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Pathways to a Culture of Peace: Global Contest for Mutual Understanding
an article by UNESCO

Pathways to a Culture of Peace: Global Contest for Mutual Understanding is a contest launched at the international level through UNESCO’s networks and partners. It invites youth to express its experience of how peace and non-violence are or should be produced and reproduced day after day in various environments, what has come to be termed everyday peace.

the “Peace Cloud”

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1 - What are the objectives of the Contest?

To promote a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence through the works submitted, which are to be developed upon a reflection on key-notions of peace and take the format of essays, photos, videos, graphic arts;

To develop the sense of belonging to, and the responsibility towards humanity, while respecting the value of its plural identities;

To share concrete experiences of everyday peace at individual, local, national, regional or international levels;

To reinforce peace-making knowledge, skills and values among young people.

2 – Who can participate?

Pathways to a Culture of Peace: Global Contest for Mutual Understanding is open to all young people around the world, from 14 to 25 years old.

3 – What does the Contest consists in?

The participants have to submit a work in a maximum of two categories from the following four categories:

ESSAY : An Essay of a maximum of 500 words, submitted either in English or in French and presenting any type of life experience related to “everyday peace” (an original poetry, a piece of theatre, an interview of key-actors in peace, an illustration of some original ways to enhance everyday life…)

VIDEO CLIP: The video-clip should encourage young people to practice peace on a daily basis (at home, at school, at the University, in the street…). It must not exceed 1 minute, must be submitted in “AVI” format and captured by a digital camera, portable telephone or camcorder.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Participants who have chosen this category must provide an (electronic if possible) "album" containing 10 entitled photographs on the theme of "Culture of peace and non-violence”. They must send their albums in .jpeg or .tiff format (300 dpi resolution).

GRAPHIC ARTS: Participants who have chosen this category must create and design an original logo on the theme of a "Culture of peace and non- violence". Works can be either in paper or electronic format and should be sent in PDF based on a A4 size (300 dpi resolution).

Works must express the views of young people based on the “Peace Cloud” shown above.

4. What is the timeframe of the Contest?

30/11/2012 Registration Deadline: Click here
21/03/2013 Submission Deadline, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21/05/2013 Announcement of the eight winners on the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

5 – What are the prizes?

Winners and short-listed contributions will be posted on the Internet, in a digital catalogue. A special web-platform will be maintained featuring inputs on the different pathways to reflect and to live peace. In addition to the public exposure offered by UNESCO and its partners, each of the 8 winners will receive a personal digital tablet.

(Click here for a French version of this article)


Question(s) related to this article:

Will UNESCO once again play a role in the culture of peace?,

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Latest reader comment:

It is very appropriate that this new impulse for the culture of peace at UNESCO should come from Côte d’Ivoire, since the global movement for a culture of peace was initiated at a UNESCO conference in that country in 1989.  See Yamoussoukro and Seville in the early history of the culture of peace.

Note added on September 2:

The official reports from the UNESCO Conference in Abidjian are now available:



This report was posted on November 10, 2012.