The International Day of Peace
“Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” Constitution of UNESCO, 1945
During the International Congress on Peace in the Minds of Men, held in Cote d’Ivoire in 1989, congress members began to develop ideas for creating a ‘Culture of Peace’. This overarching concept aimed at fostering a world environment in which the objectives of the United Nations could be implemented successfully by NGOs and advocates alike. Keeping close to the aims of UNESCO, a Culture of Peace is a set of values, attitudes, modes of behaviour and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes. Problems are solved through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.
In 1994, El Salvador hosted the first International Forum on the Culture of Peace and later in 1999, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace. This Declaration defined eight action areas to be linked through the concept of a culture of peace and non-violence into a single coherent approach. The eight areas of (A/RES/53/243) are:
VIVAT International is committed to creating, promoting and advancing a Culture of Peace. This commitment is visible in all aspects of VIVAT’s work, from advocating (for) the eradication of poverty and the promotion of sustainable development (,) to a dedication to the protection and advancement of women, children, indigenous peoples and other vulnerable populations.
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International Conference for a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World April 30-May 1
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