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.
PRAYER AND BLESSING
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".
"AMBASSADOR OF PEACE"
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
THE CULTURE OF PEACE:
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.