1997 for the first time in history, all the living Nobel Peace Prize winners sent the same appeal to the Heads of State of the Member States of the United Nations. This initiative was started by Mr. Pierre Marchand, founder of the association Partage and IFOR representative at UNESCO. The initial project was supported from the start by Mrs. Mairead Maguire, Mr. Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, both Nobel Peace Prize winners, and Mr. Federico Mayor, Director-General of the UNESCO.
The objective of the initiative is to encourage the United Nations to declare a decade to promote a culture of non-violence in order to reduce the suffering of the children of the world. After many exchanges of mail with the Heads of State, several meetings with Ambassadors at the United Nations in New York and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the resolution is presented to the United Nations by the ambassador of Bangladesh, Mr. M. K. Chowdhury.
1998 After discussion, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopts the resolution and proclaims the first decade of the 21st century and the third millenium, the years 2001 to 2010, as the "International Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World". (Resolution A/RES/53/25).
On November 29th, 2000, the UN General Assembly decided to entrust UNESCO with the coordination "of the activities of the organizations of the United Nations system to promote a culture of peace, as well as liaison with other organizations concerned in this matter." The UNESCO created a website allowing the actors of the world movement to promote the initiatives and to exchange information and resources.
2000 International Year of the Culture of Peace More than 75 million people in the world headed the call of the UNESCO and signed the Manifesto 2000 for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence.
2001 Beginning of the Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World
2003 Creation of the International Coalition for the Decade
2007 Launching of the campaign for for the adoption of an international Declaration on children’s rights to violence-free education and to peace and non-violence education.