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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints Mary Robinson as special climate envoy World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil
"Robinson called for the formation of a major social movement to push for action on climate change in the run-up to Ban's summit and the Paris conference." "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 "
Song for International Day of Nelson Mandela World Social Forum 2008 and 2009: Meeting defines mobilisation schedule for process and working groups
"Madiba Song will be available for free download and streaming" "The meeting had two main agendas: the preparation for the week and day of mobilisation and global action (January 26 2008) and discussions on the first initiatives towards 2009 event organisation"
Breakthrough in solar panel manufacture promises cheap energy within a decade Culture of Peace Advocacy at the UN: Education about Peace Education
"A technical advance based on an edible salt used in the manufacture of tofu could revolutionise the production of future solar panels" "With the creation of a Culture of Peace Working Group in Geneva, we are now working together with other NGOs to focus on the Human Right to Peace"
Governments make record-setting pledges of $26 billion to fund education Culture of Peace Advances Despite Media Silence
"funding education in the world’s poorest countries that will help provide a quality education for millions of children" "700 organizations participating from over 100 countries in the 2005 World Report on the Culture of Peace ... report provides the first comprehensive view of the progress of the global movement for a culture of peace, since it was called for in 1999 by United Nations Resolution A/53/243. "
Nuclear forces reduced while modernizations continue, says SIPRI The Colonel Who Saved the Earth
"none of the nuclear weapon-possessing states are prepared to give up their nuclear arsenals for the foreseeable future." "Had Petrov cracked and triggered a response, Soviet missiles would have rained down on U.S. cities"
Las Fuerzas Nucleares se Reducen pero Continúa su Modernización, Afirma el SIPRI The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
" ninguno de los estados que tienen estas armas está dispuesto a renunciar a sus arsenales nucleares en un futuro previsible" "A group of Human Rights 'elders' has a sign-up page on the Internet to garner a billion signatures this year for the 60th Anniversary ... I appeal to all CPNN readers to assess their feelings about the UDHR and to consider participating in this endeavor."
Les Forces Nucléaires Diminuent, mais leur Modernisation se Poursuit, selon le SIPRI Gathering the Pieces of Peace
"aucun des États dotés d'armes nucléaires n'est prêt à abandonner ses arsenaux dans un avenir prévisible" "I thought the best way to reach people was using the internet so I created a site ... with the aim to connect the web sites to each other that support world peace. "
World leaders face pressure to act against sexual violence at UK summit Her Name Is Jody Williams, a Book Review
"Violence against women is not new but social media has helped bring these cases to the fore and helped galvanise governments to commit to taking action," "A Vermont Girl's Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize "
Victory for workers' rights at the United Nations The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011
"the right of unions to represent UN staff has been restored, bringing to an end the crisis in staff-management relations" " It is the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s hope that the prize to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman will help to bring an end to the suppression of women that still occurs in many countries, and to realise the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent. "
Human Rights Watch: La lutte pour les droits humains en 2013 Book Publication: Peace: A World History
"Parallèlement à tous ces bouleversements, il y a eu également des progrès importants dans le fonctionnement des instruments internationaux de défense des droits humains " "Peace: A World History is the first study to explore the full spectrum of peace and peacemaking from prehistoric to contemporary times in a single volume aimed at improving their prospects."
Human Rights Watch: Las pugnas por los derechos en 2013 The gift of Change: The Global Youth Assembly 2007
"En medio de esta conmoción, también se realizaron importantes avances en el sistema internacional que contribuye a la defensa de los derechos humanos " "a project to keep the momentum of the assembly going on; so this assembly would not have a dead end like most of the other youth "Things"."
Human Rights Watch Annual Report: Rights Struggles of 2013 Book Review of The Real Wealth of Nations
"In the midst of all this upheaval, there were also important advances in the international machinery that helps to defend human rights. " "Eisler contributes by promoting a "new economics" and by recognizing the recent efforts by a number of economists to include measures of household work as an important part of a nation's economic output."
Indigenous women from Canada and the Global South unite at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights The Day of the Girl Has Come
"the right of Indigenous peoples to participate, and ultimately decide upon the development models that will impact their communities " "a MUST SEE video that embodies what has happened to the young 14 year old girl “Malala” in Pakistan "
Calling women: Why women and technology are a perfect pairing Advocating for UPEACE at the UN
"Women should have equal opportunity to use a mobile phone, and this is not just a social imperative but a commercial necessity " "The UPEACE alumni advocacy team met with 30 UN missions, 10 UN agencies, and 7 NGOs. The project was highlighted by two events, each with over 100 individuals in attendance. "
Sustainable Foods Summit: New Horizons for Eco-Labels and Sustainability The Peace Gong Article- and Poster-making competition on Peace
"How do organic, fair trade and other eco-labels further sustainability? " "The aim of the competition is to promote critical thinking abilities amongst children on non-violent methods of resolving conflicts; understand the causes and impact of conflicts in their own communities and how resolution of these conflicts leads to a culture of peace "