About the Brussels Declaration "Pledge to Peace"
A European project to promote the development of a culture of peace.
The Brussels Declaration was officially established in occasion of the conference "Peace and Prosperity, founding values of the European Union" held on 28 November 2011, at the European Parliament in Brussels. Since its start, the “Pledge to Peace” enjoys the patronage of the 1st Vice-President of the European Parliament and of the Italian Senate.
This declaration of intent is meant to encourage projects and actions that are aimed at promoting peace in its most universal meaning, based on the significance of each individual person. It is inspired by the universal ideals of human dignity, freedom, equality and solidarity enshrined in the preamble of the "Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union” and confirmed by the Nizza Declaration in 2000 and the Lisbon Treaty in 2009.
The Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to the European Union seals and underlines the importance of actions like the Pledge.
In addition to being a unique document, the like of which was never promoted at the European institutional level before, the Pledge to Peace is intended to create the necessary conditions to initiate, through the participation of public and private entities, a broad set of actions aimed at building a world of peace and prosperity.
How is it different from other similar initiatives?
The difference is in the approach; the Pledge to Peace is not asking people to just endorse a declaration or simply share a vision, but calls on influencers, inviting them to commit to tangible solutions that can make peace a more reachable goal.
Signatories and organization
The first signatories of the Pledge include the First Vice-President of the European Parliament, Hon. Gianni Pittella, Prem Rawat - a prominent advocate of peace, and several public institutions and private organizations.
The Declaration aims at inspiring and supporting signatories in identifying and developing actions that can lead to a culture of peace within the European Union. It allows every member to act independently, but at the same time wants to promote synergies and mutual cooperation.
Logistical support and coordination is provided by a Secretariat run by Percorsi Association, a non-profit organization based in Italy that created and promoted the Declaration.
“This declaration will call every signatory to prove that peace is not a goal attainable by a few great men, but a task entrusted to the contribution of each one of us.”
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