IPS – Inter Press Service News Agency
September 24th, 2012

The High Level Forum on Culture of Peace took place on September 14, organized by the Office of the President of the 66th UN General Assembly in cooperation with the Foundation Culture of Peace, Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace (GMCoP).

The Forum was supported by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Benin, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, the Philippines and South Africa.

The keynote speakers included: Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, former President of the General Assembly; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations; Federico Mayor, President, Foundation Culture of Peace; and Cora Weiss, President, The Hague Appeal for Peace.

The forum included two panel discussions: one was on “The Culture of Peace at the core of humanity’s agenda: New partnerships, new developments”, moderated by Ambassador Paulette Bethel, Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the UN. Among panellists were: Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary-General, UN-PBSO; Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Women; Philippe Kridelka, Director, UNESCO New York Office; Mario Lubetkin, Director General, Inter Press Service news agency; Christine Mangale, Programme Coordinator for Africa, Lutheran Office for World Community; and Philip Hellmich, Director for the 2012 Summer of Peace, The Shift Network.

The second panel was dedicated to: “Strengthening the global movement, advancing the implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Culture of Peace: the way forward”, moderated by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Senior Special Advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Among panellists were: Avon Mattison, President, Pathways to Peace; Kathleen Kuehnast, Director, Gender and Peacebuilding Center, United States Institute of Peace; Cherine Badawi, Coordinator, Generation Waking Up; Jeff Abramson, Director, Control Arms Campaign Scretariat; Maria Butler, Peacewomen Project Director, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF); and Sharon Deep, Spokesperson, Global Movement for the Culture of Peace.

Spekaers of the concluding session were: Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN; Federico Mayor, President, Foundation Culture of Peace and Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly.

Read more on IPS news:

- Amid Tension in Islamic World, U.N. Chief Pleads for Harmony

- Q&A: Harnessing the Power of the Press to Build Peace

- Islamists Threaten Libya’s Future

- World Needs to Build a Culture of Peace, Says Ex-Envoy

- Peace in Afghanistan, the Civil Society Way

UN news:

- Secretary-General’s remarks to Opening Session of the General Assembly High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

- General Assembly Convenes High-level Forum on ‘Culture of Peace’, with Education, Youth Outreach, Women’s Empowerment Highlighted as Keys to More Peaceful World — Secretary-General:  Through Education We Can Teach Children Not to Hate; Round Tables:  Building Partnerships; Advancing Action Programme Implementation

- Education crucial to engender a ‘culture of peace,’ UN officials stress at General Assembly



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