Cochabamba, Cercado Province, Bolivia: International City of Peace
We welcome Ana Paola Gonzalez Costas and her colleagues who have established Cochabamba, Cercada Province, Bolivia as an International City of Peace.
The City of Peace initiative was mentored by Inés Palomeque of Mil Milenios de Paz through the ICPamerica continental program.
PROVISIONS FOR PEACE
The Government of the Department of Tarija, aware that a culture of peace must be cultivated and encouraged, considers carrying out various civil and military activities that motivate the population to peaceful coexistence.
Among other activities, it is intended:
1. Issue a Resolution of the Government so that every September 21 of each year, celebrating the “World Day of Peace” the flag of peace can be raised in squares and educational establishments, together with the flag of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and the Flag of the Department of Tarija.
2. Through the Directorate of Culture and Heritage of the Government of the Department, various activities that motivate peace are carried out during the year. Among them, painting contests, stories, poetry, music, theater, declamation and muralism. These activities will be carried out with educational units as well as with regional writers and artists.
3. Incorporate the culture of peace into the official discourse.
4. Maintain the Flag of Peace in the consensus of the official flags.
Cristo de la Concordia (Christ of Peace) is a statue of Jesus Christ located atop San Pedro Hill, to the east of Cochabamba, Bolivia. It is accessible by cable car, or by climbing 2,000 steps. The statue is 34.20 metres (112.2 ft) tall, on a pedestal of 6.24 metres (20.5 ft), for a total height of 40.44 metres (132.7 ft).
LETTER OF INTENT
ABOUT THE LIAISON
Ana Paola Gonzalez Cosas is European but now lives in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She is a write, poet and doctor as well as a columnist for the Cochabamba newspapers at the national level. Ana has worked at the Embassy for twenty years and has six children. Every year, Ana gives and offers certificates for speaking classes, etiquette, protocol to young people who have little economic resources.
PHOTO: Ana is first on the left in the back row behind the flag.
“Everything I have taught for twenty years, I do with lots of love! And sowing peace where I walk!”
ABOUT COCHABAMBA (from Wikipedia)
Cochabamba (Aymara: Quchapampa; Quechua: Quchapampa) is a city and municipality in central Bolivia in a valley in the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cochabamba Department and the fourth largest city in Bolivia, with a population of 630,587 according to the 2012 Bolivian census. Its name is from a compound of the Quechua words qucha “lake” and pampa, “open plain.” Residents of the city and the surrounding areas are commonly referred to as cochalas or, more formally, cochabambinos.
It is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” or “The Garden City” because of its spring-like temperatures all year round. It is also known as “La Llajta,” which means “town” in Quechua. It is the largest urban center between the higher capital of La Paz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra in the tropical plains of the east. It sits south-west of the Tunari mountains, and north of the foothills of the Valle Alto. In ancient times, the area featured numerous lakes, which gave the city its name. Many of these lakes have since disappeared to urban development, but Coña Coña and Alalay lakes are extant examples. It has been a populated settlement since the Pre-Inca period, and is today an important cultural, educational, political, and commercial center.
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