19/02/2015

+Peace -AIDS Foundation´s Conference on Culture of Peace

Gabriela Michetti (Senator); Monica Navarro (CEO of Vessel Group); Pedro Mouratian (INADI Director); Alicia Cabezudo (Vice-president of International Peace Bureau and Daniel Barberis (Vice-president +Peace Less AIDS Foundation).

19 de Febrero de 2015, Argentina


Monica Navarro, CEO of shipping group Vessel said "our crew opened their heart" and that "today, running trade routes I have the opportunity to make sure that our crew has reasonable care and education to prevent the spread of AIDS".

Under the slogan "Culture of Peace: Is it time?" the +Peace –AIDS Foundation hosted a well-attended conference to discuss and exchange ideas and concepts about the Culture of Peace alongside a panel of experts in the subject, such as Gabriela Michetti (Senator); Monica Navarro (CEO of Vessel Group); Pedro Mouratian (INADI Director); Alicia Cabezudo (Vice-president of International Peace Bureau and Advisor of UNESCO-Paris) and Daniel Barberis (Vice-president of the +Peace Less AIDS Foundation). Each one of them talked from their respective fields.

After the welcoming remarks and the presentation made by the president of the Foundation, Patricia Perez (candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in nine consecutive opportunities), Alicia Cabezudo gave to the attendees an academic frame of the subject "It's a new topic in the academic field, but not in the practice. Today it has a place and an specific field” the beginning of the activity dating back to the 60s and added "In human rights, conflict transformation and construction of a Culture of Peace, Latin authors are absolutely featured everywhere from 20 or 25 years" and she remarked "the idea of ​​positive peace does not exclude the negative (no war, no violence, no weapons, and in the domestics: no shouting, no hitting). Positive peace implies to build a certain way to ensure a life of equality, welfare, assurances" and in order to make clear the power of action she concluded "Positive peace is not a dove with folded wings, it is a brave bird".

Pedro Mouratian related the inequalities and discrimination with violence "It is an act of violence, when one part of a society is fragmented, where there are people excluded, inequalities, cultural racism. Is the not consideration of others to build a reality". Mouratian continued "We can´t talk about peace from justice and equality if we don´t talk about inclusion. To achieve it, in any field, we have to build it. There is no respect for others, we must be aware, we have to think and use the word which is a weapon as powerful as a gun, and actions are also profoundly violent".

Among the speakers it was the Captain and CEO of Vessel Group, Monica Navarro who talked from experience that teaching peace is possible "Being on board, when I had to navigate, I had tours in areas such as Ivory Coast and it surprised me that we didn´t have talks to warn us where we would be. Today, running trade routes I have the opportunity to make sure that our crew has reasonable care and education to prevent the spread of AIDS". Vessel Group is a number one company on feeder services in the Parana/Paraguay waterway; covering the import and export traffic via fluvial and maritime therefore they have a considerable number of staff. "We were working on board, talking to the captains, with the whole crew in a way that only the foundation could do. Our crew opened their heart and a very important transformation was achieved: a sense of belonging to the company where they are working. After all this we understood that violence is a barrier to building peace. War is built, but so is peace”.

True to the precepts of the Foundation, Barberis was effective and concise on words of Joachim Bauer, neurobiologist, physician and psychotherapist, who said "We mustn’t search the daily violence in our genes; we will found it in social inequalities. We are not genetically programmed to be violent. Therefore violence is learned and so is peace" adding "The key to the success of the species is the link with others, non-discrimination and belonging to a group. If we return to re bind us, we accept each other and belong to the group we will succeed; otherwise the culture of violence will still be winning".

Senator Michetti was responsible for closing the presentation, adding her view on the subject and the perspective from politics "From a political standpoint we come into this world with the sign of the social, the political challenge posed to those who have embraced this certiorari in pursuit of transforming for the welfare of people is that in Argentina the thing that has been deteriorated is the collective, the work in the group, linking the identity of another and linking with another from respect as an asset and not a problem". Michetti stressed "We have been overshadowed the notion of the collective, the ongoing tug of the segmentation of individuality is leading to a boycott against our own nature". She was optimistic about his analysis "From politics is essential that we light again the collective and that we can think ourselves with issues that unite us, which is the Argentina Nation. I think that recover with everybody the idea of ​​nation is possible in this particular time. Argentina has the possibilities and characteristics of a moment that may be turning, a time limit in the decline of the sense of community and begin to shape another trend, one that goes in the opposite direction to what we come".

The More Peace Less AIDS Foundation is a non-profit organization with global coverage, their programs emphasize leadership, women, peace and AIDS, public safety, peace education, Corporate Social Responsibility; programs that can be interrelated or not . For more information you can visit their website http://www.morepeacelessaids.org/

By Enzo Moreira @moreira_enzo (ABC Mundial)