The Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI) is a UN-designated "Peace Messenger Initiative" with participants in all the world's regions. Its purpose is to unite the strengths of organizations and individuals who are working to make Peace a practical reality.
The highlight of the Initiative is International Day of Peace (Peace Day), which is celebrated annually on September 21. On this day, millions of people worldwide come together to create one day of Peace.
Since 1983, CPI has served as a vehicle for bringing forward the previously unseen and unheard voices working towards Peace. It also serves to unite the strengths of existing individuals and organizations building Cultures of Peace for succeeding generations.
In the spirit of the original vision that brought forth the Charter of the United Nations, the purpose of this global/local Initiative is to build a Culture of Peace in the 21st century, uniting the strengths of organizations, projects and peoples in order to make Peace a practical reality for the children of this and future generations.
More Complete CPI History
The Culture of Peace Initiative (formerly "We The Peoples" Initiative) originated in 1983 as a programme of Pathways To Peace by Avon Mattison, Founder and President, and Robert Muller, then Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. It is a co-operative movement to unite the strengths of existing organizations and projects toward making Peace a practical reality in the 21st century. The annual highlight of this Initiative is the International Day of Peace (Peace Day), which is celebrated worldwide on September 21.
The Culture of Peace Initiative, from its early beginnings, was to highlight the unseen and unheard people around the world who help build a culture of peace and show what all nations and people can do to highlight Peace Day and recommend one peace action at that time. Growth has continued throughout the world. In 1989, this Initiative was granted Peace Messenger Initiative status by UN Secretary-General Perez de Cuellar.
The Culture of Peace (CPI) is also:
Through inspired interaction we will make choices that will build a culture of peace, which fosters the well-being of our global community.
We invite organizations and individuals to forge entirely new ground in cooperative association. Guided by vision and acting in concert with one another, each organization and individual contributes unique expertise and thereby augments power and purpose to transcend what any one organization or individual could have achieved alone.
"Positive creativeness is the fundamental quality of the human spirit. Let us welcome all those who, surmounting personal difficulties,…propelled their spirits to the task of Peace-building, thus ensuring a radiant future ."
--- Nicholas Roerich
“Peace is too important to entrust to States alone ...non-governmental organizations are now considered full participants in international life."
From DPI/NGO Conference 1994, International Day of Peace, on “WE THE PEOPLES BUILDING PEACE”, opening address by Secretary-General of the United Nations”