Is there progress towards a culture of peace in Mexico?

A few years ago, the great peace theoretician and historian Johan Galtung wrote that he was very impressed with progress towards a culture of peace in Mexico:

“At the national level an overarching program to prevent violence has been designed and enacted. Despite the fact that it misses some important topics –such as peace journalism, peace museums, peace business and nonviolent communication- it is a bold proposal, grounded in a legitimate peace philosophy –one in which peace is constructed through the satisfaction of basic human needs- and is well equipped in scope and with enough budget and personnel to achieve transcending results by construction of peace infrastructures (i.e. mediation centers, academic degrees in peace for civil servants, etc.) and the buildup of a mediation-dialogue-conciliation culture that had been floating in the air for some years but is now becoming a very concrete way of life not only in scholarly circles but also in civil society and government.”

Since that time more than a score of CPNN articles give evidence that his optimism was not misplaced. Despite the enormous level of violence in Mexico, there are signs of progress.

Readers are encouraged to add their comments below.


January 10, 2020: Querétaro, Mexico: Mediation has benefited almost 8 thousand people in the capital

January 10, 2020: Peace advances in Michoacán, Mexico: Fermín Bernabé

December 28, 2019: Xalapa, Mexico: International Film Festival for a Culture of Peace

July 19, 2017: Seminar: Diagnoses and Proposals for Mexico

October 20, 2016: Mexico: Peace banners in the schools of Cobaem

October 5, 2016: First Meeting for Violence Prevention in Uruapan

September 4, 2016: Meeting on violence and peace in Mexico

July 21, 2016: Mexico: Presentation of the project “Oaxaca Intercultural”

July 21, 2016: Mexico: The government promotes mediation as an alternative for the resolution of conflicts

July 16, 2016: Michoacán, Mexico: Law Approved for Culture of Peace and Prevention of Violence

March 30, 2016: Mexico City: A system of mediation to be applied in all 16 delegations

February 15, 2015: Mexico: Alternative Justice Act should be approved before August

January 4, 2015: Queretaro, Mexico: Congress on Building Communities in Peace

November 15, 2014: Colombia and Mexico: Diploma on Culture of Peace and Forgiveness

October 14, 2014: Mexico: “The Crusade for a culture of peace” comes to Morelos

September 28, 2014: CEDH [State Human Rights Commission] and the Government have signed the Manifesto for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

June 11, 2014: Chiapas Joins Forces with the Asociación Menchú Tum to Support the Indigenous Peoples

May 11, 2014: Mexico: Urgent to incorporate culture of peace in formal education

July 7, 2013: State DIF promotes culture of peace in schools (Mexico)

June 23, 2013: Aguascalientes, Mexico: City Council to Support Sustainable Development According to Agenda 21

December 27, 2012: Mexico urged to promote a culture of peace

December 7, 2012: International Seminar for a Culture of Peace: How to Stop Violence against Women [Mexico]

February 24, 2016: Book review: Hilary Klein’s Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories

October 5, 2011: Mexico: Education on the rights of the children: a strategy for peace

January 1, 2014: And Yet, It Moves! – The Case of Education for Peace in Mexico


January 10, 2020: Querétaro, Mexico: Mediation has benefited almost 8 thousand people in the capital

January 10, 2020: Avanza fortalecimiento de la paz en Michoacán, México: Fermín Bernabé

December 28, 2019: Xalapa, México: Presentan Festival Internacional De Cine Para Una Cultura De Paz

July 19, 2017: Seminario sobre Violencia y Paz: Diagnóstios y Propuestas para México

October 20, 2016 México; Inician actividades del abanderamiento de paz en el Cobaem

October 5, 2016: Realizarán Primer Encuentro de Prevención de la Violencia en Uruapan

September 4, 2016: Encuentro sobre violencia y paz en México

July 21, 2016: México: Presentan proyecto “Oaxaca Intercultural”

July 21, 2016: México: Promueve la SEGOB la mediación como alternativa para solución de conflictos

July 16, 2016: Michoacán, México: Aprueban Ley para la Cultura de Paz y Prevención de la Violencia

March 30, 2016: La Ciudad de México: Aplicarán sistema de mediación en las 16 delegaciones

February 15, 2015: México: Ley de Justicia Alternativa debe estar aprobada antes de agosto

January 4, 2015: Querétaro, Mexico: Congreso Construyendo Comunidades en Paz

November 15, 2014: La cultura de la paz y el perdón en un diplomado de Colombia para México

October 14, 2014: México: Llega a Morelos la “Cruzada Nacional por una cultura de la paz”

September 28, 2014: Firman CEDH [Comisión Estatal de Derechos Humanos] y Gobierno del estado Manifiesto por una Cultura de Paz y no Violencia [Michoacan, Mexico]

June 11, 2014: Chiapas y Asociación Menchú Tum conjuntan esfuerzos a favor de los pueblos indígenas

May 11, 2014: México: Urgente incorporar la cultura de paz a la educación formal

July 7, 2013: DIF estatal fomenta cultura de paz en escuelas (México)

June 23, 2013: Aguascalientes [México]: Conforma el Ayuntamiento Agenda 21 para el Desarrollo Sustentable

December 27, 2012: Urgen promover cultura de la paz en Mexico

December 7, 2012: Inició el Seminario Internacional por una Cultura de Paz: Cómo Suprimir la Violencia Contra las Mujeres

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