Brazil is privileged for
it is seen as a country that has not fought any international
wars in more than 64 years. It has suffered, though, a lot from
violence in its cities and in the country.
Children and youth are very
much affected and are for the most part the victims of violence.
Organized crime, drug traffic, traffic accidents, murders and
suicides, depression, psychopathic pathologies, lack of education,
counseling are some of the key issues. What is missing is a concerted
peace development effort. In total, more people die and suffer
as a result of violence in Brazil than in all wars and terrorist
actions in the world put together.
Brazil will have a Ministry
oriented to building a Culture of Peace. It is in the hands of
Brazilians and all citizens of the world to achieve this. Historically,
governments maintain Ministries or Departments of Defense or War,
assuming, almost always, war and violence as means of inevitable
survival. The power to change this paradigm lies in our hands.
The Ministry of Peace will
coordinate and integrate wide converging actions to meet the goal
of establishing and consolidating a culture of non-violence and
peace. It will align educational efforts, justice, social work,
young and senior citizens issues, human rights, cultural matters,
medicine, public health. In sum, everything for the purpose of
promoting sustainable growth and Peace.
14, 2009, the government of Costa Rica turned its Ministry of
Justice into the Ministry of Justice and Peace. It is the first
of its kind in Latin America.
A world summit
for the creation of Ministries of Peace, a Global Alliance
Summit for Ministries and Departments of Peace was held
in Costa Rica, September 17th 21st 2009. This global alliance
brought together organizations, citizens and representatives of
the governments of 35 nations who work together to set out governmental
frameworks to support a culture of Peace.
With the support
of Yoko Ono and millions of people the initiative for the creation
of the US Department of Peace is underway in the US. Canada has
also initiated a process for the creation of its Ministry of Peace.
We are living an important moment with the real possibility and
opportunity for a paradigm change in the world. We all need to
do our part, act, persevere, promote, communicate and involve
more and more people and organizations. Peace, the environment
and sustainability go hand in hand. Climate change, global cooling
and Peace are all part of our world concerns.
is an electronic petition any citizen can sign and thus propose
the creation of the Ministry of Peace in Brazil, and also suggest
the creation of counterparts in other countries in the world.
Your details will not be published on the Internet. They will
only be used in the printed version of the petition, which will
be sent to the Brazilian National Congress. For your digital signature
to be valid, please fill out the fields bellow.
SUDAN CREATES PEACE MINISTRY IN NEW CABINET
JUBA Sudan, June 21 (Reuters) - South Sudan's
president Salva Kiir on Monday named his new cabinet,
creating a Ministry of Peace as the oil-producing region
prepared for a referendum that could see it split away
as an independent country. Read