(Italian Constitution art.11. Italy renounces war...)
ministry for peace is a non political organisation working for the creation of a Ministry for Peace within the Italian Government, whose purpose will be to implement, in all areas of government and society, the programme of action outlined in the 1999 UN Declaration on a Culture of Peace. This aims to create values, attitudes and behaviours that address the root causes of violence, with a view to solving problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations.
The 1999 Declaration was passed unanimously by the UN General Assembly. The Ministry for Peace would work in the eight action areas proposed by the Declaration:
|Fostering a culture of peace through education||by promoting education for all, revising curricula to promote the qualitative values, attitudes and behaviour inherent in a culture of peace; training for conflict prevention and resolution, dialogue, consensus-building and active non-violence.|
|Promoting sustainable economic and social development||by targeting the eradication of poverty; focusing on the special needs of children and women; working towards environmental sustainability; fostering national and international co-operation to reduce economic and social inequalities.|
|Promoting respect for all human rights||by distributing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at all levels and fully implementing international instruments on human rights.|
|Ensuring equality between women and men||by integrating a gender perspective and promoting equality in economic, social and political decision-making; eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against women; supporting and aiding women in crisis situations resulting from war and all other forms of violence.|
|Fostering democratic participation||by educating responsible citizens; reinforcing actions to promote democratic principles and practices; establishing and strengthening national institutions and processes that promote and sustain democracy.|
|Advancing understanding, tolerance and solidarity||by promoting a dialogue among civilizations; actions in favour of vulnerable groups, migrants, refugees and displaced persons, indigenous people and traditional groups; respect for difference and cultural diversity.|
|Supporting participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge||by means of such actions as support for independent media in the promotion of a culture of peace; effective use of media and mass communications; measures to address the issue of violence in the media; knowledge and information sharing through new technologies.|
|Promoting international peace and security||through action such as the promotion of general and complete disarmament; greater involvement of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts and in promoting a culture of peace in post-conflict situations; initiatives in conflict situations; encouraging confidence-building measures and efforts for negotiating peaceful settlements.|
In carrying out its work ministry for peace will be open, democratic, co-operative and creative, with the emphasis on dialogue and a non-confrontational approach. The intent is that the means will reflect the ends.