The Culture of Peace














The General Assembly of the United Nations proclaimed the year 2000 as the ,International Year for the Culture of Peace'.

The six principles of Manifesto 2000 below were drafted by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and constitute a global change in values, attitudes and behaviour, from a culture of war and violence to a culture of peace and non-violence. For more in formation, contact: or



 1400 Jews in Berlin could survive the Third Reich thanks to normal people. 55000 Jews in Berlin had been killed. Marie Burde, a ragwoman, took care of a Jewish boy who had already escaped the SS two times. In a narrow den, they lived together at Wedding. The boy survived.



is about how we live our lives; how we think, speak and behave. When we do all these with positive values, then we live a culture of peace. It brings benefit to the self and others.



means much more than the absence of war. Peace is considered as a set of values, attitudes and modes of behaviour promoting the peaceful settlement of conflict and the quest for mutual understanding



is a way of being, doing and living in society that can be taught, developed, and best of all, improved upon.



is living in harmony amidst diversity where and when we adopt a common platform of positive values.



is not only the absence of conflict, but requires a positive dynamic participatory process where dialogue is encouraged and conflicts are solved in a spirit of mutual understanding and co-operation. The power of PEACE is to change future headlines from ,”Violence Increases, Again" to “Violence Diminishes".






respect all life

Respect the life and dignity of each human being without discrimination or prejudice. Some practical examples of living under this value:


·   Respect yourself as a human being, do not abuse your body, mind with drugs etc

·   Respect yourself as a human being, give yourself a moment of peace

·   Have a positive thought about yourself for at least one minute everyday

·   Reduce waste and negative thought about others

·   Do not get angry for at least one day in a week

·   Be truthful to yourself and others

·   Water and talk to plants in the morning

·   Give respect to others as you would like to be respected

·   Be the first to wish others good morning

·   Be the first to offer a smile to others

·   Cultivate thinking good of others

·   Respect others by not gossiping about them

·   Treat your subordinates with respect by giving instructions properly

·   Stand up when someone older speaks to you

·   Practise good manners in front of both the junior and the senior





reject violence

Practise active non-violence, rejecting in all its forms: physical sexual, psychological, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents. Some practical examples of living under this value:­



·   Have mercy for yourself;  realise but do not be hard on yourself when mistakes are made

·   Stop watching violent movies

·   Promise not to get irritated for at least once a week

·   Do not come into anger at least during the morning

·   Speak sweetly/softly/politely to reduce the force of words

·   Avoid banging doors

·   Handle things gently and with care

·   Declare truce with your enemies. Make them your friends again

·   Avoid beating children with cane/hand

·   Do not cause harm to animals

·   Do not cause fear to animals

·   Do not cause sorrow to people: children, subordinates, maids, pupils, the elderly

·   Do not threaten people

·   Do not create conflict amongst friends or family

·   Remove all words of violence from your vocabulary

·   Enable others to share their thoughts and ideas without fear of discrimination or reprisal



share with others

Share my time and material resources in spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression. Some practical examples of living under this value:­


·   Share your time with others in office/family/community

·   Share your material resources with others

·   Share your virtues, patience love, mercy, happiness

·   Share your inspiration with others so that they are inspired

·   Share your responsibility with others that they become independent

·   Share your enthusiasm with others

·   Share your knowledge with others

·   Give your cooperation to others

·   Give your support to others in times of need

·   Share with others by being sincere and honest

·   Share good news to generate positive energy

·   Share to ease burden of others

·   Help others overcome their limitations or handicaps

·   Share a skill or an alternative method of doing things

·   Share a joke to create lightness and easinessh

·   Car-pool to relieve transport burden on others

·   Share a meal with a friend







listen to understand

Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening without engaging in fanaticism, defamation and rejection of others. Some practical examples of living under this value:­



·      Be non-judgemental. Listen with an open mind

·      Give your attention to someone by focusing your eyes on him/her when he/she is speaking

·      When listening, put yourself in that person's shoes

·      Paraphrase the message to make sure that what you say is understood by others

·      Practise silence/solitude to enable you to listen not only to the voices but also to the feelings of others

·      Listen with patience and love and a positive mind; e.g. it will only be a win-win situation for all

·      Speak softly, speak sweetly, speak less. Listen more, so as not to impose your authority over others

·      Amidst the chaos of negativity, listen to the cry of attention and understanding

·      Some people find it difficult to express their feelings. We have to respect their right to privacy

·      Accept the fact that everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. which can also be valid

·      When someone starts doing things differently, he is trying to communicate something. Listen with attention

·      Be sensitive to vibrations/feelings. which sometimes ran convey a message louder than words

·      Sometimes people do not mean what they say but show their feelings

·      Acknowledge someone's sharing with positive or encouraging comments

·      Do not interrupt when someone is talking, unless your comment is asked for

·      Be at ease and make the talker relax and at ease too before speaking. A relaxed mind speaks and absorbs better

·      Listen with your ears and understand with your heart






preserve the planet

Promote consumer behaviour that is responsible and develop practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet. Some practical examples of living under this value:­


  ·     Refrain from open burning

  ·     Do not cut down trees unnecessarily

·      Refrain from throwing rubbish into drains/waterways/open spaces

·      Reduce usage of plastic bags in supermarkets/markets/ shopping malls/homes

·      Collect litter along your walkway

·      Conserve water, electricity, make sure fans, light, water taps are properly turned off

·      Use ozone-friendly aerosols or none at all

·      Recycle plastic bags/ newspapers

·      Cut down use of air conditioner to protect the ozone

·      Do not discard used oil into sink or toilet bowl

·      Reduce polluting the environment by not driving once a week, and encourage car-pooling

·      Use paper wisely; reuse envelopes, photocopied paper, etc

·      Use handkerchiefs instead of tissue

·      Reduce ,noise pollution' by reducing the volume of music players

·      Stop smoking

·      Practise silence/solitude to create a peaceful atmosphere

·      Reduce usage of styrofoam which is non-biodegradable

·      Plant more greens in your environment









rediscover solidarity

Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles in order to create together new forms of solidarity. Some practical examples of living under this value:­



·      Get to know your neighbours and share a smile with them

·      Be courteous, considerate and respectful to your neighbours by reducing the volume of TV/players, speak softly during certain times, etc

·      Keep your neighbourhood clean

·      Join in celebration with your neighbours during festivities

·      Encourage harmony and unity in the community through sharing care, good news and wishes

·      Support your community leaders in projects

·      Ensure safety in the neighbourhood

·      Organise a cultural night with ,Peace' as the theme to instill peace-loving attitudes in children and adults

·      Accept one another's faith, customs and practices with love and understanding

·      Take the lead to do something proactive and not just blame others

·      Have an informal family gathering once a fortnight to share news or experiences

·      Go for a family trip or picnic once a month

·      Offer to help look after your neighbours' house when they have to be away

·      In times of sorrow, make a conscious effort to be present to offer physical or emotional support

·      Keep in touch with long-lost friends or loved ones just to show you still care



Two strategies:

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v to make the enemy happy (feel free)





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