OTTAWA, Aug. 30, 2014. — This year 19 organizations will host 29 programs about peace, health and environment for the annual Ottawa Peace Festival. Events include films, music, dance, forums, panels, photo exhibits, walks, vigils, and peace awards. (more…)
Department of Peace: News:
A Billion Signatures for Peace!
Go to www.PeaceNow.com to participate.
Imagine how far we can progress to a peaceful world beyond war with ONE BILLIION signatures calling upon the UN and governments worldwide to establish ministries, departments and infrastructures of peace that support the global culture of peace!
PeaceNow , in partnership with GAMIP, is seeking ONE BILLION people to join together to create the cultural, economic and governmental framework for a new era of lasting peace. With the ambitious goal of uniting ONE BILLION Peace Ambassadors, PeaceNow intends to generate a transformative force that creates powerful and lasting change for the betterment of humankind and future generations. (more…)
ABOUT THE SUMMIT — On May 19-22, 2015, 340 young people from Canada will gather in Victoria, British Columbia, for four days of exploring, learning and sharing their experiences about finding their own peace in a chaotic world.
The Summit will be live streamed and we are excited to be able to connect with children from around the world. Invariably, children’s visions of a peaceful world include their connections to nature. While these connections can take many forms, and can be expressed in many ways, it is clear that the natural world provides solace and a nurturing sense of well-being for so many. (more…)
We are very encouraged by the passage of the following motion at the Liberal National Convention, Feb.20-23, 2014 and will encourage its implementation, consistent with our goal of creating a national infrastructure for peace in Canada, including a cabinet-level Minister of Peace and a well-resourced Department. of Peace.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the next Liberal government of Canada to establish a governmental institution for peace with a mandate that includes the creation of a permanent Canadian Civilian Service of professionally trained men and women working for i) the prevention of violent conflict and war, and ii) the non-violent resolution of conflict at every level of society, both within Canada and overseas, through such means as:
- detection of early warning signs
- structured mediation
- non-violent intervention
- protection of human rights
- humanitarian and development assistance
- citizen diplomacy.
Heads of 31 Nations Declare a Zone of Peace in Latin America and the Caribbean and Commit to Eliminating the Threat of Force
(Original signed by the Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbeans States)
The Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) gathered in Havana, Cuba on January 28 and 29, 2014 at the Second Summit, on behalf of their peoples and faithfully interpreting their hopes and aspirations,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dr. Saul Arbess, email@example.com
55 Countries Represented at Geneva Peace Summit
Victoria, BC, Oct. 3, 2013. Three delegates from Canada, Saul Arbess, Penelope Joy and Furquan Gehlen, attended the Sixth Global Summit of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace, held in Geneva, Switzerland, September 16-20, to call for the establishment of civil society and government institutions supporting a culture of peace. www.gamip.org. The Summit represented a collaboration with the International Civil Society Network for Infrastructures for Peace.
Four countries already have national government ministries of peace: Solomon Islands, Nepal, Costa Rica, and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Many more have networks of local and regional peace councils and other systems in civil society and government dedicated to transforming conflict and preventing violence.
In Canada, the Canadian Peace Initiative (CPI) is working toward establishing a department of peace in the federal government. —The Geneva Summit significantly moved our initative forward in concert with other countries,? Dr. Arbess indicated.
The Summit welcomed over 160 participants representing 55 countries, from all corners of the globe, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Ghana, Pakistan, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Canada, Nigeria, USA, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nepal, Lesotho, Uganda, United Kingdom, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Georgia, South Africa, Columbia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Romania, and Denmark.
Key Summit outcomes included:
- A proposed United Nations Resolution and associated petition drive calling on the UN to support infrastructures for peace in governments and countries around the world;
- Establishment of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace as a regional affiliate of GAMIP, joining the already existing African Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace in support of the creation of and strengthening of infrastructures for peace throughout their regions.
- Representatives from the United Nations Development Program and Summit sponsor the City of Geneva expressed their support for infrastructures for peace in contributing to building a global culture of peace.
- Summit attendees expressed ways in which they will create and support infrastructures for peace in their work around the world, including restorative systems of justice and conflict transformation, nonviolent communication, sustainable cities— networks and practices for peace in military and security forces.
What is the meaning of —defence— in the 21st Century?
May 27, 2013
We continue to discuss defence without first posing some essential questions: will we be at war? With whom? And what are the real security threats to Canada?
It should be clear that, since the Second World War, we have seen millions of lives lost in the Cold War through the proxy conflicts of the large super powers. Since 9/11, and the despicable attack on innocents at the World Trade Centre, we have, in the absence of the Cold War, faced security threats that are largely diffuse. Acts of terrorists are often met with a —war on terrorism,? but that is not a helpful term.
As former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, Paul Heinbecker, has pointed out, you cannot declare war on a noun. Security threats posed by terrorists are serious, but the approach of preparedness is more closely akin to a policing action than a full military response.
The largest likelihood is that Canada will no longer face another nation to nation conventional war. The security threats of the 21st century will be different from those of the last century. (more…)
Saturday, 22 June 2013
I had the pleasure of attending the official opening of Peace — The Exhibition at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada on May 30, 2013. The 12-part Exhibition continues until January 5, 2014, and is the first such exhibit at this Museum.
Just imagine, a Peace Exhibition in a Museum of War? That may seem to be an impossibility given that we are living in a society that tends to worship militarism and war as a given, and supports the notion ‘My country right or wrong, but my country.’ (more…)