Creating a Culture of Peace Through Peace Education at the United Nations

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Date & Time: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
5:00 AM-9:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School
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United Nations
First Avenue and 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
Cost: $295 includes transportation from Worcester/Providence, Hartford; $195 meet at the UN (adults) $150 meet at the UN students/seniors RSVP by February 10, 2012 at 508-245-6843.
Sponsored by: Institute for Global Leadership
Description: As stated in the United Nations definition, a Culture of Peace is a set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations. Everything that is needed to build a culture of peace already exists in each one of us.

Taking to heart the text of article 8 of the UN Declaration which says that “a key role in the promotion of a culture belongs to parents, teachers, politicians, journalists, religious bodies and groups, intellectuals, those engaged in scientific, philosophical and creative and artistic activities, health and humanitarian workers, social workers, managers at various levels as well as to non-governmental organizations.”

Our individual or group acts of goodwill are, taken together, creating a global movement. We are making contact with each other which releases love. We are connecting heart to heart to heart to heart around the planet. We are creating the relationships needed to usher in a culture of peace.

In September 1999 the UN General Assembly agreed on the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (A/RES/53/243). This document gives clear and comprehensive guidelines on a new mode of governance, which calls on the entire United Nations system; all governments, and all peoples to work together to build a freer, fairer and more peaceful global neighborhood through “a positive, dynamic participatory process where dialogue is encouraged and conflicts are solved in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation.”
8 Action Areas:
Fostering a culture of peace through education
Promoting sustainable economic and social development.
Promoting respect for all human rights.
Ensuring equality between women and men.
Fostering democratic participation.
Advancing understanding, tolerance and solidarity.
Supporting participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge.
Promoting international peace and security.

For the history of Culture of Peace and Culture of Peace in Worcester, MA

The Agenda includes a tour of the UN, an elegant lunch at Padre Figlio Restaurant (near the UN), a briefing on Creating a Culture of Peace through Peace Education and a chance to visit the Dag Hammarskjold Meditations room, art gallery, gift and book shops.

The briefing speakers Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury (invitd) and Cora Weiss, Founder and Director, Hague Appeal for Peace and Global Campaign for Peace Education. For more on Ambassador Chowdhury, go to and Cora Weiss go to

Recent participant Dave Woessner of Harvard Divinity School commented, "Virginia Swain brings a passion for the UN and the multilateral peace process that is contagious and engrossing. The exposure to diplomatic officials and NGO professionals offers an unbelievable degree of access into the functioning of the UN. It is emotionally edifying and spiritually uplifting power-networking, and you'll never look at the UN the same way again. Great work is being done there and Virginia brings you into the heart of it."

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Phone: 508-245-6843
Entered by: Virginia Swain

Created: January 15, 2012 at 7:57 AM
Last Modified: January 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM

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