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Esther Abimiku Ibanga, Founder and president of The Women Without Walls Initiative to receive the Niwano Peace Prize World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil
"A courageous and dedicated religious leader, Esther has worked extensively to foster and facilitate reconciliation between conflicting religious and tribal groups." "the indigenous peoples spoke as an important voice of the forum ... They came in their warpaint; one indigenous woman explained to me that they consider themselves engaged in a fight to save their forest from exploitation and destruction "
Peace through Tourism by David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC Anti-War Events in All 50 States
"People instinctively share travel with their friends; it broadens the mind, mends fences and breaks down negative perception. We have a really powerful message, and peace security and understanding can be fostered through tourism" "a real growth in anti-war sentiment and organizing in many conservative areas of the country"
Peace Through Tourism by Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO Who Will Disarm America?
"we all wish to deliver a better world to our children than the one we started with. Tourism can help foster this" "Kao and other students are part of a coalition to demilitarize the University of California and demand that the UC Regents uphold international law and actively work to disarm the weapons labs."
33 Latin American and Caribbean states endorse Austrian Pledge and call for negotiations on a nuclear ban treaty 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Wangari Maathai
"With the CELAC Declaration, Latin American and Caribbean states have recognised they intend to remain at the forefront of efforts which bring us closer to a world without nuclear weapons." "The environment is very important in the aspects of peace because when we destroy our resources and our resources become scarce, we fight over that."
First UN conference on tourism and culture opens in Cambodia, seeks to build partnerships The United Nations Department of Public Information Opens Its 2012 Briefing Season with Culture of Peace!
"how to harness the power of tourism and culture to alleviate poverty, create jobs, protect natural and cultural heritage and promote international understanding." "Amplifying the Unseen and Unheard Voices of Peace "
Sudan Open University Graduates Sign Peace Pledge A Day of Peace and Solidarity in D.C.
"As we have gained a lot through our education at the University, we pledge before everyone present here to become messengers for peace and development" "Together we marched and together we chanted, 'NO MORE WAR!'"
Rethinking Post-Election Peacebuilding in Africa Mayors for Peace Honored with Award
"The 9th International Conference and General Assembly of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice will take place from 9-13 August at the Igatius Ajuru University of Education in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Its theme will be "Rethinking Post-Election Peacebuilding in Africa."" "the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have continually sought to tell the world about the inhumane cruelty of nuclear weapons and have consistently urged that nuclear weapons be abolished.""
Le Centre de la paix organise une séance de soutien psychologique pour les enfants de Gaza Nobel Prize for Peace to Shirin Ebadi
" sept  jeunes du Centre de la paix . . . ont organisé une séance de soutien psychologique pour les dizaines d’enfants de la ville de Gaza" "It not only acknowledges her unrelenting work in human rights in Iran midst an "un-enabling" environment, but it also exemplifies Islamic values in upholding deeply entrenched ideas of justice and equity within the ethical dimension of Islam."
Peace and Planet Events, April 24-26 in New York City The Mindanao Week of Peace
"When representatives of the nations of the world gather at the United Nations for the 5-year Review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, we want to deliver the message to these representatives that the peoples of the world want good faith negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons" "communities of inter-faith organizations, non-governmental organizations, peoples’ organizations, government agencies who are working and advocating and mainstreaming the CULTURE OF PEACE in the Southern Philippines"
I marched in France on January 11 - What it meant to me The dialogue of bombs & the underreported nonviolent resistance
"We carried hundreds of huge pencils thrust toward the sky to invoke the concept that writing and dialogue should replace the use of arms to resolve differences" "a single suicide bomber gets enormously more air time on the international media than a dozen mass unarmed actions"
ICLEI World Congress: Sustainable Solutions for an Urban Future From A Culture of War to A Culture of Peace in Malaysia
"Some 1,500 expected participants can look forward to a diverse program . . . including low-carbon development; resilience and adaptation; biodiversity; water; EcoMobility; green urban economy; smart urban infrastructure, and many more" "In the wake of the government crackdown, over the last week, of the legitimate rights of the Malaysian people to peacefully demonstrate, a Bersih 2.0 Global Solidarity Network has sprung up"
Queretaro, Mexico: Congress on Building Communities in Peace Little Known Peace Efforts in the Middle East
"The culture of peace is a set of values, attitudes, traditions and behaviors based on respect for life and the end of violence. . . Violence is not part of human nature." "When I contrast the plethora of peace related projects discussed on the IFLAC e-list, with a total disregard for its relevance in mainstream media, I have to question why such vital information is being neglected. "
Querétaro, Mexico: Congreso Construyendo Comunidades en Paz Peace Research: We are all interconnected
"La cultura de paz es un conjunto de valores, actitudes, tradiciones y comportamientos basados en el respeto a la vida y el fin de la violencia. . . La violencia, no forma parte de la naturaleza humana." "This was the impression I bring home from the bi-annual conference of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) that opened July 1 in Suwon Korea with 300 peace researchers from around the world"
UN General Assembly Approves Language Supporting Unarmed Civilian Protection Edward Said Lecture
"Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is proud to have UCP [unarmed civilian protection] noted by the UNGA as part of the Culture of Peace. “It is not a coincidence that NP grew up during the decade of the Culture of Peace (2001-2010). . . The Culture of Peace sets the global context for UCP to develop.”" "He spoke eloquently of the rights of all people, and the illegality of the Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. When he was finished, he received thundering applause"
Sudan: Unamid Organizes Cultural Festival in Mellit Diego Rivera, the Father of Guadalupe
"The event, held under the theme "Darfur: talk Peace Now", brought together youth and families from all tribes living in the area [and] included performing traditional peace songs, music and dance " "how Diego Rivera, a man impassioned about his own dream of a Culture of Peace, painted for his people"