"It is valuable to realize that each correct judgement of ours enriches space. But how great is the responsibility for each pollution!"
HEART - 1932
"Over the years we have come to realize that it is not enough to send peacekeeping forces to separate warring parties. It is not enough to engage in peace-building efforts after societies have been ravaged by conflict. It is not enough to conduct preventive diplomacy. All of this is essential work, but we want enduring results. We need, in short, a culture of peace."
Secretary-General Kofi Annan
A. What is the UN already doing to foster and facilitate a Culture of Peace in the world?
B. What is my vision of a Culture of Peace –for myself? For my home and community? Within the United Nations and within the World?
C. In what ways can I contribute to a Culture of Peace–in my personal and professional life?
1 The full transcripts of this seminar are on-line at: http://www.aquaac.org/un/spiritun.html
2 Roerich Banner of Peace: http://www.roerich.org/nr.html?mid=pact
3 Manifesto 2000: http://www3.unesco.org/manifesto2000/uk/uk_6points.htm
a) disarmament and disbanding of the Janjaweed militias who are prime agents of the genocidal violence;
b) unhindered relief, the return of refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes in conditions of safety and with aid as in many cases there has been a deliberate destruction of the agricultural infrastructure of Darfur — the graineries needed both for food and for seeds to replant, the deliberate destruction of wells that are filled and covered with sand, the destruction of all farm tools, as well as of houses and storage areas;
c) a start of ecologically-sound development for the area based on finding complementary relations between agriculturalists and pastoralists.
H.E. Mr Mustafa Ismail, Foreign Minister*Rene Wadlow is the editor of www.transnational-perspectives.org and representative to the United Nations, Geneva of the Association of World Citizens. Formerly, he was professor and Director of Research of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, University of Geneva
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- The UN must become an outward looking Organisation: give more emphasis to convening and facilitating rather than "doing", put the needs, not the institution, at the centre;
- The UN must embrace a plurality of constituencies: many actors may be relevant to an issue;
- The UN must connect the local with the global; put countries first by starting engagement at the country level for both operational and deliberative processes; global norms should drive the operations, and the country realities should mould those norms; civil society is vital for both;
- The UN must help re-shape democracy for the 21st century: accept a more explicit role in strengthening global governance and tackling the democratic deficits it is prone to, emphasizing participatory democracy and deeper accountability of institutions to the global public.
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Source: Go Between no 103, UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS)
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