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Organization: Waitakere City Council
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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?

Waitakere City adopted the principle of First Call for Children in 1993, firmly establishing itself as a national leader in putting children first.  Its adoption has seen an increased focus on advocating for children, raising awareness and understanding of children's issues locally and nationally, ensuring council's own services are planned with children in mind and proactively involving children and youth in council projects and decision-making processes.  We have made a good deal of progress (see actions) in order to make Waitakere City a great place for kids.  In recognition of the need to integrate this policy into all aspects of council activity toolkits have been developed with practical information about implementing the policy.  These have been accompanied by workshops within each sector of council to help develop their own work specific action plans.  We have a children's advocate, an elected member whose role is to highlight and, if necessary, speak out locally and nationally on the needs of younger residents.  We have a dedicated staff-member to ensure First Call for Children actions occur across council.

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

There have been no specific obstacles however as with any programme there is a degree of scepticism and ignorance.

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

Actions over the past and in the current year Waitakere has:
Increased provision of youth events and activities
Three year funding of contracts with community oganisations
Early Childhood work plan developed and projects ongoing
Treaty of Waitangi framework agreed
Process for engagement with ethnic communities, migrants etc in place
Developed building decision for youth recreation precinct
Support promotion of best practice in school community relationshps
Youth councillors facilitate community youth engagement programme.

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)?

Waitakere has just endorsed a Memoradum of Understanding with the newly created Waitakere Ethnic Board.  The board has representatives from many different cultures and will work with the council to promote a culture of tolerance and understanding.

Postal address of organization

Private Bag 93109

E-mail address of organization


Website address of organization

www.waitakere.govt.nz

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

human rights

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace


Highest priority country of action (or international)


Second priority country of action (or international)

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