Pax Christi International announces new advocacy priorities!
One of the core activities of Pax Christi International is to coordinate and represent the global movement on the international stage. We represent a global peace movement of 120 member organisations with messages based on the expertise and experiences from our network. The capacity of the movement to be active on the international level is amplified by our considerable access to diverse policy-making fora:
- Pax Christi International has held special consultative status with the United Nations since 1979 in New York, Geneva and Vienna, as well as with UNESCO in Paris;
- Pax Christi International is officially represented at the African Union in Addis Ababa;
- Pax Christi International collaborates with member organisations in the USA to advocate on international issues in Washington, D.C.;
- Pax Christi International participates in meetings of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg;
- Pax Christi International has contacts with the institutions of the EU in Brussels.
In accordance with the outcomes of the World Assembly in 2015, last year the International Secretariat carried out an assessment to review and strengthen the movement’s capacity for international advocacy. Questionnaires were sent out to international board members, member organisations, NGOs, coalition partners and policy makers, which resulted in 146 responses.
Building on the results of the assessment, the international movement developed an advocacy strategy for 2017–2020, setting out priorities, procedures and working processes. Central to this strategy is that through member-based advocacy and by working with partners to complement the work carried out by member organisations, we aim to bring our concerns and proposed solutions to the international level.
What is new is that Pax Christi International will work with both overall and regional advocacy priorities. The overall priorities concern issues member organisations around the globe are working on, while regional issues are based on the work coming from our regional structures. Below is an listing of these priorities. For each priority a working group will be established with members, international representatives and partners to jointly develop the advocacy work.
New advocacy priorities can be added based on outcomes of the regional consultations (Africa 2016, Asia-Pacific 2017, Central-Eastern Europe 2018) and evaluations. In 2017, the regional advocacy priority for the African region will be developed with the movement.
Nonviolence, a style of politics for peace
Nuclear weapons ban treaty
Renewed Israel–Palestine peace process
Extractives in Latin America
Looking for more information? Contact Senior Advocacy Officer Alice Kooij Martinez: firstname.lastname@example.org.