Garland of Peace

Become a part of the Garland of Peace chain.Help build a network of peace.

“Declare War Ruins as Peace Heritage Sites”

Peace of Wall

Prashant Sharma

India

Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.(Confucius) A truly noble idea which will serve as a reminder of the human cost of war.


Colin Archer

Switzerland

January 21st 2011

Dear Sandeep,

Many thanks for sharing all this material with us. This is a powerful idea -- I wish we had heard about it earlier !

Your aim is a lofty one and the project has great potential. But there is no doubt that public opinion is divided about war ruins: many people want to just rebuild and move on, while the more thoughtful ones know that we need reminders of the errors of the past in order to help build a peaceful future. If you can find ways to create culture-of-peace activities in these different places, and link them together, that will indeed be a marvellous contribution.

Some key cities involved in memory and reconciliation work are (in addition to the ones on your site):

Gernika, Spain
Coventry, UK
Dresden, Germany
Halabja, Iraq
Nagasaki, Japan
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I look forward to hearing how you plan to move your project forward.

With kind regards

Colin Archer, Secretary-General
International Peace Bureau
41 rue de Zurich, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland.
Tel: +41-22-731-6429, Fax: 738-9419
secgen@ipb.org
http://www.ipb.org

The International Peace Bureau is dedicated to the vision of a World Without War. We are a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910), and over the years 13 of our officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. Our 320 member organisations in 70 countries, and individual members, form a global network which brings together expertise and campaigning experience in a common cause. IPB has United Nations Consultative Status since 1977 and is the Secretariat for the NGO Committee for Disarmament (Geneva). Our main programme centres on Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development. We welcome your participation.


Edward Mortimer

Austria

February 14th 2009

Thank you too for the information about the splendid peace heritage idea. As I said, I think an excellent symbol for this would be the restored triumphal arch in Munich with it" beautifully laconic inscription:

AM SIEG VERWEIHT (TO VICTORY DEDICATED)
VOM KRIEG ZERSTOERT (BY WAR DESTROYED)
ZUM FRIEDEN MAHNEND (FOR PEACE A WARNING).

Edward Mortimer
Senior Vice-President & Chief Programme Officer
Salzburg Global Seminar
Box 129, 5010 Salzburg, Austria
Tel. +43 662 83983-0
Fax +43 662 83983-7
Mobile +43 6768 4205 5304
email: emortimer@salzburgglobal.org


Peter Piot

United States of America

November 12th 2008

Thanks, Sandeep,

Nice meeting you and very creative proposal.

Peter Piot
Under Secretary-General,
United Nations
New York, USA


Prof. Louis Kreisberg

United States of America

April 22nd 2008

Dear Sandeep,

Here are some comments about your exciting idea of the Garland of Peace.

Your presentation of the concept is quite moving. There is something there worth discussing and building upon. As you recognize, there is the concern that in many cases these sites are still matters of contention and willful inattention. Often atrocities are hidden and denied by some governments and communities. Yet, overcoming that can be a step toward a greater degree of reconciliation and improved relations. This requires creative work by the peoples concerned, usefully with some external facilitation and consultation.

Sites that are well recognized, often express a narrow focus. What is needed to turn a war site into a peace site?

These issues should be discussed. Perhaps seeking a connection with UNESCO and its peace culture project might be one line of effort. The undertaking may allow, but not require, governments to volunteer to work with a commission about how to establish sites that are made suitable to be a part of a Garland of Peace.

Government sponsorship for any kind of UN undertaking is probably necessary.

Lou

(Prof. Emeritus Louis Kreisberg, The Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York, USA)


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