Youth initiatives continue to top the list of activities for the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace. They will be considered here by continent followed by the relevant articles in the Culture of Peace News Network, http://cpnn-world.org.
In Egypt, 1200 participants, mostly youth, took part in the International Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh. The Arab version of the Youth Report on the Culture of Peace was distributed and very well received, and hopefully we will be hearing much more from the youth of this region in the future. The Arab version of the report is now available on the Decade website, http://decade-culture-of-peace.org.
International Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
In the Great Lakes region of Africa, hundreds of community mediators aged between fifteen and twenty-five are being trained by the program Amahoro Amani in how to take action in their communities to prevent, mediate, and resolve conflicts peacefully.
In Uganda, the Fourth African Conference of International Institute of Peace through Tourism was preceded by a Student/Youth Leadership Forum and the awarding of prizes for the best paper on "Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism."
Amahoro Amani: Lasting peace promotion in the Great Lakes
Fourth African Conference of International Institute of Peace through Tourism
LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
As we have come to expect in recent years, the people of South America continue to take leadership in the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace.
The initiative of the World Social Forum movement continues to come from Brazil, as described in their most recent meeting and mobilization schedule. And Sao Paulo continues to take the lead, with over 60,000 citizens participating in the fifth annual City Games under the banner of the culture of peace.
World Social Forum 2008 and 2009: Meeting defines mobilisation schedule for process and working groups
No need of great things to gain a lot!
Sports for Peace in São Paulo
Along with Cecile Barbeito of the School of the Culture of Peace in Barcelona, I participated in an international conference on the role of local governments in peace-building. We discussed with them the possibility of a project for culture of peace in cities, and we hope to have more news about this project in the near future.
City Diplomacy in Action
On a global level, the International Day of Prayer for Peace involved a newly organized Peace Youth Network as well as the network of the World Council of Churches.
International Day for Prayer for Peace and Youth Network
Yoga for Peace Holds World Event on 9/11 Anniversary
Here are some of the topics that have been discussed since the previous Bulletin. They may be found under the Forum indicated on the CPNN DiscussionBoard (http://cpnn-world.org/cgi-bin/ib3/ikonboard.cgi ).
GLOBAL MOVEMENT FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE
Global meetings, conferences, assemblies: What is the best way for delegates to interact afterwards?
MAKING AN EFFECTIVE PEACE MOVEMENT
How are you celebrating peace day?
The understanding of indigenous peoples: Can it help us cultivate a culture of peace?
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