What You Can Do

Acting in concert to build Peace, and using co-operative skills, we can make enough of a difference to change the course of history.

Participation is the key that will unlock our worldwide human potential for Peace. Your participation does make a difference. It can begin as a "do-it-yourself" activity among friends at your school or office, or within your community, and then expand further. How can you participate?

  • Expand the understanding and definition of Peace through educational symposia and models.
  • Create events on the International Day of Peace (World Peace Day) which are multi-cultural, inter-generational, inter-faith and which foster community at all levels.
  • Join others annually on the International Day of Peace (World Peace Day). This Day is observed on the third Tuesday of September to coincide with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, and is the only World Peace Day agreed to by all UN Member States.
  • Take a Minute of Silence at noon on other days of the year to recommit to personal and planetary Peace.
  • Support the UN Anniversary in 2000 through co-operative activities with other organizations and the UN.
  • Sponsor Peace Pole and Peace tree planting ceremonies.
  • Use your money on products and services which support the community and its environment.
  • Involve yourself in community service.
  • Cultivate a spirit of generosity by giving whole-heartedly of your time, expertise, and resources.
  • Gather funds and other resources to help eliminate childhood diseases and to promote prenatal health education.
  • Be a positive force in your country for international law and human rights.
  • Offer your home for international student exchange.
  • Establish a Peace studies curriculum in schools.
  • On World Peace Day, encourage ringing school bells for a Minute of Peace, a special assembly, submitting essays to local publications, student letters to national leaders, etc.
  • Participate in exhibitions and special events that create a vision for a positive future (e.g., art shows, poetry and essay competitions, films, concerts).
  • Facilitate concerted action among non-governmental organizations on complex issues (e.g., shelter for the homeless, water conservation, human rights, etc.).
  • Utilize invocations, such as The Great Invocation or the phrase "May Peace Prevail On Earth," in your Peace practice and your daily minute of silence.
  • Utilize peaceful processes in personal, family, professional and community life.
  • Light a candle at dusk for Peace on the International Day of Peace (World Peace Day).

Pacific Team

Pacific Team is a non-profit organization which deals with Peace, human rights and conflict-transformation promotion for children and adults. These activities are realized through their programs of training seminars, education, lobbying group networks, conferences, etc. Their Teams are in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Rwanda, and Burundi. Because of the conflict in the Congo, their operations are currently being directed from France.

Olof Palme Peace Foundation

Olof Palme Peace Foundation is a non-governmental, non-political, non-provocative and non-profit making organization. The Foundation, a development oriented NGO, seeks to promote peace, security and sustainable development through the following activities:

I. Women and children in development
II. Environmental protection programmes
III. Community/rural development programmes
IV. Youth and cultural programmes
V. Health, population and abuse programmes
VI. Educational/vocational Training skills
VII. Human Rights, Social Justice and Advocacy
VIII. Conflict – resolution
IX. Agricultural and food security projects.

Currently, we are involved in counseling and treatment of bartered women & children who have been through domestic of various types. Severe cases are referred to the hospital for attention. All cases are however reported to the Police for action.

Plans are far advanced to acquire a hundred (100) acre hand to establish a Battered Women’s Home for women and children who have gone through domestic of any kind. A vocational training center will also be built to cater for the vocational and educational skills of the youth: Donors and philanthropist who would wish to help develop this land for a worthy purpose are most welcome.

By way of Environmental Protection the reforestation program is on going. Several seedlings of various species of fruit-trees and wood species have been planted in some areas of the Central region of Ghana. With the voluntary assistance of the Youth in those areas and members of Olof Palme Peace Foundation.

Several articles have also been written in some of the daily newspapers in the country, drawing attention to vital issues for importance in the society at large. Copies of such articles are available on request.

At a recent International Conference on National Reconciliation the Foundation took active part in deliberations leading to a formulation of a Draft Resolution for the establishment of a National Reconciliation Commission. The Resolution was to be adopted for a proposed bill to be presented to parliament for approval. The National Reconciliation Commission is to be in the likes of the South African Truth Commission.

Similarly, at a 5th National Governance Workshop in Accra recently, we took active part in deliberations leading to formulation of a Draft Resolution and adoption of a National Action Plan for the anti-corruption Campaign in Ghana.

These activities are in line with our Human Rights, Social Justice and Advocacy Policy.

Indian Board Of Alternative Medicine (IBAM)

IBAM has played a pioneering role in imparting holistic health education in India through a variety of courses leading to the award of diploma, degree and post-graduate degree certificates through regular classes and distance education programs. They are a rich storehouse of rare material on alternative medicines. Their philosophy of holism, encompassing Peace and unity amongst mankind, leads them into many Peacebuilding activities.

IBAM tries its best to alleviate the suffering of those who do not have access to health care facilities by regularly organizing charitable clinics and camps. Free distribution of medicines and necessities amongst slum dwellers and rendering of assistance, both in cash and kind, to victims of flood, famine, fire and other calamities caused by man and nature are undertaken with enthusiasm and compassion. The Board’s latest social welfare project is its free mobile treatment unit which traverses the country providing medicine and basic treatment facilities to the needy in rural and remote areas.

Conferences organized by the Board are occasions at which leading alternative medical luminaries assemble under one roof. Since 1991, the Board has successfully organized six international and twelve national conferences, whose participants include eminent practitioners, doctors and health workers from all over India and the world. The conferences have been supported by the UN, WHO, UNESCO, as well as international personalities such as the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and the President of India.

IBAM is scheduled to hold its 7th international Congress on the occasion of World AIDS Day 1-2 December 1999 at the 5-star Taj Bengal Hotel in Calcutta.

Essene Order Of Light

This Peacebuilding-through-health organization is headed by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, well-known author of such books as "Conscious Eating." Dr. Cousens offers healing workshops and training courses worldwide on the subjects of living foods, fasting, modern healing modalities, and the ancient Essene teachings of living in harmony with Nature’s Laws. At their Tree of Life center in Arizona, retreats, tours and training are offered. In addition, the Essene Order of Light is involved in a Native American diabetes project and holistic orphanages, including garden-centered schools and health centers located in Mexico, Nepal and Costa Rica.

Bohol Goodwill Volunteers

Purpose: "To nurture the human being’ capacity for caring and nature’s carrying capacity".

Programs:
Culture-led Sustainable Development Approach
Micro-credit, livelihood & cooperativism
Youth Camp
Distribution of Educational Materials
Capability-building for community leaders
Women & youth empowerment
Environment & Spirituality
Advocacy for Peace & Nonviolence

Our Peace-building activities include: The Planting of the Millennium Peace Pole at the world-famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines on World Peace Day, distribution of Peace education materials, campaign for the use of toys for Peace and Peace-inspired music among children, inner Peace and meditation workshops, campaign for nonviolence and advocacy against death penalty, reverence for life and vegetarianism, and Peace through culture and eco-tourism.

World Federalist Association of Northern California

This worldwide organization has a 2020 Global Peace Initiative whose aim is to create a culture of Peace by the year 2020. "This Initiative reflects a global vision of unity: one heart, one mind, working toward one goal. We are many races which form One race: the human race. Each and every one of us has a different place we call home: but ultimately this planet is our Home. While the name 2020 is symbolic, thereby working with and reinforcing positive mass conscious thought forms, it has also been chosen as a practical time-frame for humanity to work towards creating a culture of Peace. Princeton University’s ‘Great Experiment’ which relates to measurement of emotion and directed thought appears to support what metaphysicians have claimed for years: our thoughts impact our reality.

The 2020 Initiative calls on UN member-states and non member-states to support the 2020 Initiative through action, specifically:

  1. formally acknowledging not only that our needs comprise the ultimate of human rights but that to create a culture of Peace we must recognize these needs as such and take positive steps toward devising a global Bill of Rights which ensures these rights for all Beings
  2. Formulating a global constitution supporting this Initiative
  3. Opening the borders-i.e. allowing free movement and residence of all Beings.

Not only does this specifically support Articles 2 & 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but global solutions must then be created to address issues relating to fundamental human rights-without allowing governments to hide behind the ‘veil of National Security’ or channel unnecessary funds into ‘security’ issues. This one act will gain the faith and trust of all Beings that our present political leaders and global structures have been put in place to operate for the highest good of humanity."

Peaceways/Young General Assembly Secretariat

PEACEWAYS, which creates ways to Peace, is the umbrella organization for the Young General Assembly (YGA) an international organization planned and established by charter by people under 18 worldwide over a period of 11 years. The YGA serves as a voice in international affairs for people under 18 and also aims to partner with the United Nations in building a Peaceful world. It does this by designing project plans at its annual sessions, distributing them throughout the world and involving other young people in responsibly active citizenship. The Young General Assembly presently has 70 Member Organizations in 40 countries involving over one million young people worldwide.

This past year PEACEWAYS /YGA was awarded special consultative status by ECOSOC and consultative status by UNICEF. Young General Assembly representatives participated in six important conferences during United Nations Millennium activities at the UN Headquarters in New York. In January, YGA representatives attended the Second PrepCom for the United Nations Special Session on Children. The representatives made statements on the microphone to promote a tri-celebration beginning with the International Day of Peace, extending through Culture of Peace Week, and culminating with Hear the Children Day of Peace, which was proposed by children themselves developing the Young General Assembly.

YGA representatives also actively participated in the Third PrepCom aimed at finalizing the document: A World Fit for Children. Two representatives wrote for the daily newspaper: On the Record for Children and the other representatives contacted officials of several government delegations in order to urge them to use the words "with children" often in the document to enforce the 1990 World Summit for Children invitation. Among the partnerships we seek, we turn to children themselves. The Young General Assembly will hold its Second Annual Session in Swaziland in late July to prepare for the upcoming World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance the Second Earth Summit and to address eliminating HIV/AIDS, promoting Volunteerism, and other issues that the children decide upon that will set the Young GA activities for the following year.

Principles and Practices

Unity in Diversity – leading to respect for each individual, organization, and project and their synthesis for greater purpose.

Co-operation – based upon compassion, trust, and sharing among diverse organizations, projects, and individuals to benefit the larger community.

These Principles are enacted through such Peace Practices as:

  • Focusing upon strengths and respecting the work of others.
  • Open, direct communications.
  • Accepting responsibility and keeping commitments.
  • Succinct expression, building upon the ideas of others.
  • Listening, leading to dialogue.
  • Celebrating all successes.
  • Opening and closing rituals – e.g. a minute of silence, music, inspirational readings, introductions from the heart, circle of commitment and invocations such as "May Peace Prevail on Earth."

"As everyone knows who takes a moment of silence from time to time, it is what remains that really counts as the moment progresses. And what really counts is life and love and our responsibility to each other. We are connected to all life throughout time and space, shaped by generations past, connected today around the globe, shaping our generations to come. A shared moment of silence to honor this connectedness is a simple and elegant statement of connection to life."

Astronaut Rusty Schweikart wrote these inspiring words to citizens who coordinated the 1984 International Day of Peace in San Francisco. Over 52 countries responded to the invitation to participate in the Project, which continues to expand to people throughout the world.

International Association Of Educators For World Peace

This worldwide organization has a 2020 Global Peace Initiative whose aim is to create a culture of Peace by the year 2020. "This Initiative reflects a global vision of unity: one heart, one mind, working toward one goal. We are many races which form One race: the human race. Each and every one of us has a different place we call home: but ultimately this planet is our Home. While the name 2020 is symbolic, thereby working with and reinforcing positive mass conscious thought forms, it has also been chosen as a practical time-frame for humanity to work towards creating a culture of Peace. Princeton University’s ‘Great Experiment’ which relates to measurement of emotion and directed thought appears to support what metaphysicians have claimed for years: our thoughts impact our reality.

The 2020 Initiative calls on UN member-states and non member-states to support the 2020 Initiative through action, specifically:

a). formally acknowledging not only that our needs comprise the ultimate of human rights but that to create a culture of Peace we must recognize these needs as such and take positive steps toward devising a global Bill of Rights which ensures these rights for all Beings
b). Formulating a global constitution supporting this Initiative
c). Opening the borders-i.e. allowing free movement and residence of all Beings. Not only does this specifically support Articles 2 & 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but global solutions must then be created to address issues relating to fundamental human rights-without allowing governments to hide behind the ‘veil of National Security’ or channel unnecessary funds into ‘security’ issues. This one act will gain the faith and trust of all Beings that our present political leaders and global structures have been put in place to operate for the highest good of humanity."