Promoting peace is more than just ending armed conflicts. To truly bring about peace, we must address the underlying issues including:
- Poverty, hunger and health
- Violence prevention
- Role of faith-based organizations
- The role of media in peace-making
- Preserving basic human rights
- Peace and Conflict Resolution
- Involving Youth in Peace & Conflict Resolution
Rotary and Peace
Rotary has long played a role in promoting world peace:
- In 1921, it adopted the following as one of the objects of Rotary: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
- At Rotary’s 1940 convention in Havana, Cuba,delegates adopted the “Respect for Human Rights Resolution,” which was a precursor to the UN’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Today, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace serves as a resource to Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts by supporting the peace work of Rotarians worldwide.
- Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation have made incredible investments in the field of peace and conflict education through the Rotary Peace Centers.
The Rotary Peace Conference 2017 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is part of this effort.