IG’s Peace Blog

Peace and its many aspects

A Quick Reminder

I just came across this site about the Culture of Peace.  For those who don’t feel like clicking, here is some of the text and links, which I, for one, found quite informative (usual caveat:  just informin’, not endorsin’).

“The UN Declaration on a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence contains more detail than needed and was politicized in the process of its adoption. The culture of peace has been defined in a number of different UN resolutions, and I prefer the following definition which combines the approaches taken by two important UN resolutions: the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace adopted in 1999; and the 1998 UN resolution on the culture of peace:

A culture of peace is an integral approach to preventing violence and violent conflicts, and an alternative to the culture of war and violence based on education for peace, the promotion of sustainable economic and social development, respect for human rights, equality between women and men, democratic participation, tolerance, the free flow of information and disarmament.

The final eight points (“education for peace, the promotion of sustainable economic and social development, respect for human rights, equality between women and men, democratic participation, tolerance, the free flow of information and disarmament” are the eight points of the Programme of Action adopted by the General Assembly.

The phrase “alternative to the culture of war and violence” comes from the initial paragraph of the 1998 UN resolution on the culture of peace which reads in full:

Recalling the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations and the purposes and principles of the United Nations, and recalling also that the creation of the United Nations system itself, based upon universally shared values and goals, has been a major act towards transformation from a culture of war and violence to a culture of peace and non-violence,

Note that in this article, I have used the phrases “culture of peace” and “culture of peace and non-violence” interchangably. The former should be assumed to include non-violence, since non-violence is a necessary aspect of the culture of peace. Similarly, the “Global Movement for a Culture of Peace,” should be assumed to be, more precisely, the “Global Movement for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence” (or “Nonviolence“, if one wishes to be more consistent with the terminology of Gandhi).”

BTW, if you read down you will see that references to a culture of war and violence were dropped.  Hmmm…while I can see the German rep.’s point, I think that his assertion about there being no such thing in the world is questionable.  There certainly are elements in many cultures (sad, but true…we could discuss this in the comments if you don’t see what I mean).

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