|CISV Year of Conflict & Resolution
Update Number 3 - 20 January 2011
And Happy New Year!
We are now truly in 2011 the CISV Year of Conflict and Resolution. So, what does this mean? It means finding lots of different ways of helping people to work with conflict and resolution in their Chapters, Programmes and communities and with other like-minded organisations. It would be wonderful to look back at the end of the year and see how the impact of how we have educated and inspired people to act for more just and peaceful world.
POD Challenge – more news!
In the last Update, we gave some exciting news about a new challenge we have been discussing with Peace One Day for this year’s Peace Day.
The CISV Peace Day Challenge is our way of getting behind filmmaker Jeremy Gilley and his non-profit organisation Peace One Day as they launch the 365-day countdown (on Peace Day 21 September 2011) towards the first ever Global Truce (on Peace Day 21 September 2012) – the largest reduction in global violence in recorded history.
More information will be forthcoming! In the meantime, why not register on the Peace One Day website for free and familiarise yourself with the inspirational Peace One Day Global Education Resource
Peace One Day are looking for CISVers who can help them with their ambition to have their brilliant Global Education Resource translated into as many different languages as possible. So far they have translations available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Spanish and Russian. If you can help them translate the Resource into your language, please get in touch with Denise
Some new faces!
It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our three wonderful interns from Newcastle University.On the right is Simona, Sarah is in the middle and Katy on the right (as you look at the picture). We were hoping to include a little bit of video in which they introduced themselves...but unfortunately our technology let us down, so we can only show you this screen shot! What you would have heard them say is that they are working very hard on writing Conflict and Resolution activities. They are also helping to put together some thoughts on sending in activity ideas on You Tube. So make sure you tune in next month to hear more on this and hopefully some words from each of them.
How can this current conflict be resolved?
There remains a situation of stand-off in Cote D’Ivoire, with Laurent Gbagbo still refusing to give up power following his defeat in the disputed presidential election held late last year. Mr Gbagbo is being supported by regular and irregular armed forces and the situation in this West African country is increasingly unstable and violent. Despite international condemnation of Mr Gbagbo, mediation attempts by the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) are failing and United Nations peacekeepers are under daily attack. There are increasingly calls for military intervention to resolve the situation. What do you think? Is there a rationale for military intervention, or is it far too early to call a halt to the hope of a peaceful conclusion? Should military intervention ever be considered? Use the following links to read differing views on how this conflict is best resolved and to give you some background information on the current unrest in Cote D’Ivoire. Meanwhile, our thoughts are with the people of Cote D’Ivoire and in particular our CISV friends there.
Ban Ki-Moon warns of consequences of attacks on UN Peacekeepers (UN news centre)
United Nation Operation in Cote D'Ivoire (official UN site)
Is Peace a possibility for Cote D'Ivoire in 2011? (A Peace of Conflict)
The case against military intervention (Mmegi Online)
Help with handling conflicts
Our friend Ove Thygesen from CISV Norway has sent over a great introduction to Conflict and Resolution, ‘Sabona:Tools for handling conflicts’
that they have produced at the Transcend Peace University. As Ove says, ‘It is an easy meal for people to swallow, if they are looking for inspiration’.
Remembrance and beyond
is International day of commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
. Visit the UN Holocaust Remembrance page
for educational materials, discussion papers and other resources.
A realistic vision for world peace?
Anyone familiar with the inspirational range of TED Talks, will know just how thought-provoking and far-reaching the speakers and their subjects are. Here Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams offers her vision for world peace and the contribution we can all make to achieve it.
We need you!
Whether you and your National Association or Programme Committee would like to put together a whole edition of Conflict and Resolution Update or you would like to send us an interesting article, link or news of an activity you have been involved with, we want to hear from you! Contact Denise
and get involved!
And it's goodbye from him...
So, after nearly five years working as Education Officer the time has come for me to sign off and say goodbye. There are many aspects of the job that I will miss immensely, but I have an exciting new challenge as Principal of a school for children with Autism. However, you don't get rid of me entirely, I will be keeping a small involvement with CISV on the Peace One Day challenge!
I have really enjoyed meeting and working CISVers from around the world and have been hugely impressed by your dedication, creativity and sense of fun. I wish you all every success not only in your CISV work but also in everything else you do.
In Next Month’s Issue
More from Simona, Sarah and Katy!
We will have even more news of that special POD challenge!
Look out for your next Conflict and Resolution Update on the 23rd of February.
Kiran Hingorani Denise Farrar
Education Officer Communications Officer
on behalf of CISV International Education
and Profile-Raising Departments