our perspective

People around the planet say they want peace, but with over 50 armed conflicts underway worldwide, what future are we leaving to our kids?  Peace is a basic human need and a basic human right. But most humans don’t know how to learn, build or grow it.


Peace educators throughout the world offer ways to cultivate peace in ourselves, with each other, in our communities, and with our planet. But, their life changing efforts are often unrecognized and overlooked. Let's fix this.

our mission

To champion peace education worldwide, we

Connect peace educators and communities

Advocate for peace education policies and programs
Showcase successful efforts to share the skills of peace.

the global advisory council

GPEN is honored to have an advisory council of distinguished women and men who are helping to  inspire, advise and guide our efforts to advance peace education, worldwide.

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our staff

GPEN is a volunteer-driven, multi-national, nonprofit team founded in 2021 to foster peace education worldwide.  Our projects unfold with the contributions of more than 20 core staff members and an additional 30 volunteers.   learn more

GPEN is a registered US 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Contributions may be tax deductible. Please consult with your tax advisor.

our partners and friends

GPEN is grateful to play a part in building a culture of peace, worldwide.  We collaborate with UNESCO, and more than 100 passionate and capable organizations, communities and individuals in every continent.
Here are a few of our current relationships .

what we've done

Global Peace Education Day

Global Advisory Council President Federico Mayor Zaragoza transmitted a letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urging the United Nations to establish an annual Global Peace Education Day.

Webinar Attendance from 86 Countries

Over the last two years, more than 5,000 peace educators and peace advocates from 86 countries participated in our two conferences and 3 forum, presented by over 100 global faculty.  Nearly 5,500 registered for the event.  This means that nearly 60% of those who registered actually attended, a remarkable number for only events, where the typical percentage is 30%.  Attendee surveys consistently rated our activites at 4.5 on a 5 point scale.

Widely Read Mailings

We have used our mailing list to inform our audience about other relevant educational opportunities offered by network stakeholders.  These emails are opened by more than 50% of recipients, a much higher percentage than the 30% industry average.  

Pan African Intergovernmental Organization – CAFRAD

Two GPEN representatives were appointed to the International Advisory Council of CAFRAD.

Government of Italy

We participated in a successful advocacy effort to mandate peace education programs in Italian schools.

Solari Foundation and Spanish Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations

We facilitated a partnership between the Solari Foundation of Chile, and the Spanish Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations.

COEDU22 Education Convention for South America

We cosponsored a conference on a comprehensive educational program for South America, and helped arrange for peace educator Prem Rawat to serve as a keynote speaker.

African Union Art Exhibit

We curated an exhibit by artists of African Union nations during a US. Presidential Summit with African Union representatives in Washington, DC.

Global Peace Education Day Webinar 2023

We are actively organizing our third annual Global Peace Education Day Conference on September 20th. This year’s theme is Learning Human Rights to honor the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

United States Tax Exempt Status

Just this year, we received notice of our approval as an official U.S. tax exempt organization. A team of experienced volunteers is already at work writing operational grant, project grant and sponsorship proposals.  We hope to obtain funding to hire staff, upgrade the quality of our educational presentations, improve our website and establish online community in which peace educators, communities, and supporters can connect with one another on an ongoing bases.  We welcome your recommendations for new projects and funding sources.