The Ulaanbaatar Process is co-convened by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and its Global Secretariat (based in the Hague, the Netherlands), Northeast Asia Regional Secretariat (hosted by Peace Boat, Tokyo, Japan) and local convenor, NGO Blue Banner (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia). Further information about each of these organizations is below.
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a member-led network of civil society organizations (CSOs) active in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across the world. The network is organized around 15 regional networks of local organizations, each region having its own priorities, character and agenda. Each region is represented in an International Steering Group, which determines joint global priorities and actions. GPPAC was initiated through extensive consultations in 2003-4, and officially launched as part of a global conference in 2005 at the UN headquarters in New York.
As part of its mission to work towards a global shift from reaction to prevention of violent conflict, GPPAC strives towards multi-actor collaboration and local ownership. Together, GPPAC members aim to achieve greater synergy in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding by connecting different levels (from national to regional and global), and to strengthen the role of local civil society groups in conflict regions.
GPPAC supports the capacity of the regional networks to interact and act together, and facilitates regional and global exchanges, where members from different parts of the world come together and learn from one another's experiences and develop joint strategies. GPPAC also connects its members with other relevant actors, including the UN, regional intergovernmental organizations, state actors, the media and academia. This has enabled unique initiatives, showing GPPAC's ability to bridge global policy making with local ownership and practice on the ground.
Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights and sustainability. Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. We pursue this through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These activities are carried out on a partnership basis with other civil society organizations and communities in Japan, Northeast Asia, and around the world.
Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports that we visit. Activities based on Japan and Northeast Asia are carried out from our eight Peace Centers in Japan.
Peace Boat has acted as Regional Secretariat for GPPAC Northeast Asia since its launch.
Blue Banner is a Mongolian non-governmental organization established in 2005 to promote nuclear non-proliferation and Mongolia's initiative to turn the country into a nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ).
Blue Banner is independent from the government or any of its agencies and does not depend on nor receive instruction or any financial support from the government. It believes that the government of Mongolia needs to promote more vigorously the policy of establishing and institutionalizing the concept of the single-State NWFZ. It also believes that independent NGOs and think tanks can make useful practical suggestions to the government on the ways and means of promoting the initiative, including the form and content of the future zone. To that end it undertakes special area studies and presents its findings and recommendations to the general public or the government as the case may be. It also organizes national and regional meetings to promote its goals.
In 2014 Blue Banner was invited by the International Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and the World Future Council (WFC) to share Mongolia's experience in successfully promoting its unique nuclear-weapon-free status, considered as an inspiring example of creatively addressing the issues of nuclear non-proliferation.