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The Dayton Peace Pledge
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I have not always valued people who are different:
I pledge to honor the dignity and inherent worth of every human being.

I have not always practiced compassion for people in my thoughts, words, and actions:
I pledge to oppose injustice, not people.

I have sometimes been more concerned about my rights than the rights of others:
I pledge to dedicate myself to use my talents to empower others as I empower myself.

I have not always stood up against injustice or denounced violence in any form:
I pledge to consciously practice peace on a daily basis.

I have sometimes been reluctant to embrace differences and appreciate the value of every human being:
I pledge to treat each person that I meet with courtesy, respect and fairness.

(Written by Dr. Sarah E. Harris, Executive Director, The National Conference)


I pledge in my daily life, in my family, my work, my community, my country & my region, to:

  1. "Respect all life." Respect the life and dignity of each human being without discrimination or prejudice.

  2. "Reject violence." Practice active non-violence, rejecting violence in all its forms: physical, sexual, psychological, economical and social, in particular towards the most deprived and vulnerable such as children and adolescents.

  3. "Share with others." Share my time and material resources in a spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression.

  4. "Listen to understand." Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference always to dialogue and listening without engaging in fanaticism, defamation and the rejection of others.

  5. "Preserve the planet." Promote consumer behavior that is responsible and development practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet.

  6. "Rediscover solidarity." Contribute to the development of my community, with the full participation of women and respect for democratic principles, in order to create together new forms of solidarity.

(1) The General Assembly of the United Nations has proclaimed the year 2000 as the "International Year for the Culture of Peace", for which UNESCO is the focal point, and - in response to an appeal signed by all the Nobel Peace Laureates - the first decade of the next millennium - the years 2001-2010 - as the "International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World".

(2) Your name, as a signatory of the COMMITMENT 2000, will appear on the Internet website devoted to this operation. All the signatures affixed to COMMITMENT 2000 will be presented to the General Assembly of the United Nations for the millennium in September 2000.

(3) Your address will not be disclosed to any third party. This information is simply needed to authenticate your signature and to allow us to send you a receipt.


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