Council for Culture of Peace and Nonviolence established in Baja California
an article by Uni Radio Informa
To sensitize the community of Baja California and to
establish there a culture of peace is the main
objective of Council for Culture of Peace and Non
Violence BC, which was installed on August 7 in
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In the presence of representatives of the Center
for Advanced Study of Child Abuse, National
Institute of Pediatrics (INP-CEAMI-UNAM-SSA), Dr.
Arturo Lordo Abdala, and the Inter-American
Observatory on Citizen Security (OAS-OSC 2012-
2015) Ms. Maria Araceli Garcia Carrazco, the
council members were sworn in by Mr. Hiram Valdez
Chavez, COMNAPAZ Chairman, National Commission for
Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in Mexico. He
explained that this organization provides a
legislative agenda which includes several goals,
such as the measuring the culture of peace and non
violence in BC, creating the country's first Peace
Culture University provided by UNESCO, engaging in
"peace education" according to the third
Constitutional Article and striving to ensure that
military service should serve the culture of
The COMNAPAZ President stated that the legislative
agenda should streamline government through
improved access to health services, welfare and
education, as well as give people good paying job
opportunities, improve field conditions and raise
levels of education and competitiveness. He
emphasized that its implementation in favor of the
culture of peace in BC, can only be achieved
through a political and social transformation of
the state. He concluded by recognizing the great
responsibility of working for the children of Baja
California, especially those living in situations
of violence and vulnerability. As a society we
must fight for respect for dignity and human
rights, and the culture of peace.
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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.