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United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace
an article by President of United Nations General Assembly

Following adoption by consensus of the resolution 53/243 on 13 September 1999 on the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, establishing the principles and foundations of the Culture of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly through its subsequent annual substantive resolutions has highlighted the priority it attaches to the full and effective implementation of this visionary and universally applicable decision. In addition, the Assembly proclaimed the year 2000 as the “International Year for the Culture of Peace” (52/15) and declared the period 2001 to 2010 as the “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World” (53/25).

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Bearing this mind and recognizing the need for an additional boost to the global movement to promote the Culture of Peace, as envisaged by the United Nations, particularly in the current global context, I have the honour to convene a High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace on 14 September 2012 from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm at the United Nations headquarters.

This day-long, first-ever General Assembly High Level Forum is intended to be an open public opportunity for the UN Member States, UN system entities, civil society including NGOs, media, private sector and all others interested to have an exchange of ideas and suggestions on the ways to build and promote the Culture of Peace. A special focus obviously will be on the implementation of the 1999 Programme of Action on Culture of Peace. . .

I would like to extend a warm invitation to all Member States and observers, UN system entities and civil society to attend and participate at the Forum to contribute to the deliberations aimed at advancing the Culture of Peace.


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Following the Second High Level Forum of the United Nations on the Culture of Peace, Anwarul Chowdhury, a former Under-Secretary General of the UN, had this to say about what the UN is doing for a culture of peace.  His remarks were published by the Independent European Daily Express.

Civil society worldwide has been in the forefront of the global movement for the culture of peace, working diligently and patiently at the grassroots level, he said.

"I find it is the governments and power structures which are the most persistent foot-draggers with regard to advancing the culture of peace through policy steps and action," said Chowdhury, a former U.N. under-secretary-general and currently representing civil society and the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace. . .  

The United Nations, he pointed out, has shown great vision by adopting its historic, norm-setting Declaration and PoA on the Culture of Peace in 1999, but has not been organised enough in making the document a system-wide flagship effort of the world body.

"I am a believer that the world, particularly the governments, will come to realise its true value and usefulness sooner than later," Chowdhury said.

This report was posted on August 30, 2012.