solutions – Maya Soetoro-Ng

Looking to the future, both organisations undertake to support tangible outcomes in the Pacifc, especially at a community level – as a region greatly impacted by the effects of climate change. By embracing a strengths-based approach, joint research and education across the Asia-Pacific region will create a forum for cross cultural collaboration, reshaping understandings of peace and mobilising communities to take action against ecological threats. 

In the upcoming weeks, IEP and ICP will be collaborating on a virtual workshop mini-series. Out of these workshops participants will: deepen their knowledge of Positive and Negative Peace, engage in resilience efforts and work with ICP to formulate their own vision for a climate-resilient future. The two organisations will also collaborate to use the ETR as a tool to ‘wash the eyes’ of global influencers and policy makers. 

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