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Convention convened by RI President Estes P. (Pete) Snedecor FROM ROTARY CLUB OF PORTLAND, OREGON
Rotarians in Kalispell, Montana and Carlston, Alberta created the first Int’l Peace Park in 1932. today > 125 Int’l peace parks world wide.
THE TREND: The rise of the human rights movement
DEPICTED BY: Large image: Eleanor Roosevelt of the United States holds a Declaration of Human Rights poster in 1949. Small image: Mock Guantanamo Bay prisoner cell used in an Amnesty International protest in 2008.
Human rights are now an international norm and when they are not respected it is considered an outrage in most countries. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are often able to bring effective global pressure on dictatorial regimes to free political prisoners and respect human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the UN, is considered by many scholars as the most important document ever written and adopted, even more so than our own Declaration of Independence or Constitution.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1946 with its headquarters in Paris, France. Its stated purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter. It was set up in 1945 with its headquarters in Paris. Its functions are based on the belief that the best way of preventing war is to educate people in the pursuit of peace. It encourages the spread of universal education, emphasizes that education is a human right, and encourages international cooperation between artists, scientists and scholars in all fields
Here, for example, is the date the UN passed the Universal Declaration of Human rights….1948…it supports the category called Social Change. We can see this declaration, which historians are saying is the most powerful document ever written, playing out all over the world as societies expect and demand, peacefully or violently, basic human rights. Did you know that at the 1940 Havana, Cuba RI convention (63 years ago) the framework of this declaration was passed by Rotarians? Rotary’s fingerprints are all over the worlds most powerful document and we can be proud of this.
Here, in blue, is an event in 2002 when Rotary established the Peace Centers and Peace Fellows program. It supports the trend of conflict transformation where people everywhere are learning the techniques of non-violent conflict resolution.
Space only permits a few supporting events for the 28 trends. Each trend in itself is a thesis opportunity. I encourage you to utilize this handout in the evolution of your own thinking…..and analysis of current events.
I encourage you to get to know your local professors or experts in conflict resolution. This could include judges and lawyers who practice alternative dispute resolution..
My wish for each of us is that we recognize our innate desire to seek peace and to recognize our out talent in becoming a mediator. I will say more at the conclusion of the session.
This example is self evident. The red color represents institutions of global collaboration, in this case the UN. Most Rotarians know that Rotary had 23 representatives around the table at the founding of the UN in 1945 in San Francisco.
My hope for Rotarians is that first we find our own inner peace….to some this is Paul Harris’ message in 1912….TOLERANCE!
Secondly, my hope for Rotarians is that they understand the deep history of peace, goodwill, friendship and service in our founding, now 108 years ago.
Thirdly, my hope for Rotarians is to become sensing elements of trouble….whether it is in the town in which they live, their church or business or even their Rotary Club. I saw dysfunction in Nicosia between two Rotary Clubs on either side of the green line. Joe Bock, the man on the video saw it in Sri Lanka between two clubs that didn’t include the other. This is not Rotary.
And finally, my hope for Rotarians is that each of us build the courage to call a “time out” when we smell trouble…..to call for a meeting….to practice good listening skills, to mediate the conflict.
WE will always have conflict….the question is will we practice being peacemakers. It is in Rotary’s genes….is it in ours?
Thank you for attending our session and the convention. We wish you safe travels and a speedy return to our next convention.
Peace Through Service Part 1 of 3
Advancing World Peace
through Rotary Service
Sydney – June 3, 2014
RI President Sakuji Tanaka
Peace through Service
In 1914, at the onset of the
first World War, delegates to
convention in Houston
adopted a resolution that
called for the convening of
an international peace
At the 1921 convention in Edinburgh, Scotland,
Rotarians agreed to incorporate peacemaking
into Rotary’s constitution and bylaws.
In 1942, British Rotarians
convened a conference to plan
a world at peace. Chaired by
Past RI President Sydney W.
Pascall, and attended by
ministers of education and
observers from around the
world, the conference led to the
establishment of UNESCO* four
years later in 1946.
*United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
49 Rotary members
served in 29 delegations
to the United Nations
Today, Rotary maintains close relationships with
many UN agencies. RI’s representatives to the UN
host an annual Rotary UN Day to celebrate this
partnership for peace.
2002 -Rotary Peace Centers
• FULL FUNDING (tuition, room & board, transportation)
• 50+ MASTERS DEGREES each year offered in
peace studies, conflict resolution, international relations,
• 50 – 3 Month Certificates each year in same fields
of study every year
• APPLY through local Rotary Club (January - May)
Applications due each spring
Conflict Transformation Trends
University of Uppsala, Sweden
Global Collaboration Trends
The United Nations
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW
1. Start a Peace Committee in your Club
2. Recruit Peace Scholar Candidates
3. Find a conflict – start a conversation –
facilitate the solution.
4. Start a peace project
5. Join the Rotarian Action Group for Peace
The Rotarian Action Group For Peace is not an agency of, nor controlled by, Rotary International.
World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements