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International Cities of Peace Grows to 30 Cities
an article by International Cities of Peace (ICP)

Kenya, Canada, Burundi and Sudan! The association of International Cities of Peace is expanding. What began in Dayton, Ohio, in 2009 has become a march toward a global network of citizens that are re-envisioning their communities as cities of peace. As a guideline, the UNESCO Culture of Peace builds upon the basic consensus values of safety, prosperity, and quality of life.

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Eugene, Oregon is developing an interactive online graphic "family tree" designed to make visible the culture of peace in Eugene and help our citizens recognize and join their efforts with the many contributing sectors. It contains (1) a visualization of the network of governmental and self-organizing groups who share an often unspoken vision for a culture of peace, and (2) an index of progress indicators toward that vision. Work in collecting data has just begun and we plan to be complete by Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace, at the same time we announce the launch of the Olympian Initiative

The Letter of Intent organized by Advisory Council leader Ibrahim Modi, Nyala, Darfur, Sudan: City of Peace, signaling a small but positive peace organization in that war-torn region.

The group in Bujumbura, Burundi: City of Peace, led by Furaha Soleil, which has hosted four seminars across the country to assist twenty-four women raped and lead four women's groups to move toward self-sufficiency.

Lake County, California is mounting a county-wide transformation of daily life with 200-300 workshops, online actions, conferences, concerts, video, film and stage shows, festivals, media campaigns, art exhibits, writing/theatrical competitions, religious and spiritual services, military appreciation of peace and grassroots activities.

In Dayton, Ohio, the Dayton International Peace Museum will mount a new exhibit, "Americans Who Tell the Truth," which is a collection of twelve portraits, quotes and stories about courageous peacemakers. The Salem Avenue Peace Corridor will have a major event in August. Check in July for details.

In Nakuru, Kenya: The Culture of Peace initiative is three years old and was reformed in 2010 by seventeen teachers who came from Tumaini House Secondary in Nakuru and are now empowering other teachers through a Teachers Without Borders peace training course.


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

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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.

This report was posted on June 11, 2012.