Promoting a Culture of Peace
As history proved that a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, world countries realised that peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind.
Hence, in 1999 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 53/243; recognising that “peace not only is the absence of conflict, but also requires a positive, dynamic participatory process where dialogue is encouraged and conflicts are solved in a spirit of mutual understanding and cooperation”.
To instill this culture of peace among the peoples of the world, all forms of discrimination and intolerance, including those based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status, must be eliminated.
A culture of peace comes about through values, attitudes, modes of behaviour and ways of life conducive to the promotion of peace among individuals, groups and nations, the resolution emphasises.
It will be achieved when citizens of the world understand global problems, have the skills to resolve conflicts non-violently, live by international standards of human rights and equity, appreciate cultural diversity, and respect the Earth and each other.
ARDD realizes that such learning can only be achieved with systematic education for peace, and thus has committed since its establishment to promoting this culture of peace as a sustainable tool for coexistence, and has launched several programmes and projects that provide skill training for peaceful conflict resolution among various categories of the community, as well as bridging the gaps between refugees and host communities.
To instill this culture in particular among youth, ARDD is taking a group of youth from Mafraq, Zarqaa and Amman to visit Zaatari Camp on August 19, 2018, as part of the activities of the Renaissance Journey for Youth, with the aim of encouraging individuals to undertake peaceful conflict resolution through social, religious and intergenerational dialogue among other means, and the rejection of violence and extremism in all their forms.