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The Culture of Peace Initiative

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What is the Culture of Peace Initiative?

We believe that only those communities that talk and think about peace will ever reach that goal. In a world where news is dominated by war, violence and fear, the Culture of Peace Initiative will spark a conversation of respect among the business and nonprofit communities, schools, college students and faculty members. Exchanging ideas in a respectful, intimate setting can leave a lasting impression that will shape a receptive person’s goals and vision for their own life path.


The Culture of Peace Initiative builds on a May 1 presentation Ambassador Chowdhury made in Worcester at the Beechwood Hotel after he received the Lifetime Leadership Service Award. New Leadership Models for Worcester, United States and the World: A Call to Action Conference May 1, 2007, Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, MA. Ambassador Chowdhury spoke at the launch of the Center for Global Community and World Law (CGCWL) at a special reception following the award ceremony.


Initiated by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 1995, the eight Peace Keys of the Culture of Peace steered through the General Assembly when Ambassador Chowdhury represented Bangladesh and incorporated them into the goals of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). The Peace Keys correspond to the six points of UNESCO’s Manifesto 2000, plus two other points (work for women's equality and participate in democracy) listed in the original UN Resolution for a Culture of Peace. It was this resolution that served as the first step in the United Nations culture of peace initiative.





Respecting the rights and dignity of each human being (Articles)

Rejecting violence, obtaining justice by convincing and understanding (Articles)

Developing attitudes and skills for living together in harmony, putting an end to exclusion and oppression (Articles)

Giving everyone a chance to learn and share through the free flow of information (Articles)

Making sure that progress and development are good for everyone and for the environment (Articles)

Appreciating that people are different and that everyone has something to contribute to the community (Articles)

Ensuring an equal place for women and men in building society (Articles)

Participation by everyone in making decisions (Articles)

Definitions of the Eight Peace Keys, Courtesy of the Culture of Peace News Network


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