The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) is the independent civil society platform of European NGOs, NGO networks and think tanks that are committed to peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict.
EPLO was founded in 2001 by 16 organisations.
EPLO’s mission is to influence European policy-makers to take a more active and effective approach in securing peace and nonviolent forms of conflict resolution in all regions of the world.
EPLO is committed to the advancement of sustainable peace in the world, the greater involvement of civil society in the transformation and resolution of conflict, and nonviolent forms of action. In its work, EPLO is committed to the principles of respect for all human rights, non-discrimination, gender equality, cultural diversity, sustainable development, and the promotion of good governance and the rule of law at local, regional, national and international levels.
What We Do
EPLO advances the interests of its member organisations through common policy positions and consequently advocating for those common positions. EPLO disseminates information and promotes understanding of EU policies of concern to its member organisations. The Office also builds solidarity and co-operation amongst its member organisations and with other relevant NGO networks. Finally, EPLO raises awareness about the contribution that the EU should make to peacebuilding, and the need to hold the EU accountable to its own political commitments of helping to secure peace within and outside its borders.
EPLO Member Organisations
EPLO has 45 member organisations from 17 European countries (13 EU Member States plus Kosovo, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom). EPLO’s members are individual NGOs, networks of NGOs, and think tanks. Click here to view a map showing the location of EPLO member organisations’ offices around the world (April 2019). Click here for more information about EPLO’s member organisations.
Civil Society Networks
EPLO is a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), an informal grouping of NGOs operating at the EU level in the broader areas of human rights, democracy and peace.
HRDN’s vision is that human rights and democracy are placed at the heart of the EU’s internal and external policy agenda. This vision should manifest itself in an EU which effectively protects human rights at home and is a force for positive change in the world.
In pursuit of this vision, HRDN aims to influence EU and EU Member States’ human rights policies and the programming of their funding instruments to promote democracy, human rights and peace.
For more information about HRDN, please contact the Troika.
EPLO also co-operates with the following organisations and civil society networks on an ad hoc, informal basis:
The following EPLO member organisations are also networks in their own right:
The following EPLO member organisations are members of federations with affiliates in several European countries: