rn: Decade for a Culture of Peace


Jan Slakov

Dear Renaissance Network,

Perhaps you remember the posting of June 26, 1999 on how it came about that
the UN declared this year the International Year for a Culture of Peace
(IYCP) and this decade as the International Decade  for the Culture of Peace
and Non-violence for the Children of the World". (The posting consisted
mainly of an editorial from Fellowship magazine and I can send it to anyone
who would like to have it.)

The following message should help us to make this Decade for a Culture of
peace meaningful. It includes information on what we can do as individuals
and also useful web addresses.

all the best, Jan
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 09:19:02 -0400
From: "Appeal from the Nobel Peace Laureates" <•••@••.•••> (by way of
Hans Sinn <•••@••.•••>)
May 2000

Dear Sisters and Brothers, 

The Year 2000 has been proclaimed the "International Year for the Culture of
Peace" (IYCP) by the United Nations. The United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has been designated as the
co-ordinating body for this International Year.

The objective of the IYCP is to create a global movement that unites and
federates the actions already underway all around the world by individuals,
groups, institutions and organisations for the various aspects of a culture
of peace (justice, human rights, democracy, non-violence, solidarity, non
discrimination, sustainable human development, etc). 

Our Foundation signed a partnership agreement with UNESCO involving 4 main axes:

1. Promotion of the "Manifesto 2000" - an appeal for individual commitment
that was drafted by a group of Laureates of the Nobel Prize for Peace and
Thich Nhat Hanh: the aim, with the help of all identified partners, is to
collect and present 100 million signatures to the General Assembly of the
United Nations in September 2000 with the collaboration of all identified

You can read this text in English, French and Spanish, sign, download to
publish it, on our Web site at :
<http://www.nobelweb.org/>http://www.nobelweb.org Please make this text
known as much as you can. You can use it as a tool to get new members to
your organisation. You can also get the text, in several other languages at
the UNESCO Web site :

 * Identification of main events for the IYCP: each partner is asked to
identify an event contributing to the general public awareness campaign as
an official contribution to the IYCP and for which the official logo of the
IYCP will be used; 

3. Identification of local projects for a culture of peace: those who sign
the Manifesto will be urged to make a concrete contribution by joining
existing local actions already underway in the different areas of a culture
of peace; each partner is invited to contribute by "feeding" the existing
international database of local projects for a culture of peace with such
local actions;

4. Contribution to the "International Decade for the Culture of Peace and
Non-violence for the Children of the World": each partner is asked to begin
considering how their contribution to the IYCP can be extended and further
developed as part of the Decade proclaimed by the United Nations for 2001-2010.

To prepare this Decade, we have already delegates (all volunteers) for
several regions, and you can contact them to start to build a regional Civil
Society Network with them :

 * Africa : Mr. Akadim G. CHIKANDAMINA at

 * Middle East : Mr. Noah SALAMEH at
<mailto:•••@••.•••>•••@••.••• or
at <mailto:•••@••.•••>•••@••.•••  

 * South America : Mrs Nelsa CURBELO at
<mailto:•••@••.•••>•••@••.••• or

 * North America : Fr. John DEAR at

 * Indian Subcontinent : Mrs. RAJHESWARI at

 * Asia : Mr. Prasart PASIRI at

 * Europe : Mrs. Monica BOCAZ at <mailto:•••@••.•••>•••@••.•••  

We hope that this special UN. Decade will be one of the item of the
Millennium NGO Forum at the UN (see :

As a participant of our network, you can automatically benefit from this
partnership agreement with UNESCO and involve your organisation in the IYCP.
It will allow you in particular:

 * To use the logo of the International year for the Culture of Peace for
your communication tools. 

- To diffuse information about your actions at an international level.
 * To access the technical website of the IYCP ( www2.unesco.org/iycptec)
thanks to your account number. This site will provide you tools and
information concerning the IYCP as well as the possibility to become
participant organisation of the IYCP. 




How to access to the UNESCO technical website?

Please go to <http://www2.unesco.org/iycptec>http://www2.unesco.org/iycptec
and fill up the short form under the section "New Internet Account Number" .
You will have in the short form to specify the nine first digit of our
account number: NGO/INT/011. After filling up the form, you will become
officially a partner of UNESCO, and will have access to the technical website. 


Yours sincerely,

Pierre Marchand

Email : <mailto:•••@••.•••>•••@••.••• – 

Please visit our Website and help us to make it known :

If you have any problem of access, or if you wish to exchange Web site
links, please contact our Web Master at

Do not hesitate to send a copy of this letter to all your friends and NGO’s

NB : We warmly invite you to visit also those excellent Web Site :

PEACE PEOPLE : <http://www.peacepeople.com/>http://www.peacepeople.com 

SERPAJ : <http://www.nonviolence.org/serpaj>http://www.nonviolence.org/serpaj

IFOR : <http://www.ifor.org/>http://www.ifor.org

FOR USA : <http://www.forusa.org/>http://www.forusa.org

PLUM VILLAGE : <http://plumvillage.org/>http://plumvillage.org

INEB : <http://bpf.org/ineb.html>http://bpf.org/ineb.html

THE NONVIOLENCE WEB : <http://www.nonviolence.org/>http://www.nonviolence.org

(sorry : no place for so many others !...)

The campaign for the 

"International Decade for the Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the
Children of the World" 

has been facilitated and financed for 3 years by "PARTAGE" 

(Share, <http://www.partage.org/>http://www.partage.org )

Apologise : We do apologise if you have received already this message from
any other source.