Global Action to Prevent War (GAPW) was founded as a UN-based, transnational network of civil society, academic and diplomatic partners dedicated to practical measures for reducing levels of global conflict. Its primary objective is the removal of institutional and ideological impediments to effectively addressing armed violence, mass atrocities and severe human rights violations at the earliest possible stages. The heart of GAPW's earlier phases was the GAPW “Program Statement,” the first iteration of which was authored by GAPW co-founders Randall Forsberg, Ambassador Jonathan Dean and Saul Mendlovitz. Prof Camilleri was actively involved in this process.
The Program Statement grounds the goal of conflict prevention in specific, integrated phases of policy work and demonstrates, in a concrete way, how we can move from an international system based on conflict and power relations to one grounded in law and robust multi-lateral institutions. Over the past several years, based in large part on the guiding philosophy of the Program Statement, we have refined our strategies and agenda through diverse publications and practices and, in so doing, expanded our contribution to the development of a broad and comprehensive human security framework.
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Joseph Camilleri was one of the early supporters of GAPW. Together with Professor Stuart Rees he played a key role in establishing an Australian support network. Two meetings were hosted by the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney in 2003-2004, and the third meeting was held in Melbourne in March 2005. He actively participated in the GAPW International Steering Committee Conference, in Vancouver, BC, 25-27 June 2006, and in the workshop on the Eradication of Conflict, Brisbane, Australia, 8-11 February 2008.