“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success” – Henry Ford.
One thing all Karen people have in common is their love for their people, their culture, and their homeland.
No matter where they are, they consider themselves as the stakeholders of the well being of the Karen people in their homeland.
On the other hand, because of their life experiences, environment, and background they have a very diverse opinion on how to achieve sustainable peace and development of their people in a homeland that is shared with many other ethnic groups.
Therefore, over the years different groups were formed to strengthen this bond of unity.
Karen National Unity Seminar was formed in 1998 following the fall of Mannerplaw and to call on the Karen people to help those in need.
Karen Unity Building Group was formed in 2012 following the signing of the preliminary ceasefire in Hpa-an. The aim of this group is to bring together religious leaders.
Unity Committee For Karen Armed Groups was formed following the 15th Congress and headed by General Jonny to unite all the Karen armed groups.
Karen Affairs Seminar formed in 2013 later changed to Karen Unity and Peace Committee (KUPC) with the aim of uniting all Karens in Burma and along the border.