Culture of Peace-Culture of War

The definition of a Culture of Peace in Table 1 was developed by the United Nations.

Table 1

Culture of Peace Culture of War
Transforming values, attitudes and behaviours based on violence to those which promote peace and nonviolence; Retaining violence as one of the accepted ways of settling disputes, within and between nations, and promoting it through violence in the media and entertainment; fomenting war, for example by supplying armaments to third parties;
empowering people at all levels with skills of dialogue mediation and peacebuilding; retaining top-down structures that impose the wishes of the hierarchy;
democratic participation of people in decision making; decision making essentially in cabinet or by small cliques;
equal representation of women in decision making at all levels; perpetuating male dominance, especially at the highest decision making levels;
the political and economic empowerment of women; preserving male political and economic predominance;
the free flow of information and transparency and accountability of governing structures; maintaining secrecy as an essential tool of the power structure;
the elimination of poverty and sharp inequalities within and between nations; protecting the wealth and power of the rich without regard to the consequences;
the promotion of sustainable human development for all; pursuing dominance through competition backed up by military might;
the preservation of the planet and all its species; exploitation of the planet’s resources so as to maintain dominance;
advancing understanding, tolerance and respect of diversity among all peoples. accentuating cultural, racial or class difference so as to target others as the enemy;
working toward arms control and the elimination of armaments maintaining an arms industry in a position of economic privilege.
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