THE CULTURE OF PEACE DIALOGUES
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having an enemy

understanding,
tolerance, solidarity

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"There has never been a war without an 'enemy', and to abolish war, we must transcend and supersede enemy images with understanding, tolerance and solidarity among all peoples and cultures." With these words, UNESCO introduced the sixth programme area of the culture of peace in document A/53/370 sent to the United Nations General Assembly in 1998.

Among the specific recommendations in this regard adopted by the General Assembly in the final resolution on the culture of peace (resolution A/53/243) were support for:

(a) the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and the Follow-up Plan of Action for the United Nations Year for Tolerance (1995);

(b) the United Nations Year of Dialogue among Civilizations in the year 2001;

Over the years since 1998, the United Nations has continued to support many initiatives for international understanding, tolerance and solidarity across religious and cultural lines. The most recent is the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations initiative....

In working for a culture of peace, it is good to keep in mind the analysis developed by Mahatma Gandhi during his leadership of the struggle for the national liberation of India. To Gandhi, there must be no enemy - only an adversary or opponent who has not yet been convinced of the truth: "In the application of Satyagraha, I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one's opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and sympathy."

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