Representative excerpts from some of the 670 organizations that have provided reports on the culture of peace (for full information see They are ordered by the eight programme areas of the Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace (Resolution A/53/243).


“All bodies of the United Nations system should use the language of the ‘Culture of Peace’ in as many places as possible. Documents and speeches should include reminders about the culture of peace and the decade as a whole. The culture of peace presents a positive opportunity for people in all countries to overcome the negative issues of terrorism and security concerns.”
“UNESCO, whereas it was mandated by the United Nations to be the promoter for it, executive and responsible for this campaign [Decade for the Culture of Peace], has greatly reduced the number of coordinators and person in charge working on this dimension; the survival of the department is completely called in question. If a real will exists among the Member States of the United Nations, all signatories of this campaign, why this lack of reactions, means and achievements?”
“Involve all UN agencies (and not only UNESCO) in the Culture of Peace efforts, and allot resources for the publication and dissemination of books, videos, and audio recordings and other materials for implementing tools such as conflict mediation, deliberative democracy, inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue, and the relation of traditional knowledge (of minority cultures, indigenous and others) and science.”
“Focus upon the International Day of Peace as an annual highlight of measuring progress toward building a Culture of Peace for all Nations and Peoples. In support of these objectives, one suggestion is to reconvene the UN International Day of Peace Steering Group, which was formed at the request of the Secretary-General … comprised of representatives of most UN Agencies and Departments, and invited UN NGOs.”
“A week-long promotion of a culture of peace entitled “Living a Culture of Peace Week” from September 18 through 26 including the International Day of Peace. The designation of such a week by the General Assembly would help facilitate the promotion of a culture of peace in addition to the International Day of Peace.”
“Declare the Year 2010 the International Year for Reconciliation.”


“Promote education for peace in all levels of education, especially cultural exchanges and youth voluntary work.”
“We would like the United Nations to undertake the international training in conflict resolution and peace for young cadres from countries that are victims of armed conflict, to prepare a young generation capable of leading the Africa of Tomorrow with a culture of peace.”

“Strengthen collaboration with NGOs specializing in peace education [and] appeal to Ministries of Education for the integration of peace education into national curricula and as a requirement of teacher training (pre-service, in-service and continuing professional development)… UN agencies i.e., UNESCO, UNICEF and UNDP that include education as a part of their mandate should broaden their programs to require peace education content and methodology.”
“The first and foremost thing we realized is the need of spirituality and self awareness. … If children ever since their early age are helped to develop their inner potential and express their creativity: things would be much better.”


“Reinforce the mechanisms of follow-up and monitoring with respect to human rights in the Member States of the UN * Work more closely with countries like ours that are involved in violating human rights.”
“Our advice to the UN for the second half of the Decade: to make efforts to be present in Palestine, more efficient, resolutions applied. You cannot ask people for peaceful convictions without rights.”
“Implement all the UN resolutions equally and the world will look to the UN as a moral leader, not a politician. So let your morality speak.”


“The attainment of a Culture of Peace … can only be realized side by side with meaningful Poverty Alleviation at grassroots community levels. Our advice, therefore, is that as Peace and Poverty Alleviation are so intertwined, these two must be carried in an innovative manner by the UN System.”
“Along with needed support and promotion of the Millennium Goals, peaceful development should also be prioritized, promoted, and financially supported. It is only upon the foundations of a peaceful society that the Millennium Goals are attainable.”
“We think that the United Nations needs to commit to actions to eliminate the causes that generate violence such as ignorance and poverty. The subject of external debt and the programs of structural adjustment promoted by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have become one of the main obstacles, perhaps the main obstacle to development, especially of the poorest countries … Finally we think that the coordination between the agencies of the system of United Nations could be much greater, because for example, the approach of the World Bank does not agree with that of UNDP and other specialized agencies.”

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