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Organization: Franciscans International
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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 level of participation in human rights and peace advocacy is one way to measure progress toward a culture of peace. Franciscans in India are organising Peace Clubs in schools that would involve teachers, children, and parents in programs aimed at encouraging and strengthening ideas of 'life, freedom, human dignity, equality, pluriformity, etc.' Franciscans International assists them by providing peace education materials, sources, and contacts.

Progress has been seen not only on a local level, but also in an international forum. Franciscan grassroots were able to participate in UN Commisson and Sub-Commission on Human Rights in Geneva during the recent years by providing testimonies on human rights violations. Franciscans International had organised workshops to train the participants in advocacy skills and networking.

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

Unstable political situation in some regions and lack of funding to implement peace-centered programmes are two major obstacles in achieving progress.

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

Every year, Franciscans International helps to organize a worldwide effort to observe the International Day of Peace, September 21st in a spiritual manner, and urges all Franciscans to join the vigil for peace. Some ideas on how to observe the International Day of Peace include: inviting people from different faith traditions to join in a prayer service for international peace, suggesting local school districts to construct lesson plans with focus on conflict prevention and resolution or on women and men who devoted their lives to peace, finding and/or creating symbols of peace to collect and share their meaning later at a peace event.

At the United Nations, Franciscans International monitors disarmament processes with special focus on small arms and light weapons and cooperates with other non-governmental organisations in promoting international efforts to control arms trade. Gun violence fueled by widespread presence of illegal arms hinders the attempts to establish and maintain culture of peace.

Recently, Franciscans International sent out  to its constituents a questionnaire on human rights violations committed by the use of small arms and light weapons. The responses to the questionnaire will be used in organisation's peace and disarmament advocacy.

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?


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

Dominicans for Justice and Peace
Marist Brothers

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)?

Franciscans International is planning to hold a Peace Taskforce meeting aimed at creation of an action plan in peace and reconciliation advocacy. The plan would include  involvement in disarmament processes at the UN as well as programmes to assist grassroots Franciscans in their efforts to establish culture of peace and reconciliation in their communities.

Postal address of organization

211 East 43rd St, Suite 1100
New York, NY 10017

E-mail address of organization

newyork@fiop.org

Website address of organization

www.franciscansinternational.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Human Rights

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable Development

Highest priority country of action (or international)

INTERNATIONAL

Second priority country of action (or international)

INTERNATIONAL
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