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Goals Are Set by the Curitiba Municipal Council for the Culture of Peace
an article by Lia Diskin and David Adams

COMPAZ, the Municipal Council for the Culture of Peace of Curitiba, Brazil, has announced its goals on their blogsite.

Here is a rough translation:

a) to elaborate its Internal rules;

b) to contribute studies that include the culture of the peace in the Public administration;

c) to stimulate the creation of methodologies for an education directed toward the culture of the peace;

d) to offer mediation in conflicts of interests of any nature, condemning violent actions, guiding and formulating peaceful solutions;

e) to collaborate in the stimulation of community projects for the development of the culture of peace;

f) to receive, to analyze and to implement, if approved by the Council, requests for culture of peace initiatives and to give guidance to the municipal agency involved;

g) to present and to give publicity to programs that contribute to the culture of peace whether municipal, state, national or world-wide;

h) to listen to religious entities and traditions of all sectors of society, that have as an objective the culture of peace;

i) to follow the projects of law in all government spheres that can promote the culture of peace and to contribute suggestions on them;

j) to collaborate with all government agencies in the analysis of situations of conflicts that involve cultures of peace, giving emphasis the General Office of the Attorney General of the City;

k) to promote seminars, symposiums, congresses, debates, meeting, lectures, audiences with the objective to stimulate, to divulge, to debate, to demystify the practices of diverse religious traditions in order to promote attitudes of the culture of peace;

l) when requested by the Executive, to indicate a member of the Council chosen by vote, to represent the City in events of the culture of peace.

Here is an up-to date list of the civil society organizations that are members of COMPAZ: Arquidiocese de Curitiba – Ação Social do Paraná, Centro de Estudos Budistas Bodisatva Paramitta, Centro de Raja Yoga Brahma Kumaris, Federação Israelita do Paraná, Igreja Pesbiteriana do Brasil, Primeira Igreja Batista de Curitiba, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil, Associação Arayara de Educação e Cultura, Associação Campos Unipaz Paraná, Associação Ciência Meditativa de Cultura de Paz e Ação Social, CNBB (Coordenaçào Arquidiocesana da Pastoral da Criança), URI (Iniciativa das Religiões Unidas), Centro de Apoio Social, PREVIPAR (Associação dos Fundos de Pensão do Paraná), Núcleo de Psicologia, SENAI e SESI.


Question(s) related to this article:

What is a culture of peace city, and how does one become one?

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I believe that the development of a network of culture of peace cities can be a decisive factor in the transition from a culture of war to a culture of peace based on a profound reform of the United Nations system.  The following are excerpts from my book World Peace through the Town Hall.

My experience working in the United Nations system for ten years and observing it closely for seven years since my retirement makes me optimistic that the UN system is capable of managing a transition to the culture of peace. The various specialized agencies that deal with health care, education, food and agriculture, science, communication, not to mention technical questions such as aviation, shipping, atomic energy, etc. are staffed by a capable international secretariat with experience in the day-to-day management of global issues. The UN General Assembly, as well as the international assemblies of other agencies such as the General Conference of UNESCO, provide important forums. Even the Security Council, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund which are now in the hands of a few powerful states and used to support their culture of war could play important roles in the transition to a culture of peace if they were transformed under control of "we the peoples" instead of the state.

For the reasons given throughout this book, a global network of local authorities is the best chance for an international political force independent of the nation-state that could take responsibility for the United Nations and direct it towards a culture of peace.

In summary, the cause of the United Nations seems hopeless for a culture of peace as long as it is under the control of the nation-states of the world with their culture of war.

Without being able to predict a precise date, we can expect within the next few decades that the American Empire and the globalized economy associated with it will crash as did the world economy in 1929 and the Soviet economy in 1989.

A global crash sets the stage for two possible political solutions which are diametrically opposite. One is a strengthening of the culture of war at the level of the state into fascism which was the predominant reaction in the 1930's. . ...more.

This report was posted on September 30, 2009.