Peace Boat joins the call for a Global Ceasefire Now

Apr 9, 2020

In the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Peace Boat adds our voice to the call led by UN Secretary-General António Guterres for a global ceasefire.

We stand together with fellow peacebuilders as part of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), in calling for an inclusive, people-centered peacebuilding response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the full statement by GPPAC here.

Instead of fighting each other, people all over the world must now join together to overcome coronavirus. But to confront this common threat to humanity and protect the world’s most vulnerable people, we need global leadership and cooperation. That’s why we join the movement to call on all world leaders and warring parties to enact and respect a #GlobalCeasefire to:

  1. Protect the invaluable humanitarian and healthcare workers risking their own health and safety, and to ensure communities are prepared to mount an effective response to coronavirus.
  2. Allow life-saving humanitarian aid to meet escalating needs on the ground as the virus spreads to the most vulnerable communities.
  3. Use this unprecedented moment in world history to take steps towards peace in all the world’s conflicts that have already taken such a huge toll on human life.

Read more about the real impact this call is already making in conflict zones around the world, and add your voice: