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Posted on on September 17th, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (

On September 13, 1999 the 53rd UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a set of principles for a Culture of Peace. Following that the UN had a decade for the International Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the children of the World – 2001-2010. Looking at what goes on in the World these days the UN needed a reminder and moved to have this High Level day 0n Friday September 14, 2012.

Chaired by outgoing President of the General Assembly, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz al-Nasser of Qatar whose term ends next Monday, and with the UN Secretary General on the podium next to him, the hall of the General Assembly listened to excellent presentations by Mr. Jan Eliasson, the Deputy SG, Mr. Federico Mayor wearing the hat of President of the Foundation Culture of Peace, and Ms. Cora Weiss, wearing the hat of the President of the Hague Appeal for Peace, and after statements from 8 supporting Ambassadors to the UN, this morphed then to two further panels.

We heard that POVERTY IS VIOLENCE and looked at Resource Wars that can be ended only by developing Renewable Resouces and avoiding wars for what is left from the conventional resources. Also I heard from Cora Weiss that CO2 emissions must be reduced.

We learned that $1.7 trillion are spent yearly on weapons. She said that Nations have the right to defend themselves but is not that amount exaggerated?

Resolutions are needed to come up with a nuclear treaty. Also we to accelerate the end of poverty process and have a resolution on the right to peace, she said.

But later on, after the First panel titled – “The Culture of Peace at the core of Humanity’s agenda: New partnerships, new developments” chaired by Ambassador Dr. Paulette Bethel of the Bahamas, it was a Nigerian diplomat who said that there is a need to elevate the discourse to actions – WE SHOULD STOP TALKING JUST ABOUT WAR CRIMES he said, AND START TO TALK ABOUT THE CRIME OF WAR – WHOEVER INSTIGATES TO WAR COMMITS A CRIME.

Going back to basics – the culture of Peace should be seen as the essence of a new Humanity. It should be based on inner oneness and outer diversity and a transition from force to reason – from conflict and violence to dialogue and peace. A little booklet we got was the UN Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, and a larger magazine “Unity” that is published in Hong Kong in English and Chinese.

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