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Welcome to the website of the International Coalition for the Decade
for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)!

You will find on it some information about the International Decade, but also about the history and the functioning of our Coalition. You will also have the possibility to read our newsletter and stay aware of the actions in favor of peace and non-violence in the world. Finally, you will find a description of all our members and the instructions to join the Coalition.

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Launching of the International Campaign for children's right to violence-free education
and to peace and non-violence education

The International Coalition for the Decade marked the official launching of its International Campaign for children's right to a violence-free education and to an education for non-violence and peace with a press conference which was held on Monday 24 September in Paris.

Here you will find the
press file (in French) explaining the process and idea of the Campaign and presenting the Proposal for an intenational declaration on children's right to violence-free education and to peace and non-violence education addressed to all member States of UNESCO.

The Proposal for an international declaration exists now in French (original version), in English and in Spanish. It will soon be translated in other languages. For further information on the evolution of the Campaign, you can visit the page Our activities.

Five meetings in Europe on the topic of non-violence and peace education

UN Expert Group Meeting on Dialogue in the Social Integration Process
New York, United States - November 2005

The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) organized an Expert Group Meeting on "Dialogue in the Social Integration Process: Building peaceful social relations – by, for and with People" at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, from 21 – 23 November 2005.

The meeting aimed to discuss and demonstrate the analytical and operational relevance of the concept of "Social Integration" for peace-building and conflict transformation and, further, to explore, through case studies and a strategic framework, how participatory dialogue can facilitate the social integration processes.

Approximately twenty researchers and/or practitioners who are working on people-centred peace-building or dialogue related initiatives were invited to participate, together with representatives of United Nations Departments and agencies. Christian Renoux, president of the International Coalition for the Decade, participated in the meeting. For further information, visit the
website of the Expert Group Meeting.

Conference: Non-violent Strategies for Confronting Global Terrorism and for Promoting Peaceful Social Change
Norway - September 2005

The Center for Peace Studies, of the University of Tromsø, Norway, organized a Conference from the 7th to the 9th of September 2005 on the nature and political potential of non-violence. The conference aimed to explore the possibilities of non-violence in the context of two key contemporary themes of global conflict: terrorism and its variety of responses, and social resistance and political activism.

> Visit the Center for Peace Studies website

Forbidding Corporal Punishment againt the Children of Europe

On June 23th 2004, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed a text saying that it would be normal to forbid the corporal punishments against the children in the family surroundings. It is a considerable overhang towards a non-violent education for the children. Indeed, before this vote, the corporal punishments were forbidden in the schools and in the prisons but they were not formally forbidden in the families. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe requests all its members to adopt a legislation which would be a guarantee for this ban.
> Read the text of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

The Human Rights Prize of the French Republic 2004

On December 8th 2004, the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic was awarded to a partner of the Secours Catholique-Caritas France, the Russian NGO "For an initiative of justice in Chechenia". A dotation of 15,000 euros and a medal were given to the laureates by the First Minister, Mr. Raffarin. This happened during the International Day of the Human Rights.The objectives of this Russian NGO are to prevent torture and all other forms of violation of the Human Rights in Chechenia and to struggle against the impunity of these crimes. Its principal axes of work are to ensure the juridictional protection of the victims and to help them to lodge a complaint at the juridictional competent authorities, to question the juridictional institutions of the Council of Europe in order to guarantee the respect by Russia of the Human Rights in Chechenia, to alert the Russian and International public opinion about the situation in Chechenia, and to train lawyers members of associations to the defence of the victims of torture.
Caritas France is a member of the French Coalition for the Decade and of Caritas Internationalis, member of the International Coalition for the Decade.

International Peace Prize 2004

On November 21st 2004, the Etudes Center "Giuseppe Donati" of Pistoia (Italia) awarded the International Peace Prize to the Cardinal Martino for his work at the head of the Pontifical Council Justice and Peace. The Pontifical Council Justice and Peace is a member of the International Coalition for the Decade. The Coalition warmly congratulates the cardinal Martino, member of its Honorary Board, for this prize which is a recognition of his work in favor of peace.

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