Introduction to the Seville Statement on Violence



The same species that invented war is capable of inventing peace. This is the conclusion of the Seville Statement on Violence, drafted by leading scientists from around the world during the UN International Year for Peace in 1986. The scientific arguments are based on evolution, genetics, animal behavior, brain research and social psychology.

The Seville Statement on Violence is available on the Internet as a UNESCO brochure or simply as the Statement by itself. The brochure is also available in French, Spanish,, and Arabic. I have added here a history of the statement, entitled The Seville Statement on Violence: A Progress Report, along with a scientific study showing its importance: The Myth That War Is Intrinsic to Human Nature Discourages Action for Peace by Young People.

The Seville Statement on Violence continues to be used for peace education throughout the world. Recognizing the importance of this work, a newsletter was issued during the period from 1985 to 2003. Copies of the newsletters are available on line, including the most recent issues of of November 2002 and March 2003.

The Statement has been published in journals and books over 150 times and in over 20 languages. Click here for a list.

Several photos of the Seville participants are available here.


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