Bulletin of World Report on the Culture of Peace for August/September 2008

Dear Friends,

You have responded to the question in the previous bulletin by showing that the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace is as active as ever. The articles you sent are listed here by continent as they have been posted on the Culture of Peace News Network, http://cpnn-world.org. In addition to articles, a number of you have sent posters or links to websites, and you need to follow them with articles so that the information will be known by CPNN readers. As you know, CPNN articles should be written as much as possible by people who are involved in the events they describe.

Before listing the latest CPNN articles, I would also like to invite you to play the "culture-of-peace-game" which I have just put on the Internet at http://culture-of-peace-game.org. There are three parts to the game, an initial part defining the culture of war and culture of peace, a second part on how to go from a culture of war to a culture of peace, and a dialogue section in which readers are invited to comment on the various issues raised by the game.



News from JFDHOP (Democratic Republic of Congo)
... "The actions respond to the new and complex situation in the DRC where the country has established democratically elected institutions at both national and provincial levels"


The Abraham Path
... "Tourism can foster spiritual and cultural respect among and between peoples, while creating economic opportunities to benefit disadvantaged populations."

The Gaza Peace Center organizes a workshop on freedom of expression
... "freedom of expression helps to create a developed society, a free society that respects its citizens and their rights"


Asian Educators Symposium and Exchange Program: Creating a Culture of Peace through Education
... "One of the key action areas of UNESCO is fostering a culture of peace through education by revising the educational curricula to promote qualitative values, attitudes and behaviors of a culture of peace."

Recent Activities of APCEIU: The Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding
... "a three-year project (2006-2008) on Situational Analysis of education for international understanding (EIU) and sustainable development (ESD) in Asia and the Pacific region "


News from the House of Erasmus
... "For the festival "Seeds of Change" on the 21th of September - the International Peace Day - we've developed a peace-kit in connection with the "Mayors for Peace"-project and it contains twenty creative ideas to set up various projects."

Springboard Opportunities
... "Global Peacebuilders is an exciting transnational project delivered by Springboard, and connects peacebuilders from across the world through a multilingual online hub to exchange skills, experience, resources and develop collaborative working."


The Eco Citizen project: Cultivate plants, Cultivate peace
... "The garden is an alternative space for therapy, learning and human relations. "

Working for a Culture of Peace in the Valley of the Cauca, Colombia
... "it has not been easy because we are attacking the culture of drug trafficking, the guerrilla and the paramilitary"

International Symposium on Peace Education Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
... "interchange of information, experiences and reflections among groups and persons who study, research and develop actions related to peace education and violence prevention"


Peace Museums, Making a Space for Peace
... "'Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters' (African Proverb). Peace Museums give the lion their historians."

NO new war on Iran!
... " No new war or blockade on Iran! Troops home NOW from Iraq and Afghanistan!"


New UPEACE Alumni Network Website
... "Upeacebuilders is a virtual human network designed to connect UPEACE alumni and launch innovative initiatives in concert with like-minded individuals and organizations"



Here are some of the topics that have been discussed since the previous Bulletin. They may be found under the Forum indicated on the CPNN DiscussionBoard (http://cpnn-world.org/cgi-bin/ib3/ikonboard.cgi ).


Peace studies in school curricula: What would it take to make it happen around the world?


The peace movement in the United States: What are its strengths and weaknesses?


Children with disabilities: How can they contribute to the community?


For details on how the CPNN website works, please see the bulletin for April/May, 2007, which was sent to you by email and which is available online at http://decade-culture-of-peace.org/bulletin/may2007english.html.

To repeat from the last bulletin, "Please go to the website http://cpnn-world.org and write your own news report about events or media that promote a culture of peace. It may be something that you and your organization have done, or something that your read or saw in the media that promotes one or more aspects of a culture of peace (human rights, democratic participation, understanding, tolerance and solidarity, sustainable development, free flow of information, equality of women, peace education or disarmament).

Also add your comments to the DiscussionBoard where hundreds of questions have already been raised. Your comments may be on your own story or to any story previously submitted.


David Adams