Noticias — September 13, 2002
JCI?s Peace Resolution
From within the walls of the soul of this organization, wherein the foundation of character and citizenship are laid, I hope a message will come forth in the sometime of tomorrow that will stir the people toward the establishment of a permanent and everlasting world peace. ?Henry Giessenbier, Junior Chamber Founder At the Barcelona World Congress in November 2001, chief delegates unanimously approved a Peace Resolution presented by Belgium Junior Chamber to unite Junior Chamber members in promoting peace all over the world. Members from Australia, Canada and the United States of America had contributed to the resolution. As expressed by JCI President Batlle in his latest message, Junior Chamber is ideally suited for advancing peace. ?Junior Chamber spread all over the world promoting peace and rebuilding lives after World War II. It was at that time that many young people around the world, in a very intelligent manner, found common ground upon which to unite, established respect for differences, communicated with one another, and looked at the world with optimism,? he said.
Concrete Activities As true Entrepreneurs in Action, participating members have focused on concrete activities rather than just on circulating the Peace Resolution. The objective now is to involve as many Junior Chamber members as possible in advancing peace. Several concrete activities have already been carried out: At the European Conference in Istanbul, a workshop was organized. The idea was to help participants reflect on peace and discuss possible activities. The numerous possibilities discussed included a four-section artwork created by artists from Areas A, B, C and D that could be used for a Peace Jigsaw; a poster symbolizing the project; an exhibition of peace drawings and poems created by children; and a forum to discuss world conflicts and possible solutions to these conflicts. At the Brussels Conference on June 27, 2002, the theme ?Life Conditions of Children in Countries at War? was discussed. Participants included representatives from UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, Palestine, and Israel. The objective was to create awareness of the difficulties faced by children in countries at war. Liege Junior Chamber in Belgium, in cooperation with its twinning partners, is working on a project involving 200 teachers and 400 students in a school in Bosnia-Herzegovina. A small group of specialists is training teachers in that school to coach students on: - Harmony among cultures and the notion of ?World Citizen? - The origins of conflicts and how to effectively prevent and solve conflicts - What leads to violent behavior and how to prevent violence - Human Rights and how to apply them in everyday life - The principles and ethics of a democratic and peaceful government With the assistance of Junior Chamber Denmark, the results of this project will be presented at the 2003 World Congress in Copenhagen. The conclusions will be the subjects of a one-day seminar, with a link to General Assembly. JCI?s Peace Resolution: JCI was founded on the principle of achieving world peace through peaceful means, as endorsed in the JCI Creed, which states that ?the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations? and that ?service to humanity is the best work of life.? We reaffirm our commitment to initiate and support action through peaceful means by: - Supporting international peace initiatives; - Addressing the root causes that undermine peace, in particular terrorism; - Building relationships among peoples that will enhance the prospects of peace; - Reducing the economic, social and cultural gaps between countries and peoples; - Seeking ways to reduce the international stock of and trade in weapons; - Continuing bans on all biological and chemical weapons. JCI further affirms its commitment to work with governments and other non-governmental organizations to achieve these goals.