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A/RES/51/101


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

3 March 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 110 (b)


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

            [on the report of the Third Committee (A/51/619/Add.2)]


            51/101.     Culture of peace


      The General Assembly,

      Recalling the preamble to the Charter of the United Nations and
the purposes and principles of the United Nations,

      Recalling also its resolution 50/173 of 22 December 1995 entitled
"United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education:  towards a culture
of peace", in which it expressed satisfaction with the
transdisciplinary project adopted by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization entitled "Towards a culture of
peace", in particular unit 1, entitled "Education for peace, human
rights, democracy, international understanding and tolerance",

      Considering that the Plan of Action for the United Nations Decade
for Human Rights Education, 1995-2004, 1/ will make a fundamental
contribution to understanding and peace and is consistent with the
transdisciplinary project entitled "Towards a culture of peace",

      Taking note of the World Plan of Action on Education for Human
Rights and Democracy,  2/ adopted by the International Congress on
Education for Human Rights and Democracy convened by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at Montreal
from 8 to 11 March 1993, the Plan of Action for the United Nations
Decade for Human Rights Education, 1995-2004, and all relevant
provisions included in the declarations and programmes of action
adopted in the series of international conferences held under the
auspices of the United Nations,

      Emphasizing the need for a practical approach that can lead,
through sustainable human development and the promotion of tolerance,
dialogue and solidarity, to cooperation and the prevention of violence
and thus to the consolidation of peace,

      Considering the important results of the two international forums
for a culture of peace hosted by El Salvador in February 1994 and the
Philippines in November 1995,

      Considering also the practical lessons learned from the national
culture of peace programmes of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization in Burundi, the Congo,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Mozambique, the Philippines, Rwanda and
Somalia, whereby projects in the fields of competence of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in
particular in education, have been planned and are being implemented
through a process involving all parties concerned;

      1.    Welcomes the report of the Director-General of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on the
transdisciplinary project entitled "Towards a culture of peace"; 3/

      2.    Expresses deep concern about the proliferation of violence
and conflicts of a diverse nature in various parts of the world;

      3.    Calls for the promotion of a culture of peace based on the
principles established in the Charter of the United Nations, respect
for human rights, democracy, tolerance, dialogue, cultural diversity
and reconciliation, and efforts to promote development, education for
peace, the free flow of information and the wider participation of
women, as an integral approach to prevent violence and conflicts and
to contribute to the creation of conditions for peace and its
consolidation;

      4.    Welcomes with satisfaction the memorandum of understanding
between the Director-General of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization and the United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights, signed in Paris on 19 October 1995;

      5.    Welcomes the establishment of the Fe'lix Houphoue"t-Boigny
Prize on the Research for Peace by the General Conference of the
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at
its twenty-fifth session, the biennial prize awarded by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for the
teaching of human rights and the annual prize for peace education;

      6.    Requests the Secretary-General, in coordination with the
Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization, to report to the General Assembly at its fifty-
second session on the implementation of the present resolution and on
the progress of educational activities within the framework of the
transdisciplinary project entitled "Towards a culture of peace",
including the preparation of elements for a draft provisional
declaration and programme of action on a culture of peace;

      7.    Decides to continue its consideration of the question of a
culture of peace at its fifty-second session.


                                                          82nd plenary meeting
                                                              12 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    A/49/261/Add.1-E/1994/110/Add.1, annex.

2/    See A/CONF.157/PC/42/Add.6.

3/    A/51/395, annex.

 

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