Power of Peace Network grows

The Power of Peace Network (PPN), a UNESCO-led initiative harnessing the power of the 2.0 web and the energy of young innovators and activists, will gather in Bangkok, Thailand, from 21 to 23 May 2009, to break new ground in creating a culture of peace using information and communication technologies.

"We are bringing together the best and the brightest so that we can leverage the intersection of media and technology in the pursuit of mutual understanding and conflict mitigation," said Abdul Waheed Khan, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information. Development of the Power of Peace platform, an online site for the aggregation and distribution of various forms of content in support of a culture of peace, will be the primary objective of the 2nd Global Forum.

 

It was at the 1st Global Forum in Bali, Indonesia, two years ago that the Power of Peace Network was launched. Since then, work has continued in the areas of peace education and conflict sensitive reporting. An innovative online curriculum in peace and conflict studies for university students is currently under development. It is being designed to evolve with changing trends and events, and to be relevant to students and educators from any part of the world.

 

Also under development is a training programme for local journalists who find themselves reporting on potential or emerging conflicts. This pilot programme will seek to provide reporters with the tools needed to reduce the chance that they will exacerbate a conflict situation, while ensuring they maintain the highest standards of journalism practice.

 

Recently, at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul (Turkey), a PPN-conceived and UNESCO-funded training for reporters, dealing with water as a potential conflict issue, was concluded. The idea behind the training was to shift the mindset in water-stressed areas from potential conflict to cooperation potential.

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