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RE: Request and Inquiry
From: "Culture, of Peace 3"

Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 17:00:36 +0100

Dear Dr Schlichtmann,

Apologies for the delay in responding to your suggestions. We were interested to read about your proposals for UN reform in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the Second Hague Peace Conference. However, as an intergovermental organization, UNESCO has to respect the sovereignty of its member states. In this respect, it would be inappropriate to comment upon the constitution of one particular state. Nonetheless, it is of course important to highlight the intellectual and political history of moves towards a system of collective security. In this respect, your endeavours certainly mark a contribution to international discussions on the prevention of wars.

In your letter, you referred to "Monuments for a Culture of Peace" and suggested that article 9 of the Japanese constitution be considered as one. However, there is no official UNESCO title/award of "Monuments for a Culture of Peace". An initiative to identify elements of local heritage as "Monuments for a Culture of Peace" existed at the start of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace. However, this undertaking was eventually launched by the NGO Liaison Committee (i.e. the committee of non-govermental organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO), and not by the Organization itself. There are currently no plans to turn this initiative into any kind of official award.

We are sorry that we could not supply you with a more positive feedback. As regards registering your organisation at our Culture of Peace website, we would require a bit more information (namely current activities, membership structure etc.). We could then provide you with advice regarding the overall procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have any further questions with regard to the International Decade.

Yours sincerely,
Aurore Salinas

Culture of Peace Coordination Bureau of Strategic Planning
UNESCO 7, place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP France