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The United Nations and the Human Right to Peace

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Date & Time: Thursday, March 22, 2012
5:00 AM-8:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: Adult, College, High School, Middle School
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United Nations
First Avenue and 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Cost: $295 (adults) includes transporation from Worcester/Providence, Hartford, New Haven $195 (Meet at the UN) $150 Youth
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
Description: The schedule for the day at the United Nations begins with a UN tour and continues with lunch in a nearby restaurant.

After lunch there will be a Civil Society Consultation on the Human Right to Peace from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Church Center for the United Nations
Room 10 H, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York,

Sponsors: The Hague Appeal for Peace (HAP), the Spanish Society for International Human Rights Law (SSIHRL), the International Observatory of the Human Right to Peace (IOHRP), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Center for Global Community and World Law will co-organize the Civil Society Consultation on the Human Right to Peace.

This will be the fourth in the series of consultations/panel discussions held in the United States on this significantly important issue, with previous ones being held at the UN, in New York and in Washington DC in 2010 and 2011. It also builds on the synergy of the civil society generated activities since the launching of the first US-based “Coalition to Support the Human Right to Peace” in March 2011 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

As our world faces today increasing abuse, violence, conflict and war, the time is ripe for the much-awaited recognition of the Human Right to Peace. While some of the governments are still dragging their feet in supporting this initiative, civil society has been the vanguard of this cause becoming more and more vocal in asking the United Nations to recognise this all-important right to peace.

In June this year the UN Human Rights Council is expected to receive at its 20th session a draft “Declaration on the Right to Peace”. The Council’s Advisory Committee consisting of 18 international experts has been working on this document since last year. The global civil society alliance is requesting the Council to establish an open-ended working group to continue the codification process of the Human Right to Peace. The objective is to get this working group prepare an inter-governmentally agreed Declaration which the Council could recommend to the UN General Assembly for adoption as the Universal Declaration on the Human Right to Peace.

The Consultation on the Human Right to Peace in New York would provide a timely opportunity to highlight the need for increasing engagement of civil society in focussing attention to the need for the recognition of the Human Right to Peace by the international community as well as to evaluate the progress being made in that direction and to decide on the course of advocacy and action required of them.


--Welcome remarks by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Former President of the UN Security Council


- Representative of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:

"The human right to peace before the Human Rights Council".

- Prof. Carlos Villán Durán, President of the SSIHRL:

“Comments to the (second) draft Declaration on the Right to Peace as submitted by the Advisory Committee”.

- Ms. Cora Weiss, President of the Hague Appeal for Peace (*):

“Role of civil society organizations in the promotion and protection of the human right to peace”

- Ms. Virginia Swain, Executive Director of the Center for Global Community and World Law

"The US Coalition on the human right to peace as good practice in the promotion of peace and human rights"

- Mr Daniel Pieper, Policy consultant of the World Council of Churches before the United Nations in New York.

"The freedom of religion and belief as a core element of the right to peace"

-- Discussion and Conclusions.

Closure of the Consultation by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury

Coordinator: Mr. David Fernández Puyana
Representative of the IOHRP and the SSIHR in Geneva

After lunch, Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, Carlos Villan Duran, Cora Virginia Swain, Cora Weiss and others will speak about The Human Right to Peace. The Worcester-based Coalition for the Human Right to Peace began when Ambassador Chowdhury delivered the keynote address at the Life Leadership Award Ceremony at Briarwood. The Coalition represents the cooperative partnership between sponsoring governments and civil society to advance the achievements of past generations by recognizing the principle of the Human Right to Peace. Such a right is anchored in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human rights and the Declaration and Programme of Action on Culture of Peace. The activities of the Coalition strengthen the global movement for the Human Right to Peace initiated by civil society that has attracted the support of 1750 plus organizations from all parts of the world.

The Coalition was launched at the well-attended event on 24 March 2011 in Worcester, the second largest city of Massachusetts, United States in the presence of civil society representatives and Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Chairperson of the International Drafting Committee of the Declaration on the Human Right to Peace and Vice-Chairperson of the Santiago Congress on the Human Right to Peace.

The Human Right to Peace is recognized as a Universal Right regardless of race, descent, national, ethnic, social origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, language, religion or belief, political or other opinion, economic status or heritage, diverse physical or mental functionality, civil status, birth or other considerationall Individuals or Peoples have the RIGHT TO PEACE.

Implied in this Right to Peace is also the Right 

to Education on and for Peace and Human Rights
to Human Security to live in a Safe, Healthy Environment
to Development and to a Sustainable Environment
to Disobedience and Conscientious Objection
to Resist and Oppose Oppression
to Disarmament
to Freedom of Thought, Opinion, Expression, Conscience and Religion
to Refugee Status
to Freedom of Movement- Emigrate and Participate
of All Victims to Recognition of Status and to Obtain Justice
From the Santiago Declaration on the Human Right to Peace - 10 December 2010 Also and
More Information: E-mail:
Phone: 508-245-6843
Entered by: Virginia Swain

Created: July 13, 2011 at 10:12 AM
Last Modified: March 1, 2012 at 3:21 PM

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