A Culture of Peace & Non-Violence for the Children of the World

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How the United Nations describes a "culture of peace" in everyday language. Manifesto for the 2001-2010 Decade for the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. Key recommendations from a UN General Assembly resolution for how the UN, Member States, and civil society can promote a culture of peace.

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A Culture of Peace & Non-Violence for the Children of the World

  1. 1. Promotinga Culture of Peaceand Non-Violence for the Children of the World
  2. 2. What’s the UN all about? “To save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” - UN Charter Have you ever wondered if there’s a vaccine to prevent war? Let’s call it a culture of peace.
  3. 3. What is a Culture of Peace? The UN says that a culture of peace is a set of values, attitudes, and ways of living that reject violence, prevent conflicts by uprooting their causes, and solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.
  4. 4. How is peace built? “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” - UNESCO Constitution Guess what? The ‘E’ in UNESCO means education. The men need lessons about peace … and also women and kids.
  5. 5. Manifesto for a Culture of Peace People called the year 2000 a new beginning a new opportunity to turn the culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and non- violence.
  6. 6. Manifesto for a Culture of Peace The UN’s Manifesto 2000 for a culture of peace and non-violence was drafted by a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners to translate the resolutions of the United Nations into everyday language and to make them relevant to people everywhere. Good idea. Let’s make peace something we can all understand.
  7. 7. Manifesto for a Culture of Peace Respect all life. Reject violence. Share with others. Listen to understand. Preserve the planet. Rediscover solidarity.
  8. 8. Respect all life.Respect the life and dignity of eachhuman being without discrimination orprejudice. UN photo
  9. 9. Reject violence.Practice active non-violence, rejectingviolence in all its forms: physical,sexual, psychological, economicaland social, in particular towards themost deprived and vulnerable suchas children and adolescents. UN photo
  10. 10. Share with others.Share my time and materialresources in a spirit of generosity toput an end to exclusion, injustice andpolitical and economic oppression. UN photo
  11. 11. Listen to understand.Defend freedom of expression andcultural diversity, giving preferencealways to dialogue and listeningwithout engaging in fanaticism,defamation and the rejection of others. UN photo
  12. 12. Preserve the planet.Promote consumerbehavior that isresponsible anddevelopmentpractices thatrespect all formsof life andpreserve thebalance of natureon the planet. UN photo
  13. 13. Rediscover solidarity.Contribute to the development of mycommunity, with the full participationof women and respect for democraticprinciples, in order to create togethernew forms of solidarity. UN photo
  14. 14. Lots of people signed the Manifesto. Nobel Peace Prize Leaders of Nations winners Colombia Mali Czech Republic Jamaica Dalai Lama Eritrea Uganda Adolfo Perez Esquivel Belize Swaziland Mairead Corrigan Maguire Rigoberta Menchu Tum Namibia Thailand Jose Ramos Horta Cambodia Laos Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev Slovakia Trinidad & Tobago Joseph Rotblat Uzbekistan Tunisia David Trimble Turkmenistan Philippines Ellie Wiesel Algeria Mexico Norman Borlaug Belarus Cyprus John Hume Botswana Burundi Shimon Peres Poland India Desmond Tutu Azerbaijan Italy Jody Williams Republic of Korea Nigeria Mgr. Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo Oscar Arias Sanchez Venezuela Kim Dae Jung Rita Levi-Montalcin
  15. 15. That was years ago!Some people have been working forpeace for 10 whole years. Some havebeen working a lot longer.It can keep you busy your whole life. UN photo
  16. 16. Peace is still a distant dream.In many parts of the world, peace is still adistant dream, and children suffer fromconflict and violence. Do we give up workingfor peace?A UN General Assembly resolution at thebeginning of 2010 called for renewed effort bythe UN, its Member States, and civil society,including non-government organizations.That means all of us.
  17. 17. What makes peace grow? According to the UN: peacekeeping peacebuilding preventing conflicts disarmament sustainable development promoting human dignity and human rights democracy the rule of law good governance gender equality
  18. 18. Nations can do more to promote a culture of peace and non-violence nationally, regionally, and internationally. UN photo
  19. 19. UNESCO and other UN groups can strengthen their activities that promote a culture of peace. UN photo
  20. 20. The UN Peacebuilding Commission can keep promoting a culture of peace and non-violence for children. UN photo
  21. 21. People in charge of education can teach about mutual understanding, tolerance, active citizenship, human rights and a culture of peace. UN photo
  22. 22. Young people can promote a culture of peace and non- violence, and tell everybody about a culture of peace. UN photo
  23. 23. Each of us can plan activities to support and fill in the gaps in what nations, the United Nations another other big organizations are doing. UN photo
  24. 24. TV, radio, and the Internet can educate for a culture of peace and non-violence by using the Culture of Peace News Network of Internet sites in many languages. UN photo
  25. 25. We can all join in and observe 21 September each year as the International Day of Peace — as a day when people stop fighting. UN photo
  26. 26. Help spread the word. The UN wants to hear about what you and I are doing to help a culture of peace and non-violence grow. UN photo
  27. 27. What does all this mean? Make peace your focus. If you’re doing good things for peace, keep it up. We’re all on this planet together, so why not work together? Let’s learn from each other and spread the word.
  28. 28. See Manifesto for a Culture of Peace:http://www3.unesco.org/manifesto2000/Excerpts from UN General Assembly Resolution64-80, 16 February 2010UN Resolution A/RES/53/243, Declaration andProgramme of Action on a Culture of PeaceTo learn about ways the UN promotes a culture ofpeace, see http://www.unac.org/peacecp/decade. PowerPoint Presentation created by Joy Pople Universal Peace Federation - www.upf.org

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