IEP and Religions for Peace are creating courses to spread their shared vision of peace worldwide.

Positive Peace Partnership: IEP and Religions for Peace

Two global thought leaders in peacebuilding will soon join forces to spread Positive Peace around the world.

Internationally renowned think tank, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), and the world’s largest multi-faith coalition Religions for Peace (RFP), are working on a new program of courses to spread their shared vision of Positive Peace worldwide.

The two organisations will build on years of existing mutual engagement to strengthen ties and produce Positive Peace materials and workshops for multi-religious contexts.

Following last month’s World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Lindau, Germany, more than 900 participants including multi-faith leaders and peacebuilders, committed to fostering Positive Peace as a concept of shared wellbeing.

Mr Killelea, Founder and Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics and Peace said, “IEP’s data-driven research provides the evidence base for the Positive Peace model for sustainable development and social cohesion”.

“The Positive Peace framework is a flexible and culturally-neutral model, based in rigorous data research. People of all walks of life and faith can adapt the approach to building peace in any community or nation,” Mr Killelea said.

Rev. Kyoichi Sugino, Acting Secretary General for Religions for Peace said, “The many complex problems facing the world today require unprecedented global cooperation, including bringing people of different faiths and cultural backgrounds together – peace is essential for humanity to find the global solutions to these shared challenges.”

Mr. Killelea further commented, “We’re looking forward to working with RFP who are thought leaders in interfaith dialogue, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.”

IEP’s evidence-based Positive Peace framework and workshops build the attitudes, institutions and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies, and offers a new way to achieve common economic outcomes, sustainable development, violence reduction, social cohesion and resilience for communities.

Positive Peace expresses the multi-religious notions of shared wellbeing, virtue and tolerance, while also providing a practical framework to help build these precepts into societies.

The world’s leading non-profit and independent think tank dedicated to measuring peace, IEP uses data-driven research to show that peace is a positive, tangible and achievable measure of human wellbeing and development and is renowned for producing the annual Global Peace Index.

Religions for Peace is the most-representative multi-religious coalition in the world that advances common action among the world’s religious communities in the pursuit of peace. The organisation works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth.

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