The topic of this year's forum is "MEDIA IN PEACEBUILDING AND CONFLICT PREVENTION". Renowned representatives from the fields of media and politics, culture and economics, development work and science are invited to help shape new solutions for peace and conflict prevention.
In connection with the Global Media Forum, there is also a website www.dw-world.de/globalmediaforum. This site is an interactive internet portal for the international media development and peace community. By including links and information from other significant sites, we hope to create a network through which researchers, organizations and think tanks can communicate.
The Gandhi Foundation will hold “The Festival of Nonviolence” in London from 25th March to 12th April to complement the exhibition. The aim of The Festival is to bring to the attention of every Londoner the depth and power of Nonviolence and its ongoing critical relevance in solving many of the major problems of our day - from personal conflicts to the environment. Click Here for more information (pdf).
Human violence is a preventable disease
No state or individual can be secure in an insecure world. The values of nonviolence in intention, thought, and practice have grown from an option to a necessity.
We are convinced that adherence to the principles of nonviolence will usher in a more peaceful, civilized world order in which more effective and fair governance, respectful of human dignity and the sacredness of life itself may become a reality.
Our cultures, our histories, and our individual lives are interconnected and our actions are interdependent. Especially today as never before, we believe, a truth lies before us: our destiny is a common destiny. That destiny will be defined by our intentions, decisions and actions today. We are firmly convinced that creating a culture of peace and nonviolence, while a difficult and long process is a necessary and noble purpose. Affirmation of the principles contained in this Charter is a vital first step to ensuring the survival and development of humanity and the achievement of a world without violence.
The following Message for the Month is a small excert from the course we have on line. We hope it will be helpful and would be happy to receive your response to it.
Challenge yourself! Show your appreciation of them whenever you can. Build some real connection - perhaps through a shared interest. Find what you can praise that they do well. Become a source for them of positive emotions.
Nourish their core needs for appreciation, connection and sense of purpose and you’ll build their co-operation. Read more on this in our Conflict Resolution text, Everyone Can Win (p.136-7).
This topic resonates with the 2008 campaign at the Conflict Resolution Network : Towards a Culture of Non-Violence. In essence, it's about being non-violent in thought, word and deed at all levels of relating - personal, community, and between nations. It means treating all people - even those we don't happen to like very much - with fairness, justice and fundamental respect.
You may still be too angry or upset to really wipe the slate clean, but perhaps you can take a first step – to notice that at least you are willing to become willing to forgive. You may decide to discuss the problem with that person or choose not to.
Either way, the moment you make any inroads into releasing yourself from anger or resentment, something will shift. You almost always find yourself happier and somehow lighter. While there’s no guarantee, it may even free the other person to change too.
Our book, Everyone Can Win , suggests that “Forgiving is a shift in attitude that arises from yourself, an inner shift that comes from the heart.” (p.145)
The Global Alliance for Ministries/Departments of Peace held its 3rd Summit in Kisarazzu and Tokyo in Japan. It opened on the 21 September - the UN International Day of Peace and Global Ceasefire with a beautiful concert of Japanese music, drumming and singing.
The choice of Japan for the Summit was to support the peaceful efforts of tthe Japanese to maintain Art. 9 of their Consitituion which states that 'Japan renounces war....'
The Summit was well attended with delegates from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, Israel, Italy, Japan (hosts) Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Palestine, Phlippines, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, UK and USA. Delegates from Congo, Iraq, Ghana and Sierra Leone were unable to come due to visa problems.
Summit Calls for Ministries and Departments of Peace in All Nations
September 25, 2007 The 3rd Global Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace took place September 21-26 in Kisarazu and Tokyo, Japan. This extraordinary event began on the International Day of Peace and Global Ceasefire declared by the UN. It featured 21 country delegations*, representing both civil society and parliamentarians, from all five continents, including Nepal, which became the second country, after the Solomon Islands, to form a Ministry of Peace, and Rwanda, a country that experienced genocide in 1994. The event was sponsored by the Global Alliance for Ministries and Departments of Peace numbering more than 25 countries and hosted by its Japanese member, Japan United for Ministry of Peace (JUMP).