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* 28 June 2000 KOICHIRO MATSUURA: "FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IS ESSENTIAL TO DEMOCRACY"
* 26 June 2000 PEACE BUILT FROM BOTTOM UP 'BEGINS WITH EVERY ONE OF US', SAYS SECRETARY-GENERAL TO 'MONDIAL DES ENFANTS' FESTIVAL
* 22 June 2000 SECRETARY-GENERAL, PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE ISSUE JOINT MESSAGE ON OCCASION OF OLYMPIC DAY OBSERVANCE
* 18 June 2000 FRANCINE FOURNIER, UNESCO DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR SOCIAL AND HUMAN SCIENCES, OPENS THE CHILDREN'S WORLD FESTIVAL
* 13 June 2000 SECRETARY-GENERAL CALLS INCREASING INTERDEPENDENCE OF NATIONS AN OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER CAUSE OF UNDERSTANDING, TOLERANCE AND PEACE
* 22 May 2000 UNESCO CONTRIBUTES TO PEACE-BUILDING IN SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE
* 10 May 2000 CHINESE ACTRESS GONG LI NAMED ARTIST FOR PEACE
* 1 May 2000 COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS CONCLUDES FIFTY-SIXTH SESSION
Under the Commission's agenda item on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, the Commission:
* 27 April 2000 JOINT MESSAGE FROM SECRETARY-GENERAL, UNESCO, HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, TO MARK WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY, 3 MAY 2000
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In the spirit of the International Year for the Culture of Peace, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly for the Year 2000, artists and designers are invited to artistically interpret the theme "Peace". The submitted websites should be an artistic expression of UNESCO's mandate to use education, science, culture and communication to "construct the defences of peace in the minds of men".
The following words could inspire the creation of websites for this category : Justice, Non-violence, Liberty, Human Rights, Respect for Cultural Diversity, Tolerance, Solidarity, Development, Promotion of Democracy, Reconciliation.
Click on the icon to find out more
* courier.gif (1528 octets)the UNESCO Courier, January 2000
special focus on "International Year 2000: Peace is in our hands" (available in 28 Languages)
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* Enseñanza de la Historia y Cultura de Paz
Resume of  conclusions from a seminar organised by UNESCO with the collaboration of the Asociación Peruana de Estudios e Investigación para la Paz (APEP) under the auspices of the Peruvian Foreign Ministry and the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
Click here to read the Introduction (Available in Spanish only)
* «La culture de la paix, réflexion et mise en oeuvre»
Actes du colloque du 2 octobre 1999
* « Penser la non-violence » -- when one says no to violence, which has dominated the history of humanity, one has created the idea for non-violence... (available in French only)
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* A new book, entitled "Les fondements endogènes d'une culture de la paix en Afrique : Mécanismes traditionnels de prévention et de résolution des conflits" with a Foreword by Mr. Federico Mayor and edited by Edouard Matoko, ED/ECP, is now available on-line (available in French only.)
"In less than a decade conflicts with unimaginable consequences have occurred on the African continent. All broke out despite alarm signals which could have prevented the inevitable. The question to ask, then, is whether we have the conceptual and practical means through which it is possible to prevent them and to avoid them without necessarily resorting to force or emergency measures that do not always guarantee enduring solutions."
* The second edition of The international basis for intercultural education including anti-racist and human rights education, compiled and introduced by Pieter Batelaan and Fons Coomans. This 40-page booklet containing a selection of articles from relevant documents adopted by the governments of member states of the United Nations, UNESCO, the Organisation on Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the Council of Europe is available free of charge from the Publications Unit, IBE, P.O. Box 199, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland, E-mail: j.fox@ibe.unesco.org
* Recently Received Publications
Relating to the Implementation of the
Transdisciplinary Project "Towards a Culture of Peace"
* IAUP Policy Statement on the Achievement of a Culture of Peace through Institutions of Hugher Learning
16 June 1999, Sacramento, CA, United States of America
"This is yet another in the series of policy papers of the International Association of University Presidents. Those responsible for this policy statement are members of the joint IAUP/United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution, and Peace, with the able leadership of emeritus President L. Eudora Pettigrew in the 1996-99 period.
"Two important points can be made. A fundamental contribution which any university can make to society, has to do with the creation of values and attitudes which promote a world-wide Culture of Peace. This has been a basic tenant of IAUP since its founding. The audience for this policy paper is the entire university community and not just a few with a special interest in issues of peace."

Donald R. Gerth, President, IAUP, 1996 - 99
* Mécénat 2000: Art in the service of peace
An international permanent competition launched as an  initiative of the “2000 Idées” Association under the patronage of AIAP-UNESCO, the International Association of Plastic Arts at UNESCO
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* Message from the Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the International Year for the Culture of Peace
* "Women Organize for Peace and Non-Violence in Africa"
Pan-African Women's Conference on a Culture of Peace
Zanzibar, Tanzania, 17-20 MAY 1999
News Up-date (18 May 1999)
* Virtual Exhibition, « Une autre histoire du Burundi » (Another History of Burundi) (In French Only)
* Visions of Peace Conference
Free University of Ireland
22 - 27 May 2000, Dublin, Ireland
If we want a more peaceful future we have to do more than imagine it. We also have to identify the building blocks of that peaceful future. We have to rediscover for ourselves and for others the foundation stones which will create peace in all its various aspects.
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* XV Education for Peace Encounter that will take place in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) between 21 - 26 of March 2000 with the theme "Culture of Peace for a New Millennium". Confirmed Participants include: Adolph Perez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Former Director-General of UNESCO; Cora Weiss, President of the Hague Appeal for Peace; Horst Betgue, Founder of Teachers for Peace, Paco Cascón, Director of PANGEA; Pilar Figueras, European Co-ordinator of Ciudades Educadoras; and, Alicia Cabezudo, Co-ordinator of Ciudades Educadoras for the MERCOSUR, amongst others.
Click here to see detailed information   (Information in Galician only)
* Peace Flag Project
The UN CyberSchoolBus, in cooperation with the UN Postal Administration, is pleased to announce the Peace Flag Project in celebration of the International Day of Peace.
Submit your drawing for a world peace flag and your winning entry could be an official UN Stamp, complimented with a trip to the Olympics Stamp Show in Sydney in year 2000!
Click here to find out more...
* 6th World Conference of Educators for Peace
8 - 13 July 2000
Organised by IAEP in collaboration with UNESCO &
National Institut for Youth and Popular Education
Marly-le-Roi, France
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Conference on Higher Education for Peace
Tromsø, Norway
4 - 6 May 2000
Following the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education in 1998, the University of Tromsø and Tromsø College will, in association with the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO, host approximately 500 researchers and students interested in peace studies during the conference Higher Education for Peace.
The human tragedies inflicted in the 20th century due to war and ethnic conflict have been enormous. This prevailing culture of war must be challenged by a culture of peace.
The aim of the conference Higher Education for Peace is to discuss conditions for peace and the role of institutions of higher education in promoting peace. The conference will serve as a unique opportunity to exchange research results and educational strategies that promote creative thinking about peace studies in higher education.
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* Déclaration de la Conférence nationale sur la Culture de la Paix au Cambodge
10 - 11 décembre 1999
Phnom Penh, Cambodge (in French only)
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International Conference "Towards a Culture of Human rights and Peace: the Role of Universities"
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Thessaloniki, Greece, 2 - 4 December 1999
Ceremony Hall of the A.U.Th. Old Building of the Faculty of Philosophy
Click here to read the resume of this Conference (4 December 1999)

* World Summit “Youth in Favour of a Culture of Peace on the Threshold of the New Millennium”
Oaxtepec, Morelos, Mexico
November 22 to 26, 1999

The objective of this World Summit is to invite youth together, creating a space for reflection and dialogue for the analysis of the current situation in the world and for the construction of proposals for action that young people, as protagonists of the values of a culture of peace, will have to develop to contribute to the resolution of problems that currently affect all of humanity. Their conviction is that violence and war can only be avoided through the adoption of the values of a culture of peace: tolerance, fairness, respect for diversity and solidarity, … for which only young people, with their enthusiasm and their commitment, are its most suitable promoters in the new millennium.
Click here for more information in English and Spanish.
* Creation of the School of a Culture of Peace within the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Human Rights at the Autonomous University of Barcelona:
The Official Opening of the School for the Culture of Peace was held on 1st July 1999, at the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya. The opening speech was given by Dr Andreu Mas-Colell, Commissioner for Universities and Investigation of the Generalitat de Catalunya, who welcomed those that attended, and explained the history behind this new School. René Zapata, Co-ordinator of the Culture of Peace Project at UNESCO, Vicenç Fisas, Holder of the UNESCO Chair for Peace and Human Rights and Co-ordinator of the School, also spoke. Carles Solà, Director of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, explained the commitment of his University in maintaining up-to-date research in the fields of peace and solidarity. The Opening was attended by students and academics, as well as several people in charge of Departments within the Generalitat who have made the creation of the School possible.
Click here for more information in Catalan.
* Launching of the Discussion Forum Entitled « Vivre-Ensemble »
Within the framework of the joint IBE/Université de Genève project, Learning to live together through the teaching of the history and of the geography, the IBE is organising, between September and December 1999, an Internet discussion forum. The discussions will be organized on the basis of cards extracted from a handbook prepared for history and geography teachers at the primary and secondary levels. These cards present topics to be taught, considered as essential for knowledge, comprehension and diffusion of the values making it possible to live together, whilst respecting others. The forum will make it possible to test the proposals contained in the cards to further enrich the commentary guide. The debates will be in French. The IBE invites any one interested in taking part in the forum to contact Felicity Nacereddine.
* Address by the Director-General of UNESCO to the International Conference
« Pour un Islam de paix : la rencontre Islam-Occident »

UNESCO House, Paris, France, 12 January 2000
"Mon expérience en tant que témoin des horreurs de la guerre et par la suite en tant que diplomate ayant pris une part active aux événements internationaux m'a convaincu que la connaissance de la culture de l'Autre, la véritable écoute de l'Autre, est le seul moyen de dissiper la haine et la méfiance, le seul véritable outil d'édification d'une paix durable." {read full text in pdf format}(in French Only)
* Establishment of the Office for the Culture of Peace, Quito, Equador
The Presidencia de la República del Ecuador has established an Office for the Culture of Peace as organization of the executive power which looks to generate those values, attitudes and behaviours based on the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, tolerance and solidarity, as the foundation for national development. It is part of a larger strategy for the fortification of  democracy,  respect for human rights and the elimination of discrimination within Ecuador.  Click here to read more about this Office (available in Spanish only).
* Institute for the Culture of Peace in Tatarstan
The goal of the Institute for the Culture of Peace is to assist in the formation of a firm orientation towards non-violence, tolerance, complimentarity and solidarity of understanding that peace is a necessary condition of survival, development and prosperity of nations, peoples and countries within the society.
It does so through: theoretical development of a national model for a culture of peace and inter-communal, international, inter-confessional and intercultural collabration: adaptation of world-wide experiences of preventing and settling wars, regional conflicts, securing civil and social peace; and organizing and ensuring the functionality of specialized multi-level systems of education and training of peace-makers, specialists in conflict resolution, managers to work in conflict areas, specialists in anti-crisis managment, municipal and local government functions.
For more information, please contact:
Institute for the Culture of Peace
ul.Butlerovia 4, office 508A
Kazan, 420012
Tatarstan, RUSSIA
Tel./Fax: (+7)(8432)38-20-42
Tel: (+7)(8432)64-48-94
e-mail: econom@kfei.kcn.ru
See also: Culture of Peace in Russia (in Russian only)
* UNESCO Appeals for the Promotion of Arts Education and Creativity at School to help construct a Culture of Peace
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris
3 November 1999
* UN General Assembly Proclaims A Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace
United Nations Headquarters, New York
13 September 1999
* Conclusions and Recommendations from the Visby Conference on Disarming History
Visby, Gotland, Sweden
23 - 25 September, 1999
* UNESCO PEER - Excerpts from PEER Newsletter (January - June 1999)
UNESCO's Regional Programme of
Education for emergencies, Communication and Culture of Peace
* UNESCO participates in the Latin American and Caribbean Conference on the Use of Children as Soldiers
5 - 8 July 1999, Montevideo, Uruguay
The Latin American and Caribbean Conference on the Use of Children as Soldiers took place in Montevideo, Uruguay between 5 - 8 July 19999. More than 100 representatives of governments and civil society from the region, including UNESCO, pledged to reinforce efforts to prevent underage recruitment across the region and to ensure that no one under 18 years of age is used as a soldier.
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* Final Report - National Workshop on a Culture of Peace in Vietnam
14 - 15 May 1999, Hanoi - Vietnam
* World Conference on Education and Sport for a Culture of Peace
Organized by UNESCO and the International Olympic Committee
UNESCO Headquarters,Paris, 5 - 7 July 1999
* International Forum "For a Culture of Peace and Dialogue among Civilizations in the Third Millennium"
Under the auspices of the Director-General of UNESCO and the Mayor of Moscow
Moscow, Russian Federation, 13-16 MAY 1999
 
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