There is an international agenda for peace

The culture of peace began as the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/res/53/243A, known as the Declaration for a Culture of Peace. This ambitious document outlines the importance of a culture of peace and how it is an integral part of realizing world-wide goals to end atrocities and inequalities. The declaration for a culture of peace recognizes the constitution of UNESCO, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, that peace is not only the absence of war, the need for a year and international decade for a culture of peace as well as the responsibilities of UNESCO, governments and civil society have to promote and strengthen a culture of peace.

Defining a Culture of Peace

The culture of peace is a set of values, attitudes, traditions, behaviors and ways of living that are based on:

  1. Respect for life: This way of life includes advancing education, dialogue and cooperation that promotes non-violence
  2. Full respect for the principles of sovereignty: People and states have the right of self-rule, the integrity of territories must be respected and respect for the international rule of law is required
  3. Full respect for and promotion of all human rights and fundamental freedoms
  4. Commitment to the peaceful settlement of conflicts
  5. Sustainable Development: Meeting the developmental and environmental needs of current and future generations
  6. The respect and promotion of the right to development
  7. Equal rights and opportunities of men and women
  8. Freedom of information, expression and opinion
  9. Advancing principles of democracy, tolerance, solidarity, cooperation, pluralism, cultural diversity, dialogue among all levels of society as well as among nations to foster national and international environments for peace

The Culture of Peace is Integrally Linked With

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Democracy & International Rule of Law
  • Human Rights
  • Eradicating poverty
  • Sustainable Development
  • Empowerment of Women
  • Government transparency and accountability
  • Tolerance, Cultural Diversity and Solidarity
  • Eradicating racism, discrimination and intolerance
  • Free flow of information
  • The right to self-determination as detailed in the UN Charter, The International Covenants on Human Rights, and the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples