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What is the Culture of Peace?

In 1999, the UN General Assembly adopted the “Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace” (A/RES/53/243). As stated in the United Nations definition, “a Culture of peace is a set of values, attitudes, traditions and modes of behaviors 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.” 

Eight action areas are identified in the Programme of Action:

  1. Foster a culture of peace through education
  2. Promote sustainable economic and social development
  3. Promote respect for all human rights
  4. Ensure equality between women and men
  5. Foster democratic participation
  6. Advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity
  7. Support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge
  8. Promote international peace and security
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SGI and the Culture of Peace

As expressed in our mission and vision statements, we believe that each individual is capable of fostering the culture of peace. The culture of peace is a framework that enables us to approach the various issues at the UNwhich are reflected in our focus areasas interconnected and interrelated. Be it disarmament, sustainable development, human rights, or gender and women’s empowerment, they all are integral to the “peace” we envision, in which each person can make meaningful contributions. 

SGI has been working to advance the culture of peace through various efforts such as conducting lectures and forums, and creating educational resources such as exhibitions, publications and videos, resulting in large civil society engagement worldwide. As a founding member of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace, we are actively involved in supporting the UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace convened by the President of the General Assembly since 2012. 

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