“The way to war is a well-paved highway,and the way to peace is still a wilderness.” Paul Harris Founder of Rotary
In 1914, at the onset of World WarI, delegates to Rotary’s internationalconvention in Houston adopted aresolution that called for the convening ofan international peace conference andurged all Rotarians to support worthyefforts such as the international peacemovement.
At the 1921 conventioninEdinburgh, Scotland, Rotarians unanimouslyagreed to incorporatepeacemaking intoRotary’s constitutionand bylaws. In 1922, RI ratified the Fourth Object of Rotary: ...―The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.‖
At the 1940 convention in Havana, Cuba,Rotarians adopted aresolution calling for―freedom, justice, truth, sanctity of the pledged word, andrespect for human rights‖that became the frameworkfor the UN’s UniversalDeclarationof Human Rights.
In 1942, British Rotariansconvened a conference to plana world at peace. Attended byministers of education andobservers from around theworld, and chaired by Past RIPresident Sydney W. Pascall,the conference led to theestablishment of UNESCO in 1946.
In 1945,49 Rotary membersserved in 29delegations to theUnited NationsCharter Conference.
Today, Rotary maintains close relationships withmany UN agencies. RI’s representatives to the UN inNew York host an annual Rotary Day at the UnitedNations to celebrate this partnership for peace.
Under Future Vision, RI and TRF have adopted our Six Areas of Focus Peace and conflict prevention/resolution Disease prevention and treatment Water and sanitation Maternal and child health Basic education and literacy Economic and community development Notice how #2-6 lead to #1 when taken together.
To focus our efforts,In the 1990’s, Rotary considered the concept of a Paul Harris University but later decided to work in partnership with already established university programs.In 2002, TRF launched the Rotary Peace Centers for International Studies so that Rotary could become more strategic in its approach to building peace by training a new generation of peaceMAKERS.
Rotary Peace Centers Program Objectives Create peace by Advancing research and study in peace and conflict resolution Creating and strengthening world peace leaders through advanced skills training and education Promoting worldwide tolerance—and expertise– through the incredible network of Rotarian and Peace Fellow cooperation
How does it work?By providing the fellowships, we take people who have the drive and the promise, and we make them even better.
Rotary Peace Center Option 1 Master’s Degree “Building the leaders of tomorrow” Six universities, five centers 15 to 24 month course 10 new fellows atGraduates from Rotary Peace Center at the University of Queensland each center each year
Rotary Peace Centers University Partnersfor Master’s ProgramsDuke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel HillInternational Christian University in TokyoThe University of Bradford in EnglandThe University of Queensland in AustraliaThe University of Uppsala in Sweden
Structure of Master’s Program Specialized courses and research to support each fellow’s interests Applied Field Experience (internship), usually in area of unrest Annual Peace Seminar presenting research theses Core courses in peace and conflict resolution
Examples of Core CoursesConflict analysis and mapping, conflict tracking, and conflict transformationConflict management— the practice of negotiation and mediation—changing the paradigm from adversarial to an opportunity to solve a problem
Further ExamplesDesigning democracy in fragile and divided statesHuman rights and conflict— setting legal, political and ethical normsManaging toward more sustainable development and outcomes
Rotary Peace Center Option 2 Professional Development Certificate “Strengthening the leaders of today” One center, one university Three month course Up to 25 fellows in each session, Chulalongkorn University in up to 50 per year Bangkok, Thailand
Structure of Certificate Program Practical experience during 2-3 week on site fieldwork Theoretical foundational knowledge during 8 weeks in the classroom Alumni return to their jobs with a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution
Where to find applicants? Returned Peace Corps volunteers Former Ambassadorial Scholars University alumni associations University faculty from departments of international studies, political sciences or peace studies Non-governmental organizations involved in peace and conflict resolutionGovernmental agencies, local police and military offices WORD OF MOUTH! (Rotarians may not apply)
The Application Timeline Jan-JuneJanuary-April Jan-May Districts Clubs and Clubs interview, select and districts interview, select endorse applicants recruit and endorse and send to The applicants applicants and Rotary Foundation send to districts for processing October AllFellows selected Applications in a world- competitive Due by 1selection process July! by the selection committee June-September TRF processes applications. Districts will receive confirmation email when completed application is received
Selected Peace Fellow Profile 2012Gender 58% Female, 42% MaleCitizenship from 42%Low-Income CountryAverage Age 30 for Master’s degree 38 for certificate programAverage number of 6 for Master’s degreeyears with 12.5 for certificate programprofessionalexperiencePrevious WorkExperience
Moving past the 20th Century, a step at a timeThere will always be conflicts, but:Citizens of the world can learn to understand global problems;Gain the skills to resolve conflicts constructively;Know and live by international standards of human rights, gender and racial equality;Appreciate cultural diversity and respect the integrity of the earth.Such learning cannot be achieved withoutintentional, sustained and systematic educationfor peace. Our Rotary Peace Centers do this.
Rotary World Peace FellowsOur first Rotary Peace Fellows graduated just 8 years ago to begin their work around the world.