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Draft Resolution for the UN General Assembly

Download the latest (October 2010) version of the UN Draft resolution. A copy of the statement to the General Assembly by the representative for Bangladesh, introducing the Draft resolution, can be downloaded here.

In 2007 Peace through Unity proposed a draft resolution for the UN General Assembly in support of the UN Declaration and Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace. The draft resolution calls on the General Assembly to actively encourage all UN member states to to establish a ministry or department of peace ...

People's Summits for Departments of Peace

The sixth Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastuructures for Peace Summit is scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, September 16 - 20, 2013.

In October 2011, the 5th Global Alliance Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace was held in Capetown, South Africa. A brief Report on activites by Operation Peace Through Unity presented to the Summit, concluded:

OPTU is holding the vision of ministries of peace very close to heart and is blending this core thought into our work. One day such ministries will form an integral part of new governance — bringing healing to our beloved human family and planetary home.
A report to the Summit by Anne Creter, UN NGO Representative for Operation Peace through Unity, summarised the status of efforts to foster the Global Alliance mission at the United Nations.

In October 2010 the African Alliance for Peace made up of members of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace from nine African countries,held their second regional Summit at Abuja, Nigeria.

The 4th Global Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace in Costa Rica in September 2009 was attended by over 200 individuals from 40 countries. Read this report by Anne Creter, OPTU representative at the Summit.

The Third Global Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace took place in Tokyo and Kisarazu, Japan, 21-26 September 2007.

The Second People's Peace Summit for Departments of Peace took place in June 2006 in Victoria, Canada. Read this report by Kate Smith, OPTU representative at the Summit.

The first People's Summit for Departments of Peace took place in London, United Kingdom - 18 and 19 October, 2005. As a result The International People's Initiative for Department's of Peace was established.

The First Summit was organized and sponsored by:

  1. The UK based ministry for peace (mfp), whose motto is "Putting Power into Peace - Peace into Power". mfp was launched in the House of Commons on 1st July 2003, and in October the same year Labour MP John McDonnell introduced a Ten-Minute Rule Bill for the creation of a Ministry for Peace in government. The Bill was passed unopposed but fell due to lack of time at the end of the Parliamentary session. mfp has since its launch held sixteen public meetings; it is managed by a National Coordinating Committee and has an increasing membership throughout the country. In its Manifesto for Peace mfp identifies three main aspects of violence: direct violence is the physical or verbal violence most people recognize; structural violence refers to political, social and economic structures that repress, harm or kill (dictatorship, racial discrimination, poverty..); cultural violence is the type of violence normalized by religions or ideologies.
  2. The Canadian Working Group for a Federal Department of Peace, also founded in 2003, is gaining increasing support from prominent Canadian leaders, academics and NGOs as well as from the rank-and-file of Canadians throughout the country. The main aim of such a department would be to work for the implementation of the UN Declaration and Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace.
  3. The Peace Alliance Campaign to Establish a US Department of Peace, USA aims 'to reveal and foster an expanded awareness of humanity's interconnectedness manifesting our culture of peace'. Thousands of citizens in 43 states with over 230 congressional district team leaders are working together to build support for a federal cabinet-level Department of Peace, which would serve to strengthen and support non-violent solutions to domestic and international conflicts by addressing the underlying root causes of violence in society. It would also work towards the establishment of a national peace academy.


Caption: Wanganui and district secondary school students at model United Nations in 1994, Photo: Wanganui Chronicle, May 2, 1994

 
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