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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:10 pm    Post subject: Wales for Peace - Cymru Dros Heddwch Reply with quote

There is a proposal for a new peace project being circulated in an email, with a meeting proposed for 2pm 4th July 2009 in The Morlan, Morfa Mawr, Aberystwyth - see http://www.walesforpeace.org.uk/index.html

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Next Meeting

4th July, 2-5pm. The Morlan

The next meeting will consider the draft proposal and charter documents and develop a way forward.

It will be held in The Morlan, Morfa Mawr, Aberystwyth SY23 2HH

Interested parties are welcome to attend.

Contact info@walesforpeace.org.uk

Consultation

The draft proposal and charter documents mentioned throughout this newsletter are open for initial consultation and develop a way forward.

If you would like to make any comments about the proposals, please read the documents and contact: info@walesforpeace.org.uk

New Website

A website to chart the progress of the Peace Institute is now online: www.walesforpeace.org.uk.

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A new peace organisation for Wales?

Following a visit to the Flemish Peace Institute (pictured) and a number of informal discussions, momentum has developed during 2009 for the establishment of somekind of organisation that would firmly embed the principles of peaceful development in Welsh life.

A first working group meeting was hosted on March 14th by Cynefin y Werin, the all-Wales peace and justice network. The meeting was attended by a range of different people, including academics, politicians, international development workers, religious groups and peace campaigners.

A Welsh Peace Institute/Academy -
the proposal

Precedents

Peace Institutes flourish in many countries – several have existed for decades. They range from quasi-government institutions to wholly independent academies.

Common features

Most of the Peace Institutes conduct research into peace and various related topics. Depending on the ratio of academic to commissioned research, these may deal with anything from conflict resolution through to arms conversion – plus a great many diversions along the way.

Wales

Although our culture and history suggests that an Institute or Academy would have a niche here, currently we do not have an equivalent in Wales. Although “peace and conflict resolution” (unlike “sustainability”) is not a listed statutory objective of the National Assembly, the concept has universal support and is presumed by many to be already one of the many existing yet unstated objectives of our National Assembly.

A draft proposal has now been developed and is open for consultation.

A Draft Charter

Discussions are taking place about a possible Charter to be incorporated within the Articles of Association of a Peace Institute. One element of the Charter might be as follows:

"The Institute is a project with its roots in Welsh civil society;

The Institute fosters a national heritage of non-violence and peace;

The participation of civil society is integral to the Institute;

Consensual democracy is foundational to all structures and practices in the Institute."
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