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The people of France : No to a police state!

. . HUMAN RIGHTS . .

Photos by Dea Drndraska (Reproduced by permission)

This week again, like one week ago, the people of France have clearly indicated that they don’t want the new law proposed by the Macron government for “sécurité globale” a measue that would penalize the diffusion of photos of the police. Here are some of their signs from the demonstration in Paris on 28 November.















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Past Virtual Events, November 27->

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Here are events from November 27 that were previously listed on the CPNN page for upcoming virtual events. Unless otherwise noted the events are in English.

November 27 [in Spanish]

“V National and International Congress of the Federación Nacional De Colegios De Mediadores A.C”.
“Tópicos de Mediación, Conciliación y Justicia Restaurativa: Navegando hacia una Cultura de Paz”.
— El taller de 12: 00-13: 00 hrs (hora en la Ciudad de México) hablará sobre “Las Prácticas Restaurativas en América Latina”
— Para participar, complete el formulario en https://forms.gle/voQJ5z2oiu3AsLzM8
— También puede ver el evento en vivo en la página de Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Federaci%C3%B3n-Nacional-De-Colegios-De-Mediadores-AC-160451864363494/

Nov 28, 2020

Stop the War Coalition : Prospects for War & Peace After the US Elections
— What does the election of Joe Biden mean for UK foreign policy? On one hand the president-elect has called for an end to US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, yet on the other he appears committed to escalating tensions with China. All of which will have major ramifications for British foreign policy. Boris Johnson’s unveiling of a huge military spending increase seems designed to please the new US president and demonstrate that the UK remains a devoted ally.
— As Donald Trump’s tenure comes to an end are we expecting huge shifts in foreign policy or more of the same?
— Join us for this fringe session of the North West Connected conference to discuss all of this and how the anti-war movement can organise against it with:
– Richard Burgon MP
– Lindsey German
– Sarah Cundy (Manchester Momentum Vice Chair)
– Jenny Clegg (Greater Manchester Stop the War)
– Rashida Islam (Greater Manchester Stop the War)
Time : 01:00 PM in London
— Register here

Upcoming Virtual Events

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At CPNN, we are beginning to receive notices of free virtual events concerning the culture of peace. In order to inform our readership of these events, we will try an experiment: a “rolling article” about these events. We will try to update the listing every day or two, removing the events that are past (see for past events) and adding new events as they are received at our contact email address. To be included here, an event must be free and must provide a registration link. Unless otherwise indicated the events are in English.


Zoom is one of many new technologies available for virtual conferences.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST (Toronto Time)

Peace Magazine and Project Save the World Invite You to Our Next Monthly Global Town Hall
— On the last Sunday of every month, we hold an open meeting for activists worldwide who are addressing issues of militarism (especially nuclear weapons), global warming, famine, pandemics, radioactive contamination, and cyber risks. We talk for two hours with our video cameras on (not just audio, please), edit the recording, and put it on YouTube, Facebook, and our website: https://tosavetheworld.ca Then we publicize it widely. Everyone is welcome. There is no agenda, but this time I hope we will have a good discussion about the many risks to democracy today, especially as we see in elections.
Register here

Mon 30 Nov – 18:30 London time

Foreign Policy After the US Election w/ Jeremy Corbyn –
Join Jeremy Corbyn on Monday to discuss the significance of the US election results on UK foreign policy.
— The election of Joe Biden has been met with a sense of relief but with a team of right-wing Democrats behind him, along with a largely republican senate, the prospects for a progressive US foreign policy look bleak. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s unveiling of a huge military spending increase is designed to please the new US president and demonstrate that the UK remains a devoted ally.
— As Donald Trump’s tenure comes to an end, are we expecting huge shifts in foreign policy or more of the same? Join us to discuss the future of the so-called ‘special relationship’ with the former Labour Leader and Stop the War Chair.
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Lundi 30 novembre à 18h30 (French time – in French)

A l’occasion de la Journée internationale de solidarité avec le peuple palestinien, l’AFPS, la CGT, EELV, GDS, l’intergroupe parlementaire de la FI, le MJCF, la LDH, Le Mouvement de la Paix, le MRAP, le PCF, la plateforme des ONG françaises pour la Palestine, R&S, UAVJ, l’UNEF et l’UEC organisent un webmeeting en direct sur Zoom le lundi 30 novembre 2020 de 18h30 à 20h30.
— Avec :
Majed BAMYA, représentant de la Palestine à l’ONU,
Aïda TOUMA-SLIMAN, députée de la Joint List à la Knesset,
Sahar FRANCIS, directrice d’Addameer Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association,
Zakaria ODEH, coordonnateur de la Coalition civique pour les droits des Palestinien.ne.s à Jérusalem,
Wajeh ABU ZAREFAH, professeur de Science Politique et analyste politique pour Alshabaka, The palestinian policy network (Gaza),
ainsi que des représentant-e-s de la campagne de Résistance non-violente, des réfugiés palestiniens, et de Btselem (centre israélien d’information pour les droits de l’homme dans les territoires occupés).
Rejoindre la conférence avec Zoom ici.

Dec 1, 2020 18:30 PM in London

Students say No to War on Yemen
The war in Yemen has entered its sixth, devastating year. Over 100,000 people have died and millions are the brink of famine. The British Government is complicit in this war; over £5 billion worth of arms have been sold to the Saudi coalition since the start of the war and RAF personnel have maintained Saudi planes and directed the bombings. Stop the War Coalition, alongside organisations around the world, has called a global day of action against the war on Yemen on 25th January 2021. Students have played a major role in fighting against British involvement in the war, organising protests across the country over the summer, and will have a vital role in building the day of action. Join us to discuss how we can take action on the 25th January and end the war on Yemen.
— Speakers (tbc):
Lucy Nichols, Stop the War
Malak Mayet, Campaign Against the Arms Trade
Adhiyan Jeevathol, London Students for Yemen
Lamar Campbell, Young Labour International Representative
Hasan Patel, Young Labour Under 18’s Representative
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Past Virtual Events – November 20 -25

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Here are events from November 20-25 that were previously listed on the CPNN page for upcoming virtual events. Unless otherwise noted the events are in English.

November 20, 2020 : 8:30am – 1:00pm CST (15:30 – 20:00 CET) Zoom

6th Annual Texas Women, Peace, and Security Symposium
— 1325 + 20: Celebrating the Anniversary of 1325 and Looking Towards the Future. The Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security is designed to bring together academics, practitioners, and policymakers who are interested in advancing the goals of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
— Description : The Texas Symposium on Women, Peace, and Security is designed to bring together academics, practitioners, and policymakers who are interested in advancing the goals of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The WPS agenda also suggests that national security and human security must proceed hand in hand for peace to be durable and just, including issues that some might see as normally within the scope of national security, such as education, health, and welfare. Women’s perspectives and voice on issues of national security has been sorely lacking, and this symposium is a contribution to the rectification of that deficiency. The Texas Symposium on WPS also aspires to showcase Texas-based scholarship, philanthropy, programming, and policy on these important issues.
— Information : October 31st, 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark resolution UNSCR 1325. In order to commemorate the past successes and acknowledge the future implications of this resolution, the 6th Annual Texas WPS Symposium will bring together internationally recognized policymakers, practitioners, and academics who have worked alongside UNSCR 1325 to ensure the increased participation of women in matters of national security. The symposium will be held on Zoom. Registered participants will be invited via Zoom link. Questions for the speakers will be moderated by Morgan Mitchell and can be emailed to her at during the panels.
Register online

November 20, 2020 – 12:00pm ET

The Global Campaign for Peace Education (GCPE) is thrilled to invite you to join “Youth Leading the Movement: A Global Dialogue on Anti-Racism,” a webinar focused on foregrounding youth voices in the current anti-racism and anti-ethnic discrimination movement around the world.
— The webinar’s goal is three-fold: 1) facilitate a productive global dialogue on the issues of racial and ethnic discrimination, 2) act as an empowering platform for youth voices in the peaceworking space, and 3) explore the approach of peace education as a means to transform oppressive systems.
— To this end, the webinar will feature 3, 20-minute panels, providing a space for youth activists from 3 of the following world regions: USA & Canada, Eastern Europe & Eurasia, and Southeast Asia. Following the panels, there will be a 30 minute Q&A session where panelists and members of the audience will be able to engage directly with each other.
click here to register to join the zoom session
— Alternatively, you can watch the event live via our Facebook page (no registration required).

Saturday, November 21, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00pm (Japan Time)

Goi Peace Foundation Forum 2020
“Creating a Better World for Future Generations”
— As always when great collective changes are needed, everything starts with a personal change, an intimate mutation:
acting on ourselves to prepare to act in the world, so that it remains liveable for us.
We then discover that acting on ourselves is, in itself, an action on the world. ― Jacques Attali
— In 2020, the world was brought to a standstill, urgently prompting humanity to re-examine our ways of living and being. What kind of life do we want to live, and what kind of future society do we want to create?
— We invite you to take a deep dive into these pressing questions, together with this year’s Goi Peace Award Laureate, Dr. Jacques Attali. He will be joined by philosopher Dr. Hiroshi Tasaka for an insightful conversation bringing together wisdom from West and East.
— Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation available.
Sign up for free

Nov 21, 2020

The UNAC Youth Against Empire will sponsor a webinar call, “Anti-Imperialist election Response: Youth Fight Back
— Speakers will include representatives of the following organizations:
ANAKBAYAN
International Action Center
Sanctions Kill
Black Alliance for Peace
Pan-African Action Committee
CODEPINK
Minnesota Anti-War Committee
Resist US Led War
More to be announced
— Time : 4:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register here

Wednesday 25 November 2020

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the African Union Office of Youth Envoy will convene the High-Level Intergenerational Dialogue to present the “Africa Young Women Beijing+25 Manifesto”
— Keynote Speaker : H.E. Mrs. Jeannette Nyiramongi Kagame – First Lady of Rwanda
— Other speakers :
— H.E. Mrs Imen Houimel – Ministry of Women, Family and Elder People – Republic of Tunisia
— H.E. Mrs. Hanna Serwaa Tetteh – Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of the UN Office to the African Union
— H.E. Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – UN Women Executive Director
— H.E. Mrs Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security
— Master Of Ceremony: Ms Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019
— The event will take place at 2:00 PM GMT+3
— Interprétation disponible en Anglais, Français, Arabe et Portugais.
— Register Here; https://bit.ly/Global-IGD

November 27 [in Spanish]

“V National and International Congress of the Federación Nacional De Colegios De Mediadores A.C”.
“Tópicos de Mediación, Conciliación y Justicia Restaurativa: Navegando hacia una Cultura de Paz”.
— El taller de 12: 00-13: 00 hrs (hora en la Ciudad de México) hablará sobre “Las Prácticas Restaurativas en América Latina”
— Para participar, complete el formulario en https://forms.gle/voQJ5z2oiu3AsLzM8
— También puede ver el evento en vivo en la página de Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Federaci%C3%B3n-Nacional-De-Colegios-De-Mediadores-AC-160451864363494/

Nov 28, 2020

Stop the War Coalition : Prospects for War & Peace After the US Elections
— What does the election of Joe Biden mean for UK foreign policy? On one hand the president-elect has called for an end to US support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen, yet on the other he appears committed to escalating tensions with China. All of which will have major ramifications for British foreign policy. Boris Johnson’s unveiling of a huge military spending increase seems designed to please the new US president and demonstrate that the UK remains a devoted ally.
— As Donald Trump’s tenure comes to an end are we expecting huge shifts in foreign policy or more of the same?
— Join us for this fringe session of the North West Connected conference to discuss all of this and how the anti-war movement can organise against it with:
– Richard Burgon MP
– Lindsey German
– Sarah Cundy (Manchester Momentum Vice Chair)
– Jenny Clegg (Greater Manchester Stop the War)
– Rashida Islam (Greater Manchester Stop the War)
Time : 01:00 PM in London
— Register here

Past Virtual Events: November 11-19

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Here are events from November 11 to 19 that were previously listed on the CPNN page for upcoming virtual events. Unless otherwise noted the events are in English.

26 October – 18 November

WSFTE 2020 – Part II
The World Social Forum on Transformative Economies continues to unfold and move forward, with challenges more urgent than ever in a world in full reconfiguration. In the framework of the new conditions, the registration of participants, organizations, activities and initiatives has been reopened !
You can register or log your self managed activity HERE.
Continue here to know HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Access the PROGRAM
November 4 : Presentation of the selected initiatives of the techno-scientific challenge and knowledge.
November 9 : Presentation of the selected initiatives of the environmental challenge.
November 11 : Inter-confluences I
November 16 : Inter-confluences II
November 18 : Closing and presentation of the Transformative Economies agenda

November 5 and 12 (in Spanish)

The UNESCO CHAIR: Citizenship, Coexistence and Pluralism invites you to the conferences of:
” SCHOOL OF DEMOCRACY ”
Thursday, November 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Spanish time)
CONFERENCE: “THE DECADENCE OF PARLIAMENTARIANISM”
AGUSTÍN RUIZ ROBLEDO, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Granada.
Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Spanish time)
CONFERENCE: “THE RISE OF THE EXTREME RIGHT”
MIGUEL ÁNGEL SIMÓN, Doctor in Political Science and Public Administration
Free registration through the following link: https://bit.ly/37djSKi

November 5, 12 and 19

November 5, 12, & 19, 2020: Nonviolent Action Lab with the Pace e Bene Team. As we gear up to use nonviolent action if needed to defend democracy in the wake of the November 3 election, people are organizing nonviolent actions and we’re here to help! Learn more and register for these free sessions here.

Wednesday – Nov 11, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

International Peace Bureau Webinar. With the Biden campaign’s victory in the US 2020 election, many expect large changes in policies. However, the US’ role as a hegemonic global power has maintained a level of consistency throughout decades of different administrations. What can we expect to change and what will remain the same?
We have invited three US peace activists to share their insights with us:
— Joseph Gerson, president of the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
— Emily Rubino, Director of Policy and Outreach at Peace Action New York State
— Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action
Register by sending an email to info@ipb-office.berlin
Or simply join with the following details:
https://zoom.us/j/97839342293 Meeting ID: 978 3934 2293

November 11-13

COVENTRY’S RISING Global Peace Forum will go ahead next week despite the latest Coronavirus lockdown.
— Organisers of the internationally-recognised event, taking place from November 11 to 13, have decided to move the whole event online in light of the Government’s new restrictions.
The annual event, now in its fifth year, was due to have been held as a ‘virtual hybrid’ event at Coventry Cathedral and live-streamed online to reach its global audience with only UK-based speakers and around 50 delegates in physical attendance.
— The revised plan means that the whole event will now take place online and without any face-to-face gathering in the Cathedral.
— The ‘Culture of Peace’ theme of this year’s event recognises that as well as being the UK’s only City of Peace and Reconciliation, Coventry will be the UK City of Culture for 2021.
— The Forum will also be the main event in the run-up to the 80th anniversary of the bombing of the Cathedral in 1940 on November 14, which led to the City of Peace and Reconciliation status.
— Prof Mike Hardy, chair of RISING, said: “This year’s RISING Global Peace Forum has so many great speakers lined up that we were determined not to let the Covid-19 lockdown prevent us from sharing their inspiring ideas.
— “It has a more important role than ever in promoting peace at a time of huge global uncertainty and by being held online, will be more accessible and therefore able to attract a larger audience from around the world.”
— Speakers include writer and broadcaster Afua Hirsch, who has recently fronted BBC Two’s Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson, Judge Shira Scheindlin, who famously ruled on police use of stop and search in the US, commentator Will Self, and Daniel Bruce, CEO of Transparency International UK.
— Prof Sir David King, former government Chief Scientific Adviser and Special Representative for Climate Change, will also deliver the Lord Mayor’s Peace Lecture on the environment and Covid-19 on November 12.
— The Forum is free to access and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rising-20-the-culture-of-peace-tickets-79314510837

Nov 18, 2020 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Venezuelans Want to Vote! Defending Venezuelan Elections Against US Intervention
— A discussion with Venezuelan peace organizations on the upcoming legislative elections in Venezuela and how peace forces around the world can help protect the people’s right to vote in the face of U.S. blockade and intervention.
— Organized by: Simon Bolivar Institute (ISB) — Venezuela; Committee for International Solidarity and the Struggle for Peace (COSI) — Venezuela; U.S. Peace Council; Canadian Peace Congress
— Moderator: Bahman Azad, Executive Secretary of U.S. Peace Council
–Speakers: Carlos Ron, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; Gabriel Aguirre, General Secretary, Committee for Peace and International Solidarity; Miguel Figueroa, President, Canadian Peace Congress; Margaret Flowers, Director, Popular Resistance; Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer, Black Alliance for Peace; Monisha Rios, International Affairs Coordinator, VAMOS Puerto Rico; Vijay Prashad, Executive-Director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research
— Followed by Q/A Period
— Language: English & Spanish
Click here to register

Five new digital media platforms for uncensored news from Colombia

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An article from Advox Global Voices (published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Only license (CC BY))

Colombia is one of the world’s most dangerous countries  for journalists and broadcasters.  Threats and harassment  by those involved in drug trafficking and armed groups are commonplace, and journalists frequently self-censor in order to avoid reprisals.


Photo by Ahdieh Ashrai/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

In addition, Colombian mainstream media’s close links to business empires and politicians undermine editorial independence, according to Reporters Without Borders. Most media outlets in Colombia are owned by only three conglomerates.

Recently, new media outlets have sprung up, challenging the traditional media monopolies. Below is a list of five independent digital media platforms in Colombia to follow.

Los Danieles, launched in April 2020

Every Sunday, three well-known journalists in Colombia, all of them named Daniel, read their columns live on social media. Their posts have become very popular: One recent video, which features the journalists Jorge Ramos and Enrique Santos Calderón  as guests, received over 65,000 views on YouTube. From November, the award-winning journalist Santos Calderón will officially remain as the fourth columnist of Los Danieles, which means “the Daniels.”

Los Danieles began after Daniel Coronell was fired in April 2020 from the Colombian magazine Semana for writing about the publication’s shareholders. On his last column  at Semana, he wrote: “Semana’s shareholders own the brand, its magnificent office building, the equipment, the furniture and fixtures, but not the information. The information is public property and can only be used for the benefit of the citizens, not for corporate retaliation.”

Coronell’s dismissal, which he announced on Twitter, sparked outrage on social media. He also gained the support of one of his colleagues, the writer and YouTuber Daniel Samper Ospina, who handed in his resignation to Semana out of solidarity with Coronell. Together they decided to set up an independent, virtual media platform and were later joined by the journalist and writer, Daniel Samper Piza.

The three Daniels named their column “Columnas sin techo” (“columns with no ceilings”), for having developed this project without sponsorships or assistance from any traditional media outlet. They say on their live broadcasts that their “techo” (roof) is made up of their following and readership, which have been increasing significantly.

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Question related to this article:

What is happening in Colombia, Is peace possible?

Journalism in Latin America: Is it turning towards a culture of peace?

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La Nueva Prensa, launched in March 2018

La Nueva Prensa, or “the new press,” whose motto is “la verdad sea dicha” (“truth be told”), is a news site created by Gonzalo Guillén.

The site has been very critical of the former right-wing president Álvaro Uribe Vélez, as well as President Ivan Duque’s government. La Nueva Prensa is supported by crowdfunding and donations by organizations.

This year, Guillén and other Nueva Prensa colleagues received death threats after reporting on the murdered drug trafficker Ñeñe Hernández, who was allegedly involved in a vote-buying scheme  in favor of President Duque at the latest elections.

Vorágine, launched in June 2020

Vorágine’s  slogan is “Periodismo Contracorriente” (“counter-current journalism”). The main aim of this new investigative journalism portal  is to highlight Colombia’s human rights violations. It was created by the journalists José Guarnizo, formerly an editor at Semana magazine, María José Jaramillo, Juan Sebastián López (Morphart), Angélica Penagos (Angie Pik), Laila Abu Shihab, Juan Pablo Barrientos, and Pacho Escobar.

Escobar stressed  that the objective of the new site, which was launched in the midst of the pandemic on June 1, is “to not do business with the state, not because that would be bad, but in order to stay independent.” The site is funded by the sale of tickets for workshops  and donations from readers.

Notiparaco, launched in December 2019

Notiparaco  is run by Levy Rincón, who invites a wide range of well-known personalities on to his live shows for open, uncensored debates on current affairs. Levy Rincón has received numerous threats but continues to conduct interviews and to speak out on social media against what he calls the dictatorship of the party led by the former president, Álvaro Uribe Vélez. Rolling Stone magazine described Levy as “one of the online personalities who speaks from the fringes without fear of those in power.”

The following video features an interview with the Colombian lawyer and activist Miguel Angel del Río, who also refers to the growing power of alternative media sources. Furthermore, del Río stresses the importance and potential of these new forms of media, as they are distinct and independent from the traditional media, which is influenced by the government. He calls for people to be critical and “to put everything under the microscope” in order to create a new model of society.

video : NOTIPARACO | Medida de aseguramiento para el Matarife ¡Por fin!

Tercer Canal, launched in March 2020

Tercer Canal’s slogan is “everything remains to be seen.” This YouTube channel features critical analyses of current affairs from a progressive perspective. It was co-founded  in March 2020 by Hollan Morris, a journalist and former candidate for Mayor of Bogotá who returned from self-exile in 2012, having left Colombia due to death threats. On his channel, he aims to “promote and value the 1991 Constitution of Colombia, a culture of peace that respects the environment and the defense of human rights.”

Through the use of a song, the following video draws attention to the Minga Indígena, a movement formed by indigenous peoples from across Colombia, in particular from the department of Cauca. At the end of October, the group traveled to the capital Bogotá with the aim of meeting President Duque, who chose not to receive them. The group demands the state puts a stop to the massacres of their communities and murders of their leaders.

Video : Vivimos juntos la travesía #LaMinga caminando la palabra.

UN 75 online festival in UK : Peace and security workshop

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Based on information from Announcement of online festival for UN 75th anniversay and workshop results received by email from David Wardrop

A festival marking the UN’s 75th anniversary and addressing the overwhelming insecurity induced by Covid-19 was sponsored on October 18 and 24 by the United Nations Association of London, Peace Child International and the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation. Here are the results from the peace and security workshop.

For improvements in issues such as health, food, the economy and the environment and digital transparency and equity to gain a firm hold in the community, the presence of peace is vital. To show how we approach this challenge, we use the UN’s Culture of Peace Initiative to break down peace into manageable elements. These are Education for Peace; Sustainable Development; the Equality of Women; Human Rights; Disarmament and Security; Democratic Participation; Tolerance and Solidarity; and the Free Flow of Information. The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2001-2010 to be the UN Decade for the Culture of Peace.

1 Education for Peace
Need for capacity development Education, by its nature, shapes and transforms society, playing a key role in peacebuilding. Capacity development issues for conflict prevention should aim to improve individual skills and organisational procedures, mitigating the risk of conflict. It must also assist educational planners on conflict prevention measures , ensuring they have skills and knowledge necessary for the development of curricula that reflect principles of peacebuilding, tolerance and human rights.
Strengthening the role of youth Education policy-makers and planners can benefit from emerging thinking on how young people learn to adapt their education and training systems as part of the technological age, and thereby help them become leaders and role models in society both within and outside school. Youth can be mobilised to contribute to conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities with different groups of students, acting as mentors and mediators to younger children and peers, participating in intra-community projects, especially in sensitive areas, and humanitarian and emergency aid, taking on electoral responsibilities, and managing cultural of peace centres.

2 Sustainable Development
Security Council: an obstacle The UN Security Council’s delay in support the Secretary-General’s call for a Global Ceasefire shocked all, especially as UNICEF reported 250 million children caught in the armed conflict. That impasse hindered sustainable development in many ways. The UN’s 70-years old Uniting for Peace resolution, first used in 1950 when the Security Council failed to act, allows the General Assembly to take over in such cases and ‘use all means to maintain international peace and security’. Further use of the Uniting for Peace option could make it clear to the five permanent member states that they should reform – or get out of the way.
Smart Sustainable Cities In 30 years, 70% of us will live in cities so the Smart Sustainable Cities project offers an effective solution to the world’s growing population. By integrating technology with sustainable management strategies, we can utilise resources more efficiently. A healthier environment, optimised traffic flow and sanitation systems, can give cities in developed and developing countries the chance to reduce the knowledge gap. This resonates with the UN’s SDGs, and with civic leadership, an important condition for the Culture of Peace Initiative is secured.

3 Equality of Women
Women on the front foot Whereas the UN’s challenge had traditionally been the protection of women, it agreed in 2000 a new approach, to bring women to the forefront in overcoming the challenges to peace, especially in peacekeeping. In 1993, women made up 1% of UN peacekeepers, now 6%, and 10% in UN police but for 2028, it plans to raise these to 15%, and 20% in police units. To expedite this, the UN will bring in better recruitment, retention and training and provide better accommodation, sanitation, health care and protective equipment.

Women on the front line These initiatives help women from the communities where the UN peacekeepers are deployed. The claim, once thought as extravagant, that ‘There is no sustainable peace without the full and equal participation of women’ is now accepted. In Sudan, it was brave women who were the driving force in the protest movement. In African SADC states , 50% of election candidates must be women. Women leaders in African states are true game changers. We must support them.

4 Human Rights
Support the UN Peacebuilding Commission Early operationalising of pre-emptive conflict prevention can work towards an ideal environment of ‘Positive Peace’ in which elevated economic and societal outcomes, paired with a diminished number of grievances, lowers levels of violence and the will to resort to it. Positive peace can be easily understood as a society free from the structural problems that would lead its citizens to resort to violent actions.
Expand Accountability Mechanisms to Defend International Human Rights Through building on initiatives such as the Responsibility to Protect, UN member states must commit to upholding human rights standards, initiate unanimous international reactionary efforts when violations begin to occur, and cultivate a normative shift towards a culture that rejects human rights violations and resort to conflict as viable options.

5 Disarmament and Security
Support the #ICANSAVE My City campaign By happy chance, UN Day witnessed the ratification of the 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and was welcomed by many. The most effective support for this is through the #ICANSAVE MY CITY campaign started by ICAN which was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Using social media, all should campaign for their own city to join the programme
Lethal Autonomous Weapons (killer robots) Young people should support initiatives like Pugwash, currently organising an ethical science festival for young people and extending their mission beyond nuclear weapons to tomorrow’s horror weapon, the killer robot. University UN societies across the country could lead workshops for younger people in the surrounding areas.

6 Democratic Participation
Youth involvement More than ever before, the UN seeks to link with today’s youth. Research shows that the young and those in developing countries are more optimistic about the future than their elders. And yet, new surveys report young people in the USA, UK and Australia are questioning the value of democracy. In response, we must ensure youth is represented even in the highest fora, starting with a UN Youth Council, despite local and national cultural obstructionism.
Listening to minorities The Black Lives Matter initiative challenges even the liberal minded to review perceptions of others.
Communities link up worldwide The Open Government Partnership linking governments and civil society in 78 countries encourages rich and poor to showcase successful case studies and identify ‘bright lights’, those communities which are exemplars of reform. More voices, more progress.

7 Tolerance and Solidarity
Tolerance Tolerance is an important peacemaker being not the indifference we sometime show another, rather by showing curiosity in the other, a desire to understand the other side of the argument. Be the first to try to understand the other person!
Solidarity When the UN was founded, all had lived through a pandemic, a global depression, genocide and world war. They knew all about solidarity. How do we rate? Some countries took months to show such solidarity in joining the COVAX p rogramme even though ‘vacci-nationalism’ is not only unfair, but self-defeating. In preparing for the next pandemic, let’s show the same solidarity as shown in 1945.

8 Free Flow of Information<
Sharing best practice. Much media work in conflict management has focused on the media sector itself rather than examining its interplay with sub-systems and the overall system, itself in danger of overlooking necessary linkages between peacebuilding and state-building institutions and media institutions. To generate more effective media development in post-conflict environments, especially where internet access is poor, media-military dialogues can assist build trust and understanding between these two sectors and beyond, to the communities they serve.
Media regulatory reform This should play a role in political settlements in fragile states. The regulatory framework should accommodate proportionate political coverage of parties and mechanisms to include minority political and cultural interests. There must be clarity in setting guidelines for licenses to accommodate all media actors, including the small and independent.

Past Virtual Events: October 30-November 10

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Here are events that were previously listed on the CPNN page for upcoming virtual events. Unless otherwise noted the events are in English.

October 30

17:00 – 19:00 CET. Do Black Lives Matter in British History? A Conversation with Professor David Olusoga OBE. David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and BAFTA award-winning presenter and filmmaker. His television series include Black and British: A Forgotten History, A House Through Time, Civilisations, and The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files. His books on colonialism and empire have won numerous accolades, including the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. His latest book is Black and British: A Short Essential History. Join Aston University students and staff for a virtual conversation with Professor Olusoga. Admission is free and open to the public.
This live online event is organised and hosted by the Department of History, Languages and Translation at Aston University.

October 30

The Office of the Envoy of the African Union for Youth in collaboration with the Women, Gender and Development Directorate will organize the Baraza Beijing + 25 of the Youth of North Africa, as part of the “Beijing + 25 Mobilization of Young African Women” co-organized with the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) Young Women Leaders Caucus and the International Youth Task Force for Beijing + 25.

October 30

Invitation: UN75 Dialogue in observance of World Cities Day
Better City, Better Life:: Valuing our Communities & Cities
Friday, October 30, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:45 PM (New York time)
Hosted by the Permanent Mission of Slovakia and the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and UN-Habitat
Our UN75 Dialogue in observance of World Cities Day: “Better City, Better Life: Valuing our Communities and Cities” will address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities and cities while strengthening our resilience to build back better. Thnt World Urban Forum – WUF10 and the UN Economist Network for the UN 75th Anniversary: Shaping the Trends of Our Time Report showed us the megatrends which shape our world. The present report focuses on five of these megatrends: climate change; demographic shifts, particularly population ageing; urbanization; the emergence of digital technologies and inequalities. While many are utilizing innovative communication platforms that allow for better engagement to strengthen the resilience of their communities and cities, through the pandemic, others without access are falling further behind. It is vitally important that we continue our focus on the SDGs and the UN2030 SD Agenda to build partnerships with Member States, UN-Habitat, national and local authorities as well as stakeholders from civil society and the private sector in order to be better prepared to achieve the inclusive, safe, resilient and healthier future we want with the UN we need – to “Leave No One Behind.”

November 2

You are invited to a follow-up webinar on Target 2045: A new rallying call for nuclear weapons elimination , which was one of the calls made in the appeal Protect People and the Planet: Appeal for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World.. The event will take place on Monday November 2 from 10am-11:30am Eastern Time (USA). It will include presentations from:
·       H.E. Mr Magzhan Ilyassov, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations;
·       Mr Ramesh Jaura, Editor-in-Chief & Director-General, IDN-InDepth News, flagship agency of the non-profit International Press Syndicate group;
·       Mr Saber Chowdhury MP, Honorary President, Inter-Parliamentary Union. Co-President, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament;
·       Ms Vanda Proskova, Vice-Chair, PragueVision Institute for Sustainable Security. Co-chair, Abolition 2000 Youth Network.
 The presentations will be followed by comments, questions and answers from the audience. Click here for the event flyer.

November 2-6

2 – 6 November 2020, the Geneva Center for Peacebuilding is hosting a free online event called Geneva Peace Week. All week there will be talks and lectures freely available to anyone. This year, the theme of the week is “Rebuilding trust after disruption: Pathways to reset international cooperation”. It is meant to have speakers and participants from around the world, sharing learning on peacebuilding and facilitating interactive discussions. Seems to be well organized for facilitating online participation. It’s free to sign up and attendees can participate in live workshop sessions. Details on how to participate are at the following link: https://eu.eventscloud.com/website/3030/

November 5 and 12 (in Spanish)

The UNESCO CHAIR: Citizenship, Coexistence and Pluralism invites you to the conferences of:
” SCHOOL OF DEMOCRACY ”
Thursday, November 5 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Spanish time)
CONFERENCE: “THE DECADENCE OF PARLIAMENTARIANISM”
AGUSTÍN RUIZ ROBLEDO, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Granada.
Thursday, November 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Spanish time)
CONFERENCE: “THE RISE OF THE EXTREME RIGHT”
MIGUEL ÁNGEL SIMÓN, Doctor in Political Science and Public Administration
Free registration through the following link: https://bit.ly/37djSKi

November 7

The Peace Studies Program and the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster Universitycpresents The 20th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Lecture on Nonviolence: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter
Reflections by Rev. James Lawson and The Hon. Jean Augustine
Saturday, November 7, 2020, 4-6pm EST
Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.
An activist, minister, and the pioneer of nonviolence in the American Civil Liberties Movement. Reverend James M. Lawson Jr. was inspired by  Gandhi’s use of nonviolence  in securing justice and peace. Dr. Martin Luther King described Rev. Lawson as “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” 
The Hon. Jean Augustine
The Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine made history as the first Black woman elected to Canada’s Parliament and served from 1993-2006.  Her legislative successes include the historic Black History Month Motion. She has dedicated her life to  the pursuit of social justice.
To join the event, click on: https://youtu.be/t1uZ6gURHb0
 If you have any questions about this event, please contact Director,Centre for Peace Studies, Dr. ChandrimaChakraborty (chandri@mcmaster.ca)

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

Join us this Tuesday 6 pm PDT, 9 pm EDT and visit with Dot Maver – who is our founding Executive Director, and co-founder of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures of Peace, the Global Silent Minute, the National Peace Academy, and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. In 2004, Dot served as National Campaign Manager for Kucinich for President.
Dot’s “keynote” is “inspiring cooperation on behalf of the common good,” and she consistently delivers on that theme.
We will also hear an update from the Department of Peacebuilding Committee, and we hope to hear from YOU! Join the Conversation!!
Once again, we will be hosting our Monthly Field Call using Zoom technology. Those who download the Zoom software can join the call using video tools – seeing the speakers and being seen if you wish. Others may phone in as usual, using the number provided via email after you register.
Here is the link to Register for this Call!

UNESCO-sponsored Nanjing Peace Forum

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A compilation by CPNN of information provided by Palas Athena, J. Frederick Arment,, and UNESCO Kazakhstan

The UNESCO-sponsored Nanjing Peace Forum, October, 2020 will start in Nanjing and, as time zones change, travel virtually to Paris, France; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Baghdad, Iraq; Bamako, Mali; and Brasilia, Brazil. This prerecorded video speaks about HOW peace can be won globally through decentralized NGOs. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay will kickoff the event with officials and scholars around the globe in attendance.

Question related to this article:

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

The video from Brazil will addess the challengs and opportunities for a culture of peace in Brazil in the post COVID-19 era. It will be moderated by the UNESCO representative in Brazil, Marlova Noleto and will include as speakers Lia Diskin of Palas Athena (See CPNN January 30, 2005) and Leoberto Brancher, the judge who has worked for restorative justice in Brazil (See CPNN October 14, 2016).

One of the guest speakers at the forum will be J. Frederick Arment, Executive Director of International Cities of Peace

The video from UNESCO Kazakhstan addresses the role of youth in peacebuilding.

‘Democracy Has Won’: Year After Right-Wing Coup Against Evo Morales, Socialist Luis Arce Declares Victory in Bolivia Election

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An article by Jake Johnson from Common Dreams (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License)

A year after former Bolivian president Evo Morales was ousted in a military coup that installed a brutal far-right regime, Morales ally Luis Arce declared victory in the South American nation’s high-stakes presidential election early Monday after exit polls showed the socialist candidate with a large advantage over his two main competitors.


Bolivia’s leftist presidential candidate Luis Arce of the Movement for Socialism party celebrates with running mate David Choquehuanca early on October 19, 2020 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty Images)

“Democracy has won,” Arce, who served as Morales’ finance minister, said in an address to the nation after one exit poll showed him leading the race with 52.4% of the vote and former president Carlos Mesa in a distant second with 31.5%. Right-wing candidate Luis Camacho—an ally of unelected interim President Jeanine Añez—won just 14.1% of the vote, according to the survey.

The Washington Post reported that “if the exit poll numbers are confirmed by the official count, which was being tabulated slowly late Sunday, it would be more than enough to avoid a November runoff and claim outright victory.”

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Question related to this article:

Why was Morales ousted from Bolivia by a coup d’etat?

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Arce characterized his apparently decisive victory, which even Añez was forced to acknowledge, as a mandate to continue the policies of the Morales government, which lifted millions of Bolivians out of poverty and expanded the nation’s economy.

“I think the Bolivian people want to retake the path we were on,” Arce said Monday.

Twice postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday’s election was a do-over of last year’s presidential contest, which was thrown into chaos after the U.S.-dominated Organization of American States (OAS) leveled baseless allegations of “fraud” by Morales, who was eventually forced to resign and flee the country under threat by Bolivia’s military.

The coup against Morales sparked a wave of Indigenous-led protests that were violently repressed by the Bolivian military and police forces, which were granted sweeping immunity from prosecution by the anti-Indigenous Añez government.

“The OAS allegations were indeed the main political foundation of the coup that followed the October 20 election three weeks later,” Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, wrote last month. “But they provided no evidence to support these allegations—because there wasn’t any. This has since been established repeatedly by a slew of expert statistical studies.”

From exile in Argentina, Morales on Monday celebrated Arce’s apparent victory as a “great triumph of the people.”

“Brothers and sisters: the will of the people has been asserted,” Morales tweeted. “This is an overwhelming victory… We are going to give dignity and liberty back to the people.”