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Long walk of peace: towards a culture of prevention

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Building peace is a continuous process. For more than 70 years, the pursuit of peace has been at the core of the mandate of the United Nations system and a major driving force behind all actions undertaken by its different entities. This work requires constant attention and effort, taking into account specific contexts and adapting swiftly to changing realities on the ground. Constructing “the defences of peace” in the minds of men and women needs constant investment.Oftentimes, ensuring lasting peace appears to be an elusive goal. Decades after the nations of the world came together to form the United Nations system with a determination to build peace and security for all, conflicts continue to rage claiming countless lives, displacing millions of people, and threatening to destroy our common heritage. This is the long walk of peace. Through a wide variety of concrete examples, this book seeks to demonstrate how the UN has pursued – and continues to pursue – the goal of preventing conflict in many different settings across the world, often with several partners. It places the evolving concept of peace in a historical perspective and highlights a number of pressing issues that will need to be addressed in order to shape a world where all can enjoy peace.UNESCO embarked upon this research project in 2015, together with the Abat Oliba CEU University in Barcelona and thirty-two dedicated sister agencies. Developed within the context of the UN International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), this book testifies to the growing recognition that peace and dialogue are fundamentally inter-dependent.It is my profound hope and conviction that “Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention” can inspire all of those who know that the walk may be long, but walking it together is vital for building stable, thriving societies. Building peace is a continuous process. For more than 70 years, the pursuit of peace has been at the core of the mandate of the United Nations system and a major driving force behind all actions undertaken by its different entities. This work requires constant attention and effort, taking into account specific contexts and adapting swiftly to changing realities on the ground. Constructing “the defences of peace”Building peace is a continuous process. For more than 70 years, the pursuit of peace has been at the core of the mandate of the United Nations system and a major driving force behind all actions undertaken by its different entities. This work requires constant attention and effort, taking into account specific contexts and adapting swiftly to changing realities on the ground. Constructing “the defences of peace” in the minds of men and women needs constant investment. Oftentimes, ensuring lasting peace appears to be an elusive goal. Decades after the nations of the world came together to form the United Nations system with a determination to build peace and security for all, conflicts continue to rage claiming countless lives, displacing millions of people, and threatening to destroy our common heritage.

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This is the long walk of peace. Through a wide variety of concrete examples, this book seeks to demonstrate how the UN has pursued – and continues to pursue – the goal of preventing conflict in many different settings across the world, often with several partners. It places the evolving concept of peace in a historicalperspective and highlights a number of pressing issues that will need to be addressed in order to shape a world where all can enjoy peace. UNESCO embarked upon this research project in 2015, together with the Abat Oliba CEU University in Barcelona and thirty-two dedicated sister agencies. Developed within the context of the UN International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), this book testifies to the growing recognition that peace and dialogue are fundamentally inter-dependent. It is my profound hope and conviction that “Long Walk of Peace: Towards a Culture of Prevention” can inspire all of those who know that the walk may be long, but walking it together is vital for building stable, thriving societies.