Moving towards a culture of peace will require the development of a new mindset towards conflict and violence.
A culture of peace has been defined as ‘a set of values, attitudes, modes of behaviour and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations’ (UN Resolution A/RES/53/243, Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace).
Few could deny that the levels of violence throughout Africa are unacceptably high and that the development of a culture of peace is desperately needed!The science of Peace building has significantly expanded over the past 30 years, creating previously unavailable tools for dismantling violence.
The South African Peace Alliance seeks to engage government towards the implemention of a Department of Peace, which shall act as the platform to support the following examples of Peace Building Initiatives:
- Peace Education
- Youth Peace Corps
- Sports Unity Peace Programs
- Arts and Culture Peace Movement
- Restorative Justice
- Comprehensive Correctional Services Inmates Rehabilitation Programmes
- Civilian Peaceforce
- Peace Economics
- Nuclear and General Disarmament
- Enhance International Peace Relations
We support grass roots volunteer networks through Community Peace Forums throughout South Africa. The Department of Peace and Peace building infrastructures aims to establish and enhance the connection of all segments of our society as well as both national and international political affiliations.
We believe that this initiative clearly demonstrates the action which we are all calling for in South Africa. Through the focusing on principles of organisational change we aim to implement a fully democratic, peaceful and tolerant co-existence in all sectors of South African society.
Peace is not a utopian ideal. It is an issue critical to our national and human security. Either we continue reactively addressing ever-increasing levels of violence and the consequent human and economic costs, or we take a fresh approach. This is not about the politics of left or right; it is about what is practical and effective. We must create the possibility for applied Peace building to identify and resolve conflict before it erupts into violence.
Draft Bill Procedure
To see how the Peace Bill becomes a law in our government go to this link