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Organization: Parliamentary Council for a Culture of Peace, of São Paulo State Assembly
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

The ConPAZ - Culture of Peace Parliamentary Advisory Board is a body of the São Paulo State Legislative Assembly, legally constituted by Resolution nº 829, of December, 17, 2002. It is the first organism of its kind in the world, gathering representatives of 36 institutions of the civil society and 12 deputies of the State Assembly, representatives of the several parties that form it.

Its purpose is to: "formulate, supervise, and assess parliamentary policies for a Culture of Peace" based on the principles of the Manifesto 2000.

Thus, its very constitution and persistent activity within the São Paulo State Parliament are a progress in the building of a Culture of Peace.

Our weekly meetings, events, and contacts with municipal, state, national, and international agencies to disseminate Culture of Peace concepts based on international reference documents within the Legislative branch have already reflected on bills and other initiatives of the political activity.`

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The absence of a permanent information channel with UN agencies, which would allow the members of our board to better understand and apply the Culture of Peace principles, and also their application to the legislative branch.  We have been faced with the need to "decode" those principles and their application in order to disseminate them among the deputies of the Assembly, and show that they actually can be implemented in the political activities. To form a general common understanding of these principles, not only among politicians, but throughout the civil society, is in fact the great challenge.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

In three years of activity we have been organizing manifestations and public audiences; public debates and dialogues; seminars; participated of legislative activities and civil society events; created awareness in governmental and non-governmental organizations. Formal visits with the purpose of disseminating Culture of Peace principles were made to 20 deputies and over 300 non-governmental organizations.




Reuniões dos conselheiros do ConPAZ são Plenário Tiradentes da Assembléia Legislativa.



Na posse dos deputados conselheiros do ConPAZ, mais de 200 pessoas e entidades da sociedade civil organizada.



Dr. Carlos Mota, representante da ONU no Brasil, recebe homenagem durante ato que empossou os deputados conselheiros do ConPAZ e lembrou a morte do diplomata Sérgio Vieira de Mello.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

. To foster debates within the UN with the purpose of transforming the International Decade into a UN permanent program.
. Link the Culture of Peace actions that are being carried out worldwide to the actions of its specific agencies (UNICEF, FAO, PNUD) focused on the objectives for the millennium.
. Form political leaders by means of training programs, including international exchange programs in order to deepen the sense of planetary identity, similar to the Lead International - Inspiring leadership for sustainable world
Foster a shift in the paradigm of power towards one that is aligned with the Culture of Peace principles.
. Widely disseminate the Culture of Peace principles using mass media, encouraging the production of programs for radio, audio, and internet,  and also the training of communication professionals in Culture of Peace concepts.
. To stimulate the creation of Council of Culture of Peace, to example of ConPAZ, in the countries of national character and for consequence to create a Council of Culture of Peace of the United Nations, composed by representatives of each existent Federal Council in the countries, preferably people of the organized civil society.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

Since the Board includes already 36 civil society organizations, and these are connected to vast national and international networks, it is difficult to give precise numbers regarding these partnerships.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Persistent dialogue with the deputies of the State Assembly in order to encourage bills that produce public Culture of Peace policies.
Promote dialogues, public audiences and manifestations whenever necessary.

Postal address of organization

Av. Pedro Álvares Cabral, 201 - Palácio 9 de Julho - 2º andar, São Paulo/SP - Brazil

E-mail address of organization

conpaz@uol.com.br

Website address of organization

www.al.sp.gov.br

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Free flow of information

Highest priority country of action (or international)

São Paulo State

Second priority country of action (or international)

Brazil
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