Appeal of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates For the Children of the World

Sisters and Brothers,

We are in the first year of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, proclaimed unanimously by the general assembly of the United Nations.

Since 2000, the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence had started all over the world, coordinated by UNESCO. More than 72 millions of human beings had signed the Manifesto for a culture of Peace and nonviolence (below) so far!

For the success of this Decade and its objectives, we do need your participation as member of the Civil Society. Would you please accept our invitation to be officially member of the Global Movement for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence? Can you please send us, as soon as possible, the answer page below to be listed in the Directory of participants? We wish to contribute to make your work known.

The official reference documents for this Decade are:

* The appeal "For the Children" signed by all the Nobel peace laureates (below) * The resolution nÉ 53/25 of the United Nations which proclaim this Decade (below) * The Manifesto 2000 (below) * The United Nations Declaration on Culture of Peace * The Action Plan adopted by the United Nations.

We will send all documents, and proposals, to each organization of the Directory. Several documents are already available in different languages on the web site www.nobel.org - www.unesco.org/cp and www.un.org/news .

We really do need you to reduce - together - the level of violence on Earth. Please do return, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, the form below. Today if possible.

With our gratitude for your actions,

Pierre MARCHAND and Dipti CHAKMA-MARCHAND

PS: To get more information, please do visit the excellent website of UNESCO for this Decade: www.unesco.org/cp . NB: We apologize to all our personal friends, we can't send a personnal note with this message sent to 3.000 organizations! Pierre had been seriously sick for a year but had recover. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2002! ANSWER FORM (To be sent to: info@nobelweb.org 

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* The appeal "For the Children" signed by all the Nobel peace laureates From: The Nobel Peace Prize Laureates To: Heads of States of all member countries of the General Assembly of the United Nations FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD Today, in every single country throughout the world, there are many children silently suffering the effects and consequences of violence. This violence takes many different forms: between children on streets, at school, in family life and in the community. There is physical violence, psychological violence, socio-economic violence, environmental violence and political violence. Many children - too many children - live in a "culture of violence". We wish to contribute to reduce their suffering. We believe that each child can discover, by himself, that violence is not inevitable. We can offer hope, not only to the children of the world, but to all of humanity, by beginning to create, and build, a new Culture of Nonviolence. For this reason, we address this solemn appeal to all Heads of States, of all member countries of the General Assembly of the United nations, for the UN General Assembly to declare: That the first decade of the new millennium, the years 2001-2010, be declared the "Decade for a Culture of Nonviolence"; That at the start of the decade the year 2000 be declared the "Year of Education for Nonviolence"; That nonviolence be taught at every level in our societies during this decade, to make the children of the world aware of the real, practical meaning and benefits of nonviolence in their daily lives, in order to reduce the violence, and consequent suffering, perpetrated against them and humanity in general. Together, we can build a new culture of nonviolence for humankind which will give hope to all humanity, and in particular, to the children of our world. With deepest respect, The Nobel Peace Prize Laureates http://www.nobelweb.org/eng/ - Anchor Signed by : Mairead Maguire Corrigan, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Aung San Suu Kyi, The 14th Dala‘ Lama (Tenzin Gyatso), Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, Elie Wiesel, Mgr. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Adolfo P»rez Esquivel, Yasser Arafat, Mgr. Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo, Jos» Ramos-Horta, Norman Borlaug, Oscar Arias S∑nchez, UNICEF, Frederik Willem de Klerk, Betty Williams, Lech Walesa, Joseph Rotblat, Henry Kissinger, Jody Williams, John Hume, David Trimble, Rigoberta Menchu Tum and the American Friends Society * The resolution nÉ 53/25 of the United Nations which proclaim this Decade

RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010) 

A/RES/53/25 19 November 1998 

Fifty-third session Agenda item 31

The General Assembly, Recalling its resolution 52/15 of 20 November 1997 and Economic and Social Council resolution 1997/47 of 22 July 1997 proclaiming the year 2000 as the International Year for the Culture of Peace, as well as its resolution 52/13 of 20 November 1997 on a culture of Peace (Official Records of the Economic and Social Council, 1997, Supplement No. 1 (E/1997/97)), Taking into account Commission on Human Rights resolution 1998/54 of 17 April 1998 entitled "Towards a culture of peace"(Ibid., 1998, Supplement No. 3 (E/1998/23), chap. II, sect. A.), Recalling the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights concerning the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), Taking into account the project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization entitled "Towards a culture of peace", Aware that the task of the United Nations to save future generations from the scourge of war requires transformation towards a culture of peace, which consists of values, attitudes and behaviours that reflect and inspire social interaction and sharing based on the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, all human rights, tolerance and solidarity, that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation and that guarantee the full exercise of all rights and the means to participate fully in the development process of their society, Recognizing that enormous harm and suffering are caused to children through different forms of violence at every level of society throughout the world and that a culture of peace and nonviolence promotes respect for the life and dignity of every human being without prejudice or discrimination of any kind, Recognizing also the role of education in constructing a culture of peace and nonviolence, in particular the teaching of the practice of peace and nonviolence to children, which will promote the purposes and principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, Emphasizing that the promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, by which children learn to live together in peace and harmony that will contribute to the strengthening of international peace and cooperation, should emanate from adults and be instilled in children, Underlining that the proposed international decade for a culture of peace and nonviolence for the children of the world will contribute to the promotion of a culture of peace based on the principles embodied in the Charter and on respect for human rights, democracy and tolerance, the promotion of development, education for peace, the free flow of information and the wider participation of women as an integral approach to preventing violence and conflicts, and efforts aimed at the creation of conditions for peace and its consolidation, Convinced that such a decade, at the beginning of the new millennium, would greatly assist the efforts of the international community to foster peace, harmony, all human rights, democracy and development throughout the world, 1. Proclaims the period 2001-2010 as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World; 2. Invites the Secretary-General to submit, in consultation with Member States, relevant United Nations bodies and non-governmental organizations, a report to the General Assembly at its fifty-fifth session and a draft program of action to promote the implementation of the Decade at local, national, regional and international levels, and to coordinate the activities of the Decade; 3. Invites Member States to take the necessary steps to ensure that the practice of peace and nonviolence is taught at all levels in their respective societies, including in educational institutions; 4. Calls upon the relevant United Nations bodies, in particular the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, and invites non-governmental organizations, religious bodies and groups, educational institutions, artists and the media actively to support the Decade for the benefit of every child of the world; Decides to consider, at its fifty-fifth session, the question of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010), under the agenda item entitled "Culture of peace". * The Manifesto 2000

Together we can transform the culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and nonviolence. This demands the participation of everyone. It gives young people and future generations values that can inspire them to shape a world of dignity and harmony, a world of justice, solidarity, liberty and prosperity. The culture of peace makes possible sustainable development, protection of the environment and the personal fulfillment of each human being. Recognizing my share of responsibility for the future of humanity, especially for today's children and those of future generations, I pledge - in my daily life, in my family, my work, my community, my country and my region - to: 1. Respect the life and dignity of every person without discrimination or prejudice; 2. Practice active nonviolence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents;

3. Share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression; 4. Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening rather than fanaticism, defamation and the rejection of others; 5. Promote consumer behaviour that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet; 6. Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles, in order to create together new forms of solidarity.

 

Appeal of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates For the Children of the World

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November 2001

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