IIPT and Skål set goal to dedicate 300 Peace Towns and Villages
an article by International Institute for Peace through Tourism
The International Institute for Peace through
Tourism (IIPT) is proud to announce the IIPT/Skål
Peace Town project, a joint partnering initiative
with Skål international. A goal has been set for
the dedication of 300 Peace Towns and Villages in
the first year of the project, each committed to
building a culture of peace in their respective
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Each IIPT/Skål Peace Town or Village will support
a positive and dynamic concept of peace that goes
beyond the traditional passive notion of peace as
simply the absence of conflict. A Peace Town or
Village will therefore be actively committed to
promoting values of tolerance, non-violence,
gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment,
environmental awareness, and sustainable social
and economic development. Collaboration between
and among IIPT/Skål Peace Towns and Villages will
be encouraged as well as information sharing
regarding Peace Town/Village initiatives.
In announcing the Peace Town/Village project, IIPT
Founder and President, Louis D’Amore said: “We are
most honored that Skål International, the world’s
largest membership organization of travel and
tourism industry executives, has agreed to join
with us on this initiative. Skål International has
more than 18,000 members in 450 cities and 85
countries, and with members from each sector of
the industry, is an authoritative voice for the
travel and tourism industry.”
Skal International President Mok Singh stated:
“Skal International is delighted to join with the
prestigious International Institute for Peace
through Tourism in the execution of this laudable
project. Establishing Peace Towns and Villages
throughout the world is completely consistent with
our core values to build collaterals for peace.
These Peace Towns and Villages will stand as our
commitment to the ideal of World peace. We look
forward with confidence to our ongoing cooperation
with IIPT in this and other projects.”
Towns and Villages anywhere in the world are invited
to become an IIPT/Skål Peace Town or Village. Please
email: firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
The Peace Towns/Villages project is the third legacy
project commemorating IIPT’s 25th anniversary year
since its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital
Force for Peace held in Vancouver, Canada 1988.
Other legacy initiatives include the IIPT
Consortium of Collaborating Universities which now
has more than 20 participating universities from
regions throughout the world including Africa,
Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, the
Caribbean and South Pacific. The second legacy
initiative announced this past month is Peace
Tours Morocco – also in partnership with Skål
International. Peace Tours Morocco is a product
developed by IIPT Partner Munditinera-Cultural
Bridges International and is being distributed
throughout the world in collaboration with Skål
International. A portion of all revenues from the
tours will be donated to the International Red
Cross, Geneva in support of their programs for
victims of armed conflict.
The IIPT/Skål Peace Towns Initiative builds on the
foundations of more than 450 IIPT Peace Parks that
have been dedicated to Peace in cities and towns
throughout the world beginning in 1992 with IIPT’s
“Peace Parks Across Canada” project commemorating
Canada’s 125th anniversary as a nation.
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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.