First City of Peace in Iran!
Amidst last week’s air strikes and the geopolitical turmoil that always seems to reign in the Middle East, an IRANIAN VETERANS FOR PEACE group has stepped forward to establish the capital of Iran as an International City of Peace! A watershed moment.
Veterans of the 1990s Iran-Iraq War where chemical weapons were used, where thousands saw how war simply and completely destroys lives… yes, the soldiers are those who want peace to reign. Think of that… consider the implications of the largest peace NGO in Iran, Khaneh Sarbaz Solh Iran (The House of Iran’s Peace Corps) now defies the pessimism and skepticism that plagues current diplomacy on all sides. They envision Cities of Peace in every Province in their country but TODAY is the beginning with Tehran as the first City of Peace in Iran and the 311th in our global association.
This growing team inside Iran has entered into a discussion with International Cities of Peace to create peace education platforms and Action Plans for increasing the safety, prosperity, and quality of life in all Iranian Cities and Provinces and beyond.
Our association of Cities of Peace welcomes the House of Iran’s Peace Corp. WE are WITH the peacemakers in ALL countries and will endeavor to support their determined and vigilant peacemaking. Hopeful. Astounding. Evolutionary. We will watch closely as they put the sense of duty that took them to war toward the struggle for peace.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2021
ON MARCH 2, 2021, THE LARGEST NGO IN IRAN DEDICATED TO PEACE SUCCESSFULY ESTABLISHED THEIR COUNTRY’S CAPITAL CITY, TEHRAN IN TEHRAN PROVINCE, AS THE 311TH INTERNATIONAL CITY OF PEACE.
A citywide effort initiated by an organization founded by veterans of the Iran-Iraq War in the 1990’s, Tehran joins a global network of over 300 Cities of Peace in 65 countries.
Khaneh Sarbaz Solh Iran, “The House of Iran’s Peace Corps”, was formed with the mindset of an NGO that has a deep insight into peace and friendship, and at the same time puts the use of the ancient experiences of wartime soldiers at the forefront of its work. According to founder and CEO Colonel Ghasem Rahimi, the Iranian organization, “strives to develop and spread peace to Further development of this border and environment has helped to create a wide horizon beyond peaceful thinking.”
“Our history and our glorious literature,” writes Liaison Ali Akhaghi, the CCO of Sarbaz Solh, “are full of stories about peaceful characteristics of the Iranian nation but we are sad to say that none of them are highlighted in international arena.”
The association of International Cities of Peace defines peace as the global consensus values of safety, prosperity, and quality of life for all citizens in a community. The association has Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and has member Cities on all six continents.
“Like many cities and towns around the world,” commented J. Frederick Arment, Executive Director of International Cities of Peace, “Tehran has experienced historical hardship and trauma, yet these veterans of the devastating Iran-Iraq War are committed to a culture of healing and progress.”
The news came amidst last week’s air strikes, rekindled negotiations over the nuclear treaty, and deepening geopolitical turmoil that always seems to reign in the Middle East.
“Our NGO, Sarbaz Solh,” is the main and the leading peace-oriented NGO in Iran that has managed to extend all activities to all provinces in the country. What is good about this style is that for every local office in provinces, we have assigned a native manager who is completely familiar with the culture, nature and the needs of that territory. We just design the roadmap and action plan and they then try to perform the jobs based on the taste of their local culture.”
The peacebuilding team inside Iran has entered into a discussion with International Cities of Peace to create peace education platforms and Action Plans for increasing the safety, prosperity, and quality of life in all Iranian Cities and Provinces as well as in regions beyond.
For more information and contact information for the Iranian organization Sarbaz Solh, go to:
The City of Peace ideal is thousands of years old and the legacy of peace in Tehran, a city of great history and archeological treasures, is also thousands of years old.
International Cities of Peace is a global association of self-established Cities of Peace with over 300 member cities in 65 countries. In 2017, International Cities of Peace achieved Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC and works in all parts of the world. With City of Peace initiatives on all six continents, the ICP association offers flexibility for membership in terms of diverse cultures, languages, political systems, spiritual beliefs, and other deeply held aspects of global humanity.
Each City of Peace is a separate organization, self-defined by community members with an ICP designated Liaison who provides two-way communication between the Association and the community. Most Cities of Peace have accomplished a collaborative working relationship between grassroots organizations and the local government, many of which include an official proclamation.
For more information on International Cities of Peace, contact the Executive Director, Mr. J. Frederick Arment at:
Interviews and photos by the Liaisons for Tehran: International City of Peace are available upon request.