University For Peace (UPAZ)

UPAZ is an international Institution created by the General Assembly of the UN on December, 1980. It has as its primary objective the search for Peace through education. It follows the ideals of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its own Charter. Peace, education, communication, reconciliation, and human rights form the basic structure of the University. Elements that influence Peace either directly or indirectly such as the environment, natural resources, sustainable development, quality of life, technology, international relations, etc. are studied in relation to their functional impact on Peace and not as isolated subjects.

The vision of its "founding fathers" former Costa Rican president Sr. Rodrigo Carazo and its Chancellor, Dr. Robert Muller, former Ass’t. Secretary-General of the UN-has been held steadfast. With the advent of the renowned Maurice Strong as Acting Rector in 1999, UPAZ will be able to fulfill its vision as an educational and conference center for heads of state to learn and use skills of Peacebuilding. Its "Culture for Peace and Democracy in central America Program" and "Governance Project" place the University in the forefront of regional Peacebuilding.

Umtapo Centre

Peace is more than an absence of war" "Where there is a will, there is a way — to PEACE" "World Peace begins with each human being, each family, each local community, each nation."

Umtapo Centre is a pioneering Peace education organization in South Africa, actively training and educating the population in the many ways of Peace. Their Peace Education training courses attract people from all over the country.

"Peace Education is a process of liberation and the collective conscious effort to affirm and develop positive indigenous values in the quest for true humanity."

"Peace Education in Africa envisages a self-reliant society that promotes interdependent harmonious relationships amongst people and between people and their environment."

"Objectives of an African Peace Education Program:

  • To contribute to the restoration and promotion of Africa’s right to shape its own destiny & contribute in world affairs
  • To promote the learning of history and culture from an African perspective
  • To resist capital-led globalization and promote structural and social Peace
  • To identify all forms of injustice that violate human dignity and apply corrective Peace action
  • To recognize, articulate and advance the role of women in Peace education
  • To utilize the totality of African human resource capacity in Peace education
  • To critically analyze the arms industry and to lobby against the culture of militarism."

Umtapo Centre participated in the UNOY Youth Conference and the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference in May of 1999. Their monthly newsletter, Pan African Peace Education, is filled with important information and news.