Australia Activities for Year 2000 United Nations International Year for a Culture of Peace

With the Australian National Commission for UNESCO unlikely to take a lead role in next year’s International Year for the Culture of Peace
[UNity news summary Nos 84, May 10 and 86, May 24, 1999], the Conflict Resolution Network has stepped into the vacuum to act as an
information centre and registrar for UN International Year for the Culture of Peace (' UNIYCP2000').

Dr Stella Cornelius, of CRN, recently awarded an honorary doctorate by Macquarie University, says, “Many organisations would welcome the
opportunity to participate in UNIYCP2000 and, to assist in this, the Conflict Resolution Network will act as an information centre and
registrar. It is hoped that an UNIYCP2000 information centre will also facilitate and invite media interest.

“CRN is already engaged in encouraging organisations to dedicate appropriate programs and projects to UNIYCP2000. This has been met
with instant enthusiasm, and already several significant initiatives of the NGO sector see themselves as ‘carrying the banner of
UNIYCP2000’”.

For more information, call Stella Cornelius (02) 9419 8500, fax (02)
9413 1148 e-mail: crn@crnhq.org Website: www.crnhq.org has a direct link to UNESCO’s UNIYCP2000 website.
In addition, contact Dr Ian Newman, University of Tasmania, (03) 6226 2422 fax (03) 6226 2410 E-mail: ian.newman@utas.edu.au


International Holistic Tourism Education Centre's "A Culture of Peace Through Tourism"

"UNESCO -CULTURE OF PEACE"

July 22, 1997 a United Nations Resolution adopted by the General Assembly proclaimed the year 2000 as the 'International Year for the Culture of Peace.' The United Nations has also proclaimed the years 2001 - 2010 as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for all the Children of the World".

Canadian groups and individuals have been recognized as  leading the way as part of a growing global movement, towards a Culture of Peace.  IHTEC is part of this and is promoting UNESCO's 'Culture of Peace' concepts focused on values, attitudes and behaviour transformation through the positive promotion of peace, non-violence, respect for cultural diversity, promotion of democracy, reconciliation, friendship and development.

Definition:
'Culture of Peace through Tourism' programs focus on peace and international understanding among the children of the world, through the "International School Peace Gardens" program.  Students learn to resolve conflicts in their Peace Gardens. They learn through integrated studies using 'peace through tourism concepts'. By protecting and enhancing their own resources, they also enhance their tourism heritage and improve the quality of life for all peoples, for many generations. Students dedicate themselves to protecting their own environment. These impacts may be social, cultural or environmental.  Schools are asked to link with a knowledge base that is tourism based. This includes contacting local governments and community groups both at home and    prior to visiting another countries' environment. 'Culture of Peace through Tourism' programs also encourage students to become peaceful travellers and hosts to guests."
Julia Morton-Marr, Ontario, Canada, Sept 14, 1999.

'INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL PEACE GARDENS' (ISPG) begun in 1994 as a UN50th Anniversary program, is the initiative of the
International Holistic Tourism Education Centre (IHTEC). IHTEC has Charitable Status No: 88676 0099 RR0001; Registration No: 1188591. IHTEC is dedicated to developing programs that educate young people using "A Culture of Peace through Tourism." and their International School Peace Gardens program through:

Values
. Encouraging hope for the future through knowledge of a joyful spirit and soul.
. Developing strategies using the Friendship Bench.
. Understanding IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveller.
. Singing "In the Spirit of Peace" by Guy Stephan.

Attitudes
. Using the Peace Garden as a tool for curriculum support and development.

Behaviour
. Linking Peace Garden activities to ongoing activities in the community which promote participation by all. An outcome of this is building civil society in communities.
. Dedication and commitment to projects so that they continue when a principal or key teachers leave the school.

Peace
. IHTEC is a mobile peace school internationally.
. We bring peace to children in schools.
. By focusing peace programs locally as the "International School Peace Gardens" program is growing globally.
. Networking with other groups such as the International Children's Peace-full- Environment Foundation in South Australia for the Year 2000.
. Encouraging each school to link together with each other, and internationally through the IHTEC website: www.ihtec.on.ca
. Knowing and preserving their countries World Heritage UNESCO Tourism sites, through active community involvement in Parks. A minimum of  40 hours voluntary service.
. Understanding Canada's role in the history and heritage and role of peace parks and peace gardens and the link in Canada to the "Peacekeeping Monument" in Ottawa.

Non-violence
. Promoting safety in schools.
. By resolving conflicts in the Peace Garden.
. Focusing on 'food security' in the Peace Garden to improve food security internationally.

Respect for cultural and environmental diversity
. Using the arts and by including a peace design in each garden.
. Developing a knowledge base on how to protect and sustain basic resources through the use of the 'Bench of Dreams' and dedication of millennium projects
. Protecting biological diversity and life zone approach to restore eco-system health.
. Teaching scientific names and terms for migrating and other species.
. Implementing a maths and science program 'Substance Accounting for Eco-Systems'.
. Understanding the need for cross-cultural bridging. For example the 'Children's Connection', initiated by the Mexico-Canada Chamber of
Commerce, is a greeting card exchange by schools involved in the ISPG programs around the world.

Promotion of democracy
. Encouraging each nation to democratically develop its own focus through the ISPG program, for their own needs, as well as how they can support the rest of the world. . Encouraging whole school involvement towards excellence, through equality of shared responsibility and unique contributions, to the enrichment of the common good.
. Encourage all planning around the garden to be democratically approached.

Reconciliation
. Friendly conflict resolution in their "International School Peace Garden."

Friendship
. IHTEC Newsletters are via email lists and on their website.
. IHTEC plans to hold an annual virtual conference.

Development
. Co-operation with local government by letting them know what schools are working on.
. Encouraging students to ask questions and develop solutions with their local government, so they can help to  protect their community.
. Understanding the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights and how students can develop skills for participation in decision-making. Ontario is showing by example the reasons for including an Environmental Bill of Rights internationally. The ISPG program was at the launch of the EBR on February 14, 1999 held at West Humber Collegiate Institute, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.
. Understanding and supporting the roles of the Canadian Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainable Development and Ontario Environmental Commissioner.
. Using the UNICEF CD Rom 'My City' to learn how to become a 'Mayor for a Day' so as to develop an integrated approach to decision-making.
. Combining Derek Paul's 'web of life' and a native perspective of  'Seven Generations' approach for all decision-making and planning.

CANADIAN  GOLD SPONSORS:

Canadian Heritage Rivers Board; Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy; Ontario Parks Association; Peace & Justice Working Group of the United Church of Canada; The Bennett Smith Heritage Foundation; Super-F Inc.

INDIVIDUALS:

Kathy Buckman Davis; Jeffrey Graham; Mike Greco; Fernando Blasco.

SUPPORTERS:

United Nations Assn. of Canada; UN  University for Peace; UNESCO Canada Man and the Biosphere; UNICEF; Great Millennium Campaign; Deputy Ministers of Education in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Saskatchewan, Yukon, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Northwest Territories; Canadian School Boards Association; Canadian Association of Principals; Canadian Teachers Federation; West Humber Collegiate Institute; York University - Faculty of Environmental Studies; University of Guelph - Hotel & Food Administration; Canadian & American River Management Societies; Canadian Parks; Waterton Lakes National Park; Peel Peacemakers; B'Nai Brith Canada; Active Living-Go for Green; Pacifie Mondial; Oakville Trafalgar Rotary Club; The Green Brick Road; Mexico-Canada Chamber of Commerce;  The Ontario Club   and many others.


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