CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of June 1, 2020

LINK GLOBAL, EAT LOCAL

As we have seen in this bulletin in recent months, the global health and economic crisis has inspired many to envisage and prepare for radical change believing that “another world is possible.”

This month we feature two aspects of this movement: 1) towards local food production and consumption, known as food sovereignty; and 2) global rlinkage of activists via webinars and online courses and conferences. Hence a new variation on the old slogan that we should “Think global, act local.”

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of April 1, 2020

Overcoming the Crisis Together

Viewed from the perspective of the culture of peace, the medical and economic crisis associated with the coronavirus can be seen as an opportunity as well as a calamity.

As discussed in the blog Has the crash arrived ?, it may provide us with the opportunity to make the transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace ? The scenario was foreseen In the novella I have seen the promised land written in 2008 which foresaw a global economic crash in the year 2020, opening the possibility for this radical transformation.

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of March 1, 2020

Cities Take the Lead

Nuclear disarmament. New York City is becoming the most recent city to plan for divestment of their funds from the nuclear weapons industry. Public hearings in the city on January 28 heard from a wide range of speakers in favor of this action. Speakers included the global campaign, Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, Mayors for Peace, young peope from Peace Boat and a representrative from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. Participants at the hearing expressed their love of the city and strong unwillingness to see New York, or any other place on the Earth, to be exposed to the threat of irreversible destruction that nuclear weapons poses.

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of February 1, 2020

Military Swallows up THE AMERICAN BUDGET

Usually this bulletin puts the emphasis on positive actions that promote the culture of peace. But this month, it seems that the most important events were negative, and we need to look at them in detail.

In particular, the principal center of the American empire, the budget of the United States, is being almost completely swallowed up by military spending. Last month, the US congress, both Republicans and Democrats voted to adopt a military budget of $738 billion dollars.

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CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of October 1, 2019

The Pope and Culture of Peace

Pope Francis is committing the Catholic Church to nuclear disarmament, sustainable development and the rights of indigenous peoples, key components of the culture of peace.

Speaking in Hiroshima on November 23, he said that “The use of atomic energy for the purpose of war is today more than ever a crime not only against the dignity of human beings, but against any possible future for our common home.”

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Concert of the Peace 2019

The Peace Concert is the activity during which the FHB Foundation intends to bring together a larger number of people than previous concerts. It is a concert whose entrance will be free. It has planned to attract at least 15,000 spectators from the Yamoussoukro District, mainly young people to John Paul II Square for a show rich in sounds, images and lights with nearly 20 Ivorian artists and musical groups of international and national classes from 7pm to dawn on Friday, November 15, 2019, declared "National Day of Peace" by the State of Côte d'Ivoire.
There are four reasons for choosing Yamoussoukro:

  • it is the birthplace of the "Sage of Africa" and the political capital of Côte d'Ivoire,
  • it is the cradle of the concept of a culture of peace created 30 years ago at the International Congress organized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) on the theme: "Peace in the minds of men", precisely from 26 June to 1 July 1989 at the headquarters of the FHB Foundation.
  • it is a tourist destination par excellence with its many assets in terms of hotels, gastronomy, living environment and history.
  • and finally it is a city with a high concentration of students with institutions of excellence such as the Lycée Scientifique and the Institut National Polytechnique Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB).

Indeed, the Autonomous District of Yamoussoukro has about 300,000 inhabitants, 56.46% of whom are less than 20 years old. Through this concert, we specifically target the younger generation, essentially the generation born after the death of President Houphouët-Boigny, namely young people under the age of 25. They are our core target. We want to make them better acquainted with this exceptional man, "builder of modern Côte d'Ivoire" and "Artisan of dialogue".

CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of November 1, 2019

PRIZES FOR PEACE

This year, the Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali. Readers of CPNN may be already familiar with his contribution to ending the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, a conflict that had been going on for decades despite a peace deal that was signed some 18 years ago. In announcing the award the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated that they hope that the Prize “will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation.”

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