Peace Movements Plan Commemorative Events in Sarajevo, June 2014
an article by International Peace Bureau
The year 2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak
of World War I, which was triggered by the
assassination of the Austro-Hungarian heir to the
throne in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914. This is a
symbolic date for a century of a “Culture of War
and Violence” with two world wars and numerous
regional wars - among them the one in the former
Yugoslavia in the 1990s, when Sarajevo itself was
under siege. Now peace movements (among them IPB)
are planning a major programme of peace
events in the city, as the best way to
commemorate these events.
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In September 2012 a number of Bosnian and other
European organisations and individuals working in
the field of peacebuilding, conflict transformation
and nonviolent action have met for the first time as
a group in Sarajevo, BiH.
During the Sarajevo meeting these organizations
decided to organize a Peace Event in Sarajevo
2014, and to open up for participation in the
planning and realization to all those willing to
contribute to a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence.
[Editor's note: a websi
te for the Event is under construction.]
Thousands of people from the city of Sarajevo, the
country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the region of the
former Yugoslavia, all of Europe, but also from
other countries around the world will be expected to
participate to this Event.
This Peace Event will hopefully be embedded into a
more extended series of events in Sarajevo and in
different countries in Europe. It would create a
“European Season for a Culture of Peace and
Nonviolence”, e.g. from June 2014 till September
21st, the International Day of Peace and October
2d, the International Day for Nonviolence.
Different decentralized previous or simultaneous
events could be organized in many places in Europe.
Themes of the event:
ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE: Nonviolent actions for social
justice; Nonviolent revolutions
SCIENCE AND PEACE: New technologies and Peace;
Scientists for Peace
HISTORY AND PEACE: Demilitarization of History;
Histories of peace movements
NETWORKING: Strengthen peace movements; Involve
ECONOMY AND WAR/PEACE: War industry & Arms trade;
Conversion of these industries
ARTS AND PEACE: Peace artists; Music for peace;
Forum and Playback Theatre
WOMEN FOR PEACE: Role of women in/after war;
Gender issues and gender equality
DEALING WITH THE PAST: Reconciliation; Peace
memories; Culture of remembering
HUMAN SECURITY: Human rights, gender justice,
economic, food, health and development security
SUSTAINABILITY AND PEACE WITH NATURE: Ecological
issues, economical systems and growth
MEDIA AND PEACE: Journalists & Press agencies for
Peace; TV, Radio, Internet
NETWORKING: Strengthen peace movements; Youth
ACTIVE PEACE POLICY: A new European policy for
Peace; Ministries of Peace; Conflict
transformation and Civil Peace corps
EDUCATION FOR PEACE: Education for Peace and
Nonviolence; Curriculum for Peace; Teachers for
INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE: Religions and cultures in
peacebuilding; Cultural diversity
Question(s) related to this article:
Where are there other peace weeks and peace seasons?, And what are the advantages of this approach?
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Latest reader comment:
The peace weeks are going on in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, UK, some of them started 30 years ago. Regional Peace weeks for the African Great Lakes region as well as new peace week initiatives in Kosovo, Russia, Croatia, Philippines and Columbia.
Pax Christi Flanders will coordinate the peace week in Belgium and the theme this year is the concern of war refugees. The peace week will be hold from 28 th of September till the 7th of October 2007.
The Flemish peace week of 2008 will take the attention on media and peace, media and violence. In 2009 we will celebrate 20 years of peaceweeks in Belgium and 2010 we hope to point out the end of the decade.
[note added by CPNN Administrator: The website for Peace Week in Belgium (in Flemish) is http://www.vredesweek.be. Further information on other peace weeks coordinated by Pax Christi may be found at http://www3.unesco.org/IYCP/Report/Paxchristi2.pdf and http://storage.paxchristi.net/PE4E04.pdf].