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Organization: Association Universelle d'Espéranto / Universal Esperanto Association (UEA)
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777 United Nations Plaza
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PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


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

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ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

Universal Esperanto Association has been the most representitive organization of  the Esperanto-speaking  community, which may number over a million speakers, dispersed throughout the world.  UEA publishes a monthly magazine since it's inception (1905) and several books a year.  It organizes a general conference (Universala Kongreso or UK) annually. It has occurred in nearly every European country since 1905. We attempt to alternate continents (Europe, Asia and the Americas) as our movement spreads in the past twenty years. Another sister-organization, The International Asssociation of Esperanto Teachers also has an annual conference, which recently took place in Western Africa.  Our centennial convention celebrating 100 years of Esperanto included over 5,000 participants. We are averaging 2,000 participants from 70 countries in the past decade.  We are a diverse group. About a dozen religions have separate and joint activities, during the UK. Supporters of the Shinto offshoot, Oomoto, is a major contributor to Esperanto in Japan. It is an official language of the religion. Adherents of the Spiritismo religion are prominent in  Esperanto culture in Brazil. Unitarian Universalists are notable in the US movement. Catholic Esperanto groups are found in several European and South American countries. The founder of Bahai religion spoke favorably of Esperanto.  While UEA has no official position on religion and politics we welcome the collaboration of these and other groups. Since the Esperanto language  founder. L.L.Zamenhof was Jewish we note that his family and our movement suffered notably during World War II. Over one thousand streets and monuments are named after Esperanto or it's initiator. His message of peace remains central to the existence of the Esperanto-as-Second-Language world-wide community.

The photo shows many of the 200 participants of the Esperanto Musicians Conference or Kultura Esperanto Festivalo occuring in the summer of 2009 in Denmark. The participants  from 33 countries performed in the public plaza of  Helsinore, Denmark.

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

While we see the spread of Esperanto and multilingualism positively, we see international divisions as a regular pattern that has not changed considerably since numerous wars have occurred since the creation of Esperanto. While most of our members do not consider language as the sole factor  for war or peace, we view it as a much more noteworthy aspect than popularly considered. We note positively the celebration of the annual Day of the Mother tongue by the UN generally and the Bengali mission in particular and our organization should be able to make a significant contributions .

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

We note with concern the declaration of UNESCO that half of all languages will be extinct  within a century.  We oppose this tendency.   I personally note its ocurrence  in post colonial-educational  systems.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

We must make universal  bilingualism or trilingualism an aspect of  the Millenium Developments Goals.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

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Organization: Association Universelle d'Espéranto / Universal Esperanto Association (UEA)

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