Kai Brand-Jacobsen, Director of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO) – PATRIR (Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania) calls for immediate actions everyone can take to bring about an end to fighting and just peace for all the people of Israel-Palestine.
The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize to the EU is unlawful and cannot be paid, says the International Peace Bureau, IPB, in a letter issued 5 November 2012 to the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. The demand from IPB is based on the fact that the Nobel Foundation is by law responsible for overseeing that all the five Nobel Prizes are awarded in accordance with the will and testament of Alfred Nobel.
In two recent blog posts Uwi Basaninyenzi, currently a Communications Associate with the World Bank's External Affairs Operational Communication department (EXTOC), explores the experience of Rwanda, a post-conflict society that is using art as part of its national reconciliation effort. In this earlier post she argued that Rwanda’s active support of cultural industries, including film, music, crafts, architecture and theater, among other art forms, has played a key role in its peace building efforts in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide that killed nearly one million people.
Although the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace ended in 2010, the culture of peace is more than ever on the agenda of the United Nations. As the United Nations General Assembly begins its new session, it hosted two major events for the culture of peace at its headquarters in New York on 14 and 21 September 2012.
Many initiatives in Israel promote Jewish-Arab dialogue, but are these traditional peace education models still working? David Amitai, spokesperson for Givat Haviva Educational Foundation, talks about some new projects that are bearing interesting results.
Search for Common Ground has developed an innovative approach to teaching Rwandan school children how to deal with conflict in their lives. In partnership with Serious Games, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Rwandan Ministry of Education, the NGO developed a computer game designed to help primary school students learn about conflict: what causes conflict and what are some effective ways to handle it.
Between the 15th and the 23rd of June of this year, will occur the People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in Rio+20 at Flamengo, in Rio de Janeiro. The global civil society, organizations, collectives and social movements will occupy the landfill to propose a new way of living on the planet, in solidarity against the commodification of nature and in defense of the commons.
On the occasion of the second “International Day against Military Spending” on 17 April 2012 nobel prize laureates and academia as well as representatives of trade unions and non-governmental organisations address the public with a global appeal "Disarmament for Sustainable Development". They demand a disarmament plan for development and the inclusion of "peace" as a topic area at the World Conference Rio plus 20 in June 2012.
In recent weeks, a campaign to promote peace and understanding between Israel and Iran has garnered an incredible amount of attention through a profoundly simple message: we love you.
TransConflict announces the launch of the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformaton (GCCT), which is comprised of over forty organizations from a variety of countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda, Burundi, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland.