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101 peace ideas for a nuclear free future

May these ideas of peace enter your being and resonate within you, so that you are awaken to action.

May the truth of these peace ideas awaken your logic, wisdom and compassion.

May it be the catalyst for action for achieving a peaceful and nuclear-free future for all of us.

1) To work for abandoning nuclear weapons programs and military spending and to make a contribution to the world by teaching the importance of caring, sharing and living in harmony, and bring forth the inherent dignity of the individual.

2) All spiritual teachings and religions of the world call for universal and eternal truths of love, peace, kindness and brotherhood of man. They call to promote self control, sacrifice, harmony, non-violence and understanding. If we follow them there’s no need to make bombs and wage wars. If we follow their teachings we can create a heaven on earth.

3) For holistic disarmament, we need tolerance, sympathy, broadmindedness, humility and willingness to recognise the truth. To those people who do not agree with us, we ask them to understand our point of view.

4) Humanity needs hero’s, exemplary human beings, who set forth on a lonely and frightening quest. But eventually they bring something of immense value to our society. We need such hero’s to change the course of history, by bringing holistic, multilateral and universal approach to the ills of our society.

5) Working for peace and disarmament is to obey a call which is the highest of all, that is the voice of conscience even though such obedience may cost many a bitter tear and even more, separation from friends from family, from the state, which you may belong to. To all that you have held dear, as life itself. For this obedience of conscience is the law of your being.

6) No peace without justice. No justice without forgiveness and no forgiveness without compassion.

7) Among many prerequisite of a meaningful dialogue are active listening, honest conversation, accepting the other’s vision without agreeing or disagreeing, and acknowledging the other’s pain.

8) In today’s world there is a dire need of ethical and multi-faith dialogue. There are common values that human beings share, irrespective of religion, nationality or ethnicity. These values include the sanctity of life, freedom, equality, respect for human rights, international humanitarian law, commitment of cultural and religious diversity, human dignity, human development, democracy, the rule of law and equitable access to the earth’s resources and equitable distribution of power.

9) Working for the abolition of nuclear weapons has a strong moral basis. It has the truth and humanity on its side. There is no such thing as ‘overriding’ morality.

10) When we admire the wonders of a sunset or beauty, my heart sinks at the thought of it being destroyed by a mushroom cloud created by a nuclear attack

11) The service of the poor is a true service to humanity

12) Everyone will be judged by their intentions and actions A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history

13) If you believe in truth and love, you will believe in the annihilation of nuclear weapons.

14) Diverting the $950 billion military budget routinely spent could be used instead to feed, house and educate all the peoples of this world. The military spending of billion of dollars can be better spent to alleviate the poverty and suffering of the disposed and disenfranchised.

Peace represents a candle which bears light in the dark.

15) Let us all around the world unite to work for the creation of a nuclear-weapons free zone.

16) Seek justice and settle disputes in a non-violent way, through dialogue, through UN, ICC and ICJ.[1]

17) Peace education in schools is essential and through a national database, can be used as a way of networking and informing the general public. At a global level, the role of UNESCO is important to spread its message of a culture of peace to overcome violence and conflicts.

18) Peace education should be linked to the wider expression of ideas. Such ideas need to be exciting to the younger generation.

19) Peace hero’s, rather then military hero’s, should be made more visible in our cities, monuments and museums.

20)Peace Education is a set of human values and not simply a subject. It is a life time endeavour which doesn’t always bear immediate results but rather requires perseverance to bear fruits.

The completion of the Millennium Development Goals for:

21) Eradicating poverty and hunger

22) Achieving universal primary education

23) Promote gender equality

24) Reduce child mortality

25) Improve maternal health

26) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

27) Ensure environmental sustainability

28) Develop a global partnership for development.

The Hague Agenda for Peace Recommendations:

29) Educate for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy;

30) Counter the Adverse Effects of Globalization;

31) Advance the Sustainable and Equitable Use of Environmental Resources

32) Eradicate Colonialism and Neocolonialism

33) Eliminate Racial, Ethnic, Religious and Gender Intolerance

34) Promote Gender Balance

35) Protect and Respect Children and Youth

36) Promote International Democracy and Just Global Governance

37) Proclaim Active Non-Violence

38) Eliminate Communal Violence at the Local Level

39) Enlist World Religions in Transforming the Culture of Violence into a Culture of Peace and Justice

40) Encourage Close Cooperation Between the Converging Fields of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

41) Enforce Universal Jurisdiction for Universal Crimes: Building Upon the Pinochet Precedent;

42) Reform and Expand the Role of the International Court of Justice in the Context of a More Comprehensive System of Global Justice

43) Strengthen Protection of and Provide Reparation for the Victims of Armed Conflict

44) End Violence Against Women in times of Armed Conflict

45) Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

46) Help Victims to Hold Abusers Accountable Under International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law 

47) Protect Human Rights Defenders, Humanitarian Workers and Whistleblowers

48) Train Grassroots Organisations to Use National, Regional and International Mechanisms in the Enforcement of International Law

49) Promote Increased Public Knowledge, Teaching and Understanding of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law

50) Integrate Human Rights Protections into Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

51) Build Upon the Successes and Failures of Truth Commissions and Political Amnesties

52) Establish a Universal and Effective System of Habeas Corpus

53) Subject Warmaking to Democratic Controls

54) Strengthen Local Capacities

55) Strengthen the United Nations' Capacity to Maintain Peace

56) Prioritise Early Warning and Early Response

57) Promote the Training of Civilian Peace Professionals

58) Refine the Use of Sanctions

59) Strengthen Mechanisms for Humanitarian Intervention

60) Engender Peace Building

61) Empower Young People

62) Support Unrepresented Peoples' Right to Self-Determination

63) Strengthen Coalition-Building Between Civil Society Organisations

64) Strengthen Regional and Sub-Regional Capacities for Peace

65) Mainstream Multi-Track Diplomacy

66) Utilise the Media as a Proactive Tool for Peacebuilding

67) Promote the Conflict Impact of Policies

68) Implement a Global Action Plan to Prevent War

69) Demilitarize the Global Economy by Reducing Military Budgets and Shifting Resources Toward Human Security Programs

70) Prevent Proliferation and Use of Conventional Weapons, Including Light Weapons, Small Arms and Guns and Safeguard Personal Security.

71) Prevent the Development and Use of New Weapons and New Military Technologies, Including a Ban on Depleted Uranium and the Deployment of Weapons in Space

72) Encourage Universal Adherence To and Implementation Of the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention

73) Hold States and Corporations Accountable for the Impact of Military Production, Testing and Use on the Environment and Health

74) Build a Civil Society Movement for the Abolition of War.

75) We must take anon-violent thought and actions to change the world to a nuclear-free future.

76) Things we need to do is dialogue, discussion, diplomacy, and disarmament.

77) To fulfil our cause, we can take action via boycotts, strikes, civil disobedience

78) If we work together in unity, we can win the broadest sections of society to our cause. We will win hearts and minds for the global abolition of nuclear weapons.

79) Nuclear weapons violate our basic values of freedom, equality and public conscience. The manufacture, development and use is therefore immoral and illegal.

80) Sowing the seed of peace for the next generation of leaders requires educating today’s younger generation and the value of coexistence, respect and human dignity for each other

81) Universal Declaration of Human Rights preamble

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge.

82) UN Charter Preamble

WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

AND FOR THESE ENDS

to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and

to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and

to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.

83) 

Be generous with your smiles.

Be kind.

Respect the Earth.

Walk in a forest.

Plant a tree.

Contemplate on a mountain.

Protect the Earth.

Live simply.

Help feed the hungry.

Broaden your horizon.

Teach peace to children.

Be honest.

Demand honesty from your government.

Think about consequences.

Commit yourself to nonviolence.

Support nonviolent solutions to global problems.

Speak up for a healthy planet.

Demand reductions in military expenditures.

Be fair.

Pledge allegiance to the Earth and to its varied life forms.

Think for yourself.

Recognize your unique potential.

Join an organization working for peace.

Be less materialistic.

Be more loving.

Empower others to work for peace.

Oppose all weapons of mass destruction.

Support equality.

Speak out for a nuclear weapons-free world.

Support a Department of Peace.

Listen to your heart.

Help the poor.

Fight against militarism.

Study the lives of peace heroes.

Help create a community peace park or garden.

Commemorate the International Day of Peace.

Help strengthen the United Nations.

Support the International Criminal Court.

Read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Advance the rights of future generations.

Be a voice for the voiceless.

Join an action alert network.

Be forgiving.

Laugh more.

Play with a child.

Support education and the arts over weapons.

Help educate the next generation to be compassionate.

Take personal responsibility for creating a better world.

Write a poem.

Organize a church service on the theme of peace.

Learn about another culture.

Help someone.

Support the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Oppose the arms trade.

Clear your mind.

Breathe deeply.

Express your views on peace to government officials.

Fight for the environment.

Celebrate Earth Day.

Think like an astronaut, recognizing that we have only one Earth.

Be constructive.

Let someone else go first.

Plant seeds of peace.

Change a potential enemy into a friend.

Be positive.

Share.

Be a good neighbor.

Send a note of appreciation.

Tell your friends how much they matter.

Say "I love you" more.

Don't tolerate prejudice.

Demand more from your elected officials.

Walk by the ocean, a river, or a lake.

Recognize that all humans have the right to peace.

Respect the dignity of each person.

Be a leader in the struggle for human decency.

Be a friend.

Send sunflowers to world leaders, and call for a world free of nuclear weapons.

Oppose technologies that harm the environment.

Lose an argument to a loved one.

Value diversity.

Walk softly on the Earth.

Appreciate the power of the sun.

Speak out for global disarmament.

84) Global norms for disarmament are vital to the sustainable development, quality of life, and ultimately the survival of this planet. The need for such norms arises directly from the legacy of the last century of wars and preparations for wars. The costs of such conflicts have been extraordinary and have included the loss of untold millions of innocent civilians. Weapons of mass destruction, along with excess stocks and illicit transfers of conventional arms, jeopardize international peace and security and other goals of the Charter.

85) The potential effects from the use of weapons of mass destruction - especially nuclear weapons - demand their elimination. The very possession of such weapons necessarily entails risks of use. We shall work therefore to assist the UN, its Member States, and civil society in efforts to eliminate such arms.

86) Disarmament alone will not produce world peace. Yet we also maintain that the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, illicit arms trafficking, and burgeoning weapons stockpiles would advance both peace and development goals. It would accomplish this by reducing the effects of wars, eliminating some key incentives to new conflicts, and liberating resources to improve the lives of all the peoples of the United Nations and the natural environment in which they live.

87) Disarmament will advance the self-interests, common security, and ideals of everybody without discrimination. Yet despite these benefits, disarmament still faces difficult political and technical challenges that can only be surmounted by deliberate human action, strong institutional support, and understanding among the general public. We call this combined effort sustainable disarmament -- our fundamental goal.

88) The global dangers posed by weapons cannot be eliminated by the actions of any one country. We are convinced that the UN is the place to forge multilateral approaches to alleviate such threats. We also believe this effort requires a focal point within the UN system to integrate these activities and to meet the expectations of Member States.

89) Great Peace personalities must be found. All it takes is a Gandhi, a Mandela, or someone like them. Perhaps only deep conviction with a morally-based vision can open the gates to a rational and truly democratic new world order.

90) Selfishness and materialism must be stopped. The root of the problem is selfishness and materialism of the people living in the rest of the world.

91) Love and personal commitment. Love God, love your fellow citizens, yes even love your enemy. We can all contribute and this is a nice way.

92) Support a democratic order.

93) Teach non-violence by example.

94) Remember that "No man is an Island."

95) Spend time in nature.

96) Boycott war toys.

97) Be thankful for the miracle of life.

98) Seek harmony with nature.

99) Remind your leaders that peace matters.

100) Oppose violence in television programming for children.

101) Celebrate peace.

[1] United Nations (UN), International Criminal Court (ICC), International Court of Justice (ICJ)