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Peace in Progress Nº 26

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International Catalan Institute for Peace

New Peace Capsules to commemorate DENIP

Every year, on January 30, ICIP commemorates the School Day of Nonviolence and Peace (known by its Catalan acronym, DENIP), and this year it is releasing twelve new Peace Capsules to mark the occasion. These are twelve reflections on what peace is, recorded on video and published on the website www.capsulesdepau.com, which was created by ICIP and the journalist group Contrast in collaboration with Digital Dosis. The twelve new capsules feature activists and researchers from South Korea, Bahrain, South Africa, Kenya and Mexico, as well as the reflections of the composer and actor Carles Santos and actor Pau Miró.

The Peace Capsules project originated in September 2014 with the aim of presenting the diversity of visions and expectations projected onto the word Peace. People from around the world respond to the question What is peace to you? in relation to their experience in countries in conflict or to their commitment against war and with peacebuilding.

With the publication of the new capsules, the project now has a total of 76 videos subtitled in Catalan, Spanish and English. Those who have participated in the project and explain their vision of peace include peace researchers, activists and people who have experienced conflict firsthand.

Teaching materials

As a complement to the capsules, the website also contains various educational proposals which aim to promote personal skills that facilitate the analysis of violence and opportunities for peace, as well as the practice of creative conflict transformation, as part of a commitment to the promotion of a positive peace. These learning materials are designed for both formal and non-formal settings to facilitate a more comprehensive approach in the efforts to include peace culture in education plans.

ICIP and Museo Casa de la Memoria of Medellín strengthen cooperation

ICIP and Museo Casa de la Memoria in Medellín, Colombia, are developing a project, with the support of the City of Barcelona, to share relevant experiences of peacebuilding between actors in conflicts, victims and civil society. This project will take place in Barcelona and Medellín in 2016. The project includes various collaborative activities between the two institutions, most notably, dissemination in Medellín of the initiative “Rutas de paz” of coexistence and reconciliation between young people in the Basque Country or the experiences of the restorative encounters between ex-members and victims of ETA. Also worth mentioning, in this case in Barcelona, is the dissemination of the initiative “Memorias para la reconciliación” about the reintegration of ex-combatants of the Colombian conflict into civilian life.

As part of the project, an ICIP team headed by director Tica Font traveled to Medellín in January to learn first-hand about the pedagogical and museum plan implemented by Museo Casa de la Memoria.

The project is part of the collaboration agreement between ICIP and the Mayor’s Office of Medellín, in force since 2013, which allows both institutions to work together in the field of peacebuilding.

Latest publications

Conflicte i desenvolupament,, by Eleanor O’Gorman. Published by ICIP and Líniazero (in Catalan; pdf and ePub) .

La implementació del tractat sobre el comerç d’armes: com aprofitar les activitats d’assistència i les directrius disponibles , ICIP Working Paper by Sibylle Bauer and Mark Bromley (in Spanish).Translation of the document “Implementing the Arms Trade Treaty: Building on available guidelines and assistance activities” published as a SIPRI Background Paper.

Film series on peace and human rights in Colombia

ICIP’s Area of Training and Dissemination and the Taula Catalana per la Pau i els Drets Humans a Colòmbia are launching a film series on peace and human rights in Colombia.

The documentaries and feature films will be followed by a discussion with the film directors or with people who have first-hand knowledge of the issues addressed. The screenings will take place at the Méliès Cinema of Barcelona at 8:00 pm on the following days:

Thursday, March 10: “El río que se robaron’. Followed by a discussion with Rafael Colmenares, environmentalist and spokesman for the Referendum on the Human Right to Water in Colombia, and Lina María González, member of the Center for the Autonomy and Rights of Indigenous Peoples of Colombia.

Thursday, April 14: ’Buenaventura, lugar de Mas-Acres’. Followed by a discussion with Harrison Cuero, an Afro-Colombian activist.

Thursday, May 12: ’Mujeres al frente, la ley de las más nobles. Followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Lula Gómez.

Admission is free. For more information: activitats.icip@gencat.cat

Reading club on Thought for Peace

The ICIP organizes a new reading club which comment on classics from the culture of peace published by ICIP and Angle Editorial in the collection ‘Classics of Peace and Nonviolence’. The reading club is coordinated by Vicent Martinez Guzmán, PhD in Philosophy and Honorary Doctorate of the UNESCO Cathedra on Philosophy for Peace at the Jaume I University of Castelló (Spain).

On March 15th the group will talk about Romain Rolland’s Mahatma Gandhi and on April 19th the group will tackle on Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas

The sessions will take place at the Carles Rahola Library in Girona. People interested in joining the group must register through bpgirona.cultura@gencat.cat

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