Global Movement for the Culture of Peace

United for Culture of Peace – a coalition of United Nations (UN) non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which formed in 2011 in New York to take forward the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace following the end of the UN-proclaimed International Decade for Culture of Peace and Non-Violence (2001-2010).

We work to implement the United Nations Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace (A/RES/53/243). We advocate to build the Culture of Peace at all levels of existence (global, regional, community and individual). Our inspiration is founded on the shared reality that we are one interdependent human family belonging to Planet Earth.

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Sustainable Development

The Division for Sustainable Development provides leadership and is an authoritative source of expertise within the United Nations system on sustainable development. It promotes sustainable development as the substantive secretariat to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and through technical cooperation and capacity building at international, regional and national levels. The context for the Division’s work is the implementation of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and the Barbados Programme of Action for Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States.

National Ethical Service Chairs the NGO Working Group on Climate Change and upholds the principles forwarded by The Earth Caucus. We develop briefings and workshops at the about the values needed to implement sustainable

To address the issues of Climate Change, we support The Earth Charter, Wiser Earth network, Green America and other coalitions of people who are helping those from developed countries to reduce their footprint and over consuming.

Ratification by the US for the International Criminal Court

AMICC is a coalition of non-governmental organizations committed to achieving through education, information, promotion and an aroused public opinion full United States support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the earliest possible US ratification of the Court’s Rome Statute. AMICC is a program of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. The NES is a founding member of this coalition. Faith and Ethics-Based Coalition for an ICC is an interfaith alliance at the UN whose aim is to support complete governmental ratification of the ICC within an inter-religious framework.

United Religions Initiative

The purpose of The United Religions Initiative is to promote interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to promote cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. The AEU passed a National Ethical Action proposal in 2007 and written by the NES, to support this effort and encourage the founding of circles in the local community.

CONGO Committee, Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns

The Committee aims to integrate spirituality and values into all areas of the United Nations agenda and of public policy. We aspire to support the spiritual principles, global ethics and universal values such as respect, justice, peace, dignity, freedom, responsibility and cooperation, that underlie the work of the United Nations as reflected in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In order to fulfill the promise of the United Nations to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world, we support the recognition and acceptance that spirituality and adherence to universal values are key factors in providing solutions to global concerns. This committee recognizes the importance of connecting with our divine essence, inner wisdom and the oneness of life. We believe that an increased awareness and application of the importance of a value, spirit and soul conscious dimension at all levels of society particularly at the United Nations will allow for the finest and the highest levels of human potential to flourish for the benefit of all. NES representative, Kay Dundorf serves on the Executive Council of this Committee.

Human Rights

In response to our participation in the World Conference Against Racism held in Durban, SA, The NES co-founded and Chaired the first Subcommittee on Racism, a working group of The NGO Committee on Human Rights. That Working Group continues to provide programs that educate the NGO community about the problems resulting from unregulated migration and traumatic relocation, human trafficking, etc., along with world-wide abuses from discrimination caused by racism. Dr. Corann Okorodudu, American Psychological Association now Chairs the Committee. Dr. Jacqueline Pope Serves on this Sub-Committee. Please go to book review of Cosmopolitanism by Kwame Anthony Appiah in Archives for background information.

International Peace Day

International Peace Day is an officially UN sponsored event held on September 21st. NES and Interspirituality in Action co-sponsored their first IDP celebration at NYSEC in 2004, Since that time, within the AEU events are held in various Societies. In Brooklyn, BSEC co-hosts with The Church of Gethsemane and is an annual inter-faith event.

Beyond the United Nations

InterSpirituality in Action

ISDnA (Interspiritual Dialogue ‘n Action) is a dynamic network formed in 2004 from the various constituencies and groups inspired by the work and writing of Brother Wayne Teasdale. It aims at carrying forward to a wider audience worldwide his vision of interspiritual dialogue and interspirituality as outlined in The Mystic Heart: Finding a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions. The network is an ongoing creative project in the spirit of his vision of civilization centered on the Heart. The network reflects Brother Wayne’s dream of an international association of friends and grew, in his last years, from his original suggestion in The Mystic Heart of a “Universal Order of Sannyasa” in service to the world. NES co-created a presentation at The Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain with ISDnA in 2005. Dr. Kurt Johnson, Treasurer of NES partners in the Brother Wayne Teasdale-based education program co-developed by NES’s InterSpiritual Dialogue in Action initiative and the One-Spirit Learning Alliance and Interfaith Seminary in New York City. For information see:

Interfaith Harmony

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, working with the UN Department of Public Information, hosted an Interfaith Breakfast on 3 February 2011 to help launch World Interfaith Harmony Week. World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by UN General Assembly Resolution A/65/PV.34 to fall on the first week of February of every year. It was proposed in 2010 by HM King Abdullah II and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and was warmly supported by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Read the entire PDF article here.

US Human Rights Network

The US Human Rights Network was formed to promote US accountability to universal human rights standards by building linkages between organizations and individuals. The Network strives to build a human rights culture in the United States that puts those directly affected by human rights violations, with a special emphasis on grassroots organizations and social movements, in a central leadership role. The Network also works towards connecting the US human rights movement with the broader US social justice movement and human rights movements around the world.

Rose L. Walker Fund

The Rose L. Walker Fund was launched by the National Ethical Service in 2008. It is the first fund to offer seed grants to fledgling initiatives that promote Felix Adler’s world views on developing a more evolved civilization that is inclusive and equitable. We support initiatives that are new and include appropriate strategies that promote dignity and empowerment through creative initiatives. This Fund is invested in socially responsible stocks and bonds. Only the interest is used to support special programming of National Ethical Service along with appropriate Seed Grants. We give priority to those fledgling initiatives that emerge in local Ethical Societies or among our members.