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Organization: The Globe Ecological Restoration and Development Foundation, Inc., GERDF
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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?

GERDF has participated in a number of major UN events such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development and has facilitated, in its capacity as the Asian Liaison for Communication Coordination Committee for the United Nations, a number of cultural celebrations and observances.

We have seen a marked desire by people of the world to live in friendship, peace and harmony, and have noted many more initiatives internationally for better understanding among people and a desire to engage in a true dialogue among civilizations.

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

Obstacles that have prevented progress are personal ambitions and an unwillingness to live the "Golden Rule".

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

We have brought a number of persons to China to understand the cultural and environmental heritage and to engage in an exchange of views that have culminated in commemorations of events such as Earth Day at UN Headquarters and an observance of World Water Day.

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?

Promote a relationship with many more sectors of civil society than are currently done, such as the program of FASHIONATIONS, uniting the nations of the world through the language of fashion, as well as more joint initiatives of the staff and of NGOs in promoting events with the involvement of athletes for peace.

Establish other days in the list of observances that promote the idea of the culture of peace, such as harmony, a Chinese concept.

Establish the Peacebuilding Commission encourage NGOs to hold consultations on this topic.

Make sure that the annual DPI/NGO Conference includes a workshop and/or plenary on the Peacebuilding Commission and the role of NGOs, civil society and the private sector in the support mechanism in the Secretariat.

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

CSD/NGO Steering Committee, UN Headquarters (CSD being the Commission on Sustainable Development)

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)?

Work with the Olympic Host Cities of 2006, 2008, 2010 and after July 6, the 2012 Host Committee to promote the culture of peace.

Postal address of organization

211 East 43 St. - #1602
New York, NY 10017
USA
212-490-2660
fax 212-490-2770

E-mail address of organization


Website address of organization

www.gitv.us
www.eco-protect.org

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable development

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

China
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