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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 CANACO Tijuana.

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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 peace.

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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How can culture of peace be developed at the municipal level?,

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Latest reader comment:

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 August 15, 2013.