The purpose of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building is to uphold and share the values and principles of democracy in order to build peace, stability and reconciliation.
Our vision is to remove fear from and offer hope to divided communities and to create a society with a shared sense of responsibility, opportunity, community and above all a shared sense of humanity, based upon respect for and tolerance of diversity.
In recent years there has been significant international interest in learning from the Northern Ireland experience of peace-building. Work has been undertaken in countries and regions as diverse as Burma, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Cyprus, Moldova, Colombia, the Middle East, Libya, Tunisia, Nagorno Karabakh, Kososvo and the Basque region. There have been hundreds of delegations from these and other conflicts that have visited with us in Northern Ireland to benefit from our expertise and experience in subjects like peace-building, conflict transformation, security normalisation, countering violent extremism etc.
It has become evident there is a growing demand for this UK/Ireland based expertise across the globe and a requirement to provide enhanced facilities to meet that need. In response, there has been much discussion about the creation of a Centre in Northern Ireland that would focus on sharing our experience of peace-building and conflict resolution.
We envisage such a Centre continuing to support the Northern Ireland peace process and at the same time share our experience with the international community.