Selected Quotes:
“Peace must be made Real and tangible in daily existence of daily individual in need.”
“Rougly 100 magnats have large major of wealth and exacerbates malnutrition and extreme poverty.”
“According to calculation 4.408 billion people are direct victim of inequalities and exclusion around world.”
“It is estimated that in the next 10 years, 10 trillion dollars will be invested in the weapon.”
“Recent sources mention the possibility of there even being 15000 nuclear weapons principally controlled by major global power.”
“Peace us an imperative for the survival of the Mankind. It represent the deepest aspiration of men and women through the world”.

Highlights – Meetings notes from the:


by Shirish BOHARA, Youth
NGO Rep. to the United Nations Department of Public Information
The Light Millennium

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The Global Movement for the culture of Peace(GMCoP)

Opening Session | General Assembly Hall Opening Remarks by:

H.E Mr. Miroslav Lajcak, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly
• Acknowledged Bangladesh for its role for bringing this event to life.
Made 3 key points
1st I want to ask what does Culture of Peace actually Mean?
I will share some info that is stuck in me is that the first is time
• Peace take a lot of time, it cannot be stored, it cannot come from workshop run by international team of expert, it must be build up like block after block and layer after layer.
• It must be done by people in the ground.culture also does not come in a day so neither does peace.
Second element is simplicity
• We all have some idea about culture, its what we do and where we go and how we speak
3rd element is Hope
• A culture of Peace is not a Reality… Conflict, region across the world.
• Terrorist threat across the region.
•  Infant this resolution and forum we said No
• [Referred UNESCO’s Charter] We are showing its in our power to save succeeding the generation from discourage of war.
• We are reforming the United Nation Peace and Security Pillar, we are reviewing our way our peace keeping working in ground.
• Last April, we all met in this hall like policy makers, leaders etc in this new approach to peace.
• Commitment to preventive diplomacy
• Success stories from the ground so its happening.
• We are moving our international system.
• We need action on the ground
• Young children only not learn math and history in school but also Peace.
• We need everyone involved top united nation official or NGO on the ground.
• Late in 2001, UN Secretary General Koffi Annan stated once, ”Peace must be made Real and tangible in daily existence of daily individual in need.

 On behalf of the H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
H.E. Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chief Cabinet to the United Nations Secretary General:
Stated importance and relevance of the UN General Assembly’s 1998 resolution on the Culture of Peace
Suggested to foster culture level of peace, despite of our best intention however the rise of in violence in 2010 particularly in Middle east.
Continued on in devsasting consequences for the effective population it would be easy to conclude that our goal has not been fulfulfilled.
Emphasized the following, it is important to recognize that what we have achieved the culture of peace framework, democratic participation, respect of human right, freedom of expression…
Pointed out, despite of normal challenge the wold continuous to phase we are also living two times of notable achievement the adoption of 2030 agenda of sustainable development, the number of democracies is double from 1980, the shared of world population living in extreme poverty has palmated since 1990
progress has also been visible in country once afflicted by war, in liberia the peaceful election in 2017 and successful conclution. Earlier this year supported by peace building.
• In Columbia the Peace Aggreement in 2016 has advanced with support of  the United Nations.
• In Gambia, the crisis was successfully aborted with the United Nations’ support.
• We are supporting the National government to tackle the root cause of the violence related to inequality and human rights.
• With the peace building fund, we support implementation of projects the targeting most critical element of building and Sustainable Peace.

Highlights from theKeynote Address by Dr. Rigoberta Menchu Tum, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador:
• On the 6th of October, 2019, this date will be mark two decades since the promulgation and ultimate adoption declaration and programs action for a Culture of Peace
• These decision-importance of the decision cannot be refuted today
• When they are implemented we will see successful building genuine culture of peace
• Weakness far from being reduced have in fact increased and threat have only multiply
The major dangers faced by the Culture of Peace are some of the following:
• Rougly 100 magnats have large major of wealth and exacerbates malnutrition and extreme poverty.
• Poverty roughly affects 60% of the global population
• According to calculation 4.408 billion people are direct victim of inequalities and exclusion around world.
• It is estimated that in the next 10 years, 10 trillion dollars will be invested in the weapon.
• There are 10,000 nuclear warheads in the worlds.
• More recent sources mention the possibility of there even being 15000 nuclear weapons principally controlled by major global power.
• Global warming and irreversible damage to the planets has led us to the bring of a global environment crises.
• 26years have passed since the United Nations framework convention on the Climate Change, and 21 year have passed since Kioto Protocol was adopted.
• However, Climate Change have reached to a dangerous levels of survival of the planet and human being.

Plenary Segment-Statements by Member States and Observers

Statement by H.E. Mr. Md. Shahriar Alam, MP, Honorable State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, delivered at the General Debate of the UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace on September 5, 2018:
• Mr. President during the first time of prime Minister of Bangladesh, Bangladesh had the Culture of Peace and included in the General Assembly of 1997.
• On 13th September of 1999, it was adopted by decision 54 to 43 on the declaration and program action on Peace. Through that resolution Member States agreed on an action to promote a Culture of Peace.
• It was significant but at the same time mutually complementary. Each of the areas under the Program of Action for a Culture of Peace was also been priorities of the United Nations since its foundation, to save succeeding generations from the discourage of the war.
• All these years the Members States have demonstrated the high level importance to attach to the full and effective implementation of those forward looking and universally applicable objectives.
• The foreign policy of Bangladesh intends why it is a proponents of Culture of Peace since long. It is made in only a statement of the UN General Assembly the 1976 the founder of the nation had said, “Peace us an imperative for the survival of the Mankind. It represent the deepest aspiration of men and women through the world”.
• In order for Peace to last and sustain, it will therefore be critical for us to vigorously purse various initiatives such as the ones covered by the Program of Action under the Culture of Peace and promote tolerance and non-violence, engage in dialogue, mediation, and moderation in peace and of sign of conflict.

Sri Lanka:
• First on delegation and the Program on Action of the Culture of Peace. This is the high level implementation of the forward looking objectives. We have collectively supported subtypes through substantive resolution for the past 20 years.
• Sri Lanka has a commitment to building peace and recognize the need for continuous support to further strengthen the global commitment. In this regards, we would like to flag some vital issue of importance in fostering a Culture of Peace.
• Despite our efforts, we still face emerging challenges such as violence, extremism,migration, refugees, inequality, and climate change.

• We thank the President of General Assembly for the convening the High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace with the “The Culture of Peace: A credible pathway to Sustaining Peace,” theme.
• According the global economic impact with a U.S. 17.46 trillion for credible pathway to sustain peace is never greater.
• With over 630 million people, we embrace a culture of peace as a core value for political that could be visible economically, integrating socially responsible and people-oriented and people-centered communities.
• The declaration of culture of prevention is our way of pursuing a credible pathway to sustaining peace through six key ways in conformity with the purposes and principles of the Asian Charter, a culture of peace and intercultural understanding of respect for all.
• Good governance at all levels of resiliency and care of the environment, healthy lifestyle and supporting the values of moderation. As we continue to witness a growing phobia, religious intolerance and extremist ideologies, as a strong condemnation of violent extremism and terrorism, we therefore promote understanding of the root causes and consequences of violent extremism and other form of violence and deviant behavior through risk assessment, research, forecast, and early warning and other evidence based methods.

• At the outset, we would like to convey on behalf of the Member States of the movement our appreciation to you, President, for convening this High Level Forum on such an important issue as the Culture of Peace.
• In line with the provisions of resolution 72/137, which was welcomed by our movement along with the efforts made by the UN and its Members States on the follow up to the declaration and program of action on a culture of peace.
• Similarly, we would like to thank the Secretary General and Dr. Rigoberta Menchu Tum for their presence today and their very valuable remarks.
Madam President, the Culture of Peace has always been at the core of the work of the non-aligned movement.
• Taking into account the fact that our main goal is nothing more but to establish a peaceful and prosperous world and just and equitable world order.
• Last November, we convened a high-level meeting under the theme solidarity, dialogue, and tolerance in a diverse world towards a culture of peace. Similar, later this month, a ministerial meeting is convened under the theme of upholding the UN Charter and the purposes and principles of the nonaligned movement towards a culture of peace.
• We truly believe that the consolidation of a culture of peace around the world is in the best interest of humanity and future generations. Hence, we should spare no effort in achieving progress in this domain.

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Photo Album I:  The 7th UN HLF on the CULTURE OF PEACE

The 7th UN HLF on the CULTURE OF PEACE – Afternoon Session

Disclosure: Above Meeting Notes do NOT cover the full Morning Session, the full Member States delivered statements neither the Panel during the afternoon session. This is simply a few representational levels of meeting notes, and/or a few highlights from the Opeing and Member States related sessions.

– Posted on September 29, 2018.

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