Unesco Docs On Culture Of Peace

From Culture of peace: introduction by Canadian Commissioner for UNESCO:

In the five decades since the adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights, great progress has been made in promoting an understanding and respect for its principles. But the creation of a world which embraces the principles of non-violence, respect for human rights, sustainable development and cultural diversity still faces many challenges. Current global trends threaten entire segments of societies with social, economic and cultural marginalization. There has been a resurgence of conflicts in many parts of the world.

As defined by the United Nations, the Culture of Peace is a set of values, attitudes, modes of behaviour and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes. The year 2000, designated by the UN as the International Year for a Culture of Peace, was a starting point for a global movement for a culture of peace. It was an alliance of existing movements and individuals already working towards this goal. The year’s closing saw the continuation of this vision with the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for Children of the World (2001-2010).

Original Text

Eight action areas … a quotation from "Peace is in our hands"

1. Fostering a culture of peace through education by promoting education for all, focusing especially on girls; revising curricula to promote the qualitative values, attitudes and behaviour inherent in a culture of peace; training for conflict prevention and resolution, dialogue, consensus-building and active non-violence …

2. Promoting sustainable economic and social development by targeting the eradication of poverty; focusing on the special needs of children and women; working towards environmental sustainability; fostering national and international co-operation to reduce economic and social inequalities …

3. Promoting respect for all human rights by distributing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at all levels and fully implementing international instruments on human rights …

4. Ensuring equality between women and men by integrating a gender perspective and promoting equality in economic, social and political decision-making; eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against women; supporting and aiding women in crisis situations resulting from war and all other forms of violence …

5. Fostering democratic participation by educating responsible citizens; reinforcing actions to promote democratic principles and practices; establishing and strengthening national institutions and processes that promote and sustain democracy …

6. Advancing understanding, tolerance and solidarity by promoting a dialogue among civilizations; actions in favour of vulnerable groups, migrants, refugees and displaced persons, indigenous people and traditional groups; respect for difference and cultural diversity …

7. Supporting participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge by means of such actions as support for independent media in the promotion of a culture of peace; effective use of media and mass communications; measures to address the issue of violence in the media; knowledge and information sharing through new technologies …

8. Promoting international peace and security through action such as the promotion of general and complete disarmament; greater involvement of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and in promoting a culture of peace in post-conflict situations; initiatives in conflict situations; encouraging confidence-building measures and efforts for negotiating peaceful settlements …

Original Text

Links for additional material on UNESCO Culture of Peace:

(Note: URLs with underscores cannot be "hidden" in this wiki)

UNESCO culture of peace portal, news & UN resolutions [http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=37083&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html]

UNESCO education portal] includes prizes, conferences, K-12 teaching materials and university Chairs

"Peace is in our hands"

"Education for a culture of peace"

Canadian Peace Alliance compilation on UN culture of peace

Voice of Women compilation

Betty A. Reardon, Education for a Culture of Peace in a Gender Perspective - An educational tool based on a comprehensive, gender-sensitive approach to peace education, this volume , designed as a resource for teacher education especially relevant to teaching in secondary schools, can also be used for the preparation of elementary school teachers and facilitators of non-formal adult education.

UNESCO and Human Rights (Texts of Major Standard Setting Instruments on Human Rights)

World Plan of Action on Education for Human Rights and Democracy, Montreal, Canada, (1993)

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License