Report on the Decade for a Culture of Peace
Neuer Endbericht der Internationalen UNO-Dekade für eine Kultur des Friedens und Gewaltfreiheit für die Kinder der Welt
The adoption in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace was a watershed event. Nine months of negotiations, which I had the honor to chair, led to the adoption of this historic, norm-setting document now considered one of the most significant and enduring legacies of the United Nations.
During the last ten years, the UN’s work in this area has been particularly spearheaded by the broad-based advocacy and activism of numerous non-governmental organizations throughout the globe. The International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010), which was proclaimed by the United Nations, is galvanizing a global movement for the culture of peace.
This Report of actions by civil society during the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World is provided to the Secretary-General for submission to the General Assembly in conformity with paras 13 and 17 of GA resolution A/Res./64/80. It is a sequel to the Report at the midterm of the Decade that is commended by the General Assembly in para 7 of the resolution. The Report is also in conformity with the aims and strategies of the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (GA resolution A/Res./53/243), which call for a global movement for a culture of peace, emphasizing that “civil society should be involved at the local, regional and national levels to widen the scope of activities on a culture of peace,” and for the promotion of a culture of peace through the sharing of information by its various actors. The Report is organized in terms of the eight action areas identified in the Programme of Action.
The Report summarizes briefly the thousands of pages contributed by over 1,000 non- governmental organizations. The website for the Report at http://www.decade-culture-of- peace.org makes available all of their detailed information and photographs.
The collection and analysis of the data was carried out in 2010 by an international team of youth under the direction of David Adams, who was the initial director of the Decade before his retirement from UNESCO and who deserves our wholehearted appreciation for his able guidance and commitment in preparation of both the 2005 and the present Reports. The team members include Marcos Estrada (Brazil), Meghann Villanueva (Philippines), Cécile Barbeito (Spain), Lillian Solheim (Norway), Mayte Roitenburd (Mexico), Johanna Ospina (Colombia), Nikki Delfin (Philippines), Shreya Jani (India), Oliver Rizzi Carlson (Switzerland) and Himali Jinadasa (Sri Lanka). Support was provided by Alicia Cabezudo, the Associação Brasileira dos Organizadores de Festivais de Folclore e Artes Populares (ABrasOFFA), the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), the Centre Unesco de Catalunya (UNESCOCAT), the Fundación Cultura de Paz, the Escola de Cultura de Pau of the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Fundació Privada Catalunya Voluntària and Generation Peace Youth Network among others.
The Culture of Peace Working Group of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, a Committee of the Conferences of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CSVGC-NY) has sponsored this Report in the name of all civil society organizations worldwide.In today’s world, the culture of peace should be seen as the essence of a new humanity, a new global civilization based on inner oneness and outer diversity. The flourishing of a culture of peace will generate the mindset in us that is a prerequisite for the transition from force to reason, from conflict and violence to dialogue and peace. A culture of peace will provide the foundation for a stable, progressive, and prosperous world for all.
Let us all join together in dedicating ourselves to strengthen the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace!
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury New York, 29 May 2010
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