The General Assembly,

To put into practice the values, attitudes, traditions, modes of behaviour and ways of life enunciated in the Declaration on a Culture of Peace adopts the following programme of action at the national, regional and international level.

A. Aims and strategies

1. This programme of action aims to:

provide a conceptual framework which can increase the synergy and effectiveness of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations for the building of a culture of peace, which would contribute to the prevention of violent conflict;

link the activities for the building of a culture of peace to other priority activities of the international community, including those pertaining to human rights, democracy, development, equality of women, tolerance and the free flow of information so that they contribute in an integrated way to the transformation from a culture of war and violence to a culture of peace and non-violence;

integrate the foregoing with actions for international peace and security, including the prevention of violent conflict;

mobilize through the International Year for the Culture of Peace, at the turn of the millennium, for a global movement engaging individuals and institutions at all levels and in all regions in the transformation of values, attitudes and behaviours to those of a culture of peace and non-violence

2. The integrated and synergistic coordination of activities for the promotion of a culture of peace by the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations requires the development of a comprehensive strategy with a timetable and a monitoring system. UNESCO is prepared to continue playing its role as the intellectual catalyst of this process, particularly through the Administrative Committee on Coordination.

3. Member States are encouraged to establish their own strategies for national action complementary to this programme of action.

4. In order to promote a global movement, partnerships for a culture of peace should be increased and strengthened between the United Nations and the Member States with various inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations, including educators, artists, journalists, parliaments, mayors and local authorities, armed forces, religious communities, and organizations of youth and women.

5. The strategy should include the mobilization of resources for this programme of action, including an extra-budgetary and voluntary fund whereby governmental and private agencies can provide financial support for its implementation.

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