As you know from our previous Bulletin, the World Report on the Culture of Peace has been submitted to the United Nations Secretary-General and may be found via a link on the Decade website homepage, http://decade-culture-of-peace.org or you may go to it directly at http://decade-culture-of-peace.org/2010_civil_society_report.pdf
It would be very helpful if your organization could send a brief letter to the Secretary-General requesting him to forward the report to the United Nations General Assembly for their consideration when they debate the culture of peace. Since the debate will probably take place in October, it would be good if you could send the letter soon, but there is no deadline as he can submit the report anytime during the session which continues until next year. By the way, it is not useful to send an email as it is unlikely that it would be read by him. On the other hand, a letter on the letterhead of your organization, signed by an official of the organization, would be very effective. It should be in one of the six languages of the United Nations, preferably in English. A certified letter is best, but not necessary.
The text of a letter should be addressed to "DEAR MR. SECRETARY-GENERAL"
and sent to the following address:
H.E. MR. BAN KI-MOON
Although not necessary, it would be useful if you could send a scanned copy of the letter to us at the email address below.
A letter in your own words is most effective, but you may wish to take some elements from the sample letter below.
SAMPLE LETTER ON ORGANIZATIONAL LETTERHEAD
H.E. MR. BAN KI-MOON
DEAR MR. SECRETARY-GENERAL,
We are proud to be a participating organization in the World Civil Society Report on the Culture of Peace which was sent to you on July 21 by Dr. AK Abdul Momen, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative from Bangladesh to the United Nations.
In making this report, we responded to the call in operative paragraphs 13 and 17 of the General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/80 requesting that we report to you about our activities and observance of the Decade, and that you submit a summary of this to the General Assembly.
We would be very pleased if you could forward this report so that our participation and the participation of the other organizations, over 1,000 in all, could be recognized by the United Nations General Assembly when they hold their debate marking the end of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
Although the report that you received could only contain a summary of the innumerable activities of the participating organizations, the full information has been made available on the Internet at http://decade-culture-of-peace.org/end-of-decade-report/cgi-bin/ib4/ikonboard.cgi
Thank you for your recognition of our work for a culture of peace and non-violence. Along with most of the other organizations participating in this report, we agree that, while the Decade for a Culture of Peace is ending, the global movement for a culture of peace is just beginning.