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Organization: The Åland Islands Peace Institute
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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, our educational programmes have attracted more interest on the local level. On the internationel level we have promoted non-violent conflict management through different kind of seminars and meetings with groups from regions in conflct. We have also seen an increasing interest in different empowerment projects for marginalised groups of people.

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

Lack of money.

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

Educational programmes in schools and for different groups of both young persons and adults.
Research about minorities and human rights.
Youth exchanges focusing on conflict management.
Seminaris and meetings with groups in conflict and groups from regions in conflict.
Empowerment of young women in the risk of being victims of trafficking or other forms of crimes and violence (The Girl Group Method).
Empowerment of marginalised groups.

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?

Put greater emphasize on the work of local NGO:s, because it seems like the grassroots are producing the best and most sustainable results.

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

Network of local organizations
Nordic Forum for Mediation and Conflict Management
The Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO)

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)?

Development of all the above mentioned.
Participation in meetings of UN Bodies through our consultative status with ECOSOC.

Postal address of organization

P.O Box 85, AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland

E-mail address of organization

peace@peace.aland.fi

Website address of organization

http://www.peace.aland.fi

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Democratic participation

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Human rights

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Finland

Second priority country of action (or international)

International
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