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Organization: Peace Research Information Unit Bonn (PRIUB)
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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?

With regard to creating cultures of peace in the Eastern part of Europe for example there has definitely been some progress in so far as the debates and discourses about becoming member of the European Union and other internal conflictual issues have constructively and nonviolently been discussed on a very high level of civilized discourse - either on the political or on the societal level.

Also, the African Union has played a constructive role to mitigate or even mediate violent conflicts / wars to some extent. But there is still an enormous rate of failure because of a huge lack of awareness for the basic human needs on the one hand and the brutal gain of power on the other hand, mainly rooted in inter-religious causes with a long history from colonialism. Especially Sudan, Congo, Nigeria and Somalia - and unfortunately Zimbabwe - currently have no chance to step forward to cultures of peace.

To talk about the islamic oriented world and fundamentalism would mean to talk about the fundamental Christian oriented bible belts (not only in the US) at the same time. I can't see comprehensive cultures of peace in any of those societies.

The picture of Asia is quite different. Within most of the so-called "Tiger States" there is (was / has been) prosperous economic growth. On the other hand some of them are worlds apart from democracy, f.i. the government of China as one of the most important global players with a political system and human rights awareness form medieval times. I am not quite sure whether the culture of peace program could ever be implemented over there and also f.i. in Myanmar ...

Russia becomes worse and worse ...

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

In my eyes one of the major obstacles is the misperception of other religions and beliefs while religions and beliefs themselves are deeply responsible for most of the violent conflicts on earth. Religions and beliefs do not automatically involve peaceful and nonviolent ways to cultures of peace, in most of the cases just the opposite.

The second important obstacle in my eyes is the bias between power and participation, which is polarized and (un-)gendered in most of the regions on earth. As long as democratization and gender balance has no chance, there is no chance for real and deeply rooted cultures of peace - globally.

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

The Arbeitsstelle Friedensforschung Bonn (AFB)/Peace Research Information Unit Bonn (PRIUB) is a national and international peace and conflict research transfer center. Its main functions include:

* setting up, organising and running workshops and discussion groups aimed at promoting mediation between academic peace research and political administration and civil society;

* producing AFB-INFO, a peace research newsletter published twice yearly in English and German, covering projects and events in peace and conflict research and reporting on peace education and peace research institutions;

* maintaining and expanding the www.priub.org website, which together with the continually updated AFB Peace Research Index embodies a unique information service on more than 300 institutions involved in peace and conflict research and peace education worldwide. Peace research institutions that are not yet listed can register by completing the interactive questionnaire. From mid 2005 this resource will include an interactive database on Peace Education in Germany.

For further information, see our website at www.priub.org.

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

Beethovenallee 4
53173 Bonn
F. R. Germany

E-mail address of organization

afb@priub.org

Website address of organization

www.priub.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Free flow of information

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)

Germany
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