About Us

The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers builds bridges between grassroots peacemakers and global players in order to strengthen the work done for sustainable peace. The Peacemakers Network strengthens peacemaking by collaboratively supporting the positive role of religious and traditional actors in peace and peacebuilding processes.












Our Vision

A world where religious and traditional actors play a positive role in preventing violence and contributing to sustainable peace, the Peacemakers Network aims to improve the effectiveness of peacebuilding by increasing the inclusivity of such peace processes.

Our Mission

To enhance the effectiveness of efforts toward peaceful and inclusive societies by increasing the active collaboration between religious and traditional actors and other key stakeholders in conflict transformation.

Our Objectives

The mission of the Peacemakers Network encompasses the following strategic objectives, which are also geared to contribute to UN efforts towards sustaining peace and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5, 16, and 17, and UNSCR 1325 (women, peace and security).












Sustaining Peace

Since becoming operational in 2013, the Peacemakers Network has supported individual traditional and faith-oriented insider mediators, intra- and inter-faith dialogues, and the advancement of reconciliation efforts. Peacemakers Network activities are conducted as a collaborative effort between Network Members, Supporters, and the Secretariat, and are based on requests from local or international peacemakers or partners. These collaborative actions and processes enhance the ownership of actors involved, measurably reduce the duplication of efforts, and evolve strategic collaborative actions that are sustainable in the long run.

The Peacemakers Network efforts support religious and traditional actors – including women and youth – who are often the most familiar with the effects of violent conflicts on the population at large. They also have close ties to the community level and have vital knowledge about the local context and history as well as the needs on the ground. By engaging religious and traditional actors in mediation, dialogue, and peacebuilding process, the Network supports its crucial role in ensuring that peace efforts reach the wider population and are rooted in local ownership.

 Our History & Justification

The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers was initiated in 2013 as a direct result of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report titled “Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution” (UN GA Report A/66/811, 2012) and the supporting guidance titled “UN Guidance for Effective Mediation” (UN GA Resolution 65/283, 2012).

The report stated that “Religious leaders and faith-based organizations play an important mediating role in many conflict situations. These leaders have unique connections to local communities and frequently enjoy the trust of the conflicting parties”, and yet “are often not fully acknowledged, and their potential contribution remains underutilized.”

The Peacemakers Network was launched under the stewardship of a Steering Group comprised of multilateral and non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations Mediation Support Unit, Finn Church Aid, Religions for Peace, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, United Nations Women, United Nations Alliance for Civilizations, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Office for the Prevention of Genocide.  KACIID joined the Steering Group in 2015 and the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowment of the Sultanate of Oman joined in 2020.  The role of the Steering Group is to provide strategic vision to the Peacemakers Network in order effectively carry out its mandate to advance the role of religious and traditional peacemakers. The Peacemakers Network is currently hosted by Finn Church Aid.

Since its founding, the Peacemakers Network has grown into a global structure built of religious and traditional peacemakers, international and national NGOs, think tanks, policy centers, and academic institutes.

How We Are Structured

With a Steering Group (SG) that includes Core Group members, they are able to continue their service as well as other members elected on a rotating basis by the Members Assembly. The responsibilities of the SG include:


Providing strategic guidance and overseeing the Secretariat’s work.


Contributing to high-level advocact on behalf of the Network’s mission.


Reviewing and approving/disproving applications for Network membership.


Choosing the list of participants in the Advisory Group Meeting.


Selecting a host organization for the Secretariat.


Members of the Peacemakers Network have experience engaging with tradition or faith-based peace and development activities and have the ability to assist the Peacemakers Network through their own expertise and contacts. Members also endorse the Network’s mission and vision, actively commit to the values of inclusivity, respect for diversity, human rights, and human dignity. Members have voting rights and meet once a year at the Members Assembly.


Supporters of the Network are comprised of organizations and individuals that have the capacity and the desire to advance the Network’s mission, but that are unable to commit to membership. While supporters do not have the right to vote, they are encouraged to contribute, based on their interests and capabilities, to specific activities, and working groups.

The Secretariat

The Secretariat prepares meetings, ensures communication, coordinates joint activities, and facilitates the development of the support structures providing assistance to religious and traditional peacemakers. A majority of the work conducted by the Secretariat is done upon request and in close collaboration with partners.

Years in Review


Year in Review

2023 has witnessed an alarming number of new, renewed or escalated conflicts. In this unparalleled time of a rapidly changing world order, the influential role of religious and traditional actors in all their diversity becomes even more pivitol to support transformative peacebuilding and peace mediation. It is not only a moral imperative that we amplify their roles but also a practical necessity to bolster their capacity to effectively actualize the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Year at a Glance

Throughout 2022, the work and collaboration of our members, supporters, and grassroots actors showed tremendous resilience, responsibility, and dedication to support one another and our communities. Now, more than ever, we must unite as one community to collectively strive for inclusion and mutual understanding. We look forward to continuing to champion the role and capacity of local peacemakers, and working alongside our members, to promote sustainable peace and the actualization of the 2030 agenda.


Year at a Glance

In 2021, the work and collaboration of our Members, Supporters, and grassroots actors showed tremendous resilience, responsibility, and dedication to support one another and our communities. We look forward to continuing to champion the role and capacity of local peacemakers, and working alongside our members, to promote sustainable peace and the actualization of the 2030 agenda.

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