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Organization: International Society for Human Values
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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?

Following every action and activity ISHV undertakes to assess the impact on target groups and, periodically follow up on the progress achieved.  In most cases, when an evaluation was made by the organizer/participants/independent group following an event/activity there was an immediate impact in terms of commitment from participants/target group. Whenever a follow up survey was conducted it bacame evident that one-off action/activity was not sufficient. ISHV has therefore adopted the policy of keeping in close contact with the target groups at least for a period of five years to appropriately assess the impact and progress in resorting to nonviolence methods and tolerance in managing ethnic, cultural and religious differences. Our target groups are spread over all the continents to include different age-groups, social and economic strata, cultures and religions, reflecting the composition of present-day global society.

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

ISHV sets its goals reasonably modest and limited in time in order to avoid major obstacles and frustration.  Nevertheless, it has encountered the following problems:
-the concept of 'Culture of Peace' is not properly understood by many  
-while individuals in a community (social, political, commercial) are ready to embrace values of tolerance and nonviolence, pressure from the community can prevent them from doing so. The reverse has also happened: when a village council agreed to promote ethnic harmony by providing certain services to different groups at a common location, some die-hard members refused to participate.
-Outside influences, even those from well-meaning individuals and organizations, have had a negative impact on ISHV's efforts.  Lack of knowledge of local sentiments and sensitivities, approach with a pre-set agenda and inappropriate priorities characterize some of the efforts coming from outside a community.
-Inadequate funding, especially from the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies and from other inter-governmental bodies and private foundations to support actions initiated/implemented by non-governmental organizations.

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

During the first half of the Decade ISHV undertook the following:
A. Meetings, Seminars and Conferences
-Conference on Human Survival in the New Millennium, 12-15 September 2000, Geneva, Switzerland
-Conference on African Youth and African Values, 8-11 July 2002, Accra, Ghana
-Conference on Youth and Values in Asia, 19-22 August 2002, Icheon/Seoul, Korea
-Conference on Youth and Human Values -an intergenerational dialogue, 8-11 October 2002, Geneva, Switzerland
-Conference on Intercultural Dialogue for Youth: A step toward Peace, 3-6 February 2004, Geneva, Switzerland
-Values and Human rights for Democracy, 12-13 November 2001, Colombo, Sri Lanka
-Defining Values, 7 August 2003, Geneva, Switzerland
-Arms race and sustainable peace, 12 December 2003, Chennai, India

B. Projects
-Building peace through values, a 12-month project sponsored by ISHV and undertaken by senior students of the International School of Geneva, Switzerland
-Propagating positive attitudes among school children. Seminars conducted in various schools in Bangalore and Chennai, India

C. ISHV's active participation in and contribution to events organized by others
-Third International Meeting of UNESCO Chairs in Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance, 2002, Stadtschlaining, Austria
-International Bioethics Committee successive sessions
-World Council of Churches (WCC) Consultations on Overcoming Violence, 2004, Céligny, Switzerland
-Barcelona Forum - Human Rights, Emerging Needs and New Commitments, Barcelona, 2004
-Human Values for Transformative Action (HVTA)-Community He(art)beats Program, bringing marginalized groups into the main fold, Bowling Green, Ohio, U.S.A., December 2004
-International Seminar on Preventing Conflicts and Maintaining Peace, organized by the International Council for Military Sport (CISM), 31 March-2April 2005, Mantova, Italy

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?

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)?

Postal address of organization

Chemin de la Redoute 26, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland
Tel/Fax: +41 22 3614002

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Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Human rights

Highest priority country of action (or international)


Second priority country of action (or international)

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