Divided Past-Joint Future, entire vision for the Balkan region in just four words.
If we think about our past we will find lots of suffering, prejudices and stereotypes…but, can we fight for the better future? Of course we can, it is our job, not just as associations of citizens, but rather as individuals. Borders are just in our head, we are just humans, made of flesh and blood. Born and will be returned to the mother Earth. Balkan is a tricky area, so much history, so much conflicts, so much suffering and pain. Yes, I know, I am painting the dark picture, but then, it is rarely that you can find peaceful area in the world.
Informal Education is a general term for education outside of a standard school setting. Informal Education is the wise, respectful and spontaneous process of cultivating learning. It works through conversation, and the exploration and enlargement of experience.
The four-year Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy Programme (2012-2015) – designed as a partnership among UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of participating countries and other key partners – is an innovative, cross-sectoral programme focusing on education and peacebuilding.
Currently the number of conflicts inside and between the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey is increasing. These conflicts are often based on ethnics and religions. In the last 2 years Youth Communication Center, together with multiple other partner organisations have faced the fact that peace and reconciliation as a topic has become “unpopular”. Through this Civil Society has become fragmented and contested. However, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) should be ready and resourceful and the main actor in peace and reconciliation policy. The overall objective of this project is to have Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) recognized by governments as an important societal factor with strong capacity to implement peace-building and reconciliation.
Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders are the global awards for local peacebuilding. Awarded annually, they offer international recognition for grassroots peace activists in conflict-affected countries worldwide. These are inspiring individuals who are building a better tomorrow for their communities, in the world’s most fragile and needy places.
The International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation is pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2016 Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, holding November 2-3, 2016 in New York City. The conference is open to the public. To register, please visit theconference website.
The first 6 months – inception phase of the project Divided past – Joint future, we used for preparation and establishment of great atmosphere in our team and among our partners.
Beside administrative procedures and preparation of activities we have worked on establishment of a team and creating a communication strategy to key stakeholders that can increase the success of our project. In March there was a meeting of all 18 partners where we discussed project activities and where we agreed about next steps and cooperation procedures.
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL, Chairman Man Hee Lee) is hosting its “2nd Annual Commemoration of September 18th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit” from September 17th through 19th.
At the 2nd Annual Commemoration many of the world’s political and religious leaders, as well as women and youth leaders, will gather.
One approach of HWPL’s initiatives to world peace is to establish an enforceable law that can be adopted by every state. To pursue this goal, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) was proclaimed on 14 March, 2016 by the HWPL International Law Peace Committee made up of leading experts, inspired by Chairman Lee’s advocacy and efforts of building cooperation.
Divided Past Joint Future project team participated at Build Peace conference 2016 which was held from September 9-11 in Zurich. This was unique opportunity and place where the peace activists, technology experts, geeks, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors met in order to work together on peace building and reconciliation from different perspective.
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