Draft Outline for a Programme of Action

From Memo CPP/DA/243 sent to all UNESCO sectors 9 April 1997


The draft programme of action may be developed in the context of the concept of the culture of peace and the five transformation objectives indicated in the draft declaration, along with sections on UN cooperation, partnerships, and funding;

1. Concept of culture of peace seen in its historical context as a transformation of values, attitudes and behaviours from those reflecting and supporting violence and war to those supporting justice, human rights and fundamental freedoms at all levels of society.

2. From the reason of force to the force of reason: Education. communication and training for non-violence and human rights;

How can peace education and communication be carried out in such a way as to be linked with action both to prevent violence and to provide for resolution of violent conflicts and reconciliation? Based on the 1996 UNESCO report to the UN, but going beyond with special consideration for the 50th Anniversary of Universal Declaration and to the human right for peace - including specific proposals for initiatives by other parts of the UN system, e.g. development of regional UN centres for conflict resolution and training. Indicate both short-term (1997-2001) and long-term actions/objectives.

3. From enemy images to solidarity; Understanding and tolerance among all peoples and cultures;

Keeping in mind that the culture of war demands enemies, how can a culture of peace put into practice the commitments to tolerance and solidarity? Can UNESCO's actions for peace through culture be multiplied through cooperative ventures with UN institutions and other partners? Indicate both short-term (1997-2001) and long-term actions/objectives.

4. From authoritarianism and exploitation to democratic participation and sustainable human development:

How can the triangle of peace, democracy and development be put into practice? For example, building on the experience in national culture of peace programmes, it may be suggested that development assistance be based upon the full participation in planning and implementation, not only by governments, but by a process of wide participation at national and local levels including those who have been in conflict. Indicate both short-term (1997-2001) and long-term actions/objectives.

5. From secrecy and manipulation of information to the free flow and sharing of information and knowledge;

Keeping in mind that the culture of war is a culture of secrecy and the exclusive use and manipulation of information, how can the free flow and sharing of information and knowledge be extended to all domains of human activity in both short-term (1997-2001) and long-term perspectives?

6. From male-dominated social structure to equality between women and men:

Given that the culture of war is one of male domination, how can the principles in the Beijing Declaration on Women and the Culture of Peace be extended and put into action on both a short-term (1997-2001) and long-term basis?

UN Cooperation

7. The programme of action should mobilize relevant institutions of the entire UN system, including specialized agencies, in pursuit of its objectives.


8. What are the best ways to develop effective partnerships in pursuit of these objectives with governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations in order to promote a global movement for a culture of peace?


9. The programme of action should provide for financing of the activities proposed, including a special UN fund for the culture of peace.

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