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Question: Is there a renewed movement of solidarity by the new generation? CPNN article: TRANS'MILES, a Student Project Linking up with Peoples in the East
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Posted: Dec. 31 1999,17:00

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Ana Carla Rodrigues Afonso
Posted: Oct. 27 2012,06:03

Inspiration.  If I had to define my experience during the week spent in Budapest with 31 young people from all over Europe this would be the word I use.  Because inspiration is what we need to keep going, inspiration brings joy and a feeling of being able to do whatever we want.  And why not?  Human beings are able to do whatever they want, you just have to look around to see. So why not work towards a culture of peace?!

Culture of peace was one of the themes we discussed in Budapest, and our main conclusions were that a culture of peace is a process that leads to a better world where human beings can live free in peace and dignity.

To know what is a culture of peace in a more concrete way, just look around you and think of the things you would like to improve in your life and in your quarter, community, country.  Each place and community looks forward to the ‘own’ culture of peace, because to engage the community in this process is fundamental.  And, furthermore, it is important to keep in mind some basic aspects when creating a culture of peace: equality in human rights, nonviolence, respects and care for the environment (because we don’t live in a vacuum), share of information and knowledge, gender equality and freedom from discrimination, sustainable development, peace education, inner peace...

It is hard to me to imagine a human being who would answer ‘no’ to the question ‘would you like to live in a culture of peace?’.  What do you think?  This is the reason why few years ago the petition for the ‘Manifesto 2000 for a culture of peace and human rights’  gathered 1% of the world population signatures!!  Wow!  And maybe the reason why it was totally ignored by the world “leaders” is because it was starting to wake up people minds and hearts.

Maybe some of you may laugh while reading this article, because it seems that there is a general tendency to irony and cynicism in our modern society towards peace and human rights matters.  But, as Nick Lowe says in his song,  ‘What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding’ ?  For many people in Europe and in the world violence and human rights violations are a sad reality and something to care about. Just to give an example that is quite close to the majority of the readers from Europe I would like to mention the Roma case.  In Budapest we met with an expert on Roma issues who introduced the group of young participants to the dreadful human rights violations of which Roma people are victims in Europe.  Roma often have to hide the own identity if they want to have access to some basic rights (such as job). They lack access to education, lack access to jobs, lack access to health services, lack access to housing, the places where they live are burned, they are expelled from cities and countries (that signed human rights conventions and declarations), they are not involved in the community life, they are discriminated against… But, is this their problem?  Or are they our problem?  Or is it a blatant violation of human rights supported and perpetrated by States?

Well, it seems too big an issue for you to solve?  Maybe, but there are many things that we can do.  And this what we learned in Budapest, how we young people can contribute to create a culture of peace by using advocacy tools such as awareness raising, dialogue, empowerment of communities so they can raise their voice and fight for their rights, lobbying, using media in a positive way, petitions, campaigning, mobilisation, among many other great things.  And above all, it is fundamental to share, to get inspired, to meet people, don’t work alone.  So, what can you do??

Final note: The European Youth Centre Budapest is one of the two Youth Centres created by the Council of Europe Youth Department. There young people from all over Europe meet to learn together about human rights and peace.

The study session was coordinated by UNOY Peacebuilders in cooperation with CEIPES, Fundació Catalunya Voluntària (FCV) and Support Initiative for Liberty and Democracy (SILBA). In a team of 6 youth trainers, from which CEIPES was part, we ran a 5 days training on advocacy for peace, addressing the subject of peace, culture of peace, advocacy and many other things.  One of the outcomes of the study session were the ‘guidelines for peace advocacy’ created by the entire group in an amazing team work!  Soon they will be available online.
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David Adams
Posted: July 14 2014,18:37

It is my impression that more and more the new generation is looking for and finding ways to link up in international solidarity, not just in theory, but in actual travel, sharing each other's languages and cultural traditions, and engaging in collaborative projects.  This is being supported by a number of foundations and organizations, for which special mention belongs to the Youth Solidarity Fund of the United Nations project, Alliance of Civilizations, which was launched in 2006 on the basis of a report from 475 youth organizations around the world.

This renewed movement of youth solidarity comes at a time of increasing international crisis, and it can serve as the basis for a new approaches to replace an aging (dying?) system.
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Posted: Dec. 19 2014,13:37

from Javier Collado Ruano, Director of Edition at Global Education Magazine, on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity.

Solidarity is a trans-dimensional phenomenon that goes beyond the ontological essence of human nature. In fact, when we analyze the connections between the microcosm and the macrocosm, we perceive that human beings are not involved in chaos and arbitrariness, but belongs to the large network of interdependencies, complementarities and reciprocities that constitute life. The emergence of life on Earth, around 3,8 billion years ago, was a complex process of exceptional natural phenomena, inherent in all living systems. A process which is expressed through unlimited creativity: mutation, gene exchange, and symbiosis. From a cosmo-biological perspective, we can understand a new conceptual dimension of life, where all living beings share same basis of genetic code: the twenty amino-acids and four phosphatic bases. In fact, the diversity of living beings is caused by the combination of this cosmo-bio-genetic basis.

This trans-dimensional perspective has a deep ecological and spiritual sense for our worldview because the human evolutionary adventure is the latest stage of life on Earth. The modern human being is a vertebrate animal, mammal, belonging to the primates, which emerged 200,000 years ago. In recent centuries he has imposed its anthropocentric, industrial and capitalist vision to the detriment of Pachamama (and Indigenous goddess known as earth mother). We consume around 120% of the natural resources that Earth Mother regenerats annually. Our consumer behavior is immersed in a fatalistic dynamic with a destiny to climate change (deforestation, loss of biodiversity, ozone, etc.), and our own self-destruction as a species.

There is an urgent need to get beyond the cognitive fallacy that the mental structures of social Darwinism and capitalist postulates of the 19th century have historically constituted, because they only understand natural and social systems as warmongers and competitive processes whereby species diverge from each other. The Darwinian concept of adaptation to the environment has become outdated with the scientific demonstration of the Gaia theory, which recognizes the Earth as an autopoietic whole, where living and nonliving systems intertwine in the same net of interdependence. In this way, the evolution of living organisms is linked with the environments‘ evolution: adapting mutually in a unique process of co-evolution.

The co-evolution recognition as an ontological phenomenon has deep philosophical implications that involve a revolution in the current civilization model of values. We cannot maintain the current capitalist socioeconomic order because it is incompatible with the planet‘s limits. The global economic crisis is actually a crisis of planetary civilization. The world-society of the 21st century needs new tools and memes to understand reality and to transform it. In this sense, the concept of biomimicry is a streetlight that illuminates the path of emerging global citizenship. Biomimicry (mimicking biology) tries to understand the operating principles of life in all different levels with the goal to imitate nature in the reformulation of new human production systems, which are sustainable with the biosphere.
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