"We the people of the United Nations, 
determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war… " 
Charter of the United Nations, 1945 


towards a global movement

In proclaiming "the year 2000 as the International Year for the Culture of Peace" (A /RES/52/15) and the decade 2001-2010 as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (A /RES/53/25) the United Nations General Assembly defined the culture of peace as the " (…) values, attitudes and behaviours that reflect and inspire social interaction and sharing based on the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, all human rights, tolerance and solidarity, that reject violence and endeavour to prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation and that guarantee the full exercise of all rights and the means to participate fully in the development process of their society" (A/RES/52/13).

The culture of peace is a concept that inspires the work of individuals, groups, organizations and institutions around the world whose actions correspond to those of the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace (A/RES/53/243):

to foster a culture of peace through education

to promote sustainable economic and social development

to promote respect for all human rights

to ensure equality between women and men

to foster democratic participation

to advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity

to support participatory communication and the free flow of
information and knowledge

to promote international peace and security

Addressing governments, civil society, and the United Nations system, the General Assembly has asserted that " partnerships between and among the various actors (…) should be encouraged and strengthened for a global movement for a culture of peace" (A/RES/53/243). This calls for the creation of a "grand alliance" of existing movements that unites all those already working for aspects of the culture of peace.

UNESCO has played a leading role in Culture of Peace since its beginning an
d, as focal point of the International Year for the Culture of Peace (E/1997/47), has been designated as "the lead agency for the Decade" (A/55/47).

Relevant documents and official resolutions on the International Decade as well as assess reports on the International Year are available below :

Report on the progress made by UNESCO in the implementation of the programme of action on a culture of peace and on cooperation with the United Nations system in this field (document 161 EX/17, item 3.6.1, dated 19 April 2001 presented at the 161st session of the UNESCO Executive Board) : English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese 


UN Resolution on the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001 - 2010), November 2000


"The Culture of Peace: an idea in action" : symposium at UNESCO Headquarters on 24-25 november 2000 to assess the results of the International Year and analyze prospects for the Decade: opening speech by the Director general of UNESCO, conclusion by the President of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and reports on the 8 workshops

Report of the Secretary-General of the UN on the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001 - 2010), September 2000

Article on the global movement for a culture of peace by the United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service, September 2000


Since war begin in the minds of men, 
it is in the minds of men than defences of peace must be constructed "
Constitution of l'UNESCO, 1945