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Marching for Peace (Peru)
an article by Jesús Fernando Cruz Chumbe, Diario La Voz

Workers, officers and authorities of the Provincial Municipality of Huamanga (MPH), dressed in white polo, participated, together with regional and local authorities, as well as students and residents in the massive "Peace March" to promote and maintain a Culture of Peace and Human Security for the people of Ayacucho.

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The provincial mayor Amilcar Huancahuari together with the representative of the Catholic Church in Ayacucho and Peru, Monsignor Salvador Piñeiro Garcia-Calderon, the Commissioner for Peace and Development of Ayacucho, Huancavelica and LaConvención (Cusco), Wilmer Rivera Fuentes, among other authorities in the region of Ayacucho, marched, carrying a white banner as a symbol of peace, through the main streets of the historic center and the Central Plaza of Huamanga.


The massive crowd in the Central Plaza of Huamanga allowed Monsignor Salvador Piñeiro Garcia-Calderon to raised prayers asking the Creator "for peace to enlighten the hearts of Ayacucho".


Prior to the march, Dr. Amilcar Huancahuari, received a special recognition as "Ambassador of Peace" from the national board of the Lions Club for his work in promoting the "Culture of Peace and Human Security", a distinction that was delivered by the Director Dr. Cesar Aguayo Sánchez, who traveled specially from Lima to participate in the march and to honor the mayor or Huamanga.


The Culture of Peace is the set of values, attitudes and behaviors that reflect respect for life, of the human person and his dignity, of all human rights, also, is the rejection of violence in all its forms and adherence to the principles of democracy, freedom, justice, solidarity, cooperation, pluralism and tolerance and understanding among peoples and between groups and individuals regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality or culture.

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International Cities Choose Peace

J. Fred Arment

International Cities of Peace, an association of global cities of peace, is using the U.N. Culture of Peace tenets as the guideline for forming initiatives. To date, thirty-one cities are part of the association. Some are grassroots organizations, others have the firm commitment by resolution or proclamation from the city council.
International Cities of Peace include the following:
• Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
• Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
• Unity Village, Missouri, U.S.A
• Coventry, England
• Bradford, England
• Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Mataki, Philippines
• Pathuthani, Thailand
• Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Lake County, California, U.S.A.
• Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
• Nagpur, India
• Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.
• Bujumbura, Burundi
• Mzuzu and Lilongwe, Malawi
• Tunis, Tunisia
• Tuolumne County, California, U.S.A.
• Bihac, Bosnia, Herzegovina
• Yaounde, Cameroon
• Freetown, Sierra Leone
• Nyala, Darfur, Sudan
• Bujumbura, Burundi
• Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
• Nakuru, Kenya
• Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• Kathmandu, Nepal
• Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
• Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
• Warrake, Nigeria
• Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

To start an initiative, go to the association's website for resources and tools.

This report was posted on June 6, 2013.