Excerpts from

"Mainstreaming the culture of peace"
Culture of Peace : what is it ?


(UN Resolutions A/RES/52/13 : Culture of Peace and A/RES/53/243,

Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace).

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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 For peace and non-violence to prevail, we need to:

  • foster a culture of peace through education - by revising the educational curricula to promote qualitative values, attitudes and behaviours of a culture of peace, including peaceful conflict-resolution, dialogue, consensus-building and active non-violence.

  • promote sustainable economic and social development - by reducing economic and social inequalities, by eradicating poverty and by assuring sustainable food security , social justice... environmental sustainability.

  • promote respect for all human rights - ...without human rights, in all their dimensions, there can be no culture of peace...

  • ensure equality between women and men - through full participation of women in economic, social and political decision-making....

  • foster democratic participation - indispensable foundations ... are democratic principles, practices and participation in all sectors of society, a transparent and accountable governance and administration...

  • advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity - ... Learning from our differences, through dialogue and the exchange of information, is an enriching process.

  • support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge - ... However, measures need to be taken to address the issue of violence in the media, including new information and communication technologies.

  • promote international peace and security - ... increase our efforts in negotiation of peaceful settlements, elimination of production and traffic of arms and weapons, humanitarian solutions in conflict situations, post-conflict initiatives.