PAX works together with involved civilians and partners in areas of war, to protect human security, to prevent and end armed violence and to build peace with justice.

PAX is a partnership between IKV (Interchurch Peace Council) and Pax Christi. In 2006, the two organisations merged under the name IKV Pax Christi. As of 29 January 2014, the new name of the organisation is PAX. The IKV Board and the Pax Christi Members Council watch over the mission and identity of PAX. They contribute to the development of the vision and oversee the main policy lines.

PAX works under the assignment of Pax Christi (Netherlands) and IKV on peace programmes as one organisation with one Supervisory Board and one Board of Directors. PAX operates independently of political interests and is supported by a wide group of involved citizens, social organisations and churches, including the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN).

PAX works on the basis of two central values of peace in conflict areas:human dignity;solidarity with peace activists and victims of war violence.Our central values lead to a distinct vision of peace and security. In our peace work, we are guided by the concept of human security; the protection and security of civilians leads our responses to conflicts.


Penal Reform International

Penal Reform International is a specialist organisation which addresses the rights of suspects, offenders and prisoners in the context of the broader criminal justice system. For nearly 25 years, they have been working as a catalyst for change through a smart mix of advocacy and practical programmes for reform. 

They work on four inter-connected levels:

  • They advocate criminal justice reform at national, regional and international levels, engaging with governments, authorities and inter-governmental organisations.
  • Their regional offices deliver practical programmes, often in partnership with local civil society partners, promoting and implementing human rights and international standards.
  • They develop and disseminate information and resources through our publications and this website.
  • They build the capacity of local civil society organisations to address penal reform in their work and give them a platform to raise human rights issues with authorities.

Read their Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Find out more about them on their official website.


Civil-Military Co-operation Centre of Excellence

The CCOE is a multinational sponsored, NATO accredited, Centre of Excellence. It provides added value, innovative and timely advice, and subject matter expertise on CIMIC for both civilian and military customers. The primary focuses of the organisation’s effort is in conceptual and doctrinal development, lessons learned along with enhanced training and education.

To assist NATO, Sponsoring Nations and other military and civil institutions/organisations in their operational and transformation efforts in the field of civil-military interaction by providing innovative and timely advice and subject matter expertise in the development of existing and new concepts, policy and doctrine;specialised education and training; and the contribution to the lessons learned processes.


EUROPOL: European Union’s law enforcement agency

Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency whose main goal is to help achieve a safer Europe for the benefit of all EU citizens. They do this by assisting the European Union’s Member States in their fight against serious international crime and terrorism.

Large–scale criminal and terrorist networks pose a significant threat to the internal security of the EU and to the safety and livelihood of its people. The biggest security threats come from terrorism, international drug trafficking and money laundering, organised fraud, counterfeiting of the euro currency, and people smuggling. But new dangers are also accumulating, in the form of cybercrime, trafficking in human beings, and other modern-day threats. This is a multi–billion euro business, quick to adapt to new opportunities and resilient in the face of traditional law enforcement measures.

Services Provided:

  • support centre for law enforcement operations
  • hub for criminal information and organisations
  • centre for law enforcement expertise
  • one of the largest concentrations of analytical capability in the EU
  • produces regular assessments and reports
  • high-security, 24/7 operational centre
  • central platform for law enforcement experts from the European Union countries

Areas of Expertise

Since Europol can offer a flexible response, they focus on different areas of criminal and terrorist activity from year to year, depending on the demands of the situation. Their main priorities, however, tend to remain relatively stable, reflecting those of international criminal and terrorist groups. Over the years Europol has built up substantial experience in fighting drug trafficking, illicit immigration networks and trafficking in human beings, illicit vehicle trafficking, cybercrime, money laundering and forgery of money. Europol is the European central office to combat euro counterfeiting.

Europol enjoys excellent cooperation arrangements with law enforcement partners in Europe and beyond. It also values its accountability arrangements and data protection regime, which are among the most robust and transparent in the world.

Europol welcomes public interest in their work and trust that the contents of their website offer the reader a good illustration of their activities, the responsible way in which they are carried out, and the impact they are having on making Europe safer.