As we mentioned in the previous bulletin, in the month of December we presented the World Report on the Culture of Peace 2010 at the World Education Forum (Dec. 10-13, 2010). This was part of the Forum 2010 on Education, Research and Culture of Peace that took place between December 3 and 30, 2010 in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain.
In the High-Level Meeting on the Culture of Peace on December 4, the World Report was first presented by David Adams and Oliver Rizzi Carlson, representing the Youth Team that prepared the Report. The United Nations documents that form the basis for the World Report were outlined, and the main features and findings of the Report were discussed.
On December 12, a session was dedicated to a detailed presentation of the World Report. Seven out of the ten members of the Youth Team were present and explained in detail the basis for the Report, the process, the findings as a whole as well as for each region. The Youth Team and the audience then had a productive discussion regarding the future of the World Report and the steps ahead in the promotion of the Culture of Peace. Copies of the report were distributed to participants in Spanish and English.
This was a great opportunity to have some members of the Youth Team meeting face-to-face for the first time. It also served to motivate other youth to support our work. Among other things, youth participants at the Forum expressed interest in supporting and translating the Report into other languages.
In a meeting with the Youth Team, Manuel Manonelles from the Culture of Peace Foundation expressed his appreciation for the work done by the Youth Team and reiterated his support for new Culture of Peace initiatives in the future.
Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury also expressed his gratitude for the Report elaborated by the Youth Team and discussed opportunities to capitalize on the World Report and use it to promote the implementation of the Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace in the future. The Youth Team also thanked Ambassador Chowdhury for his unwavering support of civil society initiatives for the Culture of Peace and expressed its eagerness to continue collaborating in the future.
The World Report on the Culture of Peace 2010 in Spanish is now available at http://www.decade-culture-of-peace.org/world_report_2010_cast.pdf . You can also access the UNESCO report on the Culture of Peace at http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=A/65/299.
The Decade for a Culture of Peace has served as a foundation for a global movement. Our work is just beginning.
Youth Team for the Culture of Peace