The peace agreement signed in 2001 on the island of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (PNG), ended the most violent conflict in the South Pacific since World War II. Weaving consensus: the Papua New Guinea - Bougainville peace process (Accord issue 12, 2002) outlines an extraordinary array of creative initiatives and interventions that succeeded not only in ending the organised violence but brought together Bougainvillean society within a national framework. The process defined a negotiated settlement acceptable to all.
The publication describes an indigenous peace process that drew on the strengths of Melanesian traditions and benefited from innovative roles by international third parties. It includes a chronology of these events, full texts of the agreements and profiles of key people and institutions involved. It also highlights the challenges ahead for putting the agreement into practice and consolidating peace.