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Organization: Platform for Peace IJmond
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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?

On the basis of the following activities I wil try to appoint points of measurability on the road to 2010.
Since september 2002 we (people of some organisations for peace, the council of churches and the dialogue-group for Moslims and Christians) make a circle of silence in the shoppingstreet of Beverwijk, one of the places in the region of IJmond at every first saturday in the month.
The circle of silence is an expressions of our anxiety about the expansion of violence in the world, near by and far away.
Our device on a pilar in the middle of the circle is: to stand still for peace and have a choice for dialogue in substitution of violence.

We can read the reactions in the street;
The agreement build up. Bystanders come and stand also in the circle.(15 Ó  30)
There is a growing  circle of e-mailadresses (50) of people, who are interested in our activities for peace.
Next months we are acquainted with the eight points of action of the UNESCO and sticks them on the pilar.
We have noticed, that it is more clear for the bystanders, what is in our attention. There is more reference.
Schools are more interesting in peace-education and peermediation

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

The continuing negative publicity in the media about the moslim-culture since Theo van Gogh was murdered has its consequences for the increased closesness in the Moslim-community. They are less presented in the circle of silence.

Budgetary deficits endangers the promise made by the municipal-office to finance peace-educationactivities in the future.

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

We have in the year 2004 organised a quest along the coast of the Netherlands. We search for activities of peace.
Our practical search had also the intention to got an investment of activities of peace within the scope of the Decennium of a Culture for Peace and Non-Violence for the Children in the World.
After that we had a national meeting between more peace-organisations. The theme was: violence; power or powerlessness. This meeting was at 12 march of this year (2005) We have build a network.
In May,2005, I have a walk for the 'innocent' children in the world.

In 2004 the Platform for Peace in the IJmond and the group
women for peace have organised in co÷peration with the municipal office a project for peace-education for all the schools in Heemskerk, a place in the IJmond.
The teachers have told about the Decennium.

The  Platform for Peace and the group Women for Peace in the IJmond have organised the exhibition 'Forgiveness'
The school for navigators has given the students tge instruction to make inquires into the differentiation between revenge ans forgiveness.
A following action is to make a quest for the search to activities of forgiveness in the Netherlands in reference to the decennium for peace and Non-Violence.

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?

Our advice to the Secretary General Kofi Annan is: to support our region-activities for peace.

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

The PLatform for a Peace-Culture, Women for Peace, Amnesty International, the Dutch Group of Medical Polemologen (IPPNW), organisations for fugitives.

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 continue our activties

Postal address of organization

C. van der Steen
Willem Alexanderplantsoen 5
1945 VE Beverwijk

E-mail address of organization

c.vandersteen@wanadoo.nl

Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

understanding, tolerance and solidarity

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

free flow of information

Highest priority country of action (or international)


Second priority country of action (or international)

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