The seeds of the Peace Appeal Foundation can be traced to a group of Nobel Peace Laureates and individuals who in 1997 engaged all living Nobel Peace Laureates in issuing an appeal to the Heads of State of all the member countries of the United Nations known as the the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates for Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World. The Appeal was one of the formative initiatives leading to the declaration by the United Nation's General Assembly of the International Year for the Culture of Peace in 2000, and then the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World from 2001-2010. One of the early efforts of the Year and the Decade was the drafting of the Manifesto 2000 for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in which several Nobel Laureates attempted to translate the resolutions of the United Nations into everyday language to make them relevant to people everywhere. The Manifesto attracted over 50 million signatures according to UNESCO.
Inspired by the ideals of the Appeal, the UN Declarations, and the Manifesto, a group of Nobel Peace Laureates and individuals launched the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates Foundation in South Africa, Sweden and then in the United States. The initial founding and mandating members of the Peace Appeal Foundation were:
F.W de Klerk
Fr. John Dear
James Michael Wine
Colin Vivian Jones
They formed the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Laureates Foundation with the goal of pursuing innovative peace education programs in support of peace building and conflict resolution globally.
While those ideals continue to be central to our vision, our mission and work have evolved substantially. In 2005 we began operating under the name the Peace Appeal Foundation. Today our work focuses on intensive support of national dialogue and peace processes globally, and on the development of innovative methodologies, tools and educational materials in support of our peace and conflict resolution efforts. In our work, we leverage the extensive experience, skills and knowledge of our founders, advisors and partners with the goal of creating a more comprehensive and multifaceted approach to building peace globally.