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Organization: Acadia University/Conley-International, Marshall Conley
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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?

Acadia and C-I have been promoting a culture of peace, human rights and democratization for the last 8 years through a Young Professionals Programme sponsored by the Government of Canada. (http://ace.acadiau.ca/polisci/conley/conley.htm)
This programme sends recent Canadian university graduates to the field for six months to gain international working experience. We have partnered with UNESCO Headquarters and Regional Offices, NGOs in the promotion of a culture of peace, and with governments needing assistance in creating their human rights reports under the UN  international instruments or to help in promoting human rights in their country.
Currently we have Young Professionals in the Balkans, sub-Sahara Africa, Latin America, Bangladesh, and India.
The success of 'capacity-building' has been outstanding. The experiences of our young professionals has been exceptional. Many former young professionals are now working for international organizations, the Canadian Foreign Service, or for NGOs.

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

The principal obstacle has been one of changing priorities of donor countries. This has made it difficult to work beyond our six-month mandate and to ensure the successful completion of projects which were initiated.

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

Many of our actions are outlined in our electronic newspaper, "The Global Byte" (http://euler.acadiau.ca/~conley/Human_Rights/Interns/gbyte/).
We have been successful in assisting a variety of countries to submit their periodic human rights reports (Benin, Ghana, Gambia), educating about discrimination of those with HIV/AIDS (South Africa); strengthening human rights and peace education (Namibia, South Africa, The Gambia), strengthening the peace process (Guatemala, Bosnia, Serbia), and promoting a culture of peace (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Russia, Jordan, Egypt, Great Lakes Region).

"A typical Bosnia playground. We must work harder for building a culture of peace so that the 1997 UNESCO Declaration on the Responsibilities of the Present Generation Towards Future Generations can become a reality." (http://portal.unesco.org/en....1.html)

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?

We must increase our efforts to involve youth in a meaningful way. We propose a "Global Youth Challenge", involving youth from all over the world to network and to provide substantive input into ideas and actions for the promotion of a culture of peace.

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

CIR Rescate,   Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Serbia Grupa 484, Policy/Advocacy Unit, Belgrade
Bosnia-Herzegovina Ice Hockey Federation, Sarajevo, BiH
Serbia Centre for Antiwar Action, Belgrade
Adult Education Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo
Serbia Civic Initiatives, Belgrade
FAR - Association for Democratic Education, Bulgaria (Bourgas)
Serbia, IIZ/DVV Adult Education for Serbia and Montenegro
Bulgaria Adult Education Association, Sophia
International Press Institute Vienna
Intercultural Institute Romania (Timisoara)
IIZ/DVV Project Office for Adult Education - Romania (Bucharest)
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region, UNDP Office, Nairobi. Kenya
African Commission on Human and People's Rights, Banjul, The Gambia
Center for Children's Theatre Development, Prishtina, Kosova Human Rights Documentation Centre, University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
University of the Witwatersrand AIDS Research Institute, Braamfontein, South Africa
Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights
Government of the Gambia Child Rights Unit
Centre for Minority Rights (CEMIRIDE), Nairobi, Kenya
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi, India
UNESCO, Section of Education for Peace and Human Rights
UNESCO, Human Rights and Development Section
Geneva for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland
Centre for Sustainable Development Initiatives (CENSUDI), Bolgatanga, Ghana
Human Rights Office of the Presidential Human rights Commission (COPREDEH), Guatemala City, Guatemala
Journalists For Human Rights (JHR), Accra, Ghana

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 plan on linking the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development with a culture of peace and the promotion of human rights, democracy, tolerance and international understanding. This will be done through a continuation of our Young Professional programme and through new initiatives we are about to begin through the Canadian Government's Canada Corps (http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/CanadaCorps)

Postal address of organization

2052 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
B3K 2Y7

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Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

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)

sub-Sahara Africa
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