Welcome Decade Administrator
[ :: ( Admin CP ) :: ( ModCP ) :: Log Out :: Search :: Help ]

Click here to add a report from another organization.
new topic
Organization: Universal Day of Hope Trust, none
The following information may be cited or quoted as long as the source is accurately mentioned and the words are not taken out of context.
Posted: Mar. 17 2005,10:47 If you wrote this report, you will find a button here that you may click
in order to make changes in the report. EDIT

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?

The Universal Day of Hope Trust (UDOHT) is a charitable organization established in London in 1990 to pursue truth, justice and world peace. It is registered in Barbados under the charity act of Barbados, registration No: 274. The idea for the organization emanated from an international religious conference in London in December 1989, which was called to discuss the issue of world population for the 21st century. Following the December 1989 conference the UDOHT was established and a programme launched to promote greater understanding, race relations, truth, justice and world peace. In January 1990 a proposal calling for October 12, to be designated a “Universal Day of Hope” was disseminated to over 178 world leaders and various national and international NGOs. The UDOHT is of the opinion that the solution to world peace lies within the issues of complex race relations, truth and justice resulting from the history since October 12, 1492.  
Yes, UDOHT has seen progress towards a culture of Peace. The United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa in 2001 has placed the spotlight of world attention on issues of truth, justice and peace in a manner never before placed into such context. Being the third and final conference of a 30 years process (1973-2003) for the eradication of racism, this conference offered a great opportunity for world peace.

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

The proposal of UDOHT in 1990 coincided with a proposal from the World Council of Churches’ Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) committee to convene a World Day of Prayer on racism. The WCC has set aside one week in October to pray for unity. UDOHT lauded the JPIC for its initiative and recommended that the World Day of Prayer be October 12. Many Heads of State replied lauding the proposal, these includes Caribbean Governments and powerful Commonwealth countries such as Britain, Australia and Canada all indicating their willingness to give critical support to a draft resolution if it was brought to the floor of the United Nations.
The most important obstacles that have prevented progress have been the reluctance and or unwillingness on the part of Barbados’ Government to submit a draft resolution to the United Nations and UDOHT's lack of financial resources.

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 action undertaken by UDOHT to promote a culture of peace during the first half of the Decade was to present a draft resolution for a Universal Day of Hope to the UN’s World Conference Against Racism in Durban, in 2001 and to have the said draft resolution endorsed at the first follow-up conference to the Durban conference - the African and African Descendents World Conference Against Racism that was held in Barbados in October 2002, out of which the Global African Congress (GAC) – the first international Pan-African Civil Society Organization was born.
The UDOHT continues to lobby Heads of Government of CARICOM nation states, the Barbados Christian Council and the World Council of Churches, appealing to them that in light of Britain’s recent acknowledgement that Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade were crimes against humanity and of the British Government’s intention to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 2007 that a “Slavery Memorial Day” for October 12 might be the most appropriate commemoration, which could begin the desired healing process of both descendents of the enslaved and the enslavers, thereby contributing significantly to the Decade for a Culture of Peace.

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?

The advice that UDOHT would like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly of the United Nations in their pursuit to promote a culture of peace is that the truth of Africa’s contribution to world history be told throughout the nations of the world, and that this might best be achieve by proclaiming October 12, a “Universal Day of Hope” for truth, justice and world peace in commemoration of the 200 anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 2007. We are of the opinion that until the truth is told there will never be justice, and without justice peace will continue to elude mankind. We would also recommend that a “Marshall Plan” be implemented for the effected regions to assist in repairing some of the damage done as a direct result of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

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

UDOHT has established links with the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, an organization of some 2,500 African Americans who have traced their heritage to the ancient Israelites of the Bible and whose community at Dimona in Israel is referred to as “The Village of Peace”. We have met with and are seeking to partner with “Peace One Day”, the London based organization that was successful in its lobby for an “International Day for Peace” - 21st September. We have also communicated with “One World Week” the London base organization that are lobbying countries to promotes a week of activities during the month of October. We are also seeking to establish links with the Interreligious International Federation for World Peace (IIFWP) and the Interreligious International Peace Council (IIPC). We have established links with the African Development and Cultural Organization of Guyana that commemorates October 12, as “Maffa Day”, as a means of healing for people of African Descent in that country. We are in the process of establishing links with the “African Methodist Episcopal Church” (AME) – the oldest African centered Civil Society organization of the USA, and with the “Institute for a New Humanity – from Chaos to Community” of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference an African American organization. We are seeking to establish links with St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, a Church that commemorates the “Maafa” with an annual programme. UDOHT is also seeking to establish links with the Government of Ghana, West Africa who is seeking to reunite African in the Diaspora with the Mother Land through a “Tower of Return” Project of solidarity, scheduled for 2007.

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)?

UDHOT plans for a culture of peace has three major components: (1) a draft resolution to the UN; (2) sports for peace project and (3) global festival of Hope for peace. The sports for peace component consist of a bi-annual cricket limited over challenge trophy competition and a bi-annual football for peace challenge trophy competition, to commence in 2008-9.  The global festival of Hope is proposed as a week-long annual event to be held in different CARICOM countries each year, bringing together different cultures in a “Village of Hope” setting, whereby, for seven days cultural activists and top artistes will render messages of hope and peace.
UDOHT will therefore continue to lobby CARICOM Heads of Government to submit a draft resolution to the United Nations that October 12 be designated a Universal Day of Hope for truth, justice and world peace. We will redouble our efforts for the cricketing and football nations and sponsors to consider our proposal. We will also intensify the promotion for our proposal of a week of activities during the month of October to be implemented before the close of the UN’s Decade for a Culture of Peace in 2010.

Postal address of organization

P.O. Box 589 Cheapside, Bridgetown, Barbados

E-mail address of organization

udoht@hotmail.com

Website address of organization

not available

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)

The continent of Africa, including Israel

Second priority country of action (or international)

International
Back to top
IP: [ 216.110.106.250 ] Warn
Organization: Universal Day of Hope Trust, none

Click here to add a report from another organization.
new topic



Topic Options
[ Move this topic ] [ Close this topic ] [ Delete this topic ] [ Edit this Topic ] [ Pin this Topic ] [ Rebuild Topic ] [ Add Watch ]
[ Moderators Control Panel ]

Admin stats
Execution Time Less than 1 sec.
CPU Time: 0.07
No. Queries 17
Mod Perl? No
Server load --
Current UNIX time 1175713836