Category Archives: d-information

How can we be sure to get news about peace demonstrations?

It has been argued that over the past century the control of information, especially through the mass media, has become the most important characteristic of the culture of war. Why?

It is because there has been such an advance over the past century in democratic participation that the modern state is forced to justify its culture of war. Since people in general do not want war, the state and its military-industrial complex must convince them that military preparations are necessary in the face of external enemies. This is a major change from earlier history when the state was not subject to election by the people and it could pursue its policies regardless of their attitudes.

In fact, we see that the mass media in countries with the most powerful military forces, such as the United States, are pro-military and continually publish propaganda against external enemies and give priority to news about unavoidable violence and disaster. They do not give place to peace initiatives.

If the commercial mass media will not give us news about peace demonstrations, how can we be sure to get it?

The answer is in the alternative media like CPNN that do not rely on advertising and support from the military-industrial-financial complex.

Here are comments in this regard from a recent meeting during Independent Media Week, now in its 13th year in Oregon.

Citing the “unprecedented antagonism of the Trump administration to media,” Jeff Golden, producer of “Immense Possibilities” on Southern Oregon Public TV, said our challenges didn’t start Jan. 20, because, years ago, much of the media abandoned its role in public service and became driven by profit.

This trend greatly increases the need for independent media, he notes, and much of it can flower on the internet.

“We’d be in much deeper trouble than we are now if not for independent media.”

(Click here for earlier discussion on this question.)

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

Over a Million Mobilize for International Women’s Day in Latin America

United States: Who Is Clare Grady and Why Should We Care that She is in Federal Prison?

USA: Patriots for Peace fighting the good fight

Launch of the Second World March for Peace and Nonviolence

2nd Walk for the Culture of Peace in Cotia, Brazil, receives support from the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

The Americas are preparing for the second World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Peacecamp Steinwenden, Germany, 28 June

UK: Nationwide Public Meeting Tour: Stop Bombing Yemen, Stop Arming Saudi

Peace and disarmament on the streets of Germany

UK: Protests: Trump & May – No More Bombs on Syria, 13-16 April, Nationwide

Global Anti-war Protests Against US-led Aggression in Syria[

London: International Peace Congress April 7

United Kingdom: Thousands call for Britain’s nuclear deterrent Trident to be scrapped

Protest to Stop Western Intervention in Syria

International Conference: Confronting War Ten Years On

Thousands march in London for Gaza and freedom for Palestine

October 27 Anti-War Marches in US

Peace Rally in Helena, Montana “>

Demonstrations around the World

What has happened this year (2018) for the International Day of Peace


This year we gave links to 233 events coming from most of the provinces and states in Canada and the USA. Next was Europe with 177 events in 32 countries. There were 158 events cited in 22 Asian countries, 95 from 24 Latin American and Caribbean countries, 71 from 9 countries formerly part of the Soviet Union, 71 from 25 African countries, and 30 from 15 Arab and Middle Eastern countries. See the CPNN bulletin for October for a synopsis.

Detailed data may be found on the following CPNN articles:

United States and Canada: International Day of Peace

Europe: International Day of Peace

Asia and Pacific: International Day of Peace

Ex-Soviet Countries: International Day of Peace

Arab and Middle Eastern States: International Day of Peace

Latin America and Caribbean: International Day of Peace

Africa: International Day of Peace

Peace Boat: Building a Culture of Peace around the World

Peace Boat has sailed on voyages around the world since 1983 under the slogan “Building a Culture of Peace around the World.”

Here are some excerpts from their website.

Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental and non-profit organization that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development and respect for the environment.

Peace Boat seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. We pursue this through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. These activities are carried out on a partnership basis with other civil society organizations and communities in Japan, Northeast Asia, and around the world.

Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages. The ship creates a neutral, mobile space and enables people to engage across borders in dialogue and mutual cooperation at sea, and in the ports that we visit. Activities based in Japan and Northeast Asia are carried out from our eight Peace Centers in Japan.

Please explore our website to learn more about our voyages, activities and projects. You can also download a web version of our introductory pamphlet “Across Borders” here in English, Spanish or French. Other pamphlets and brochures can also be viewed as a PDF on our page here.

A variety of videos of Peace Boat's activities can also be viewed here.


Travel for Peace and Sustainability

Peace Boat believes that travel in itself can be a tool for positive social and political change, and seeks to create and implement best practices in responsible travel and what we call travel for peace and sustainability. Socio-political considerations rather than commercial interests largely determine our choice of destinations. Our partnerships with local organizations and travel agencies reflect our effort to utilize tourism in a progressive and educational form so as to contribute to global sustainability and peace.

Peace Boat's use of the ship as a vehicle for our activities has allowed the development of a unique range of tools for our work.

  • Forums on board: the ship as a neutral and mobile meeting space
  • Using the ship's media appeal
  • The power of people to people contact
  • Bringing back the world's reality: beyond conventional media
Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

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

It was the publishers and editors of Latin American newspapers meeting with the Director-General of UNESCO in Puebla, Mexico, on 27 May, 1997, that first called for an International Year for the Culture of Peace. Perhaps, it is in the same tradition that we see more and more in the past few years that the journalists of Latin America, in particular Colombia, Mexico and Ecuador are turning towards a culture of peace. They join their counterparts in Africa to lead the world in this direction.

Readers are encouraged to add their comments below.


World Social Forums, Advancing the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace?

Here are the CPNN articles about the World Social Forum:

World Social Forum 2021

Brazil: World Social Forum concludes in Salvador

World Social Forum opens in Salvador de Bahia

On the way to the World Social Forum in Bahia

Brazil: Open Letter convenes World Social Forum 2018 in Salvador

Changing the system to address injustices: discussing with Mamadou Goita on the World Social Forum

Canada: World Social Forum: a success despite the low turnout

Canada: Forum social mondial : un succès malgré la faible participation

The city of Montreal hosts the 12th World Social Forum

La ville de Montréal à l’heure du 12ème Forum Social Mondial

Porto Alegre, Brazil: Fifteenth anniversary of the World Social Forum

Brasil: Evento fará balanço de ações dos últimos 15 anos do Fórum Social Mundial

World Social Forum in Tunis: Another world is possible, without the 1%

Tunisia: The World Social Forum 2013 is underway

Tunisie: Le Forum social mondial 2013 s’est ouvert mardi

World Social Forum, Tunisia, 2013

Forum Social Mondial 2013 en Tunisie

Culture of Peace at the World Social Forum in Tunisia

World Social Forum in Belem, Brazil

Impressions from the Boston Social Forum

The courage of Mordecai Vanunu and other whistle-blowers, How can we emulate it in our lives?

Whistle-blowers may be considered as very important actors for a culture of peace.  As described on the CPNN page for values, attitudes and actions for a culture of peace, the culture of war is characterized by propaganda, secrecy, government control of media, militaristic language and censorship while the culture of peace is characterized by the free flow and sharing of information.  Whistle-blowers break the back of secrecy directly and dramatically.

Mordecai Vanunu’s courage continues the tradition of Daniel Ellsberg, who made known the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War and Karen Silkwood, who exposed nuclear pollution in the United States.  Ellsberg was persecuted by President Nixon and Karen Silkwood was murdered, as described some years ago in a very fine film starring Meryl Streep.

As the amount of government secrecy continues to increase, we may expect that the number of whistle-blowers will also tend to increase in the years to come.

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

US: Why Daniel Hale Deserves Gratitude, Not Prison

Glen Greenwald : My New Book on Journalism, Exposing Corruption, and the Resulting Risks, Dangers and Societal Changes

Following Chelsea Manning’s commutation, UN expert urges pardons for other whistleblowers

LuxLeaks: L’affaire et l’actu en Luxembourg

LuxLeaks: The case and the latest news from Luxembourg

Film: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone

An Easter letter about Mordecai Vanunu

Another Pulitzer for reporting classified info

‘Snowden did it for all of us’

International Peace Bureau awards the Sean MacBride Peace Prize to US whistleblower Bradley Manning

Interview with Edward Snowden:  The Latest Whistleblower

Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu wins 2013 UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

La periodista etíope Reeyot Alemu gana el premio UNESCO-Guillermo Cano de Libertad de Prensa 2013

La journaliste éthiopienne Reeyot Alemu lauréate du Prix mondial de la liberté de la presse UNESCO/Guillermo Cano 2013

Whistleblowers Recognized for Courage, Sacrifice

Is Internet freedom a basic human right?

Here is the opinion of Mary Robinson, formerly UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:

“Having been UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, I am all too familiar with the argument that human rights is a ‘Western’ concept. The uprisings that began to shake the Arab world almost two years ago, and the developments that have followed, are one great example of the fundamental flaw in this argument. In Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere we saw an unprecedented expression of the universal desire – long-repressed – for dignity and freedom. . .

“Unfortunately, the same tools and platforms that have helped these freedoms to flourish can be manipulated to restrict access to information, monitor dissident activity and exercise greater control over citizens. They offer perhaps as many challenges to these freedoms as they do opportunities. Just two weeks ago we saw Syria’s government cutting off internet and mobile access to the entire country, just as Egypt’s government did in January 2011. Others are using international fora to lobby for greater powers for governments seeking to restrict citizens’ internet freedoms in the name of ‘security’.

“The internet has given rise to a new space and new tools for human activity, but it does not require a new set of rules. The internationally agreed rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government are enshrined in the very document that we have celebrated on this day for the past 64 years. These covenants should be applied to the online world in exactly the same way that they apply to the ‘offline’ world. . . .

The slogan for this year’s Human Rights Day is ‘My Voice Counts’. In Egypt, we saw just how fervently people believe this to be true – each of us, whether we live under democracy or dictatorship, yearns to have some say in the decisions that affect our lives. The internet has provided us with new tools that strengthen citizen movements and promote greater democratisation and accountability; it has also proved a powerful tool for censorship and surveillance.

Only by protecting the internet as a space where respect for fundamental human rights prevails can we hope to see more Springs, more Awakenings and ever greater freedoms in years to come.

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

African journalism and the culture of peace, A model for the rest of the world?

CPNN continues to find that African journalists give priority to culture of peace news, unlike media in much of the world that give priority to violence.  The articles are listed below:

Niger: 7th edition of the National Press Freedom Day under the theme “Journalism in the electoral period”

Decolonising peace journalism – and putting it to work in East Africa

PAYNCoP Gabon Works with UNESCO to Combat Covid19 Fake News and Violence Against Women

Peace promotion in the Sahel: The best award-winning radio productions

Togo: Catholic Church urges media to serve dialogue, peace and reconciliation

Morocco and Senegal promote gender equality through media

Making Waves: Local radio transforming perceptions of gender-based violence in Africa

Uganda has benefited from peace journalism

Senegal: A regional seminar on “The role of journalists and the media in preventing violence”

Cameroon: Community radio in the service of peace education

Africa: Creating media channels to promote the culture of peace

Africa: Faire des médias des voies pour la promotion de la culture de la paix

Gao, Mali : Youth at school for a culture of peace

Gao, Mali : Les jeunes à l’école de la culture de la paix

Mali: The Radio Kledu broadcasts, “Anka Ben ! – Let’s make peace !”

Mali: L’émission «Anka Ben ! – Faisons la paix !» sur Radio Kledu

Somalia: Somali radio on peace mission

Culture of Peace: IDEM workshop for journalists in Mali

Culture de la paix : les journalistes à l’école de l’Idem

Pour une ‘culture de paix’ dans la presse du Cap-Haïtien

Second High Level Media Workshop on the African Peace and Security

Launch of the network of journalists for peace and security in Africa (Netpeace)

Where in the world can we find good leadership today?

As we look back over the past few years of CPNN articles, we find many good leaders in the world today. The photo above comes from The Elders, the group of leaders organized under the sponsorship of Nelson Mandela before his death. Below we find articles from the Group of 77 Nonaaligned Nations and UNASUR, as well as many leading individuals, some of which we only come to recognize when they have died, such as Father Berrigan, Julian Bond, not to mention Nelson Mandela. Others are still alive and we need to learn from their wisdom, such as Federico Mayor and the Nobel Women.

Here are the CPNN articles on this subject:

The Elders mourn the loss of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

World Peace Congress concludes in Barcelona with successful participation

President of Cuba’s National Assembly rejects efforts to restore unipolar world order

India: Nagaland’s Rebecca Changkija Sema conferred with ‘Mahatma Gandhi National Award’

USA: Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks to the 2020 Democratic National Convention

US: Remembering Congressman John Lewis with gratitude

“Listening as governance”, by Amartya Sen

2020 Peace Prize of German Book Trade to Amaryta Sen

Transatlantic Dialogue wins Luxembourg Peace Prize

Trailblazing Nobel Peace Laureate Betty Williams Dies in Belfast

The Peace Brigades International, Guernica Peace Prize

Javier Pérez de Cuéllar praised as ‘accomplished statesman’ who had ‘profound impact’ on the world

Uruguay: Pépé Mujica, the ex-President of the Republic voluntarily the poorest in the world.

Lebanon: Interview with Ogarit Younan (prize for conflict prevention and peace)

USA: Sanders and Khanna Introduce New Bill to ‘Stop Donald Trump From Illegally Taking Us to War Against Iran’

The Nobel Lecture Given by the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Abiy Ahmed Ali

USA: We Are Each a Precious Entity: The Activist Life of Caroline Bridgman-Rees

2019 Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders Award winners announced

Honouring the Me Too Movement with the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize

Nipun Mehta and ServiceSpace to Receive the 2019 Goi Peace Award

Desmond Tutu Announces the Winners of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2019

Seán MacBride Peace Prize Ceremony for Bruce Kent

Ajamu Baraka Awarded 2019 US Peace Prize

Ashland, Oregon: Peace conference attracts UN ambassador

Colombia: Rigoberta Menchú asks the Government to strengthen the peace agreement

SADC and United Nations honor Nelson Mandela

Richard Falk: On Taking Controversial Public Positions: A Reflection

The Elders welcome Ethiopia’s commitment to primary health care and digital innovation

21 Nobel Peace Laureates Have Confirmed Attendance at the 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Titled: “Leave Your Mark for Peace”

Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny – UNESCO Peace Prize

Michael True – Peacemaker

Nobel Peace Laureate Maguire Requests UK Home Office for Permission to Visit Her Friend Nobel Peace Nominee Julian Assange ln Prison in London

The resurrection of Dr. King

CJP co-founder and first director John Paul Lederach awarded Niwano Foundation Peace Prize

Mohamed Sahnoun, 1931-2018: Advisor for Culture of Peace

UNESCO Awards Jose Marti Prize to Roberto Fernandez Retamar

Dublin: Global Campaign Against US/NATO Military Bases

Rigoberta Menchú speaks at the UN about obstacles to the culture of peace

David Swanson Awarded 2018 Peace Prize of the US Peace Memorial Foundation

Uri Avnery, leader of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom, 1923-2018

As UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan Stressed Need For Culture Of Peace

The Elders mourn the loss of Kofi Annan

INTERVIEW: ‘Defend the people, not the States’, says outgoing UN human rights chief

South Africa: Sisulu – UN Security Council Tenure Will Be Dedicated to Mandela’s Legacy

Pakistan: Asma Jahangir, Champion Of Human Rights, Critic Of Pak Army, Dies At 66

Ecuador calls upon the G77 to address the problems of the planet

Pope Francis meets ‘The Elders’ to discuss global concerns

The Spiritual Sources of Legal Creativity: The Legacy of Father Miguel d’Escoto

Gandhi Peace Award to Omar Barghouti and Ralph Nader

16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates

XVI Cumbre Mundial de Premios Nobel de la Paz

Developing Nations Seek Tax Body to Curb Illicit Financial Flows

Annual Report of The Elders

USA: Father Daniel Berrigan, z’l dead at 94

Landmark Vatican conference rejects just war theory, asks for encyclical on nonviolence

Africa’s Contribution to the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace

Africa: How to Achieve the Freedom Promised

Healing Memories: An Exchange With Peacemaker Mohamed Sahnoun

USA: Julian Bond (1940-2015): Remembering Civil Rights Freedom Fighter Who Chaired NAACP, Co-founded SNCC

Support Richard Branson’s Ukraine dialogue initiative

Federico Mayor once again at UNESCO

Y Federico Mayor volvió a la UNESCO

Search for Common Ground announces leadership transition

“Human Rights and 23rd Century Movement” Interview with Marta Benavides

Mandela is the new Africa

Nobel Women’s inspirational women activists from around the globe

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane pays tribute to former President Nelson Mandela (South Africa)

16 Days of Activism: Meet Marjorie Lafontant, Haiti

16 Days of Activism: Julienne Lusenge, Democratic Republic of Congo

16 Days of Activism: Meet Visaka Dharmadasa, Sri Lanka

16 Days of Activism: Meet Hania Moheeb, Egypt

The Elders debate ethical leadership (South Africa)

Dominican friar Frei Betto to receive 2013 UNESCO/José Martí Prize

El dominico brasileño Frei Betto gana el premio UNESCO/José Martí 2013

Le frère dominicain « Frei Betto » lauréat du Prix UNESCO/José Martí 2013

Journée Internationale Nelson Mandela pour la liberté, la justice et la démocratie

Nelson Mandela Día Internacional por la paz, la democracia y la libertad

On International Day, UN honours Nelson Mandela’s work for peace, justice, equality

President Morales Stresses Historic Nature of Unasur

Latin Leaders Plan for Union Based on Culture of Peace

What do we tell our children about war?

The Nobel Peace Prize to Mohamed Yunus and the people of Bangladesh

Peace Walkers – Peaceful Voices of Dissent

Summit Conferences in Havana and New York

President of Senegal Recognized as a Leader in Human Rights

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

While UNESCO promoted the culture of peace as its highest priorities during the Decade of the 90’s when Federico Mayor was its Director-General and when UNESCO co-ordinated the United Nations International Year for the Culture of Peace, since that time it has been less active in this regard than the United Nations in New York which has held annual high-level meetings on the culture of peace.

However, as one sees from the articles below, there is one region where UNESCO has continued to actively promote the culture of peace, and that is Africa. Its field office in Gabon has been especially active where the director, Enzo Fazzino, was part of the team at the end of the 90’s that coordinated the International Year for the Culture of Peace. Also in recent years, UNESCO has worked with Angola and Côte d’Ivoire to host several international conferences on the culture of peace, including the Biennale of Luanda which is scheduled for its second edition in 2021.

Below are articles in CPNN about this question:

Ambassadors praise Angola’s efforts for peace in Africa

UNESCO-sponsored Nanjing Peace Forum

UNESCO supports young people for reflections on emerging forms of expression in order to consolidate peace, democracy and development in Africa

Biennale of Luanda: Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace 18-22 September

PAYNCoP Gabon Identifies Youth Organizations on Culture of Peace

PAYNCoP Gabon learns about the culture of peace

Luanda Biennale: Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace

Panafrican Youth Network for the Culture of Peace Gabon : The work begins

2019 Biennial of Luanda (Angola): The initial budget has about 440 thousand euros

Angola: Culture ministry analyzes programme of Luanda Biennal

UNESCO and Angola to establish Biennal of Luanda, a Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace

Angola to pass on peace experience to UNESCO members in Paris

UNESCO supports the government of Mali to build a culture of sustainable peace

UNESCO brochure: Africa, Culture of Peace, 2017

NICO partners UNESCO on peace, security in Nigeria

Gabon: Pan-African youth commit to fight against radicalization and to promote a culture of peace

Making Waves: Local radio transforming perceptions of gender-based violence in Africa

Gabon: Pan-African Youth Forum for the Culture of Peace and the Fight Against Radicalization for the Creation of an Early Warning System in Central Africa

Gambian Youth Engage in the Promotion of Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

Second international conference on the culture of peace in Africa

Segunda conferência internacional sobre a cultura da paz em África

Sub-regional consultation on “Youth and culture of peace in Central Africa”

Launch of the Network Youth and Culture of Peace in Africa

Lancement du réseau jeunesse et culture de la paix en Afrique

Libreville Pan-African Forum: African Youth and the Challenge of the promotion of Culture of Peace in Africa

Libreville Forum Panafricain: Jeunesse africaine et le défi de la promotion de la culture de la paix en Afrique

25ème anniversaire du Congrès International sur la paix dans l’esprit des hommes à Yamoussoukro

25th anniversary of the International Congress on Peace in the Mind of Men,Yamoussoukro

Towards the creation of a network of women for a culture of peace in Africa

Sources and Resources for a Culture of Peace in Africa

África: Fundamentos e recursos para uma cultura de paz

Afrique: Sources et Ressources pour une Culture de la Paix

Young Malian aged 15 wins “Pathways to a Culture of Peace” contest

Mali : une collégienne rêve la paix en poésie et remporte un prix

At World Culture Forum, a Call for Openness and Understanding (Indonesia)

Establishment of a Network of Foundations and Research Institutions for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace in Africa

Création d’un Réseau de fondations et d’institutions de recherche pour la promotion d’une culture de la paix en Afrique

Participants in the Pan-African Forum Recommend the Valorization of African Culture

Building a culture of peace in Africa

Construire une culture de la paix en Afrique

Angola, UNESCO sign peace culture forum deal

Angola y UNESCO rubrican acuerdo sobre fórum de cultura de paz

Forum Panafricain sur la culture de la paix en Afrique

Pathways to a Culture of Peace: Global Contest for Mutual Understanding

Les chemins de la culture de la paix: concours international pour la compréhension mutuelle

The International Forum of Reflection on the Culture of Peace in Africa opened in Abidjan

Le forum international de réflexion sur la culture de la paix en Afrique de l’ouest ouvert lundi à Abidjan

Le développement durable et culture de la paix au cœur de la 36e session de la Conférence générale de l’UNESCO

Sustainable development and culture of peace at the heart of the 36th session of UNESCO’s General Conference

El desarrollo sostenible y la cultura de la paz, en el centro de la 36ª reunión de la Conferencia General de la UNESCO

Executive Board of UNESCO reaffirms Culture of Peace as a Priority