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Organization: IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace
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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?

This Commission was established in 1990 under the sponsorship of the International Association of University Presidents in conjunction with the United Nations Center for Disarmament Affairs.  Its overall mission is based on three major objectives: to promote peace in our global society; to promote a more equal distribution of wealth and social conditions; and to promote tolerance, mutual understanding, and respect.  Membership consists of representatives from colleges and universities spanning every continent except Antarctica as well as individuals and organizations as diverse as Economists Against the Arms Race in New York City and the Bwafwano Orphanage Centre in Kasama, Zambia.

The Commission has developed and embarked on a multitude of projects that continue today.  These include the development of course modules in disarmament education, conflict resolution and peace introduced at universities in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and countries in the Far East.  These modules are taught to potential teachers, security officers, and undergraduate and graduate students.  Modules have been translated into languages of the countries in which they are taught, and courses have been and continue to be taught to more than 3,000 students around the world.  The Commission has sponsored conferences and workshops around the globe.  The Commission's activities have been reported in national newspapers and have received coverage in newspapers devoted to higher education.

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

The largest obstacle that the IAUP/UN Commission faces is a lack of funding.

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

The IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace held a conference in March 2004 in Manila, Philippines, entitled "Mosaic for Peace: Bringing together university, media, political and business leaders for the goal of world peace."

The IAUP/UN Commission meets twice a year at the United Nations in New York for discussion and presentations.  Updates are provided by the United Nations Department of Disarmament Affairs at these bi-annual meetings.

Days of Dialogue for World Peace were held at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, USA.

Dr. L. Eudora Pettigrew, vice president, IAUP graciously invited the Commission to co-sponsor the presentation of "Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths; One Shared Vision" sponsored by Partners for Peace.  The presentation took place in Delaware at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Dr. L. Eudora Pettigrew, past Chair of the IAUP/UN Commission, edited a volume entitled "Universities and Their Role in World Peace."  This is a compilation of the major presentations from the IAUP/UN Commission conferences/workshops held from 1995-2001.




Participants of the Manila, Philippines' conference entitled "Mosaic for Peace: Bringing together university, media, political and business leaders for the goal of world peace." Co-sponsored by the IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace and De La Salle University, Philippines.

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?

Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, Ph.D. Chair of the IAUP/UN Commission offers this advice, "Continue to encourage the people of all nations to promote peace through non-violent means against all odds."

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

The IAUP/UN Commission works with the International Association of University Presidents;

The IAUP/UN Commission works with the United Nations Center for Disarmament Affairs; and,

The IAUP/UN Commission has received funding from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).

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)?

The IAUP/UN Commission is currently working on its next international conference entitled "Africa - Towards a More Peaceful Continent: Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution, and Disarmament Education."  This conference will take place in 2006.

Postal address of organization

Holy Family University
9701 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114-2094
USA

E-mail address of organization

peace@holyfamily.edu

Website address of organization

www.holyfamily.edu/abouthf/iaup-un.shtml

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace.

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity for a culture of peace.

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Global

Second priority country of action (or international)

United States
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