NGO Peace and Security Liaison Group
Statement of purpose
The NGO Peace and Security Liaison Group (PSLG) brings together NGOs engaged in peace and security issues. The group works to establish mechanisms for policy dialogue on security-related topics between NGOs and the UK government though regular, informal meetings with government officials.
The PSLG aims to provide a common forum for meaningful policy dialogue with government to establish relationships and develop broad-ranging and holistic approaches to peace and security issues.
Members of the Group
The fourteen organisations that make up the PSLG bring together considerable knowledge, experience, and expertise from the peace and security segment of UK civil society.
Their fields of interest and expertise span conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace building, arms control, and disarmament, international security and governance. Their remits include advocacy, research and campaigning.
Many of the member organisations already have relationships with one or more elements of government, often focusing on specific issues, but they also see a role for an expanded and more coordinated engagement with government policy.
Engagement with government
The group is responding to the interest shown by the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Development in developing consultative relationships with NGOs in the peace and security field.
In 2003, when the PSLG first took shape, both the FCO Strategy Paper and the MOD White Paper called for a closer working relationship with NGOs to integrate the various aspects of peace and security work. The Global Conflict Prevention Pool, working on an interdepartmental basis, also called for similar initiatives.
Recent government initiatives on conflict issues, particularly on post-conflict reconstruction, have also engaged with NGOs.
The PSLG is developing a pattern of regular meetings with government, each of which is based on a round-table approach to discussion on a theme agreed mutually in advance.
These conversations may address security and peace issues generally and involve all members of the group, or be more focused discussions involving a smaller group of NGOs with relevant expertise.
We are committed to senior level representation (directors where possible) from the NGOs, and hope to meet comparable personnel from the government, including staff from DFID, FCO, and MOD. We expect to conduct all meetings under the Chatham House rule.
Possible topics for discussion with this Group include
- Conflict prevention policies, as reflected in the Global Conflict Prevention Pool (and the Pools more generally),
- Public Service Agreements (and similar policy statements) regarding the relationship between conflict prevention and policies on issues such as poverty eradication,
- UK responses to the current security environment including arms control, non-proliferation and terrorism
- Other areas of interest include: weak and failing states; post conflict reconstruction; coherence of government policies on security, conflict prevention and resolution; and the UK's role in EU conflict prevention and management policies.
Neither the individuals nor organisations involved hold the same perspectives on all relevant issues. The PSLG seeks opportunities for dialogue with HMG (as well as with each other) from a common engagement with peace and security issues. It offers information and analysis based on research, surveys, and field experience.
The group is coordinated by a Networking Officer (three days a week, based at Conscience - the peace tax campaign), and a Support Group, which guides policy based on agreed principles.
For further information contact:
Networking Officer, NGO Peace and Security Liaison Group (PSLG)
Members of the NGO Peace and Security Liaison Group
For further details on the areas of expertise of each organisation, and regions in which they work, please contact the PSLG Networking Officer.
British American Security Information Council (BASIC) is an independent research organisation that analyzes government policies and promotes public awareness of defence, disarmament, military strategy and nuclear policies in order to foster informed debate.
The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is working for the reduction and ultimate abolition of the international arms trade, together with progressive demilitarisation within arms-producing countries.
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) campaigns non-violently to rid the world of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and to create genuine security for future generations.
Conciliation Resources (CR) serves as an international resource for local organisations pursuing peace building and conflict resolution initiatives.
Conscience campaigns for the legal right for those who have a conscientious objection to war to have the military part of their taxes spent on peace building initiatives.
International Alert (IA) is an independent, international non-governmental organisation that works at local, national, regional and global levels to generate conditions and processes conducive to the cessation of war and the generation of sustainable peace.
Medact is a health professionals' organisation challenging barriers to health that highlights the health impacts of violent conflict, poverty and environmental degradation, and with others act to eradicate them.
Oxford Research Group (ORG) undertakes and disseminates research on key security issues to inform dialogue with decision makers and public debate. Current work focuses on three broad areas: nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation; UK defence and foreign policy; and global security in the changing international environment.
Peace Direct is an initiative to fund the resolution of conflict and the prevention of war.
Peaceworkers UK works for the alleviation of human suffering caused by violent conflict through the promotion and encouragement of civilian strategies for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict.
Quaker Peace and Social Witness (QPSW) represents the Religious Society of Friends in Britain on issues of peace and justice and undertakes peace building work in Israel/Palestine, the former Yugoslavia, Uganda and South Asia.
Responding to Conflict (RTC) provides advice, cross-cultural training and longer-term support to people who are working for peace, development, rights and humanitarian assistance in societies which are affected or threatened by violent conflict.
Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works with governments and civil society internationally to research, promote and implement new strategies to increase human security and prevent armed violence.
The United Nations Association-UK (UNA-UK) is an independent membership-based non-governmental organisation that undertakes research, advocacy, campaigning and education in support of principles and work of the United Nations.
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