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Cities Of Peace

(In Collaboration with International Cities of Peace)

What do people around the world really desire?

• Safety • Prosperity • Quality of Life

Power of Peace

If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.

~Lao-Tse, b. 604 BCE

City of Peace?

Cities of peace is a Progress initiative at national level dedicated towards achieving peace and rejecting violence and defining ourselves as the people of peace. The ‘Progress’ Cities of Peace initiative is creating a network of communities that, by history, resolution, or proclamation, are doing just this -- self-defining themselves as official Cities of Peace .This can't be done in a polarized environment where the people are split into aggressors and victims. This redefinition will require building a consensus network of business, government and community leaders who value safety, prosperity, and quality of life.

Our Vision

To foster peace as a consensus value in Cities of Peace around Pakistan & the World.

Our Mission

To network, encourage, document, and provide resources and information for leaders and organizations working to make peace a consensus value through the National and the Global movement for peace.

Our Goals

  • Network individual’s towns, and Cities of Peace, Nationally and Globally.
  • Provide an independent, unaligned resource for Cities of Peace.
  • Act as a non-polarizing source of information on National & Worldwide Peace issues.
  • Encourage, honor, and connect peace adherents and organizations.
  • Document the history, scholarship, and formation of Cities of Peace.
  • Expand the concept of the National and Global Dream of Peace.
  • Offer a future option for forming an association of Cities of Peace.

Building A Culture Of Peace

Through Peace organizations, citizens across the world are beginning to focus on building a long-term culture of peace. Peace building entails fostering understanding and establishing new structures of cooperation. Whether it’s government programs or the private sector, whether it’s a single act of kindness, a school program to reduce bullying, or a sustainable agricultural system, citizens are realizing the economic and lifestyle benefits of a culture of peace.

"We need to build not only geographical but spiritual bridges between people and strengthen the intellectual, cultural and communication linkages between our societies. (Let us) stand ready to participate in the effort to promote social integration and create a harmonious and peaceful societies."

Peace The Spirit Of Our Times

Join the celebration! Get involved in the Peaceful transformation. Let the world know -- and more importantly, our children – that our communities can become true Cities of Peace.

Get involved today!

“ MAKE ”

Your Community Town or City,
A City of Peace

Peace, in our view, is not just a hope.
It's a right.

Benefits of City of Peace Initiative

  • Information: resources and links to "how to" materials
  • Affirmation: membership in a association
  • Connections: alliances with important organizations
  • Legitimacy: a higher profile in the worldwide community
  • Education: access to exhibits and teaching tools
  • Funding Options: links and connections to funders
  • Online Learning: video and hard-copy documents
  • Online Presence: free website page for your community
  • Blog Presence: your initiative featured in the blogosphere
  • Public Relations: free news releases
  • Community: receive and be featured in newsletters
  • Database: access to the ICP database for connections

Criteria A City of Peace

According to the only scholarly paper to date on Cities of Peace, "Idee und Geschichte der neuzeitlichen Friedensstadt," written by scholar Peter van den Dungen, the following are major categories for consideration. Cities of Peace are now being established by resolution or proclamation, or even through a community action campaign, this document shows that the City of Peace movement has deep roots. Published only in German, the following is a rough translation of Peter's typology.

  • Cities where a particular war has been successfully concluded (through a peace treaty). Such cities may or may not officially declare themselves, then or later, a City of Peace. It may be the city itself, or its inhabitants, who initiate this process. Examples: Swat, Waziristan , Lahore, Sialkot , Chanwaida , Kashmir.
  • Cities which are the seats of international institutions which are significant for the maintenance of world peace. The city authorities in The Hague have declared their city a City of Peace, justice etc., but in Geneva (so far) such a denomination has been bestowed by citizens groups (only).
  • Cities where important peace prizes are awarded/places where peace is being celebrated and honored. Oslo is really the main city in this category, with a long and famous tradition because of the Nobel peace prize. Examples: Oslo.
  • Cities which, having been destroyed in war, have used this tragedy to dedicate themselves to work for peace, with the focus being on either: warning against nuclear weapons, reconciliation, tolerance and multicultural living this is the largest category of peace cities. Examples: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Osaka, Coventry, Gernika-Lumo, Ypern, Antwerpen.
  • Cities which have rediscovered and now are reconnecting with historical impulses from the past, especially the remembrance of a prominent historical figure born in (or associated with) the city, and who was a great peace advocate. This is to do with the nature, and construction, of historical memory. Traditionally, war heroes are remembered, but slowly the notion of peace heroes is making headway, and cities are rediscovering their peace history and tradition. Examples: Sialkot.
  • Cities where important peace institutions once existed, or which once hosted important peace conferences, and which are rediscovering their peace past, and now want to remember this and build on it (similar to 5). Example: Lahore
  • Cities where important peace research or peace training institutions have been created (and which have not been significantly affected by wars or conflict). Examples: Islamabad.
  • Cities which have joined one or more important international peace organizations, and which are playing a significant role in them (these cities have not been significantly affected by wars or conflict). Example: Islamabad.
  • Cities of practical peacemaking, in ethnically diverse and polarised environments. Examples: Karachi.
  • Cities which have given their name to important peace documents of one kind or another, but which up to now have not (yet) taken any initiative to build on this and become self-consciously a peace city (even though their name is associated with peace). Examples: Lahore.

Community Peace Ideas

Here are some ideas of implementing peace in our communities.

  • Gardens
  • Musical events
  • Peace Camp
  • Educational programs
  • International Day of Peace, Sept. 21
  • Peace museum
  • Lectures
  • Dialogues on Community
  • Mediation Center
  • Labyrinth
  • Peace Tree Day, June 1
  • Interfaith programs
  • Peace trails
  • Peace art gallery
  • Workshops
  • Speakers’ bureau
  • Peace Economy Roundtab

Peace One Day

peace-day

The Progress Peace Cities initiative supports the worldwide celebration of U.N. sponsored “Peace One Day” on September 21 each year. Plan a community event to coalesce support for an area City of Peace movement and to foster a culture of peace.

UNESCO Culture Of Peace Initiative

(A suggested guideline for Cities of Peace)

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For further information please contact

Progress Secretariat

Plot No. 73/E-1, 9th Jami Commercial St,
Phase 7, D.H.A, Karachi, Pakistan.
Tel: (9221) 35802346; 35389098;
Fax: (9221) 35380931; Mob: 0300-8289400
Email: foundationforprogress@yahoo.com
Website: www.progress.org.pk