On May 20, 2016, during the closing ceremony of the first week of MPI's 2016 Annual Peacebuilding Training, MPI Director Christine Vertucci and Peter Mae, Undersecretary of the Solomon Islands' Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU "states the intention of cooperation for collaboration on mutually beneficial learning and development opportunities in areas of peacebuilding."
The following press release was authored and made available by Peter Mae:
On 20 May 2016 at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation (MPI), in Davao City, Philippines the Ministry of National Unity Reconciliation and Peace (MNURP) has secured a long term learning and development empowerment initiative and understanding through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation. Given the unstoppable occurrences of local and national disputes and the probable flow-on effects from regional and international factors that can have the likelihood to inflate and escalate our local and national disputes into aggravating conflicts, MNURP has taken the learning and development approach to advance peacebuilding in this regard.