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Global Peacemaker Network

The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is proud to create the Global Peacemaker Network, an online platform for students, teachers, conflict resolution and peacebuilding professionals, policy makers and global citizens. This network is an open source virtual space with information about Peacebuilding and Community Building acting as a social network utilizing technology, education, vocational tools , global resource mapping along with security and development topics from around world – from Conflict Resolution Education materials for teachers to the impact of technology and natural resources in global security. We welcome you to view the Resource Library below and contribute a resource.

Working Toward a Convention on Intangible Cultural Heritage

UNESCO's conventions in the field of culture were drafter and adopted following the request by Member Services to develop international standards that could serve as a basis for drawing up national cultural policies and strengthen cooperation among them. The eight normative instruments created over a period of 55 years reflect the priorities of the international community in the field of culture at the time of their adoption. read more

What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?

UNESCO and cultural heritage: There are things that we regard as important to preserve for future generations. They may be significant due to their present or possible economic value, but also because they create a certain emotion within us, or because they make us feel as though we belong to something–a country, a tradition, a way of life. They might be objects that can be held and buildings that can be explored, or songs that can be sung and stories that can be told. Whatever shape they take, these things form part of a heritage, and this heritage requires active effort on our part in order to safeguard it. read more

Carving the Mountain

Una tarde patinando en la sierra de Madrid, con la chicas de Longboard Girls Crew A spring afternoon in the Madrid Mountains. read more

Intangible Cultural Heritage Domains

UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage proposes five broad ‘domains’ in which intangible cultural heritage is manifested: -- Oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage -- Performing arts -- Social practices, rituals and festive events -- Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe -- Traditional craftsmanship read more

The Use of Electronic Media in Open Learning and Distance Education

In French, a statistical overview of teaching and learning methods and materials, ICT, acquisition of teaching and learning materials, geographical representation, organization of institutions. UNESCO, September 1998, My Von Euler et David Berg read more

Information and Communication Technoliges in Distance Education

Developing a Business Plan for Presenting the UNESCO IITE Specialized Training Course; and Distance Education Platform. read more

Climate change: Earth's giant game of Tetris

There's a game of Tetris happening on a global scale: The playing space is planet Earth, and all those pesky, stacking blocks represent carbon dioxide -- a greenhouse gas that is piling up ever more rapidly as we burn the fossil fuels that run our cars, factories and power plants. Joss Fong outlines how this overload of CO2 leads to climate change and reminds us that, unlike Tetris, we won't get an opportunity to start over and try again. read more

WPDI - South Sudan

WPDI documentary about the South Sudan. read more

UN Day of Sustainable Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. read more

Celebrating the Dream

On January 15, 2015 more than 600 civic, business and philanthropic leaders from Los Angeles, the State of California and the nation gathered at the Celebrating the Dream luncheon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown Los Angeles to applaud the accomplishments of the public-private partnership that has created the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital. In addition to a preview of the hospital’s offerings, leadership and vision, the program honored several high profile leaders. Forest Whitaker, Artist, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, Founder and CEO of the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative was honored with the Community Engagement Award. Here is his acceptance speech. read more

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