Bearing in mind that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood (Univ. Dec. of H.R., article 1);
Bearing in mind also the role envisioned by the men and women in San Francisco who, as they drafted the final text to the UN Charter, chose to highlight in the opening words the essential role which "we the peoples of the United Nations" are to play for the realization of a peaceful, just and compassionate Global Neighbourhood;
Realizing that in today's globalizing world new powerful and influential actors are inexorably bringing changes to the concept of governance, both locally and globally, and to the role of future governments;
Realizing also the need for re-building the trust of people in their governments and the potential for establishing closer and more effective working relationships between governments and their citizens, as well as between citizens groups, thus strengthening the spirit of mutuality and cooperation for the common good;
Bearing in mind that men, women and children in their billions, having witnessed or themselves suffered the atrocities of war, of poverty and environmental disasters, are now more than ever committed to saving future generations from the scourge of war and determined to live together in peace with one another as good neighbours;
Recalling the statement that "since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed";
Taking to heart the UN Declaration and Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace (A/RES/53/243) in which we - all of us - are given the guidelines for how the United Nations, the governments of the world, and peoples everywhere and within all walks of life can work together for the promotion of a culture of peace; and
Deeply aware of the challenge to all peoples for changing the ancient mindset which has allowed humanity for so long to justify the use war and the threat of war as a means to achieve peace, into another mindset, based on the courage of compassion and the willingness to understand and to heal the causes of war, which will seek peaceful and effective means to free humanity from fear and from want, -
We hereby call on the United Nations General Assembly
- Actively to encourage all United Nations Member States to establish a ministry or department of peace through which the governments and their peoples can jointly work for the promotion of a culture of peace, in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the UN Declaration and Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace;
- Continue developing and strengthening the cooperative links between the United Nations institutions and the local, regional, national and international efforts to change today's prevailing culture of selfishness and violence into a strong, vibrant and inclusive culture, which nurtures and encourages all that is good, true and beautiful within each nation, each culture, each religion, and each human being; and to this end
- Transfer, in steps and stages, the needed funds from the US$ trillions, presently invested in building instruments of war, into the development of instruments for peace and right, just and mutually respectful and beneficial relationships between all peoples.
Trusting in the goodwill of all UN General Assembly delegation members; believing also in the increasing political will to good of each United Nations member state, and in full faith that the spirit enshrined in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will overcome all that hinders its way to fulfillment,
we await your response.