The 20th and the beginning of the 21st century have also seen a world-wide rise of nonviolent actions and achievements as an alternative to war and violence, and increased efforts for global and social justice, human rights, peace and reconciliation which was reflected in the declaration of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence (2001–2010) by the United Nations.
The Sarajevo Peace Event will be a meeting and exchanging place for activists, practitioners and researchers of peace and active nonviolence, as well as an opportunity to review the achievements and challenges related to peace and nonviolence in Europe.
The range of themes to be dealt with has been defined in five categories:
- Militarism and alternatives
- Peace and Social Justice
- a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence
- Gender and Women and Peace
- Reconciliation and dealing with the past
Different types of activities are planned, among them:
- plenary sessions, keynote speeches, workshops and roundtable discussions on the above mentioned topics
- a peace trail, with NGOs presentations, exhibitions, as well as a music and film festival
- public events, street actions, artistic performances, animations in/with schools
- an International Youth Camp
There are calls for different activities available on the website www.peaceeventsarajevo2014.eu. Every organisation, initiative or individual is supposed to organise and fund their contributions themselves, whereas the organisers will provide suitable rooms and basic infrastructure. The international coordinating committee consists of ten local and international members of peace and nonviolence organisations. By now some 60 registrations for thematic workshops and cultural events have been received.
All IFOR BGAs as well as peace-minded organisations are invited to contribute to the Peace Event or to attend it, in order to make the voice of peace and nonviolence heard – as an alternative to a world of war and violence and to start a century of a culture of peace and nonviolence!