Tomorrow, September 21, is the U.N. International Day of Peace. Peace Day has an impact on people and communities both before and after this global day, contributing to a “Culture of Peace.”
As defined by the United Nations, “Culture of Peace” is a “set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals groups and nations.” Since its founding over 60 years ago, UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) asserted that, “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.”
For the “8 Action Areas for a Culture of Peace,” CLICK HERE
For a description of the concept and history of the Culture of Peace, CLICK HERE
Kosmos Journal Interview: Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury on the Culture of Peace – December 2015
Culture of Peace Talk with Ambassador Chowdhury, 2009
The concept of a Culture of Peace has now grown into a global movement.Within the Culture of Peace framework, peace embraces far more than an absence of conflict. It encompasses tolerance, disarmament, sustainable economic and social development, democratic participation, gender equality, freedom of expression and respect for human rights. The transition from a culture of war to a Culture of Peace requires the transformation of individual behavior as well as institutional practices. Learning to live in peace and harmony is a long-term process, and begins with the development of inner peace, and nurturing attitudes that promote the expansion and integration of peaceful principles. Education and awareness-raising play a key roles in this process.
Complaining is easy. Lashing out when we are hurt comes naturally. Bullying happens.
Peace, on the other hand, is hard. To live in happiness with others, we can’t always put ourselves first. We have to nurture our best intentions, and consciously and constantly point ourselves in the right direction. This needs to happen on the most intimate level, as well as in the grand political theater.
This Saturday is the International Day of Peace. Set your alarms for noon. Every year on September 21, people around the world share a minute of silence at 12p.m. to contemplate, wish for, and create global peace. This U.N. Celebration is part of their Culture of Peace Initiative, designed to unite the strengths of organizations and individuals who are working to make Peace a practical reality.
There are many resources available on their web page, highlighting this year’s theme, Education for Peace. One of my favorites is a free ebook with instructions to prepare a classroom of 3-6 year-olds for the Minute of Silence.
Peace Day will fall on a weekend this year, when kids are home with families. Take a little time before lunch to talk to your kids about these broad concepts of peace that we discuss in The Bullying Antidote:
- Our needs and feelings are part of life and there is always a place for them. They guide us to listen to our intuition.
- There are infinite possibilities and solutions to resolve challenges.
- We have to pursue loving, relationship-focused attitudes.
- Harmony, peace, and joy are normal experiences.
With the right frame of mind, any day can be Peace Day, even with the bumps and bruises life provides. Hope yours is serene, sweet, and full of joy!