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a) Program of Education for Peace in the Hemisphere (2000)
(Adopted by the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States, 13 June 2000)

THE PERMANENT COUNCIL OF THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES,

HAVING SEEN the Report of the Chair of the Committee on Hemispheric Security (the Committee) on the Program of Education for Peace in the Hemisphere (CP/CSH-306/00);

RECALLING General Assembly resolution AG/RES. 1620 (XXIX-O/99), by which it convened the Meeting of Experts to Design a Draft Program of Education for Peace in the Hemisphere and instructed the Permanent Council to consider the said Draft Program and to take action aimed at implementing it;

BEARING IN MIND:

That the Meeting of Experts was duly held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on October 14-15, 1999, with the participation of government experts and representatives from organizations active in the field; and

That, accordingly, the Draft Program was designed by the government experts at that meeting and considered by the Committee in November 1999, and that the Committee recommended that the Draft Program be approved as a model that member states could follow in the development of programs of education for peace, in accordance with their respective national priorities and requirements;

RECOGNIZING the invaluable contribution to the success of the Meeting of Experts by the Government of Colombia and by organizations active in the field, especially the financial and substantive contribution by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the United Nations Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace as well as its celebration of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence,

RESOLVES:

1. To take note of the Report of the Committee on Hemispheric Security on the Program of Education for Peace in the Hemisphere.

2. To approve the Program of Education for Peace in the Hemisphere, attached to this resolution.

3. To urge member states to develop and implement programs of education for peace as they deem appropriate taking into account the aforementioned Program, and to provide the General Secretariat with information on the adoption of such programs.

4. To request the member states to provide the General Secretariat with the information on institutions and experts mentioned in the said Program.

5. To request the General Secretariat, within the resources allocated in the program-budget and other resources, to carry out the activities identified in the Program with respect to technical support and facilitation of the exchange of information and lend its support to the member states, at their request, in the development and implementation of their respective programs of education for peace.

APPENDIX

PROGRAM OF EDUCATION FOR PEACE IN THE HEMISPHERE

I. The Program's general objective

The Program of Education for Peace in the Hemisphere, based on the recognition that education is one of the pillars on which to build peace, prevent conflict, and reduce violence, proposes:

1. To foster a process for the purpose of developing among the population values, knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and behavior conducive to a stronger democratic political culture and a culture of peace.

2. To emphasize the relationship between democratic values and practices and peaceful coexistence.

3. To contribute to a better understanding of respect and tolerance and to an appropriate treatment of problems which, at the hemispheric, regional, subregional, or local level, disrupt the peace, whether domestically or between states.

4. To draw on existing mechanisms and programs in the OAS, UNESCO, the University for Peace, FLACSO, and other organizations in the area of education for peace and to promote increased cooperation and interaction between them.

5. To urge the Committee on Hemispheric Security of the Permanent Council to promote the necessary measures, within the context of the Organization of American States, for the regional organization to comply actively with the UN Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the UN celebration of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.

II. Beneficiaries

The ultimate beneficiary of the Program of Education for Peace in the Hemisphere is the population, in particular, the young, women, and other vulnerable groups. In this connection, the Program will take special account of those institutions and organizations of state and of civil society deemed strategic due to their role as shapers of public opinion and to the multiplier effect of their activities.

III. Program areas

The Program comprises three areas: (1) education for the promotion of peace between states; (2) education for the peaceful settlement of conflicts; and (3) education for the promotion of democratic values and practices.

1. Education for the promotion of peace between states

a. Objectives:

- To foster the establishment of closer relations between states in order to build mutual confidence;

- To promote mutual confidence-building measures to enhance security and peace among states;

- To promote among the countries of a subregion greater knowledge and understanding of the history, culture, politics, society, law, international relations,  and traditions of these countries;

- To disseminate information on efforts in the Hemisphere to promote disarmament and the fight against illegal arms traffic;

- To promote proactive policies for dialogue and at the same time to further knowledge of mechanisms for the peaceful settlement of conflicts, by developing an appropriate political will and preventive diplomatic practices;

- To encourage dialogue between states so as to create opportunities for fostering heightened security and the use of mechanisms for peaceful settlement as ways to promote peace;

- To study and promote integration mechanisms and processes in the Hemisphere as instruments for the promotion of security and peace among states;

- To involve the military and their academic institutions in education for peace processes and to promote further exchange among the military on this topic; and

- To study and develop mechanisms for the prevention of military conflicts in the region.

b. Activities:

- Organization and creation of academic curricula and university posts and the conducting of research on the history, culture, politics, society, law, international relations, and traditions of the countries of the various subregions, emphasizing the principles of friendship and cooperation among states;

- Organization and holding of courses and seminars on the evolution and operation of integration systems as instruments for the promotion of security and peace among states;

- Conducting of research and seminars to analyze and evaluate policies designed to promote security and peace among states;

- Organization and holding of meetings to examine and publicize successful experiences in the subregions in the promotion of security and peace in the Hemisphere;

- Organization and preparation of studies on disarmament and the fight against illegal arms traffic;

- Creation, within the framework of the OAS, of a register of experts and institutions and of possible sources of funding in the area of education for peace, at the national, subregional, and regional levels, and its linkage to the Web page of the Global Conflict Prevention and Reconstruction Network of Donors and Multilateral Organizations, in which the OAS will participate;

- Organization and holding of exchanges and internships between governmental and nongovernmental players to facilitate mutual understanding among the countries of the Hemisphere;

- Development of educational strategies for the region's military to allow for the inclusion of modules on education for peace among states and the peaceful settlement of conflicts;

- Organization of workshops designed to understand and examine possible causes of conflict in the Hemisphere; and

- Promotion, within the framework of the OAS, of exchanges to allow for closer ties between centers engaged in or studying international relations at the academic or diplomatic level.

2. Education for the peaceful settlement of conflicts

a. Objectives:

- To promote the development of coordination and consensus processes among various sectors of society;

- To foster the comprehensive analysis of conflict situations, as well as of mediation, conciliation, negotiation, dialogue-facilitation, and consensus-building processes;

- To promote the exchange between states of successful experiences in the peaceful management of conflicts;

- To contribute to the creation of mechanisms for the peaceful handling and management of conflicts;

- To publicize the importance of eliminating poverty and of economic development and social equity as critical elements of peace;

- To promote civil society participation in the creation of a culture of peace;

- To foster the active involvement of the mass media in building a culture of dialogue and concerted action; and

- To support the reform and modernization of national systems for the administration of justice, with emphasis placed on fighting corruption and impunity as well as on promoting mechanisms for mediation and conciliation.

b. Activities:

- Organization and holding of regional training courses on techniques of conflict analysis, prevention, and settlement;

- Organization and conducting of public information campaigns on the peace-making capacity of dialogue, mediation, and consensus- and cooperation-building processes;

- Conducting of research and preparation of manuals and publications that may provide a systematic analysis of the types of violence and conflict, their recurrent causes, and strategies for their prevention and peaceful settlement;

- Conducting of seminars to evaluate the handling and management of conflict, including the empirical analysis of conflicts, enhancement of systems for the administration of justice, mediation, conciliation, negotiation, and facilitation of dialogue;

- Organization of public awareness and civic education campaigns through the media on the peaceful settlement of conflicts;

- Systematization and exchange of successful experiences in the peaceful settlement of conflicts between governmental and/or nongovernmental institutions, through seminars, internships, consultancies, and actions focused on institution-building; and

- Promotion of the implementation of international projects which include programs for the peaceful settlement of conflicts as a means of evaluating impacts and systematizing experiences.

3. Education for the promotion of democratic values and practices

a. Objectives:

- To reform educational systems in order to turn schools into settings for the deterrence of violence and the promotion of justice and peace;

- To promote and disseminate in formal and nonformal education systems increased knowledge and understanding of democratic institutions, values, and practices;

- To disseminate universal principles of human rights and related protection mechanisms, international humanitarian law, and the non-use of force;

- To promote and disseminate the concepts of diversity, plurality, equity, and tolerance among the various sectors of civil society, especially among the most vulnerable groups of our societies;

- To preserve the environment and encourage appropriate sustainable development;

- To promote and disseminate the rights and duties of citizens in order to promote a culture of peace; and

- To foster nonformal and adult education, including contributions by NGOs in this area.

b. Activities:

- Development of model curricula at the primary, secondary, and higher education levels for nonformal and adult education, incorporating new methods for teaching and learning democratic values and practices;

- Identification of the best practices for promoting the teaching of democratic values and practices;

- Taking account of contributions from local communities, development of theoretical and practical guides in the area of education for peace for experts, officials, and educators, which may help to support ministries of education and teacher training centers;

- Organization and holding of workshops and training courses on the teaching and learning of democratic values and practices for educators, educational and administrative specialists, teachers, and directors of educational institutions;

- Development of programs utilizing art as a means of teaching, disseminating, and promoting democratic values and practices;

- Organization and conducting of courses and public information campaigns on democratic values and practices which would focus on the contributions of all sectors of society and on dissemination of the rights and duties of citizens. Such courses and campaigns should also promote attitudes of tolerance and support for vulnerable groups, especially displaced persons and refugees;

- Organization of courses on democratic values and practices for political parties, universities, the media, NGOs, and members of the armed and security forces; and

- Organization and holding of courses and workshops for civilian and military institutions on matters of security, defense, relations between civilians and the military, and democratic values and practices, with the aim of promoting stronger ties, interaction, and trust between the two sectors.