The Transnational Center for Sustainable Peace is a research center, an advocacy group, and a multidisciplinary, independent, professional, transnational, inter-agency association specialized on violence and peace, which aims to produce and disseminate scientific and applied knowledge to improve local, national and international governance, favoring the consolidation of sustainable peace from a transnational perspective. Its objectives are: (a) produce scientific and applied research on issues related to peace, inscribing reflections on trends in comparative studies, international, and other fields of the social sciences; (b) promote exchanges between experts to encourage the theoretical and practical innovation that could later create new multidisciplinary approaches; (c) create inter-institutional convergences for universities and civil society (including the private sector and non-governmental organizations) to promote cooperation in the study of peace and intervene better to achieve it; (d) disclose the results of the Center’s own research and from third parties, as well as practical reports for decision-makers through a publications program consisting, among others, of books, flyers, science magazines and academic journals; (e) promote the objectives to both public and private actors, by denouncing and taking public stands on issues related to violence and peace; activities in scientific, cultural, educational centers, and to promote innovation in the prevention, management, resolution and conflict transformation; and (f) establish institutional links and research networks on the prevention, management, resolution and conflict transformation.

Mision

El Laboratorio Paz Sostenible es una asociación civil profesional y un centro de investigación independiente, transnacional, interinstitucional y multidisciplinario, especializado en el estudio de la violencia y la paz. Generamos conocimiento científico y aplicado innovador y alternativo, para socializarlo con nuestros miembros e incidir en la implementación de políticas públicas en materia de violencia colectiva y seguridad, mejorando la gobernanza local, nacional, e internacional, y contribuyendo así al establecimiento de la paz sostenible.

Vision

The Transnational Center for Sustainable Peace is a Think Tank, an advocacy group, and a multidisciplinary, independent, professional, transnational, inter-institutional center specialized on the study of violence and peace, which aims to produce and disseminate scientific and applied knowledge to improve local, national and international governance, favoring the consolidation of sustainable peace from a transnational perspective.

We work for a world where governments, national and international organisations, civil society, and public and private universities cooperate to conceptualize, implement, and verify (observe) comprehensive policies that reduce collective violence and create sustainable peace.

Gobernance

The Transnational Center for Sustainable Peace is governed by a General Assembly Associates (its highest body), and a Board consisting of an Executive Director, a General Secretariat, and a Managing Director, Finance and Administration. A Council of Honor complete the governing bodies. The General Assembly of Associates is the highest body, and is constituted by Head Researchers, Ordinary Active Associates, and Honorary Associates. The Board, which is elected by the General Assembly of Members, is responsible for executing the resolutions of the General Assembly of Members, as well as having powers of implementation. Charges are elected for five years, with the possibility of a second term. The First General Assembly has appointed the following members in the management positions: CHINCHILLA (President, CEO): ROBLES GARZA (Secretariat, Secretary General): FLORES DAVILA (Treasurer, Managing Director, Finance and Administration); FLORES TORRES and JIMÉNEZ SÁNCHEZ (Vocal). The Council of Honor is composed of honorary members proposed by the board or by other honorary members, and ratified by the General Assembly. Its functions are related to public relations, fundraising, areas of institutional development and research, institutional partnerships, editorial boards, and public decision-making.

Lines of work

The Transnational Center for Sustainable Peace develops three lines of action. First, the Establishment and Consolidation of Democratic Regimes focuses on the study of the norms that allow the peaceful resolution of conflicts and seeks to study the effectiveness of inherent rights in democratic contexts, as well as any elements related to the frames of political representation and citizen participation, and the right to information, among others. Second, sustainable peace is given based on the successful implementation of democratic standards, so the Reinforcement of the Rule of Law, especially with regard to respect for human rights and the fair implementation of the rules of the game, is fundamental. The study of “institutional gaps” caused by the dispute between the State and non-state actors for territorial control and other factors that hamper the sustainability of peace, is equally important. Third, the Promotion of a Culture of Peace focus, unlike the above lines, in processes of social change “from below” aimed to strengthen values, attitudes, and behaviors of respect for life, human beings, and their dignity.

Three transverse axes of action cross these lines of action. On one hand, the human rights approach provides a conceptual framework for understanding the causes of their respect or disrespect, empowering individuals to claim them and put pressure on those who have responsibility to protect them, under the current international regulations. On the other hand, gender equality is a central element of the human rights approach, condemning and eliminating forms of discrimination based on sex and sexual preferences. Finally, sustainable peace is neither the product of theoretical and abstract studies, nor of practical interventions isolated from more general reflections, but from the bridge that is built between them. One of the current challenges is to execute ideas that deliver real and efficient solutions, translating research into policy recommendations in cooperation programs (for NGOs), and in the form of other products with real and measurable impact.

“BUILDING BRIDGES FOR A SUSTAINABLE CHANGE”

Values

Inovation

Altruism

Compromise

Accuracy

Excellence

Honesty

Intelligence

Justice

Solidarity

Tolerance

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