PEACETOPIAN MILESTONES

A holistic movement for a better world
has been evolving throughout history...

 

1988 -
Global Cooperation for a Better World
/ Visions of a Better World

After the United Nations observed 1986 as the International Year of Peace, the UN Peace Studies Unit was created to encourage cities and organizations to work with the United Nations as Peace Messengers to promote peace and cooperation for a better world. The first Peace Messenger collaboration was the Global Cooperation project, sponsored by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. Starting in 1988, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 120 countries of the world were asked to share in words or pictures their response to the question "What is your vision of a Better World?" The ideas and actions offered were compiled and a Global Vision Statement was created, based on the common visions shared. In 1993, Visions of a Better World, a beautiful book of these pictures and inspiring descriptions, was published to further disseminate this 'living picture' of the shared vision of a better world we can work together to create.

The Global Vision Statement

In a better world:

1. All people celebrate the joy of life.

2. Human Rights are respected and upheld and the dignity and integrity of all people is assured.

3. People live in ways that preserve nature's ecological balance in an environment that is beautiful and clean.

4. The planet's natural and abundant resources are shared equitably and the basic human needs of all people are provided for.

5. All people have equal opportunities to realize their potential through an educational process that has human, moral and spiritual values at its heart.

6. Life within the immediate family is loving, caring and fulfilling and is the foundation for harmony within the broader human family.

7. There is understanding and tolerance in all human relations.

8. People communicate openly and in a spirit of equality and goodwill.

9. Social, economic and political justice is ensured through honesty, responsibility and respect for the rule of law.

10. Governments, as representatives of the people, are committed to their well-being. People participate cooperatively in efforts for a secure and peaceful world.

11. Science serves humanity and appropriate technology is applied to ensure sustainable development and enhance the quality of life.

12. All people enjoy freedom of expression, movement and belief while respecting the liberties and rights of others.

from Visions of a Better World, edited by The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, © 1993


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MILESTONES

c.380 BC
"Republic"

1215
Magna Carta

1516
"Utopia"

1528
"On Civil Power"

1625
"On The Law
of War and Peace"

1648
Peace of Westphalia

1650-1799
Enlightenment

1689
"Two Treatises of Government"

1762
"Social Contract"

July 4, 1776
US Declaration of Independence

September 17, 1787
US Constitution

August 26, 1789
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

September 25, 1789
US Bill of Rights

1793
Department of Peace

1795
"Perpetual Peace"

May 18, 1899
Hague Peace Conference

1901
Nobel Peace Prize

January 8, 1918
14 Points

June 28, 1919
League of Nations

1933
The New Deal

January 6, 1941
The Four Freedoms

October 24, 1945
The United Nations

August, 1947
World Federalist Movement

December 10, 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1955
"Let There Be
Peace On Earth"

1956
The Beloved Community

1960-1963
The New Frontier

1963-1969
The Great Society

1970
Earth Day

October 11, 1971
"Imagine"

1981
International Day of Peace

1985
77 Theses on the Care of the Earth

1988
Global Cooperation for a Better World

1991
Earth Constitution

1992
UNESCO
Culture of Peace Programme

1992
"4000 Ideas & Dreams for a Better World"

1995
Earth Magna Charta

1995
"When Corporations Rule The World"

1996
"Peace On Earth Millennium"

1997
Appeal of the Nobel Laureates

1998
"Conscious Evolution"

May 11-15, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace

January 1, 2000
One Day In Peace

June 29, 2000
The Earth Charter

September, 2000
Millennium Development Goals

January 25-30, 2001
World Social Forum

October, 2001
"Better World Handbook"

2005
Clinton Global Initiative

July 18, 2007
The Elders

September 17, 2011
Occupy Wall Street