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Saferworld is an independent foreign affairs research group, committed to alerting governments and educating the public of the need for more effective approaches to tackling and preventing armed conflict around the globe.  Our approach is to isolate the individual causes that underlie armed conflict, then, in consultation with experts, we look at the practical and positive steps forward that governments can take. We have two programmes: The Arms Trade ; Conflict Prevention .  Maintaining close contact with policy-makers throughout the European Union and the US, Saferworld carefully targets these individuals with new information and fresh analysis to challenge existing thinking and inspire innovative solutions. http://www.gn.apc.org/sworld/index.html

Saskatoon Peace Coalition. Contact: Malcolm, 306-665-3430, msailor@shaw.ca

Save the Children Federation - our mission is to create positive, lasting change in the lives of children in need (budget $130 million).  http://www.savethechildren.org/ .  Canada http://www.savethechildren.ca/ The International Save the Children Alliance is made up of 25 independent member organizations, (http://www.savechildren.or.jp/alliance/members.html) the Alliance today is one of the world's largest partnerships working to secure the rights of children and works for:

  • a world which respects and values each child
  • a world which listens to children and learns
  • a world where all children have hope and opportunity

The School for International Training (SIT), in Brattleboro, Vermont, building on a curriculum foundation in intercultural communication and social relations established over the last 30 years, has developed an integrated set of programs designed to provide practical hands-on conflict transformation training.  The curriculum focuses on theoretical foundations of conflict; transformative interventions such as training, peacebuilding, reconciliation and mediation; and skills in intercultural communication and group facilitation.  Web site:  www.sit.edu/ictp

School of Peace / Ecole de la paix www.ecoledelapaix.org
 Although peace can be constructed in many different ways, we believe education is the fundamental instrument for necessary changes. The School of Peace - without political or religious label - aims at informing and educating citizens in order to build peace and to persuade people, groups and states to establish and create by themselves more peaceful relations.
 The School of Peace is at once a centre of :
mediation and solidarity : a meeting point for international and local peace building initiatives.
pedagogical activities : Interventions in schools and pedagogical tools serving education and information to favour the respect of one another.
research : conflict analysis, conversion of arm industries, situation of minorities, trauma therapy, culture of peace...
documentation and information
 The School of Peace contributes towards :

The School of The Americas Watch - The US Army School of Americas, based in Fort Benning, Georgia, trains Latin American soldiers in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. Graduates of the SOA have been responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America. Among the SOA's nearly 60,000 graduates are notorious dictators Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina, Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, Guillermo Rodriguez from Ecuador, and Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia. Lower-level SOA graduates have participated in human rights abuses that include the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the El Mozote Massacre of 900 civilians.  SOA Watch is an independent organization that seeks to close the US Army School of the Americas through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.  School of the Americas Watch, Box 4566, Washington, DC 20017-0566; tel 202-234-3440; email mailto:soawatch@knight-hub.com ; web site http://www.soaw.org/

Science for Peace, University College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A1. Telephone 416-978-3606.  Science for Peace is a Canadian organization of natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, scholars in the humanities and lay people. It brings together professors, graduate students and first degree students who are concerned about peace, justice and making an environmentally sustainable future. http://scienceforpeace.sa.utoronto.ca/

Search for Common Ground was founded in 1982 in Washington, DC, and the European Centre for Common Ground was established in Brussels in 1995. 

Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application.  The institute conducts research and evaluation, develops publications and practical tools, and provides training and technical assistance. The institute collaborates with others to promote long-term organizational and cultural change that supports the healthy development of all children and adolescents.   Products include a quarterly magazine, Assets: The Magazine of Ideas for Healthy Communities & Healthy Youth, a twice-yearly newsletter (Source)on the institute's work, and a collection of more than 100 books, reports, videos, and other resources.  Search Institute provides leadership for Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth, a national initiative that seeks to motivate and equip individuals, organizations, and their leaders to join together in nurturing competent, caring, and responsible children and adolescents. The initiative, rooted in Search Institute's framework of developmental assets, provides communities, schools, organizations, and families with research, evaluation, resource materials, technical assistance, networking opportunities, and training to launch and sustain long-term efforts to promote the positive development of youth. http://www.search-institute.org/

Seeds of Peace - empowering children of war to break the cycle of violence. Seeds of Peace is a non-profit,non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace. Set at our own camp in the woods of Maine, a safe and supportive environment is created where the youngsters can air their views and learn listening, communication and other conflict resolution techniques that allow them to develop empathy for one another. Seeds of Peace equips the next generation with the leadership capabilities required to end the cycles of violence. Due to its proven impact and success in the Middle East, Seeds of Peace has earned international recognition as an effective model for resolving conflict worldwide. For more information, contact Seeds of Peace, 370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 401, New York, NY 10017; Phone:  212-573-8040; Fax: 212-573-8047;email info@seedsofpeace.org  ; web site http://www.seedsofpeace.org

Senator Douglas Roche, O.C - A Canadian Senator for peace and human security.  Three themes - equitable economic and social development, reform of the Senate, and setting out a forthright Canadian policy to support the abolition of nuclear weapons - are central to my views on the healing processes needed to rebuild Canadian unity and advance a human security agenda for the twenty-first century.  Contact information - Office Phone: (613) 943-9559 or 1-800-267-7362; Fax: (613) 943-9561; E-Mail: roched@sen.parl.gc.ca ; Office: Room 202-Victoria Building, 140 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A4 ; Web site http://www.sen.parl.gc.ca/droche/

Social Capital Foundation publishes today the 9th issue of The International Scope Review. This is part I of a new anthology edited between 2000 and 2003 by Patrick Hunout on the erosion of the social link in the economically advanced countries.  Never the link that holds people together had seemed so weak. This book explores this reality and provides explanations for the destructive trends in our societies. The chapters we publish today bear on various phenomena such as suicides, loneliness, the use of drugs, incivility, men-women relationships, and the rise of the new religions. The direct link to the editorial by Patrick Hunout, Didier Le Gall and Brent Shea introducing the book follows: http://www.socialcapital-foundation.org/journal/volume%202003/issue%209/issue9_edito.htm .  The Social Capital Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, which was created in 2002. "Social Capital" is about revitalizing the global cohesiveness of society. The Foundation brings together people and organizations who would like to contribute to a better future by reinforcing the social link between people, as opposed to a more narrow economic focus that has held sway for the past three decades or more. If you feel that you can participate to this objective in one way or another, feel free to contact the Foundation at secretary@socialcapital-foundation.org

The Social Justice Committee - Montreal http://www.s-j-c.net/ - The mission of the Social Justice Committee is to: Analyze the underlying structural and global causes of poverty, human rights violations and other social injustices ; Contribute to informed popular participation in eliminating these injustices ; Work in solidarity to transform our world into a just society.  Contact: The Social Justice Committee, 1857 Boul. de Maisonneuve ouest, Suite 320, Montreal, Quebec, H3H 1J9; Tel: 1-514-933-6797; Toll-free: 1-877-933-6797; Mexico Central America programmes: 1-514-933-9517; Fax: 1-514-933-9517; Email: sjc@web.ca ; Urgent actions email: americas@s-j-c.net

The Social Scientists' Association (SSA) and Pravada Publications - The SSA is a progressive research, publication and advocacy body that has been in the forefront of the struggle for democracy, human rights, gender equality, minority rights, and peace in Sri Lanka. The website provides information about the SSA and its activities and an analysis of current Sri Lankan events.  Organization:  The Social Scientists' Association (SSA) and Pravada Publications CONTACT:  Kumari Jayawardena and Jayadeva Uyangoda, Social Scientists' Association, 425/15, Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo-5, Sri Lanka. Email: ssa@eureka.lk , Website: www.skyberlink.com/ssa 

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Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a worldwide association of 76 constituent organizations with membership of 12,000,000 in over 120 countries and territories. In the service of its members and society at large, SGI centers its activities on developing the positive human potentialities for individual happiness and for global peace and prosperity. The breadth and focus of its mission derive from the philosophy and practice of Nichiren Buddhism. http://www.sgi.org/ .  Download SGI Peace Proposal: http://www.sgi.org/activity/peace/article7.html

The South Asian Institute for Peace Studies (SAIPS), is a regional institution devoted to the establishment of peace in South Asia through education, advocacy and action-oriented campaigns -- that include research and initiatives on conflict resolution.  This Institution has been established under the initiation of South Asian peace scholars. These scholars hold a long time professional experience in the field of human rights and peace.  We plan that the Institute launch short-term and long-term course on peace studies as well as work for conflict resolution in South Asia. We are working to develop a Peace Library for this purpose.  In addition, this Institute is concerned with the increasing number of conflicts in South Asian countries and figuring out appropriate strategies for the peaceful resolution of those issues. We design this Institute that it be truly a regional Institute committed to the peaceful neighborhood in the South Asian region.  We also envisage that this Institute will be a common forum for South Asian
peace scholars. We are in the process of forming a committee of the Institute to be represented by the peace scholars/activists from the South Asian countries.  We look forward to your Encouragment, Co-operation and  Involvement of the further program organized by SAIPS. For further information, refer to the linked PROFILE and contact Kiran Bahadur Basnet, SAIPS Secretariat, P.O.Box: 5824; Kathmandu, Nepal, Tel: +977-1-632026 / 632054, Fax: +977-1-242390, E-mail: saips@enet.com.npClick here for the Southa Asian Institute for Peace Studies PROFILE.

Sovereignty International Incorporated exists to promote the belief that best government is empowered only by the consent of those who are governed. The consent of those who are governed can only be expressed by free and open elections of officials who are exclusively responsible for enacting public policy. We believe this bedrock principle of government and societal organization is the foundation of individual freedom, private property ownership, free markets and national sovereignty.  Sovereignty International works to advance these ideas throughout the United States and the international community, particularly through participation in United Nations activities, conferences and workshops, publications, international radio broadcasts, and the Internet. It is our belief that the people of all nations are entitled to exercise their inalienable rights through their own governments which they control. We further believe that governments must first recognize and respect the sovereignty of their own individual citizens before they can respect the sovereignty of other nations. Finally, we believe that a world of nations in which all governments are empowered only by the consent of those who are governed, offers the best hope of advancing the health, happiness, and prosperity of all mankind.  Sovereignty International Incorporated is a not-for-profit, educational (501(c)(3)), non-membership organization. Individuals may support our work by direct contributions, and by subscription to our publication and Internet services. Contact info: Offices: 1229 Broadway #313, Bangor, ME 04401, 207-945-9878; P.O. Box 191, Hollow Rock, TN 38342, 731-986-0099; email webmaster@sovereignty.net ; web site http://www.sovereignty.net/ .  SII is sponsored by Freedom.org who's mission is to assist and encourage individuals and organizations to advance America's vision of individual freedom, private property rights, free markets, and national sovereignty.

The State of the World Forum is a global network of leaders from civil society, the private sector and government who come together for both discussion and action. The State of the World Forum is more than an annual conference; it is an exciting and diverse working network of leaders and change agents from around the world. Since 1995, the Forum has networked thousands of individuals and institutions to create new communities of innovation. Through special events, world-wide conferences, and long-term projects, the Forum promotes an increased sense of personal and civic responsibility by exploring new models of thought, dialogue, communication, participation and action. Over the last four years, the following Strategic Initiatives have been developed and remain active: Coexistence and Community Building Initiative; Emerging Leaders Program; Nuclear Weapons Elimination Initiative; The Whole Child Initiative; Additional Initiatives.  One of the primary aspects of The Coexistence Initiative's new website will be a comprehensive listing of practical manuals and guides on all coexistence relevant topics.  For more information contact: Cheyanne Alexa Church, Associate, The Coexistence Initiative, State of the World Forum, Southbank House, Black Prince Road, London  SE1 7SJ; Ph +44 (0)171 793 4006; Fx +44 (0)171 793 4116; web site http://www.worldforum.org/

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), whose main interests in: arms transfers, arms production, military expenditures, military technology, chemical and biological weapons, European security.  WWW service has information on the Institute's programmes and publications, full text of some of the documentation produced by/for the institute's research (especially in the area of arms transfers), searchable index to journal articles in its library database, and links to other sources. http://www.sipri.se/  

Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) is a national organization working toward the elimination of injustice and oppression caused by US militarism in both local and global communities by education and actively promoting peace. SPAN is a grassroots organization. We are open to all youth who are working on peace and justice, we are non partisan, non sectarian, non hierarchical and work to build a strong decentralized network of student & youth activists. In the fall of 1995, a national Student Peace Action Network (SPAN) was initiated to bring the voices of young activists into leadership in the peace movement. The organizers of the student network recognized that many young activists across the country were making the links between unchecked militarism and the declining access of U.S. peoples to basic social services, and the increasing threats to basic social justice. However, many of these voices were disjointed because there was no systematic tool for communication available to unify the messages each young community was sending. While the Student Environmental Action Coalition has built an enormous base of student environmental activists and The Center for Campus Organizing serves as an effective clearinghouse for resources for activists, there was no national network for student Peace and Justice organizing.  SPAN was created to facilitate this communication to forge a more popular and diverse student peace movement. What has since emerged ties the historic struggles of the peace movement with critical issues of justice that speak to the experiences of young people today. SPAN seeks to cultivate an acute awareness among young people regarding the connections between complex webs of military corporate power and the steadfast decay of democracy and peace in the United States as well as globally.  SPAN is supported by Peace Action Education Fund http://www.peace-action.org/paef.html , the nation's largest grassroots peace and justice organization. SPAN is a tool for diverse student groups to obtain current information on the peace movement and a space for students to forge their own strategic campaigns and visions to challenge the injustice of our current national agenda. Thus, SPAN welcomes all student groups and individuals to tap into SPAN to obtain reliable resources and organizational building tools, to engage in national actions and campaigns in conjunction with the network, and to share strategies used in their community with other students around the U.S.   Please e-mail span@peace-action.org for more information. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jamie Gooley, Student Peace Action Network, 1819 H street Suite #425, Washington DC 20006; 202-862-9740 ext. 3051; Website: http://www.gospan.org/

Sustainable America (SA) is a national nonprofit organization with geographically and racially diverse membership of nearly 190 organizations and individuals working in a range of disciplines including worker's rights, environmental sustainability, "high-road" business development, and community design. SA, together with its members are working to create "new economies" in the United States by implementing sustainable economic development models in urban, suburban and rural regions of the country.  http://www.sanetwork.org/

Swiss Peace Foundation (SPF) is an independent action-oriented peace research institute active both nationally and internationally. Since its founding in 1988, it has developed into an internationally-renowned institute for peace and conflict research and is part of a national and international network. The SPF program deals with prevention and transformation of armed conflicts. In view of current widespread wars and violent conflicts in the world, the Foundation focuses on establishing and further developing viable structures to resolve conflicts peacefully. The goal of its scientific and practical activities is a general and lasting reduction in organized violence between and within states.  Its basic research consists of various projects funded mainly by the Swiss National Science Foundation (NSF). These examine causes of wars and violent conflicts and develop strategies for civilian management of conflicts either to prevent outbreak of violent conflicts or at least to reduce their impact on affected societies. An area of particular concern for SPF has always been study of potential resource conflicts .  In the sphere of prevention an important theme is early recognition crisis signs and early warning. With the FAST project (Frühanalyse von Spannungen und Tatsachenermittlung) periodic risk analyses are made for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in specified countries. These aim to recognize potential crisis situations early enough and to provide decision makers with information and advise that has solid scientific backing.  In the area of peacebuilding the Center for Peacebuilding (KOFF) founded with the support of the Political Directorate of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aid organizations works at a practical level in analyzing armed conflicts, offering such services as conflict analyses, strategy advise for conflict management, and training.  SPF also sees itself as a forum permitting on-going discussion within public and administrative, scientific, and political circles on questions of peace and security policy. The Foundation joins in shaping Switzerland's foreign and security policy in research, communications, and conception. With its analyses and reports as well as its regular publications and events, SPFcontributes to developing informed political opinion on questions relating to peace and security policy.  SPF obtains around 80% of its funds from project and research work for the public and academic sectors. It also receives a federal subsidy according to Swiss research law amounting to 10% of its yearly turnover. Its support association and private donors provided the remaining funds.  The Foundation Board is non-partisan.  The Foundation director is Prof. Laurent Goetschel. Contact: Swiss Peace Foundation, Gerechtigkeitsgasse 12, PO Box, 3000 Bern 8, Switzerland;  phone ++41 31 310 27 27; fax ++41 31 310 27 28; email info@swisspeace.ch ; web site http://www.swisspeace.ch/

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The Third  Millennium  without  Wars  Union  is  an  NGO  founded  in  Feb.1999,   and is registered  in  the  Ministry  of  Justice  of  Armenia  according  to  the law.

The Toda Institute honors the life and work of Josei Toda, the second president of Soka Gakkai. The Institute was founded on February 11, 1996 by Daisaku Ikeda, president of Soka Gakkai International. This date marked the 96th anniversary of Toda's birth. The Toda Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to the pursuit of peace through peaceful means and a complete abolition of war. In cooperation with other peace organizations that resist injustice and resolve conflict, the Institute aims to maximize the efforts of people of peace of all colors and creeds everywhere. http://www.toda.org/

TRANET. TRANSnational implied transcending the divisions inherent in nationalism and inter-nationalism. NETwork was meant to imply the linking into a whole of the many diverse ideas and actions exposed in the TRANET newsletter-directory.   For 20 years, since its initiation at the U.N. Conference on Human Settlement in Vancouver Canada in 1976, TRANET has been helping concerned Global citizens exchange ideas and techniques which empower people at the grassroots and promote local community self-reliance.  It has been among the growing numbers of organizations and individuals which believe that the whole earth is in a period of transition for the homocentric Industrial Culture based on self-interest, survival of the fittest, and materialism to an ecocentric Gaiain Culture based on belonging, cooperation, community and mutual respect.  http://www.nonviolence.org/tranet/

TRANSCEND INTERNATIONAL is a network of invited scholars-practitioners working for peace and development by peaceful means through action, training, research, dissemination. A non-profit NGO, being incorporated in Hawai'i. Local chapters are being formed in Honolulu, New York, Washington, Oslo, Geneva, Alicante, Kyoto. TRANSCEND INFORMATION is openly and freely available from our website ( www.transcend.org ). BOARD MEMBERS: President: Johan Galtung, 51 Bois Chatton, F-01210 Versonnex, France, Tel. +334.5042.7306; Fax +334.5042.7506; Vice President: Dietrich Fischer ( 102464.1110@compuserve.com); Treasurer: Katrin Käufer ( kaeufer@mit.edu); Poka Laenui ( plaenui@pixi.com); Claus Otto Scharmer ( scharmer@mit.edu); S. P. Udayakumar ( spkumar@tc.umn.edu); Secretary: Dylan Scudder ( luckyday@mailexcite.com) Information about the proposed Transcend Peace University can be read at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~kent/tpu.doc .

Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research expresses a vision and is an experiment in applied peace research and global networking. We believe that alternatives to the main world trends are desirable and possible -- indeed, necessary for humankind to survive and live with dignity in a less violent future.   TFF is an independent, small and innovative force for peace. We see conflict-resolution as science, art and politics in one. Thus, you'll find science, art and politics on these pages: http://www.transnational.org/

Transparency International, the only international non-governmental organisation devoted to combating corruption, brings civil society, business, and governments together in a powerful global coalition. TI, through its International Secretariat and more than 85 independent national chapters around the world, works at both the national and international level to curb both the supply and demand of corruption. In the international arena, TI raises awareness about the damaging effects of corruption, advocates policy reform, works towards the implementation of multilateral conventions and subsequently monitors compliance by governments, corporations and banks. At the national level, chapters work to increase levels of accountability and transparency, monitoring the performance of key institutions and pressing for necessary reforms in a non-party political manner. TI does not expose individual cases (that is the work of journalists, many of whom are members of TI chapters). Rather, in an effort to make long-term gains against corruption, TI focuses on prevention and reforming systems. A principal tool in the fight against corruption is access to information. It is in this spirit that we offer this web site to everybody with an interest in the fight against corruption. We hope it will make a valuable contribution to assessing the gains made in recent years, and to contemplating the challenges that still lie ahead. For more information:  Peter Eigen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Transparency International (TI) - Otto-Suhr-Allee 97 - 99 - 10585 Berlin, Germany - Phone :+49-30-343 8200 - Fax :+49-30-3470 3912 - email: ti@transparency.org ; web site http://www.transparency.org/index.html

Ukrainian Conflict Resolution Association was established in 1995 and was registered in 1996 as the All-Ukrainian association. It is a non-government and non-profit organization committed to combine efforts of specialists in conflict resolution  in studying, understanding and prediction conflicts, in developing of democracy and nonviolence at Ukraine.  The Association provides assistance  in conflict analysis and resolution to government and private organizations and persons.  The Association conducts researches in area of conflict prediction and resolution, provides consulting in conflict management, organizes conferences and training sessions in conflict management skills including communication, mediation and negotiation.  UCRA took part in organizing three international conferences and seminars in 1996, two international and one national conferences and seminars in 1997, one international and two national conferences in 1998, two international conferences in 1999, two national conferences in 2000, published materials on conflict resolution. At 1997 the Association received a grant from "Renessance" International Fund for organizing seminar "Examination of conflicts: theory and methods" and publishing a book: "The Elements of Conflict Resolution" written by professor M.Piren. At 1999 the Association received a grant from Ukrainian Union of Employers. UCRA carries out the annual seminar on conflictological examination and publish periodical journal  "Examination of conflicts: theory and methods".  Ukrainian Conflict Resolution Association is interesed in cooperation with other organization which are dealing with Conflict Management Problems.  Contact: Prof. Andriy Girnyk, President; Dr. Volodymyr Salomatov, Vice-President; Dr. Andriy Bobro, Vice-President; Ukraine, 04128, Kiev-128, box 84; TEL.: (38044) 442-18-42; E-MAIL: hirnyk@bast.freenet.kiev.ua ; vsalam@academy.kiev.ua ; bobroand@hotmail.com

U.S. Institute of Peace, 1550 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, U.S.A.  The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Established in 1984, the Institute meets its congressional mandate through an array of programs, including grants, fellowships, conferences and workshops, library services, publications, and other educational activities. The Institute's Board of Directors is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senatehttp://www.usip.org/

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The United Nations ("U.N.") was established on 24 October 1945 by 51 countries committed to preserving peace through international cooperation and collective security. Today, nearly every nation in the world belongs to the UN: membership now totals 189 countries. 

UN Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court http://www.un.org/icc/

UNESCO - The main objective of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations. http://www.unesco.org/ . UNESCO Culture of Peace Program http://www.unesco.org/cpp/

The UNESCO Associated Schools Project (ASP) launched in 1953 is a network of schools designed to strengthen the commitment of children and young people to actively strive to promote international understanding and peace. Schools participating in the network include all levels: nursery, primary, secondary, technical and vocational and teacher-training institutions. More than 3,700 schools in 130 countries belong to this network which continues to expand. One of the reasons for its continuing and substantial quantitative and qualitative development in its forty-three years of existence is attributed to the fact that there is often a gap between what is being taught in the classroom and what is happening in the world today. ASP endeavours to bridge this gap. http://www.education.unesco.org/educprog/asp/b_asp_e/home.htm

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent nonprofit alliance of 50,000 concerned citizens and scientists across the country. We augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.  UCS's programs are the means by which we accomplish this. They are the pressure points translating vision into action. Through them, we connect the best scientific insights with the knowledge and support of an astute citizenry and apply them to the machinery of government at all levels -- with results that have set a standard for effective advocacy for decades.  UCS was founded in 1969 by faculty members and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who were concerned about the misuse of science and technology in society. Their statement called for the redirection of scientific research to pressing environmental and social problems.  From that beginning, UCS has become a powerful voice for change. Our core groups of scientists and engineers collaborate with colleagues across the country to conduct technical studies on renewable energy options, the impacts of global warming, the risks of genetically engineered crops, and other related topics. We share the results of our research with policymakers, the news media, and the public.  Our experts work together with citizens across the country to disseminate our findings and alter policies in local communities as well as on the national level.  Our advocates are highly respected in Washington, D.C., as well as in state capitols, and are frequently called to testify before government committees.  Forty thousand of our members participate in the UCS Action Network to make their voices heard on national and state legislation.   Through our Sound Science Initiative, 2,000 scientists provide the real facts on environmental science to government and the media.  Knowing the immensity of the challenge, we actively work in coalition with other environmental groups that share our goals.  National Headquarters 2 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02238-9105, Phone: 617-547-5552, Fax: 617-864-9405; Email ucs@ucsusa.org   ; Web site http://www.ucsusa.org/ .   Arms Control web site http://www.ucsusa.org/arms/arms-home.html

United for Peace. http://unitedforpeace.org/

United Nations Association in Canada, 900 - 130 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 6E2. Mr. Angus Archer, Executive Director. "Encouraging Canadians to support the United Nations is the single, most valuable, thing you or I can do to foster international peace and justice. No other organization brings the same broad perspective to world affairs."   U.N. Association in Canada web site: http://www.unac.org

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United Nations Childrens' Fund "UNICEF" advocates and works for the protection of children's rights, to help the young meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. The UNICEF Executive Board reaffirmed this mandate in January 1996, when it adopted a statement on the mission of UNICEF saying that UNICEF "is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children."  UNICEF, the only organization of the United Nations dedicated exclusively to children, works with other United Nations bodies, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to lighten children's loads through community-based services in primary health care, basic education, and safe water and sanitation in developing countries. The current Executive Director is Carol Bellamy of the United States of America.  The UNICEF Annual Report, reviewing activities in the preceding year, offers readers a sense of what UNICEF, together with a broad range of partners, is doing to meet the challenges confronting children and those in need. http://www.unicef.org/   The State of the World's Children 2000 http://www.unicef.org/sowc00/  

United Nations Cyberschoolbus - Global Learning and Teaching Project.  Teaching modules, classroom activities, and on-going events on global issues: Human Rights, Health, Land Mines, Environment, Women, Poverty.  http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/   The nEwsMAIL is a monthly update from the UN CyberSchoolBus.  To subscribe send e-mail to cyberschoolbus@un.org and in the subject field write: "subscribe newsmail".

THE UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Mission Statement: UNDP is part of the United Nations and upholds the vision of the United Nations Charter. It is committed to the principle that development is inseparable from the quest for peace and human security and that the United Nations must be a strong force for development as well as peace.  UNDP's mission is to help countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable human development by assisting them to build their capacity to design and carry out development programmes in poverty eradication, employment creation and sustainable livelihoods, the empowerment of women and the protection and regeneration of the environment, giving first priority to poverty eradication.  UNDP also acts to help the United Nations family to become a unified and powerful force for sustainable human development and works to strengthen international cooperation for sustainable human development.  UNDP, at the request of governments and in support of its areas of focus, assists in building capacity for good governance, popular participation, private and public sector development and growth with equity, stressing that national plans and priorities constitute the only viable frame of reference for the national programming of operational activities for development within the United Nations system.   http://www.undp.org/

The United Nations Foundation - In 1997, businessman and philanthropist R.E. (Ted) Turner made an historic gift of $1 billion in support of UN efforts on global issues. He chose to channel his historic global commitment through the United Nations because of the UN's vital role as the primary forum for international cooperation recognized by all nations. The Foundation's mission is to support the goals and objectives of the United Nations and its Charter, in order to promote a more peaceful, prosperous and just world - with special emphasis on the UN's work on behalf of economic, social, environmental and humanitarian causes. How UNF Pursues its Mission and Programmatic Priorities: The Foundation is engaged in four primary activities in pursuit of its mission: Grantmaking. -- Providing additional funding for programs and people served by UN agencies. Strengthening UN Institutions and Encouraging Support for the UN and UN Causes. -- Helping to forge new partnerships among and between UN agencies the private sector and NGOs in order to build support for the UN and its efforts while also enhancing the effectiveness of service delivery. Telling the Story. -- In cooperation with the Foundation's sister organization, the Better World Fund, sponsoring or conducting outreach efforts aimed at educating the public about the UN's unique role in addressing global issues and forging international cooperation. Raising New Funds to Support UN Programs and Purposes. -- Encouraging other public and private funders to join and help demonstrate what the UN and the world can do when the public and private sectors cooperate and co-invest.  For more information visit the web site at: http://www.unfoundation.org   United Nations Foundation | 1301 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 700, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036, USA | (202) 887-9040 ph. | (202) 887-9021 fax

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United Nations University - Mission: To contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations and its member states.  The United Nations University (UNU) is an international community of scholars engaged in research, postgraduate training and knowledge dissemination to promote the United Nations' aims of peace and progress. With its Charter adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 6 December 1973, the University commenced its work in Tokyo in September 1975. The UNU is a voluntarily funded United Nations organization. It receives no funding from the regular United Nations budget. Contributions made to the Endowment Fund and operating funds are utilized to support the University's own activities, and additional funds for specific programmes and projects are raised to carry them out. The UNU undertakes multidisciplinary research on pressing global problems; provides advanced training through postgraduate fellowships, international courses, seminars, and workshops; and disseminates knowledge by way of specialized panels, conferences, publications, and other information vehicles. Research is currently focused on two thematic areas: environment and sustainable development, and peace and governance. The University carries out its academic work through its own research and training centres and programmes (RTC/Ps) and a network of individual scientists and institutions throughout the world. The global network includes, among others, Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity (INCORE) as a joint international programme with the University of Ulster, and some Associated Institutions. The UNU currently has the following five RTCs and three RTPs:

The Council of the UNU is the governing board of the University and is composed of 24 members who are appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Director-General of UNESCO. Members serve in their individual capacity for six-year terms. The Rector of the UNU is the chief academic and administrative officer of the University and is a member of the Council.  http://www.unu.edu/

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN member states. It is unique within the UN family and as an international volunteer undertaking. It reports to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and works through UNDP's country offices around the world. http://www.unv.org/

UN Office of the World Federalist Movement, 777 U.N. Plaza, New York, NY 10017, U.S.A.  Web Site:  http://www.un.org

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The United Religions Initiative is a growing global community dedicated to ending religiously motivated violence and creating cultures of peace and justice to serve a better future for the Earth Community. The URI exists as a force for good all over the world in local communities that are globally connected in their pursuit of a more hopeful future. Its essence is expressed in the Preamble, Purpose, and Principles of its Charter.  According to our first Principle, "We are a bridge-building organization, not a religion."  We respect the uniqueness of each tradition and differences of practice or belief.  For more information: United Religions Initiative, PO Box 29242, San Francisco, CA, 94129-0242, USA.  Email: office@united-religions.org ; Telephone: 1.415.561.2300 (in USA); Fax: 1.415.561.2313 (in USA)  Website http://www.united-religions.org/newsite/index.htm

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.  The Museum's primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.  http://www.ushmm.org

The Universal Esperanto Association ("UEA") was founded in 1908 as an organization of individual Esperantists. Click here for more.

The University for Peace was established pursuant to a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in December 1980 to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace, with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful co-existence, to stimulate co-operation amongst people and to help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations. Its President and Rector of UPAZ is Mr. Maurice F. Strong of Canada.  In accordance with its mandate, UPAZ has undertaken a range of research and teaching activities on a modest scale, focused on such issues as: promoting a culture of peace, consensus building and conflict resolution in Central America; conflict and collaboration in the management of natural resources; training in the field of communications and peace; and human rights and peace education. These activities have been carried out on and from the UPAZ campus in San Jose, Costa Rica. The University for Peace, Apartado 138-6100, Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica.  Tel: 506-249-1072 / 249-1512; Fax: 506-249-1929; e-mail: info@upaz.org ; web site http://www.upeace.org/

The U.S Agency for International Development is the U.S. federal government agency that implements America's foreign economic and humanitarian assistance programs. USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the Foreign Assistance Act into law and created by executive order USAID. Since that time, USAID has been the principle U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The agency works in six principle areas crucial to achieving both sustainable development and advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives:
Economic growth and agricultural development;
Population, health and nutrition;
Environment;
Democracy and governance;
Education and training, and;
Humanitarian assistance.

For more information - http://www.info.usaid.gov/


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