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8th International Conference of Museums for Peace
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Some 150 participants, from 35 different countries, attended the 8th International Conference of Museums for Peace that was held 19-21 September at the No Gun Ri Peace Park in the Republic of Korea. The theme of the conference was ‘The Role of Museums for Peace in Preventing War and Promoting Remembrance, Historical Truth and Reconciliation’. Directors and curators from peace and human rights museums from around the world as well as peace educators, activists, and artists presented their work, engaged in discussions, and forged bonds of friendship and collaboration.

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Welcome addresses, congratulatory messages and keynote speeches were delivered by, among others, the Minister of Security and Public Administration, Jeong, Jong-seop; Yeongdong- gun Governor, Park, Se-bok; Chairman of Jeju 4.3 Peace Foundation, Lee, Mun-gyo; Chairperson of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Yasuyoshi Komizo; former President of Costa Rica, and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Oscar Arias Sanchez; and former AP journalist and Pulitzer Prize Winner, Charles J. Hanley. Their texts, together with all other presentations in the many parallel, panel, and poster sessions, have been printed in a substantial, 450-page conference volume, a copy of which was given to each participant upon registration. This volume constitutes a welcome and valuable addition to the relatively scarce literature on the subject. Another volume, comprising a selection of papers, is forthcoming.

Given such factors as the theme of the conference, geographical proximity, and the number of its peace museums, it is hardly surprising that some 60 participants hailed from Japan. We should not fail to mention, however, the publicity & translation efforts of INMP board members, Professor Ikuro Anzai and Dr. Kazuyo Yamane, who greatly facilitated the participation of their compatriots.

Participants visited the beautiful and impressive No Gun Ri Peace Park with its several memorials. They also greatly appreciated and enjoyed the various cultural interludes as well as excursions, including one to Imjingak at the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) following the end of the conference. A statement was issued there drawing attention to the continued tragedy of the division of the country, and urging a resumption of the six party talks to safeguard peace on the peninsula and in the wider region. INMP would like to express its deep gratitude to the No Gun Ri International Peace Foundation, and in particular to its chairman, Dr. Chung, Koo-do, for their hospitality, and for having organised such an excellent and memorable conference.

Editor's note: The INMP newsletter also contains results of the annual General Assembly and Board meeting which includes the news that the Network no longer has enough funding to maintain their office and half-time staff member. Once again we see that while there is more and more money for the culture of war, there is less and less for the culture of peace.


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"to maintain the momentum achieved during these mobilizations so that participants can remain active and connected with each other and with  the Global Movement as a whole" is a crucial issue that few youth NGOs have ever achieved yet. . .

nice websites with profiles, some chatting, but little action or dialogue, little visible inspiration or local down to earth outreach...

maybe check this approach: highlighting "who does and achieves what, and how, and how to copy it" in  lively format.; with an instrument and format to install it in the biggest multiplier of  all: public school hallways. with status of Official Proejct of the UN Decade of Edu for Sustainable  Development in coop with for free online courses on global issues.

We have piloted pnyv! for some years with great feedback, yet not promoted because we first want to have a solid office to be able  to respond to requests about special editions, local editions etc...  SO, we are doing research in Berlin for setting up an office where we can have  some stable staff to do basics while the hundreds of online volunteers  (translators, editors, web editors) keep buzzing.

We have talks with a great culture centre this september, after i return from latinamerican-european youth networking in barcelona, and we are preparing several EU fundign proposals incl. positive news podcast online radio with of Argentina, backed up by the websites and inviting all positive actors to send in their stories, speak the news, develop branches to their countries  - of particular interest for developing countries where RADIO and  COMMUNITY RADIO still are the major medium.

And - how about a special edition on PEACE and PEACE-BUILDING?  we can include

Like the 100 page edition on WATER under construction; publishing date relayed until we have an office.

OK, enough impressions, my friend :)

see you later, if you like it!

Cheers from Berlin,
pnyv! project director
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Este artículo ha sido publicado on line el November 14, 2014.