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international youth camp Sarajevo, June 6-9 2014
From a world of war and violence to a culture of Peace and Non-Violence
The year 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, which was triggered by the assassination of the Austro-hungarian heir to the throne in Sarajevo on June 28th 1914. This can be seen as a symbolic date for a century of a “Culture of War and Violence” with two world wars and numerous regional wars - among them the one in the former Yugoslavian countries in the 1990’s when Sarajevo suffered from the siege of the city during the “last war in Europe” - as well as for the global dominance of structural and cultural violence.
But 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.
Let's make of Sarajevo the place to trigger a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence in 2014
In June 2014 we call on you to come to the city of Sarajevo to participate in the youth camp of the Sarajevo Peace Events. Be part of the activities on 100 years World War I of the international peace movement. Come to Sarajevo and exchange with European youth, participate in cultural and educational activities, and share your own knowledge and experiences in seminars and activities in the youth camp and in the city of Sarajevo.
Alternatives to war and violence, a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence are possible!
We call on you to spread this message in your communities and movements, to come to Sarajevo and to make this vision a reality. We believe that a world of peace and nonviolence is possible.
The camp should be a self-organized and self-financed camp. If you would like to be part of the preparatory process or would like to have further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For the youth camp coordinating group,
Mustafa Cero (Nansen Dialog Center, Sarajevo)
Lucas Wirl (International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, Berlin)