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The United Nations High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace
Convened at the UN Headquarters in New York

IESCO (Reported by Duan Ying Translated by Niu Shuangmei)

On Sep. 9, 2013, the 67th President of General Assembly of UN H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić convened the United Nations High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace at the UN Headquarters in New York. Director-General of IESCO Jaing Mingjun and Deputy Director-General of IESCO and President of UNITY magazine Shan Fengping attended the forum on invitation.

During the forum, government officials, scholars and religious figures from various countries discussed issues including religious cooperation, status quo of the culture of peace and the future development of mankind. The 67th President of General Assembly of UN H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić, Deputy Secretary-General of UN H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson and former Under Secretary-General of UN H.E. Mr. Anwarul K. Chowdhury attended the forum and delivered speeches.

H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson emphasized: To effectively tackle the challenges in the 21st century, appropriate tools like media, books, internet and other means should be used to impart non-violence morals to the youth and promulgate the culture of peace among them so as to enable them to be future parents, responsible community leaders and citizens with the sense of engagement. He also mentioned:  In Syria, a tragic civil war had killed more than 100,000 people, displaced one third of the country’s population and inflamed sectarian tensions. To build a culture of peace, we must heed the lessons of these appalling numbers and conditions, and unite the world to jointly tackle the challenge.

H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić said: To effectively meet the challenges of the 21st century, I believe the generations to come should be instilled what the ethics of non-violence, and equipped with the right tools to flourish as adults-as future parents, responsible community leaders, and engaged citizens. We must impart them with the skills, dispositions, and knowledge they will need in order to make valiant contributions to their respective societies.

Links: The United Nations High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace is one of the outcomes produced by “The Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence”(A/RES/53/243) which was adopted by UN General Assembly on consensus on Sep. 13, 1999. The forum not only aims to promote education and acts on culture of peace but also achieve sustainable development of ecology and society.







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