Midterm global review of the
International Decade for a Culture of
Peace and Non-Violence for the Children
of theWorld, 2001-2010
**

60ª Assembléia Geral das Nações Unidas
19/08/2005
página 1/4
United Nations A/60/279
General Assembly

Distr.: General
19 August 2005
Original: English
05-46696 (E) 260905
*0546696*
Sixtieth session
Item 45 of the provisional agenda*
Culture of peace

Midterm global review of the International Decade for a
Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of
theWorld, 2001-2010
**

Note by the Secretary-General
The Secretary-General hereby transmits the report prepared by the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in accordance with General Assembly
resolutions 59/142 and 59/143.

* A/60/150.
** Due to the inclusion of an annex presenting the summary of the report prepared by Fundación
Cultura de Paz on contributions by civil society organizations on the midpoint of the Culture of
Peace Decade, this report was submitted late.



Midterm global review of the International Decade for a
Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of
the World, 2001-2010

Summary

The present report, prepared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO), presents a midterm global review of the International Decade for a
Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, 2001-2010 and
information on the implementation of General Assembly resolutions 59/142 and 59/143 of 15
December 2004 on the promotion of religious and cultural understanding, harmony and
cooperation and on the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for
the Children of the World respectively. It reviews the work undertaken by the United
Nations system, civil society organizations and UNESCO National Commissions in those
fields, including progress made, obstacles faced and needs arising, and makes
recommendations to maintain visibility and momentum on the culture of peace between the
midpoint and the completion of the International Decade. In an annex to the UNESCO
report, the United Nations Secretariat has prepared for information a summary of some of
the views expressed by civil society organizations, as compiled by the Fundación
Cultura de Paz.


Contents
Paragraphs Page

I. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–4 4
A. Background information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 4
B. Midterm global review process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–4 4
II. Overview of activities during the first five years of the Decade . . . . . ... . . . . . . 5–69 5
A. United Nations system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . . 5–32 5
1. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization . . ................ . . 5–21 5
2. International Labour Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... . . . . 22–24 10
3. World Health Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .......... . . . . . . . . . 25–27 10
4. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations . . ................. . . . . . . . . . 28 12
5. University for Peace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ . . . . . . . . . . 29–31 12
6. United Nations University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ................ . . . . . . . . . 32 12
B. National level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . . . . . 33–59 13
1. Implementing agencies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............... . . . . . 35 13
2. Main areas of action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ . . . . . . . 36–50 13
Actions to foster a culture of peace through education . . . ........... . . . . . . . . . . . 36–38 13
Actions to promote sustainable economic and social development . .................... . . . 39 14
Actions to promote respect for all human rights and actions to ensure equality between
women and men
. . . ........................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40–42 14
Actions to foster democratic participation . . . . . . . ................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 15
Actions to advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity . . . . . ............ . . . . . 44–45 15
Actions to support participatory communication and the free flow of information and
knowledge
. . . . ......................................... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46–48 15
Actions to promote international peace and security . . . . ............ . . . . . . . . . . . . 49–50 16
3. Progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51–54 16
4. Obstacles and needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55–59 16
C. International non-governmental organizations . . . . . . . . ....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60–69 17
1. Progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ............... . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 18
2. Obstacles and needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ . . . . . . 67–69 18
III. Conclusions and recommendations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....... . . . . . . . 70 18

Annex
Summary of a report prepared by the Fundación Cultura de Paz on contributions by civil
society organizations on the midpoint of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace
and Non-Violence for the Children of the World
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