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Towards a Culture of Peace

As defined by the United Nations, the Culture of Peace is a set of values, attitudes, modes of behaviour and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations (UN Resolutions A/RES/52/13: Culture of Peace and A/RES/53/243: Declaration; Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace).

2001-2010 has been declared the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (see above for relevant UN resolutions). UNESCO has identified eight requirements that need to be met in order for a culture of peace and justice to prevail.

  1. Foster a culture of Peace through education
  2. Promote sustainable economic and social development
  3. Promote respect for human rights
  4. Ensure equality between men and women
  5. Foster democratic participation
  6. Advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity
  7. Support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge
  8. Promote international peace and security

For more information on a "Culture of Peace", visit UNESCO

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