How to Evolve as a City of Peace? Here's a cavalcade of ideas!

The following information provide action steps that can be taken by community organizations to create and evolve a culture of peace in your community. The PDFs mentioned are available on the ICP website:

Four Steps in Process

1. Intention: "Letter of Intent" is signed by at least two individuals. Leader joins the Advisory Council of Leaders of Cities of Peace.
2. Proclamation: Village or City council affirms by "Proclamation or Resolution" the intention to be a City of Peace. Mayor or Councilperson listed on Mayor's Roster.
3. Association: A "Culture of Peace Working Plan" is created by a committee representing diverse stakeholders. Community can apply to become a "Peer Member" of the Association of International Cities of Peace.
4. Progress: Yearly updates on measurable progress in creating a culture of peace are documented in "Case Studies" on ICP website in order to inform and inspire other cities.


Chart in PDF

Step-by-Step Planning: The Community Indicators Handbook, Measuring
Progress Toward Healthy and Sustainable Communities provides the
following step-by-step plan: (Information: 415-781-1191).

1. Form a working group—the people who design the process, wade
through the technical details, do the research and promote the final
2. Clarify your purpose—public education, policy background,
performance evaluation
3. Identify your community's shared values and vision
4. Review existing models, indicators and data
5. Draft a set of proposed indicators
6. Convene a participatory selection process
7. Perform a technical review
8. Research the data
9. Publish and promote the report

Options for Taking Action in Communities

• Implement the "Becoming a City of Peace" initiative programming
-- Download "Becoming" pdf
• Implement the "Charter for Compassion" (
• Join the SirteSix community networking site to create dialogue (tbd)
• Document an online "Legacy of Peace" for your community's peace history
• Implement "Building Blocks of Peace" programming
• Utilize a peace index (see below) to create a unique "Culture of Peace Working
Plan" with target goals

Types of Community Progress Indicators:

Baseline after Measurement to watch progress
Target Goals to establish standards
Trends Over Time to measure progress over periods of time
Comparison to Government Data on a regional or global progress
Benchmarking in comparison to other communities

Community Progress Indexes:

-- UNESCO Culture of Peace (
-- U.N. Millennial Goals (
-- Healthy People 2000 (
-- Gross Happiness Index
-- Economist Intelligence Quality-of-Life index
-- Mercer's Quality of Living Report
-- Global Peace Index (
-- The Civic Index
-- Minnesota Milestones
-- Sustainable Seattle (
-- Sierra Nevada Wealth Index
-- Silicon Valley Joint Ventures
-- Toronto's First State of the City Report
-- U.N. Human Development Index (
-- Gross National Happiness Survey (
-- India Human Development Survey (
Additional Resources: (
-- U.S. Institute of Peace (
-- Nobel Peace Prize (
-- The Before Project (
-- 3D Security: Development, Diplomacy, Defense
-- Search for Common Ground (
-- Peace X Peace: Raising Women's Voices

UNESCO CULTURE OF PEACE INITIATIVE (A suggested guideline for International Cities of Peace)

1. Foster a culture of peace through education
By revising the educational curricula to promote qualitative values, attitudes and behaviors of a culture of peace, including peaceful conflictresolution, dialogue, consensus-building and active non-violence...
2. Promote sustainable economic and social development
By reducing economic and social inequalities, by eradicating poverty and by assuring sustainable food security, social justice, durable solutions to debt problems, empowerment of women, special measures for groups with special needs, environmental sustainability...
3. Promote respect for all human rights
Human rights and a culture of peace are complementary: whenever war and violence dominate, there is no possibility to ensure human rights; at the same time, without human rights, in all their dimensions, there can be no culture of peace...
4. Ensure equality between women and men
Through full participation of women in economic, social and political decision-making, elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against women, support and assistance to women in need...
5. Foster democratic participation
Indispensable foundations for the achievement and maintenance of peace and security are democratic principles, practices and participation in all sectors of society, a transparent and accountable governance and administration, the combat against terrorism, organized crime, corruption, illicit drugs and money laundering...
6. Understanding, tolerance and solidarity
To abolish war and violent conflicts we need to transcend and overcome enemy images with understanding, tolerance and solidarity among all peoples and cultures. Learning from our differences, through dialogue and the exchange of information, is an enriching process
7 Support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge
Freedom of information and communication and the sharing of information and knowledge are indispensable for a culture of peace. However, measures need to be taken to address the issue of violence in the media, including new information and communication technologies…
8. Promote international peace and security
The gains in human security and disarmament in recent years, including nuclear weapons treaties and the treaty banning land mines, should encourage us to increase our efforts in negotiation of peaceful settlements, elimination of production and traffic of arms and weapons, humanitarian solutions in conflict situations, post-conflict initiative...


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