More Good News for 2010! It is time to gather fruits of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, 2001-2010. A youth team including Cecile Barbeito from Spain, Meg Villanueva and Nikki Delfin from the Philippines and Marcos Estrada from Brazil, with help from Dr. David Adams and Professor Alicia Cabezudo, are committed to assuring the End-of-Decade Report from the Civil Society. We ask for volunteers to support the evaluation by mobilizing responses from their own regions or areas of interest.
In the Mid-term evaluation report over 700 organizations from all parts of the world took part in the report, now the aim is to reach 1000, thus volunteers' support will be crucial. The report is to be ready in May 2010, to be submitted to UNESCO. There are individuals and organizations in all parts of the world putting lots of efforts to cultivate a lasting culture of Peace. Examples can be seen in the Culture of Peace Councils in Brazil and other countries, most recently in the city of Santos, in the state of Sao Paulo, where ABrasOFFA (Brazilian Association of Organisers of Folk Festivals and Popular Arts) is working towards the creation of a Culture of Peace Council (See the most recent articles in CPNN ( http://cpnn-world.org ) for examples of these city initiatives).
As it is a worldwide initiative we are inviting both individuals and organizations, especially if you are or feel young like us, from all over the world to take part in this process. Please write to one of us below, depending on where you are located.
Marcos Estrada - the Americas, Arab States and international organizations -
Note: You can already send us information for your organization or institution.
You can enter information directly on the website at http://decade-culture-of-peace.org/end-of-decade-report/cgi-bin/ib4/ikonboard.cgi . To enter information on the website you will need to register and wait for an email within a day will tell you how to enter data in the questionnaire. Alternatively, if you have any problem or prefer, you can send it by email to the contacts above, using the questionnaire below.
1) The Nordland Academy of Arts and Sciences in Northern Norway will dedicate its yearly summer festival, Sommer-Melbu, to a Culture of Peace. The festival will take place during the first part of July, 2010. The aim is to mark the end of the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010) and to help strengthen the global process of transforming societies away from a culture of war and violence towards a culture of peace and dialogue. A more detailed program will be presented on the website of the Academy towards the end of the year: www.nordland-akademi.no
2) In the next issue of the Bulletin there will be exciting news from the Global Youth Solidarity Fund, including the names of the winners from the second round and links to the reports from the first round.
****************** QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE END-OF-DECADE REPORT ******************
Postal Address of organization/institution
Email Address of organization/institution
Telephone Number of organization/institution
Website Address of organization/institution
PRIORITIES: Please indicate ALL of the aspects of a Culture of Peace that are important objectives of your organization
Culture of peace through education
TOP PRIORITY: Please indicate which ONE of the aspects of a Culture of Peace above is the most important priority for your organization.
PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS (required): What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a Culture of Peace?
ACTIONS (required): What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a Culture of Peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)? (Here you can write up to 2500 words).
PROGRESS (required): Has your organization seen progress toward a Culture of Peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade(2005-2010)?
OBSTACLES (required): Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the Culture of Peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?
PLANS (optional): What new engagements are planned in the short, medium and long term by your organization to promote a Culture of Peace and nonviolence?
GLOBAL MOVEMENT (optional): How do you think the Culture of Peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level?
PHOTO (optional): Please send us a photo to illustrate your organization's actions, and we will then publish it. We prefer to receive photos by e-mail in a gif or jpg format (500 pixels wide). Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send a photo by mail to PO box 2305, Branford, CT 06405, USA. Be sure to include a detailed caption that explains the photo.
In submitting this information I agree that the information that I have entered will be freely accessible to anyone connected to the Internet and that it may be cited or quoted as long as the source is accurately mentioned and the words are not taken out of context.