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International decade for a culture of peace and nonviolence for the children of the world (2001-2010). (Resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly).

The General Assembly,

Aware that the task of the United Nations to save future generations from the scourge of war requires transformation towards a culture of peace, which consists of values, attitudes, and behaviors that reflect and inspire social interaction and sharing based on the principles of freedom, justice and democracy, all human rights, tolerance and solidarity, that reject violence and endeavor to prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation and that guarantees the full exercise of all rights and the means to participate fully in the development process of their society;

Recognizing that enormous harm and suffering are caused to children through different forms of violence at every level of society throughout the world and that a culture of peace and nonviolence promotes respect for life and dignity of every human being without prejudice or discrimination of any kind;

Recognizing also the role of education in constructing a culture of peace and nonviolence, in particular teaching the practice of nonviolence to children, which will promote the purposes and principles embodied in the Charter of the Untied Nations;

Emphasizing that the promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, by which children learn to live together in peace and harmony that will contribute to the strengthening of international peace and cooperation, should emanate from adults and be instilled in children;

Underlining that the proposed international decade for a culture of peace and nonviolence for the children of the world will contribute to the promotion of a culture of peace based on the principles embodied in the Charter and on respect for human rights, democracy, and tolerance, the promotion of development, education for peace, the free flow of information, and the wider participation of women as an integral approach to preventing violence and conflicts, and efforts aimed at the creation of conditions for peace and its consolidation;

Convinced that such a decade, at the beginning of the new millennium, would greatly assist the efforts of the international community to foster peace, harmony, all human rights, democracy and development throughout the world:

1. Proclaims the period 2001-2010 as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World;

2. Invites the Secretary-General to submit, in consultation with Member States, relevant United Nations bodies and non-governmental organizations, a report to the General Assembly at its fifty-fifth session and a draft program of action to promote the implementation of the Decade at local, national, regional, and international levels, and to coordinate the activities of the Decade;

3. Invites Member States to take the necessary steps to ensure that the practice of peace and nonviolence is taught at all levels in their respective societies, including in educational institutions;

4. Calls upon relevant United Nations bodies, in particular the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, and invites non-governmental organizations, religious bodies and groups, educational institutions, artists, and the media actively to support the Decade for the benefit of every child of the world;

5. Decides to consider, at its fifty-fifth session, the question of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010), under the agenda item entitled "Culture of Peace."

Fifty-fifth plenary meeting 10 November 1998.
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Date:Mar 1, 2000
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