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Organization: Center for Global Nonviolence
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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?

By 2005 the Center’s principal contribution to the culture of peace, Nonkilling Global Political Science (2002) by Glenn D. Paige, was being translated into 22 languages spoken by at least 2.9 billion people:  Arabic, Bhojpuri, Chinese, French, Gujarati, Hindi,* Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malayalam, Mongolian, Pilipino, Punjabi, Russian,* Sanskrit, Sinhala,* Spanish,* Swahili, Tamil,* Thai, Turkish, and Urdu* (* already published).
Releasing the Tamil translation in New Delhi, former Indian Prime Minister I.K. Gujral said, “This book should be read in every political science department and by the public.”  In the Introduction to the Russian edition, Professor William V. Smirnov wrote:  “The basic ideas in this unique book can and should be accepted as the basis of common values for humanity in the 21st century as well as a program for their realization.”
Readers of Nonkilling Global Political Science contributed to open Forums at four universities in the Philippines during February 19-27, 2004 that addressed the question, “Is a Nonkilling Society Possible in the Philippines?”  These unprecedented national Forums were organized by Dr. Jose V. Abueva, former president of the University of the Philippines and founder-president of the new Kalayaan [Freedom] College (2001 - ).  The results have been published with contributions by 18 authors, including Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles, Presidential Advisor on the Peace Process:  Jose V. Abueva, ed., Towards a Nonkilling Filipino Society (Kalayaan College, 2004).
Nonkilling Global Political Science also contributed to the founding in Port-au-Prince in Haiti on July 31, 2004 of a new institution affiliated with the Center for Global Nonviolence:  The Centre Caraibbeen pour la Non-Violence Globale et le Developpement Durable (Caribbean Center for Global Nonviolence and Sustainable Development), founded by Dr. Max Paul, dean of human and social sciences, Jean Price Mars University, and others.

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

The principal cultural obstacle is resistance of decision makers of the global military superpower, its allies, and antagonists, to fundamentally question the self-destructive consequences of continued acceptance of the inevitability and laudability of human killing for peace, freedom, and justice.  This resistance is based upon two factors:  primitive biological pessimism that the Seville Statement on Violence  (1986) seeks to change; and ignorance of nonviolent political and military security alternatives available in the classic writings of political sociologist Gene Sharp (www.aeinstein.org).
The principal material obstacle, common to all peace promotion efforts, especially in comparison with resources devoted to war, is lack of organizational capacity to support Center for Global Nonviolence services to individuals and institutions committed to nonkilling transformation throughout the world.

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

Our principal contribution to a Decade for a Culture of Peace is publication of the book Nonkilling Global Political Science (Gandhi Media Centre, India; Xlibris, USA, 2002) by Glenn D. Paige, professor emeritus of political science and founder-president of the Center for Global Nonviolence (1994 - ). The full text is posted at  www.globalnonviolence.org. The thesis of the book, following upon the historic UNESCO-supported Seville Statement on Violence by David Adams and others, is that human beings can stop killing each other.  This thesis is completely consonant with the unprecedented WHO World Report on Violence and Health (2002) that expresses confidence that deaths by homicide, suicide, and war are preventable by public health measures like any other disease.
The implications of convergence of these pioneering political science and public health theses are set forth in the article “Nonkilling Global Society” contributed by G.D. Paige to the Peace Section of the UNESCO virtual library Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), E1-39A-24-00.

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?

Contrary to the present trend toward transforming the United Nations into a global version of a violence-based interventionist state, the Secretary-General and General Assembly should convene an Exploratory Forum on A Nonkilling United Nations to identify alternative directions for future development.

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

International Political Science Association
International Peace Research Association
Global Nonviolence Conferences, LaFayette & Associates
Gandhi Smriti & Darshan Samiti
G.R. Institute of Nonviolence and Shanti Sena
Savodaya Shramadana Movement
TRANSCEND
Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research (TFF)

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)?

We seek an endowment for enduring service by a small, eight-person, creative, and catalytic working group to facilitate nonkilling global change in cooperation with associates throughout the world.  This includes establishment of a short-term Global Nonviolence Leadership Academy to enable sharing of experiences and introduction of new research findings among young leaders engaged in nonviolent problem-solving action.

Postal address of organization

3653 Tantalus Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822-5033, USA

E-mail address of organization

cgnv@hawaii.rr.com

Website address of organization

www.globalnonviolence.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

International Peace and Security

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a Culture of Peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

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