Promoting rights and the culture of peace

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Embrace of diversity as a key value of Pacific Regionalism

One of the key values of the Pacific Regionalism is the embrace of diversity which partly guide the pathway toward a region of peace, harmony, security, social inclusion, and prosperity, so that all Pacific people can lead free, healthy, and productive lives. The S.A.M.O.A Pathway recognizes the importance of sustaining efforts to ensure peaceful societies and safe communities through building responsive institutions and respect for human rights. At the country level, this vision is reflected in the goals of ensuring united and stable society based on mutual respect.

In realizing this vision, it is critical to firstly gain a profound understanding of the socio-cultural barriers of inclusion and, secondly, the identification and nurturing of cultural competences and attitudes which break down such barriers to respectful dialogue and understanding. Such competences promote tolerance, mutual respect and the ability to live peacefully with others.

Actions to promote the culture of peace

This strand of work is two-folded. On the one hand, the programme mobilises knowledge on the rights of the vulnerable groups, the nature of exclusion, the underlying causes of conflict and violence from values-oriented lenses. On the other the programme promotes the use of intercultural dialogue as a tool for inclusion and peace building at the community and national level.

In particular, it promotes discussions about the nature of exclusion and violence based on which the necessary intercultural competences are identified for peace building. The programme builds the capacity of CSOs and relevant Governing bodies in addressing the nature of exclusion and utilising intercultural dialogue tools in various contexts.

Projects and activities 




Women’s empowerment and the culture of peace




Rights of deportees 


Related resources

International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures

From Action to Words - Intercultural competences based on Human rights

Intercultural competences: Conceptual and Operational Framework

Writing Peace Manual - Training Tools and Resources

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