New public opinion survey finds majority of Japanese population support peacebuilding activities, including dialogue with armed groups

Invitation for online report launch and discussion organized by Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Conciliation Resources

October 14, 2020

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and Conciliation Resources (CR) are pleased to invite you to an online launch event presenting two new publications on October 15, 2020, 18:00-20:00 JST. The results of a new public opinion survey, which found that the majority of the Japanese population support peacebuilding activities including dialogue with armed groups, will be presented alongside the launch of CR’s most recent Accord publication, Pioneering Peace Pathways, which presents analysis of how to start peace processes. Discussions will reflect on the relevance of the publications’ findings for Japan’s foreign and development policy – including Japan’s potential role in peace mediation support.
 
Register for the event at the URL below:
https://www.spf.org/en/seminar/list/20201015.html
 
Please register by October 14, 23:59 (JST). Registration is capped at 300 participants and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
 
Internal and regional conflicts are still rampant around the world. Covid-19 and the climate crisis exacerbate existing conflicts and drive new ones. Efforts to support building sustainable peace – including early intervention and peace mediation – are more urgent than ever.
 
To add to the body of knowledge about facilitating and supporting peace processes, SPF and CR are pleased to present two new publications. The first is “Pioneering Peace Pathways: Making connections to end violent conflict,” the latest edition in CR’s Accord publication series. This explores how early peace initiatives – including mediation support – can enable transitions from war to peace in ongoing violent conflict. The second is “Public support for peacebuilding: Public attitudes in Japan towards peacebuilding and dialogue with armed groups,” which analyses the results from a public opinion survey on attitudes towards peacebuilding conducted in December 2019. The report includes comparisons to findings from earlier surveys conducted in the UK, the US and Germany in 2017.
 
The latest Accord publication is now available on the CR website and both reports will be available for download from the SPF and CR websites from October 15.
 
We look forward to exploring the importance of Japan's active involvement in promoting peace dialogues and conflict resolution, particularly in Asia.
 
Date and Time:
Thursday, October 15, 2020, 18:00-20:00 JST
 
Agenda:
 
Welcome Remarks by Dr. Atsushi Sunami, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Introductory Remarks by Mr. Jonathan Cohen, Executive Director, Conciliation Resources
 
Session 1: Report on Japan Survey
Dr. Teresa Dumasy, Director of Policy and Learning, Conciliation Resources
Mr. Akihito Hayashi, expert in the mine action sector in Cambodia, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
 
Session 2: Presentation on Accord 29
Dr. Alexander Ramsbotham, Director of Accord, Conciliation Resources
Ms. Cate Buchanan, mediation support and process design specialist and Issue Editor, Accord Pioneering Peace Pathways
Dr. Akiko Horiba, Program Director and Senior Program Officer of the Asia Peace Initiatives Department, SPF
 
Session 3: Comment
Professor Toshiya Hoshino, Osaka University
 
Q&A Session
Moderated by Ms. Maho Nakayama, Director, Asia Peace Initiative Department, SPF
 
Conciliation Resources is an international organisation committed to stopping violent conflict and creating more peaceful societies. Conflict is difficult, complex and political. The world urgently needs to find different ways to respond. Conciliation Resources work with people impacted by war and violence, bringing diverse voices together to make change that lasts. We connect the views of people on the ground with political processes, and share experience and expertise so others can find creative responses to conflict. We make peace possible.
https://www.c-r.org/
 
Sasakawa Peace Foundation is a Japanese private foundation established in 1986 to enhance international cooperation. SPF has set its focus on five priority goals from a mid- to long-term perspective: (1) further strengthening the Japan–U.S. relationship, (2) expanding Japan's presence in Asia, (3) enhancing understanding of and relationships with countries in the Middle East, (4) establishing ocean governance, and (5) empowering women to achieve gender equality in society.
https://www.spf.org/en/
 
Please direct all inquiries to:
Emily Deeming, Communications Manager, Conciliation Resources
Email: edeeming@c-r.org

Media Relations Division, Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Email: spfpr@spf.or.jp

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