US Foundation

US creates unity and harmony between people, and between people and the planet on which we live. US serves as a network and consultant for people and organizations to promote our transformation into a mutually responsible and collaborative global society. They consult to organizations in quest of balance and productivity.

They sponsor events that use practical information, music, art and drama to integrate the minds, bodies and spirits of peoples of all ages into a more integrated and Peaceful way of living. One ongoing project is their Summer Camps for at-risk teenagers in the Santa Barbara (California) area. Through collaboration with many local community organizations, US is developing a working model of alternative lifestyles for at-risk youth, enabling them to express themselves in safe and productive ways.

United Nations Association of Sri Lanka

The United Nations has declared Decade 2000-2010 as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World, "Building a Culture of Peace" has been given top priority by the UNESCO. UNASL commemorated this UN Declaration with the publication of a Special Editorial in our Quarterly Newsletter entitled: "Towards a Culture of Peace". We incorporated the full Preamble of the UN Charter and a part of the Preambles of the Constitutions of the UNESCO and the WFUNA which reads as follows: "Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in minds of men that the defenses of Peace must be constructed".

The above words of wisdom built into the UNESCO and WFUNA Constitutions giving the human mind the most important place in Peace building are also found in the teachings of the Buddha who said more than 2500 years ago: "mind precedes all knowables, mind is their chief, mind made are they. If with a corrupted mind one should either speak or act, suffering follows, as does the wheel of the ox’s hoof. To refrain from evil, to do what is good, and to purify one’s mind is the advice of all the Buddha’s". His teachings are based on Great Compassion and Great Wisdom, stand for indivisibility of the human race, equality of women, Peaceful co-existence, care for children and elders, preservation of the environment, religious tolerance, non-exploitation of workers, abstinence from alcohol, poison, arms and weapons, slaves and respect for others’ rights.

Our vision for a Culture of Peace is a judicious combination of the cherished ideals of the United Nations with those religious teachings of the Buddha, Christ and Mohamed and Hinduism as applicable to the "Sectors of the Peace Wheel" and to the Third Millennium. Our contributions as a People’s Movement are recognized as the only NGO in Sri Lanka by the UN Secretary General as far back as 1987 as a PEACE MESSENGER.

With a view to creating an awareness on the world wide activities of the United Nations among school children, we have been conducting since 1981 two programs: via, Study Circles Program in national Schools (At present numbering 235 in 18 of 25 Districts) and regular seminars in these Study Circle Schools. A pilot Project to teach English Language skills and Computer Literacy to school leavers started in 1998 with Canadian.

Since 1950 we have observed the UNITED NATIONS DAY without a break. For several years now, we have also observed the UN International Day of Peace and the International Years declared by the UN.

Special mention may be made of two publications made by our members. The first is a draft Universal Declaration of Human Obligations (UDHO) compiled by the late A.H.Karunaratne, MSc. (Econ) Lond. The other is a book "Buddhism for the Layman" authored by Kumaran Fernando, a copy of which was sent to the UN Secretary General, which commended it highly.

A sustainable Development Project close to a Forest Reserve and a Re-forestation Project are two of the New Activities planned by us for the future.

United Nations Association-Eastbourne

This faithful group has been celebrating the annual International Day of Peace since its inception. Their early activities around Peace, justice, disarmament and the environment inspired their local Borough Council to build a Peace Path on Beachy Head to safeguard the environment, and commemorate the United Nations Year of Peace. The path entrance is marked by a plaque noting the dedication to the UN and with a prayer for Peace situated between two park benches inscribed to the Year of Peace 1986 and the European Year of the Environment 1987. Subsequently, UNA Eastbourne was awarded a UN Peace Messenger Award by the UN Secretary-General.

UNA Eastbourne is very active in promoting Peacebuilding activities in local schools. One of their ideas is to reduce UN debt by promoting a UN Citizens enrolment, with each Citizen of the World paying what they can for the Bi-millennium in the year 2000.

Background of the annual International Day of Peace (21 September)

The International Day of Peace, established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, was first celebrated on the third Tuesday of September, 1982. Beginning 2002, the UN General Assembly set 21 September as the now permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate "to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways… (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

The Assembly’s resolution declared that the International Day of Peace "will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our Organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the Organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace. May this Peace Day indeed be a day of peace."

(Quotes excerpted from the United Nations General Assembly Resolution UN/A/RES/36/67.)

(Quote from the UN resolution UN/A/RES/55/282 which amends the date of the International Day of Peace to 21 September):

“The Assembly, reaffirming the contribution that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace make in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict, (decided that) beginning with the fifty-seventh session, the Day should be observed on 21 September each year, with this date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace.”

Unity Foundation

Unity Foundation is a 25-year-old California non-profit organization whose mission is to promote world Peace, cooperation and unity. The Foundation achieves its non-profit purpose through the presentation of special cultural and educational programs, media campaigns and the use of interactive communications technologies. All of Unity Foundation’s programs are designed to create greater respect, understanding and appreciation for people of all races, cultures, faiths, lifestyles and generations within the human family.

2001 has been a significant year for Peacebuilding through education and culture. In January, Unity Foundation launched the Story of San Francisco Lecture Series at City Hall for the Museum of the City of San Francisco, the City’s official history museum. The lecture series, which honors San Francisco’s cultural diversity and recognizes important historical occasions, is aired by the City government television channel to a citywide audience. Topics have included the history and accomplishments of the City’s Interfaith community, its African-American, Latino, Asian-American, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities, the 1906 Earthquake, United Nations Charter Day, and the Haight-Ashbury in the ’60s.

Unity Foundation produced the official celebration for the 56th Anniversary of the Founding of the UN in San Francisco and the banquet for the First Regional People’s Assembly, and managed production for the celebration for the first California state holiday honoring Cesar Chavez.

In addition, Positive Spin, Unity Foundation’s television show presenting positive news and innovative views for creating a better world for present and future generations, has expanded its viewership to include Los Angeles and Santa Cruz.

Spiral Charitable Creative Trust

Spiral Trust has over 1997 and 1998 been involved in a range of Peacebuilding activities within the Auckland Region as well as throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Their involvement with UNESCO and the Culture of Peace Project began in late 1997. Since then, they have embarked on many projects to support this important program. They were one of the only organizations involved in celebrating the 1998 International Day of Peace/Hear the Children Day in New Zealand.

They are also conducting a series of Arts Workshops entitled Creative Kids in Auckland for young people between the ages of 8 and 18. These workshops are informed by the principles of Agenda 21, Articles 26 and 27 of the UDHR, and research from the Culture of Peace Project. These workshops create within youth cultures strong values of inter- generational, intercultural, trans-spiritual, and ecological harmony through the medium of arts.

Their major project is the planning and development of a Multimedia Youth Arts Center for the Auckland Region which will serve as an arts, information and Peacebuilding facility serving the 70,000+ young people in the region. They have begun a fundraising program for this project and aim to establish the center by 2001, appropriately at the beginning of the Decade for Peace and Non-violence.

Their sister organization, Auckland University Multimedia Society (AUMMS) is also a WPI Participant. They offer free local music events where Peace information is also distributed. They also are producing an audio CD and booklet on the themes of a Culture of Peace.

Paz Y Cooperacion

Paz launched a Culture of Peace Campaign in early 1999 at the United Nations. The 1999 Peace and Cooperation School Award, "Visions for a Third Millennium" is for students and teachers all over the world. The Award Ceremony will take place on the IDP, September 1999 and the best works will be exhibited at the Young People’s Conference (Peace Child International) in Hawaii, October 24-29, 1999.

Palestinian Peace Groups

PPG works with youth in Palestine and other middle-eastern countries to educate them about conflict resolution and building a culture of Peace. They distribute materials about the annual International Day of Peace and promote the wish ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth.’ They work to build Peace in all areas of society: cultural, artistic, and business, to name a few. They believe in the rights of all peoples for self-determination.

They are working to expand their operations, so that Peacebuilding may provide hope and positive outlets for youth in the middle east. They seek to unite with other Peacebuilding groups around the world, in order to ensure a Peaceful future for all peoples.

Performing & Fine Artists For World Peace

1. Performing & Fine Artists for World Peace emphasizes the arts as a means to promote certain ideals. These include harmony between the earth and its inhabitants, respect for the human rights of all people, and the equitable sharing of the earth’s resources so that all people will have the necessities of life."

Our mission is to establish a global network of performing & fine artists who dedicate their work to Peace promote freedom of expression through the arts and opposes governmental repression of creativity preserves the diverse cultures of the world through cultural exchange supports environmental, human rights, world hunger and Peace education organizations with their work and supports the goals of the United Nations and other international bodies addressing global issues.

2. Within the 8 paths of Peacebuilding we focus much of our attention on the environment. One of our most successful programs is Earth-Friendly Schools Hawaii-International. This program not only promotes caring for the earth, but the values of respect, responsibility, commitment and service. It was created on the island of Kaua`i in 1992 and has since expanded to include schools across the state of Hawai`i, on the mainland US, and internationally. One of the major projects of this program is Caring for the Earth Month that we created in 1996 and that is celebrated annually in April.

Gateway To Peace

The Gateway to Peace caters to unite the strength of individuals, and organizations into a cohesive movement to make Peace a practical reality for the future generations. The organization increases the collective will among children, women and men to live harmoniously with one another. It also develops intergenerational decision making expands the participation of young people in united Nations Conferences and Summits. It protects the rights of children particularly those who live in difficult conditions and to sensitizes the public about these rights.

Some of the activities of the organization includes
1. To promote cooperation among existing organization groups and projects by forcing Peace partnership along specific paths
2. Create events on the International Day of Peace which are multi cultural, intergenerational, interfaith and which foster community at all levels. To expand the understanding and definition of Peace through symposia.
3. To participate in exhibition and special events that create a vision for a positive future (e.g. arts shows, films, concerts essay competition) etc. To gather funds and other resources to help eliminate childhood diseases and to promote prenatal heath education.

Report, plans and activities of the organization.
The Gateway to Peace was able to organize some activities and programmes during 2000/2001 despite all the challenges and difficulties during the January 6, 1998 rebel incursion even as our office was burnt down including all of our office equipment and documents.

A successful symposium was held on the 19 September 2000. The theme was "The Future is Ours" Young people were able to spell out their goals, analyze and contribute to the political education of future African decision makers. Another symposium was held on the 20th December 2000. The theme was "Peace Building in Sierra Leone" a key to national reconstruction and development. This symposium was held in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of Gateway to Peace, and included the presence of the Vice President of Pathways To Peace Mr. Masankho Bhanda, who gave the key note address. T

Apart from those programs the organization is planning to organize the Peace concert and related programme on the International Day of Peace 3rd Tuesday September. We are hoping to celebrate this day as it serve as a reminder of our permanent commitment to Peace above all interest and difference of any kind and gives positive evidence of that commitments through actions of cooperative good will. We are also planing to host a week conference for youth leaders and young people. It is scheduled to take place during December 1 to 7 2001 respectively.