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The Invisible Yet Existent Culture of Peace

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A new story is emerging. Humanity is the storyteller. The story line is ancient and the global community is right on time as it wakes up. The global community is appalled by many of its own creations and strives to take responsibility for creating a Culture of Peace.

A Culture of Peace, September 6, 2013

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In his invitation to participate in the High Level Forum on a Culture of Peace, H.E. Vuk Jeremic honored the work of Kosmos by saying:

Commons for Peace (Serbian Translation)

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Mada izraz 'bezbednost čovečanstva' može imati različita tumačenja, dva značenja preovladjuju. Neposredno po završetku Hladnog rata, autori nekoliko značajnih studija – uključujući Izveštaj Generalnog sekretara Ujedinjenih nacija za 1992.godinu pod nazivom «Dnevni red za mir» (Agenda for Peace); Izveštaj o procesima razvoja u svetu koji je 1994. godine izdao Program Ujedinjenih nacija za razvoj (World Development Report, 1994, UNDP), i Izveštaj «Bezbednost u svetu sada» iz 2003.godine, koji je objavila Komisija Ujedinjenih nacija za bezbednost (Human Security Now, 2003, UN Commission on Human Security) – su se založili za uspostavljanje stabilnog mira kao alternativu konceptu bezbednosti zasnovanom na vojnoj moći.

Commons for Peace

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Although the term ‘human security’ has various meanings, two have predominated. Following the Cold War, several major studies—including the UN Secretary-General’s 1992 report, Agenda for Peace; the 1994 World Development Report of the UN Development Program; and the 2003 report, Human Security Now, by the UN Commission on Human Security—proposed peaceful alternatives to military security.

“Another Peacekeeping” Is Possible

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Peacekeeping is a most essential link between peacemaking—that is, all the diplomatic negotiations and mediation work that results in signing peace treaties—and peacebuilding—that is, solving conflicts and addressing their deep causes that often have been missing in peace processes. Peacekeeping involves stopping the war and deterring violence during fragile ceasefires, and stabilizing the environment to make serious peace processes possible during these brief war-free periods. But in many situations, peacekeeping by armed people in military uniform may not be the most appropriate way to secure and sustain peace or protect civilians.

Another Peacekeeping is Possible – Introduction and Footnotes

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Over the past 60 years, civil society, together with governments, has played an increasingly important role in human development (e.g., poverty alleviation) and human rights. Building on a foundation laid by Gandhi, Badshah Khan and their contemporaries, civil society has recently entered the field of human security (in its narrower meaning of safety/physical security and physical protection of threatened, vulnerable groups and individuals). Much of the creative leadership in setting new global norms in these domains has come from civil society, from visionary pragmatists, individuals with the courage of their conviction that 'another world is possible'.

After 9/11 – Paths to Peace

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The shocks of 9/11 still reverberate within and around us. Who cannot feel them? I lived in New York for many years and love this city for its rich diversity of peoples, its energy, creativity, and fly-in-the face honesty. My youngest daughter was born near ground zero. As a college student she spent 6 months in Jerusalem, listening to Jews, Muslims and Christians on all sides of the Middle East conflict and exploring nonviolent solutions.