World Report on the Culture of Peace
an article by Marcos Estrada de Oliveira
The World Culture of Peace Report from the Civil Society was submitted to the United Nations to mark the end of the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). It concludes that despite the ending of the Decade, the global movement for a culture of peace is just beginning.
Youth team with advisors
(left to right) Alicia Cabezudo and David Adams (advisors)
Marcos Estrada, Shreya Jani, Meg Villanueva,
Lillian Solheim, Oliver Rizzi-Carlson, Johanna Ospina, Cecile Barbeito
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The report was gathered and written by an international youth team (see photo) who worked intensively over a period of six months. It is available on the Internet at the Decade Report Website, along with detailed data from all of the 1000 organizations that contributed to the report.
The report was submitted by the Bangladesh ambassador to the United Nations Secretary General with a request that he transmit it to the UN General Assembly (GA) as had been requested previously by GA resolution A/63/80. Although the Secretary General has not responded, copies of the report were distributed by hand to the GA Member State representatives during their debate on the Decade at the United Nations.
The report was acknowledged in the final resolution for the Decade, which "commends civil society, non-governmental organizations and young people for their activities in further promoting a culture of peace and non-violence, including through their campaign to raise awareness on a culture of peace, and takes note that one thousand and fifty-four organizations from the civil societies of more than one hundred countries have observed the International Decade, as called for in paragraph 13 of resolution 64/80."
The youth team continues to present the findings of the report at meetings and conferences around the world, and is considering how to continue the exchange of information about culture of peace initiatives, including the further development of the Culture of Peace News Network
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How can we know if the culture of peace is advancing?,
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The advancement of culture of peace in any environment cannot easily be known. Some of the signs of this advancement could be seen and others can be felt and heard. First and foremost, advancement of this culture can mainly be clearly noticed in a country where peace was elusive. If it is an ethnic division that caused conflict and made peace disappear, the sure sign will be the two factions dialoguing and working together in improving their relationship. The boundaries created by the conflict fizzle out and there comes free movement and expressions. People start talking about peace openly and various avenues are created to educate the masses about the importance of peace. The general populous is discouraged from getting involved in vices that can cause conflict. Citizens are provided with an environment where everyone would be engaged in productive activities. . ...more.
This report was posted on April 12, 2011.
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