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Organization: Pathways To Peace, "WE THE PEOPLES" INITIATIVE
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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?

Yes, particularly within the UN NGO community.  

In the "WE THE PEOPLES" INITIATIVE (WPI), Participating Organizations provide annual reports on International Day of Peace (IDP) activities to Pathways To Peace (PTP) in its capacity as the International Secretariat. Reports show increasing participation each year. In the most recent 2004 WPI Annual Report, IDP events were identified in 50 nations (26% of all UN-member nations), doubling the numbers reported in the previous year. Some of the larger IDP events involved hundreds of thousands, as in Sri Lanka, and a 48-nation synchronized global link-up for youth. Even Action Network, a free-distribution UK magazine, published a special "Countdown to Peace" issue urging its 70,000 readers to celebrate the IDP. Many events involved dialogue across generations, between diverse religious and political affiliations, and within communities torn by civil strife, such as extraordinarily inspiring IDP activities in Sudan, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Kashmir Valley, Mozambique and Nepal. Long-practiced PeaceBuilding activities such as noon-time moments of silence, prayers, chants, bell ringing, peace pole plantings and rededications, conferences, vigils, performances, and rallies, were reported along with new types of Peace Day actions, such as internet pledge-signing and webcasts, comedy nights, film premiers, and dedicated mountain climbs. Several large organizations with worldwide followings promoted the IDP for the first time, such as Amnesty International USA, and Amma (M.A. Centers), and more than ever, IDP reports showed inspiring co-sponsorship of events within communities.

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

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

Since 1983, Pathways To Peace (PTP) has worked with the UN and the UN NGO community in organizing International Day of Peace activities at UN headquarters and worldwide. This has included PTP collaborating with the UN Peace Studies Unit in 1987 on an International Day of Peace (IDP) program with UN Peace Messenger Cities and Peace Messenger Organisations entitled "Building a Culture of Peace." Since that time, PTP has established a working group of UN NGOs to introduce the IDP as an annual highlight day to mark humanity’s collective progress toward "Building a Culture of Peace." This working group has evolved into the IDP NGO Committee. All PTP’s programmes, symposia, and media interviews focus on building awareness of, and participation in, the IDP as an annual highlight in giving tangible expression of Peace as a practical reality. PTP serves as International Secretariat for the "WE THE PEOPLES" INITIATIVE, a network of partnerships and activities involving over 265 international PeaceBuilding organizations worldwide.

The full 2004 Annual Report of the "WE THE PEOPLES" INITIATIVE may be found at www.wethepeoples.org under WPI Annual Reports 2004. The following sample pages from this report have been selected by Fundacion Cultura de Paz to illustrate widespread participation (Click on the link to go directly to the actions in the country concerned):

AUSTRALIA

CANADA

INDIA

NEPAL

NEW ZEALAND

NIGERIA

PAKISTAN

PHILIPPINES

SOUTH AFRICA

SRI LANKA

SUDAN

UNITED KINGDOM

UNITED STATES

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?

At this 60th Anniversary of the UN and the Millennium+5 Review, the UN has a two-fold opportunity: To focus upon the Decade as the context for “uniting the strengths” of all Nations to achieve the global agendas outlined in the Millennium Development Goals and the related plans of action; and, To focus upon the International Day of Peace as an annual highlight of measuring progress toward building a Culture of Peace for all Nations and Peoples.

In support of these objectives, one suggestion is to reconvene the UN International Day of Peace Steering Group, which was formed at the request of the Secretary-General and held its initial meeting March 2003. The Steering Group comprised representatives of most UN Agencies and Departments, and invited UN NGOs.

The International Day of Peace was established 1981 by UN General Assembly Resolution UN/A/RES/36/67, and modified 2001 by UN/A/RES/55/282, amending the date of IDP to 21 September. The original resolution called for concentrating “…the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as to the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways….”

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

PTP continues its long tradition of working collaboratively with the UN, UN NGOs, civil society organizations, and Peace Leaders in both public and private sectors internationally. Through co-operation, the foundations of a substantive and lasting Culture of Peace are constructed.
Some partnerships and networks include:
-UN International Day of Peace Steering Group
-International Day of Peace NGO Committee
-UN Dept. of Public Information annual student observation of the International Day of Peace
-UNICEF NGO Committee
-Culture of Peace Subcommittee of the NGO Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns
-Values Caucus at the UN
-Spiritual Caucus at the UN
-“WE THE PEOPLES” INITIATIVE with over 265 Participating Organisations worldwide, including
Global Youth Action Network, Goi Peace Foundation, IDP Vigil, Peace Alliance Foundation, United Religions Initiative, World Centers of Compassion for Children, World Goodwill, World Peace Prayer Society.

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)?

Since its inception in 1983, “WE THE PEOPLES” INITIATIVE (WPI) has been dedicated to “Building a Culture of Peace for Succeeding Generations.” As International Secretariat of the WPI, a UN-designated Peace Messenger Initiative, Pathways To Peace will continue to foster participation in the International Day of Peace (IDP) as an annual highlight of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World, with its 265-plus Participating Organisations worldwide. PTP will continue to provide an annual report on IDP activities to the UN. PTP will continue its long tradition of building partnerships and networks with PeaceBuilding organizations and leaders worldwide.

Postal address of organization

P.O. Box 1057
Larkspur CA 94977 USA

E-mail address of organization

info@pathwaystopeace.org

Website address of organization

www.wethepeoples.org

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

Highest priority country of action (or international)

INTERNATIONAL

Second priority country of action (or international)

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