CPNN (Culture of Peace News Network) bulletin of January 1, 2021

Culture of Peace in Mexico

Six years ago we carried in CPNN an article about Mexico by the great peace researcher Johan Galtung. He said, among other things, "At the national level an overarching program to prevent violence has been designed and enacted . . . grounded in a legitimate peace philosophy –one in which peace is constructed through the satisfaction of basic human needs- and is well equipped in scope and with enough budget and personnel to achieve transcending results by construction of peace infrastructures (i.e. mediation centers, academic degrees in peace for civil servants, etc.)  and the buildup of a mediation-dialogue-conciliation culture. . . "

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

Virtual Events for Culture of Peace

There are now so many virtual events promoting the culture of peace that we have started a new service at CPNN, listing them in advance along with their registration infomation. We list those that are free and open to the general public. In this way, CPNN readers are able to participate in the live event.

This month we have listed an average of almost one event per day coming from all regions of the world. Here is a brief summary, organized by theme.

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

Culture of Peace Flourishes in Africa

Judging from the many articles from Africa in CPNN this monrth, the culture of peace is flourishing in Africa.

African Union (AU). The AU continues to provide leadership for a culture of peace throughout Africa, as we have followed in recent years in CPNN. This month the joint task force on peace and security of the AU with the United Nations held its 19th consultative meeting. The meeting discussed developments and cooperation in support to on-going electoral processes in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Guinea. The meeting also exchanged views on the situations in Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Western Sahara.

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

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

In our survey of the Internet this year we found actions for the International Day of Peace in 717 communities located throughout the world. This total is similar to what we found last year, although the geographical distribution was a bit different.

This year the greatest number of actions took place in Europe.

In Western Euope we found reference to actions in 274 communities. The greatest number was recorded in Belgium where 159 towns and municipalities participated in a campaign to fly the peace flag on official buildings, calling for a Belgium without nuclear weapons in a world without nuclear weapons. An article from the Italian island of Sardegna lists actions in 37 communities. In France, the Collective for 21 September coordinated and described actions in 43 communities, including marches and demonstrations, often linked to the struggle to preserve the planet from global warming.

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International Day of Peace 2020

On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2020, the UNESCO Office in Abidjan is organizing the Audience for Peace for youth leaders, UNESCO Clubs for Peace, Community Relays for Peace and leaders of youth organizations of civil society.

The questionnaire available by clicking on the link below will allow you to know the opinion of young people on the issues of promotion of the culture of peace, citizen participation and on the challenges of the 30th anniversary of the birth of the concept of culture of peace.

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

HOPE FOR THE US

In the face of pessimistic predictions, even to the point of civil war, there are progressive mobilizations in the United States.

Unionization . The public approval rating for unions has climbed to nearly its highest level in fifty years. There has also been a surge of unionization among adjunct professors, grad students, digital and print journalists, museum workers, nurses, cannabis store workers, and nonprofit employees.

Colleges and Universities .. Search for Common Ground has partnered with Soliya and Tiger 21 to implement an orientation program for first-year students that will facilitate intra-campus dialogue and build trust, respect, and constructive coexistence across differences.

Black Lives Matter .. The movement continues to mobilize, most recently in professional sports. Players of the Women’s National Basketball Association are wearing t-shirts to support a progressive Congressional candidate opposing a team owner who opposes racial equality.

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Training Seminar for the Members of Renabec – Videos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research is organizing in partnership with the National Network for the Well-being of Drivers (RENABEC) and the O.S.E.R (Road Safety Office) a training seminar for road transport professionals from July 22 to 24, 2020 in Yamoussoukro. This seminar will focus on the theme: "The commitment of road transport professionals in favour of security, peace and the respect of barrier measures related to the covid-19 pandemic, for a peaceful electoral environment in Côte d’Ivoire".

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Training Seminar for the Members of Renabec

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research is organizing in partnership with the National Network for the Well-being of Drivers (RENABEC) and the O.S.E.R (Road Safety Office) a training seminar for road transport professionals from July 22 to 24, 2020 in Yamoussoukro. This seminar will focus on the theme: “The commitment of road transport professionals in favour of security, peace and the respect of barrier measures related to the covid-19 pandemic, for a peaceful electoral environment in Côte d’Ivoire”.

As a peace institution, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research is resolutely committed to accompanying the road transport world in the search for solutions to the many problems that shake it to the point of causing permanent conflicts between customers, transporters, trade unions and other actors on whom the efficiency of the Ivorian road transport system depends.

Since March 2020, Côte d’Ivoire, like other countries, has been facing an unprecedented health and security crisis linked to the covid-19 pandemic. From this crisis situation have emerged barrier measures imposed on the population to cut the chain of spread of the coronavirus, plunging the entire country into precariousness. However, the year 2020 is marked by general elections in Côte d’Ivoire. It is therefore a matter of extending development prospects, taking into account the pandemic, which must be brought under control in a peaceful electoral environment. This approach aims at enabling road transport professionals to assume active roles at the local, regional and even global level.

It is important to promote among road transport professionals skills, competencies, values of peace and attitudes and behaviours that will contribute to the civic engagement of all on the basis of respect for democratic principles, diversity, solidarity and living together. But such perspectives take into account the current situation of the pandemic.

This seminar aims to effectively support road transport professionals to enable them to become proactive field agents contributing to the advent of more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive, responsible and creative societies in the face of hazards and pandemics.

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

THE STRUGGLE AGAINST RACISM

This was a month of the reactivated struggle against racism.

It started in the United States with an uprising described as a “collective gasp for life” by the Poor People’s Campaign which continues the struggle for justice led by Martin Luther KIng, Jr. Their phrase refers to the last words of George Floyd, choked and killed by a white police officer “viscerally reminiscent of the lynching photographs that were used to terrorize African-Americans for decades in this nation.”

Excessive force by the police, condemned by fundamental international human rights law and standards, is commonplace in the United States according to a recent study.

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