Draft Peace Declaration
The peace declaration may undergo change based on feedback expected in two weeks time.

INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING AND PEACE SYMPOSIUM, IUPS

Dt: 18th& 19th Feb 2017, PUNE - INDIA

www.rotarypeace.in

PUNE PEACE DECLARATION
(Based on  presentation at Valedictory Session. )

We the participants of “International Understanding and Peace Symposium, IUPS”presented by RI Dist 3131 in collaboration with World Peace Centre MIT, Pune and Development Education (International) Society, DEIS – Pune, hosted by Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagarfrom February 18 to 19, 2017 have committed to promote peace. During the two days of symposium, we listened to the sharing on various spheres of peace by different eminent speakers both National and International respectively.

As a result of listening, learning, reflecting and discussing we have decided to resolve:

1.     To appreciate that the universal cosmic consciousnessworks through our hearts and minds and permeates in micro-portions through all. Hence, we shall strive to glean the beautiful gems of thoughts on PEACE that may come from any quarter.

2.     To appreciate that the world looks upon India not only as a HARBINGER of Peace, as a MESSENGER of PEACE but as a CATALYST of ‘International Understanding and Peace’. 

3.     To design service projects with congruent goals of developmentand to support inclusive developmentin the region so that diverse people interact with peace and harmony.  

4.     To promote Positive Peace and harmonious living among all people, we shall understand and learn the concepts of peace, peace building and conflict resolution/ prevention.

5.     To be proactive in the situations of conflicts by taking initiative in bringing the conflicting parties together for dialogue and Reconciliation.

6.     To organise Inner Peace and meditation programmes for imbibing the values, spirituality and the techniques of universal brotherhood.

7.     To bringCulture of Peace, educate children and youth on peace building by forming them into peace clubs, in the educational institutions and communities, to alleviate and prevent all forms of violent conflicts.

8.     To strive to educate the teachers, children and youth about the dangers of cyber-crime.

9.     To do further research and studies on Peace Education,Peace Skills and Peace Principlesthat can be imparted to school children and youth by acceptance, appreciation and promotion ofdiversity as a concept of pluralism, non violent communications, gender equality and doing service projects.

10.  To co-operate between Rotaract and Rotary Clubs of Nepal, India and other neighbouring countries to identify development projects that can be done together, thus bringing about “International Understanding and Peace” in the region.

11.  To improve co-operation between Rotary, MIT, DEIS, National Peace Movement, Peace Channel, Indian Council of World Affairs, etc in fields of Education, Socio Economic Development, etc to engender Harmony in communities and the society. 

12.  To learn from the experience of Rotary Clubs and Districts in implementing Global Grants of The Rotary Foundation and adopt best practices.

13.  To join hands with operation SADBHAVANA of the Indian Army wherever possible to win the minds and hearts of the local population for bringing peace. This to be done through helping them improve their living conditions, education, skill development, etc.

14.  To spread information to Rotary Clubs and educational institutions about theRotary Peace Centresand the Rotary Peace Fellowship programso that deserving youth from India have an opportunity to pursue Peace and Conflict Resolution studies.

15.  To encourage Exchange of Musicand Dance as a universal messenger of peace.

16.  To promote the concept of Rotary Peace Builder Clubs so as to give greater attention to the no.1 Focus Area of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation viz“Peace and Conflict Resolution /Prevention”.

This with a realisation that ‘Peace’ cannot be imposed: It requires humility and the application of peace skills. (Reference Note below)

17.  To reach out to the alumnusRotary Peace Fellows to tap into their specialised skills for peace building in local communities.

18.  To promote Mindfulness and Compassion in business as a path to harmony at work place.

19.  To do Rotary Service Projects with families and communities of various sects, especially minorities in the neighbourhood so as to make their life meaningful, rewarding and peaceful.

20.  To continue Rotary Inter-Continental Medicare projects for World Understanding.

21.  To enhance peace across regions through Rotary,encompassing a network of peace builders and Community Leaders dedicated to preventing and resolving conflicts.

22.  To develop an 'Indian Peace Index' for the 29 states of India keeping in mind, interalia the socio-economic correlations. Institute of Economics and Peace ( IEP ), Australia and TERRE Policy centre, India along with Rotary Club  and DEIS- India  would deliberate the possibilities and make initial proposal in context of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly goal number 16 and 6 Focus areas of Rotary particularly the First Focus Area of Peace and Conflict Resolution/ Prevention. (See Note 2) 

 

We ourselves commit to implement these resolutions as a mark of our respect for our nation, region and our commitment to become the promoters, builders and makers of peace in our personal lives, families, communities, nations and International level.

Members

International Understanding and Peace Symposium, Pune, India
18, 19th  February, 2017.

As of 18th March 2017

NOTES:

1: Reference for Point no. 16:The ‘Peacebuilder Club Project’shall promote peace in Rotary through an agreement between the districtand clubs to work together to build trusting relationships and transform conflict through the following approach :

* Purpose and meaning is achieved by educating members about the history of peace in Rotary. Efforts shall be taken to form potential partnerships with the graduates of the Rotary Peace Fellowship program indesigning and implementing peace projects.

* Peace education programs are a requirement to enable members to identify and practice peaceskills which empower them to advance peace for themselves and others.

 

2. Reference for Point no. 22: UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG can be seen:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org
The Sustainable Development Goal number 16 reads: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Rotary’s 6 Focus Areas can be seen at: www.rotary.org
The first focus area is of promoting peace: Rotary encourages conversations to foster understandings within and across cultures. Rotary trains adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Through Rotary’s Service Projects, Peace Fellowships, and Scholarships, Rotarians are taking actions to address the underlying causes of conflict including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education and unequal distribution of resources.
Peace is also a part of the Object of Rotary more specifically the fourth objective which reads: The advancement of International Understanding, Goodwill and Peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.