We're so excited! This is the first run of POP and we are dedicated to do all that we can to spread the message and actions of peace. Won't you join us?
We have 3 great POP Stars dedicated to going through the program, but you can learn and interact with them for your own development. With this in mind, we decided to post our notes for our sessions for those that want more to walk away with from our recorded online discussions that they can follow up on.
Below are notes from the first session that kicked off our program:
I. What is peace? What does peace mean to you?
- What is a culture of peace?
- is a set of values, attitudes, modes of behaviour 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 (UN Resolutions A/RES/52/13 : Culture of Peace and A/RES/53/243, Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace).
- Discussion of video/film
- What is peace? What does peace mean to you?
- Quoted from the short video clip:
- “Peace is a new solution to an old problem, the only resolution for conflicts is not peace. It is human beings who start wars but before a war starts on the outside it started within. Peace is experienced from within. It is not the world that needs peace. It is people who need peace. When people are in peace, the world will have peace. Peace is waiting to be found. To find answers about peace, it is necessary to turn within the self. Peace manifests itself when the heart does not know duality any more. When the war within has ended. Within each and everyone of us. There is a universe where peace can be found."
II. UN International Day of Peace
This peace day symbolizes global solidarity, highlighting the efforts to end conflict and promote peace, a day of ceasefire, an annual day separate from politics and religion differences, and when every human in the world gets involve in the peace process – to move aid, save lives, and inspire.
The UN Peace Bell, with inscriptions in its side reads “Long live absolute world peace,” is rung at the UN Headquarters (NYC) to inaugurate the day of peace.
What are the peace keys?
The culture of peace (for peace and non-violence) to prevail, we have 8 peace keys to live by:
Foster a culture of peace through education -Developing attitudes and skills for living together in harmony, putting an end to exclusion and oppressionby revising the educational curricula to promote qualitative values, attitudes and behaviours of a culture of peace, including peaceful conflict-resolution, dialogue, consensus-building and active non-violence.
Promote sustainable economic and social development - Making sure that progress and development are good for everyone and for the environment by reducing economic and social inequalities, by eradicating poverty and by assuring sustainable food security , social justice, durable solutions to debt problems, empowerment of women, special measures for groups with special needs, environmental sustainability
Promote respect for all human rights - Respecting the rights and dignity of each human beinghuman rights and a culture of peace are complementary: whenever war and violence dominate, there is no possibility to ensure human rights; at the same time, without human rights, in all their dimensions, there can be no culture of peace
Ensure equality between women and men - Ensuring an equal place for women and men in building society through full participation of women in economic, social and political decision-making, elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against women, support and assistance to women in need.
Foster democratic participation - Participation by everyone in making decisions. Indispensable foundations for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security are democratic principles, practices and participation in all sectors of society, a transparent and accountable governance and administration, the combat against terrorism, organized crime, corruption, illicit drugs and money laundering.
Advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity - Appreciating that people are different and that everyone has something to contribute to the community. To abolish war and violent conflicts we need to transcend and overcome enemy images with understanding, tolerance and solidarity among all peoples and cultures. Learning from our differences, through dialogue and the exchange of information, is an enriching process.
Support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge - Giving everyone a chance to learn and share through the free flow of information. Freedom of information and communication and the sharing of information and knowledge are indispensable for a culture of peace. However, measures need to be taken to address the issue of violence in the media, including new information and communication technologies
Promote international peace and security – rejecting violence, obtaining justice by convincing and understanding. The gains in human security and disarmament in recent years, including nuclear weapons treaties and the treaty banning land mines, should encourage us to increase our efforts in negotiation of peaceful settlements, elimination of production and traffic of arms and weapons, humanitarian solutions in conflict situations, post-conflict initiatives…
Do you recognize these in your experience with peace in your daily lives and in your own communities? How do your own communities (local government units, NGOs, individuals) promote peace?
What are your own examples of involvement in the promotion of peace in your family, school, and community? Have you lived out some of the Peace Keys? How would you continue to live them out in your daily lives?