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Organization: EURED, European Network for Peace Education
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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?

Culture of Peace in fact: very difficult to assess whether or not there has been a progress in society.
Culture of Peace as a concept of approaching peace issues: has reached a small group of very active peace activists, in Austria, as well as in other European countries where EURED works.
More people know the campaign and discuss how to promote a culture of peace. However, Culture of Peace as a concept is not yet very popular in the academic world.

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

A general set-back in many European societies, a conservative turn make it more difficult to work for peace. For example, the Austrian organisation Alpen-Adria-Alternativ, one of the first supporters of the campaign, has disappeared, due to the very difficult financial situation caused by both the regional and the national government in Austria.
The fact that UNESCO, after a wonderful start, has – if not stopped – considerably reduced its efforts for the campaign for a culture of peace.
There is too less effort in deepening the concept of a culture of peace at a theoretical level.

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 1999
Translation of the Manifesto into German and publication in journals and websites (EURED members, Austria, association Alpen-Adria-Alternative)
A special issue of “alpe adria” (in German) dealing with the UNESCO campaign and with many examples for peace education in Austria and in other parts of Europe.
In 2000
Start of the EURED project – a European network of peace educators, eight countries. The first appeal of the start-up conference refers explicitly to the Campaign for a Culture of Peace.
Regular meetings 3-4/year in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
In 2001
International EURED Congress on Peace Education at Klagenfurt university, Austria.
Report available
Werner Wintersteiner. “If we had the word, we would not need the weapons”. Education for a culture of peace. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag 2001. (250 pages, in German)
A handbook that discusses the theoretical concept of a culture of peace, explains the role of peace education in a culture of peace. The main part is dedicated to examples of literature and language teaching.
In 2002
EURED publishes a curriculum for a Europe-wide  two-years teacher training course “Peace Education”
In 2003
EURED organises an international conference in Austrian Peace Centre, Stadtschlaining. The aim: to find ways on implementing its peace education curriculum on a European level. Participants: representatives of UNESCO commissions of several European countries, as well as from the Council of Europe and different NGOs.
EURED publishes a handbook on peace education in Europe including theoretical and historical approaches and case studies of eight European countries. The concept of a culture of peace is discussed in several chapters.
Wintersteiner, Werner /Vedrana Spajic-Vrkas/Rüdiger Teutsch (eds.). Peace Education in Europe. Visions and Experiences. Münster: Waxmann 2003 (= European Studies in Education).
In 2004
Exhibition “Culture of peace” in Klagenfurt, Austria, followed by several events and peace education activities. The exhibition is also shown in Slovenia, later this year.
EURED starts the first Europe-wide  two-years teacher training course “Human Rights and Peace Education in Europe”, supported by the Austrian Commission for UNESCO and officially recognised by UNESCO. The official form of this course is a university course of Klagenfurt university, Austria. The first seminar is held in Gernika, Spain.
Report available
At Udine university, Italy, there is a peace conference, participants are scholars from universities in Northern Italy, Austria, Slovenia (the “Alps-Adriatic-Region”). It will be continued with a peace congress in spring 2005, as well at Udine university.
In 2005
The second seminar of the EURED course is held in Magdeburg, Germany.
Klagenfurt university, Austria, opens a “centre for peace research and education”.

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 organise an international academic conference on the theoretical concept of a culture of peace. This seems to be very important in order to convince the academic world to support better the campaign. This conference could be the starting point of research and publication projects.

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

EURED is a network itself.
It cooperates with a similar network of peace educators in the Middle East (Lebanon based)
With the Global Campaign for Peace Education

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)?

1. Finishing the EURED Human Rights and peace Education in Europe pilot course in 2006.
2. Gender and peace - in collaboration with other European partners
3. A study (a book?) on literature and peace

Postal address of organization

EURED c/o Werner Wintersteiner, Institute for German Studies, Klagenfurt university, Austria, Universitaetsstrasse 65, 9020 Klagenfurt, Austria.

E-mail address of organization

werner.wintersteiner@uni-klu.ac.at

Website address of organization

http://www.aspr.ac.at/eured.htm

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Human rights

Highest priority country of action (or international)

EUROPE

Second priority country of action (or international)

special focus: Austria
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