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Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations

WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

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AND FOR THESE ENDS

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HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS

See http://www.un.org/aboutun/charter/ for the full text of the Charter of the United Nations

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Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (excerpts)

10 December 1948 (See http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html   for the full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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 UNESCO's Constitution Declares:

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Recommendations Concerning Education For International Understanding, Co-operation and Peace and Education Relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: Guiding Principles (excerpts)

  1. an international dimension and a global perspective in education at all levels and in all its forms;
  2. understanding and respect for all peoples, their cultures, civilizations, values and ways of life, including domestic ethnic cultures and cultures of other nations;
  3. awareness of the increasing global interdependence between peoples and nations;
  4. abilities to communicate with others;
  5. awareness not only of the rights but also of the duties incumbent upon individuals, social groups and nations towards each other;
  6. understanding of the necessity for international solidarity and co-operation;
  7. readiness on the part of the individual to participate in solving the problems of his community, his country and the world at large.

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Strategic Guidelines Of The El Salvador Culture of Peace Program

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Suggestions for Moving Towards a Culture of Peace

Source: International Peace Update, April 1995, newsletter of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

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Building A Culture of Peace: The Church's Contribution (guidelines)

Building peace requires the creation of a tough spirituality for a long difficult struggle.... The Church must contribute to the formation of a peace mentality and spirituality which

Building peace requires a defining and sustaining community.  Churches and all their expressions - clergy, lay, congregations, official voices, ecumenical networks - have to be involved actively:

The Church should encourage respect for others' values, opinions, perspectives and perceptions, embracing the humanity of 'the other':

Source: Corrymeela Consultation of World Council of Churches, 1-5 June 1994.

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There are four aspects of the South Africa training programs:

  1. Conflict transformation, which includes methods of conflict resolution, active non-violence, mediation and negotiation, stress management, non-violent communications, gender sensitivity, and international peace-building.
  2. Community relations and management, which includes knowledge of local organizations and municipal authorities, and skills such as crisis administration, team-building, and managing diversity and organizational conflict.
  3. Planning and implementation of small projects, which involves training and periodic follow-up for the planning, funding, and management of projects to reduce unemployment and increase incomes.
  4. International exchange of peace-building experiences - each year the program organizes an international meeting for groups involved in community peace-building and the reintegration of demobilized soldiers.

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Statement on Women's Contributions To A Culture of Peace (excerpts)

On the eve of the twenty-first century, a dynamic movement towards a culture of peace derives inspiration and hope from women's visions and actions.

Women bring to the cause of peace among people and nations distinctive experiences, competence, and perspectives.  Women's role in giving and sustaining life has provided them with skills and insights essential to peaceful human relations and social development.  Women subscribe less readily than men to the myth of the efficacy of violence, and they can bring a new breadth, quality and balance of vision to a joint effort of moving from a culture of war towards a culture of peace.

To this end, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to:

Source: Drafted by UNESCO and signed by participants t the Fourth World Conference of Women, Beijing, September 1995


UNESCO's PLEDGE FOR PEACE

(a code of ethics for a Culture of Peace Program)

I pledge in my daily life, in my family, my work, my community, my country & my region, to:

1. "Respect all life" Respect the life and dignity of each human being without discrimination or prejudice.
2. "Reject violence." Practice active non-violence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable
such as children and adolescents.
3.  "Share with others." Share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression.
4.  "Listen to understand." Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening without engaging in fanaticism, defamation and the rejection of others.
5.  "Preserve the planet." Promote consumer behavior that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet.
6. "Rediscover solidarity." Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles, in order to create together new forms of solidarity.

http://www.unesco.org/manifesto2000

http://www.nobelweb.org/


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