Geneva Peace Week, November 2017 – OMEP and CEPPS at the UN

Geneva Peace Week, November 2017 – OMEP and CEPPS at the UN

Early Interventions to Break the Inter-generational Cycle of Adversity and Violence

Recent research in the field of Early Childhood Development has identified the ‘critical years’, from conception to age 5, as the foundation that shapes brain development, and has a lifelong impact on physical and mental health and intellectual and social development.

These earliest experiences have an influence on growth, self-confidence, achievement at school and prospects for employment. Studies now show that adversity, harm and disadvantage during this period can lead to aggression, drug use, anti-social behaviour, violence and crime in later life. These have a very high cost to society and are now acknowledged as having their roots in early childhood.

Adversity should therefore be seen as an inter-generational cycle, with harm, disadvantage and violence in one generation being perpetuated in the next. Breaking the cycle requires intervention during very early childhood and a multi-sector approach, with health and education as the most effective starting points for reaching the youngest children.

Through the building of healthier, fairer and more peaceful societies, these programmes can create a ‘Pathway to Peace’, and they are one of the best investments a nation can make for its future.

The panel will present early childhood interventions used in a number of countries to break this cycle, together with the social and economic returns being realised.

Join us! We welcome all stakeholders to share on this crucial topic.

OMEP and CEPPs will be attending the 2017 Geneva Peace Week in November and will host this event.

Friday, 10 November 2017,  UN Geneva : Palais de Nations (Room IX)
Time : 14:15 – 15:30  

– World Organisation for Early Childhood Education (World OMEP)

– CEPPs Global Initiative – Childhood and Early Parenting Principles


  • Mr Nektarios Stellakis, OMEP Vice-President for Europe
  • Ms Maggie Koog, OMEP Past President, International focal point to the CCNGO/EFA Coordination Group, NY, 2017-2019
  • Rima Salah, Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University, Former Deputy Director of UNICEF
  • Ms Valerie Unite, Founder and Executive Director of Childhood and Early Parenting Principles (CEPPs) Global Initiative

Practical information to register and attend the event here.


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