Special Report: One Day in Peace?
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Special Report


One Day in Peace



December 29, 2008

Swords to Plowshares
This sculpture by artist Evgeniy Vuchetich is titled "Let us Beat Swords into Plowshares." It was a gift to the United Nations from what was then the Soviet Union (1959). 




The United Nations General Assembly first celebrated One Day in Peace on the first day of the new millennium, and a later resolution invited “all the peoples of the world to celebrate One Day in Peace, 1 January 2002, and every year thereafter.” In response, the United States Congress adopted Global Family Day, One Day of Peace and Sharing. This resolution dedicates Global Family Day to "eradicating violence, hunger, poverty, and suffering; and to establishing greater trust and fellowship among peace-loving nations and families everywhere.” Yet despite sincerely good intentions accompanied by diligent effort, lasting global peace remains an elusive goal.



Fritz Haber: Plowshares and Swords 
Fritz Haber won a Nobel prize for an agricultural invention that made possible the massive population growth of the planet during the last century. Yet he also pioneered the development of chemical warfare, which has since caused the deaths of untold millions of soldiers and civilians alike.

Medals of Honor 
Vision interviews Irwin Abrams, the foremost expert on the history of the coveted Nobel peace prize.

Alfred Nobel: Lord of Dynamite, Patron of Peace
Founder of the world's most prestigious scientific and humanitarian prizes, including the Nobel Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel was seemingly able to ignore the way his own powerful inventions were used.

Albert Einstein: Father of Relativity, Not Relativism
Albert Einstein is perhaps the most famous scientist of the 20th century, best known for the Special and General Theories of Relativity.

Pathways to Peace?
Book Review: Wilson’s Ghost by Robert McNamara and James Blight; Does America Need a Foreign Policy? by Henry Kissinger. 

Mind the Peace
Book Review: The Invention of Peace by Michael Howard.

The Peace Puzzle
Solving puzzles often requires a change in perspective and thinking. The greatest puzzle facing humanity today is a case in point.

Insight: The Way of Peace?
Identity awareness means asking and answering the question, “Who am I?” But this is only the starting point in resolving intercommunal problems.

Finding Peace of Mind
Life in today's world is increasingly complex. A host of dilemmas, difficulties and challenges plague us individually and collectively. Yet we can enjoy a depth of tranquility that seems to elude most people.


In Pursuit of Peace
Is there hope for what seems the world's most intractable problem? Through a series of interviews with experts and key players on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, David Hulme explores how identities and ideologies generate the passion to fuel this enduring struggle.

The United Nations Messengers of Peace
The United Nations selects its Messengers of Peace from a variety of fields including art, literature, music and sports. These influential people lend their talents and celebrity status to help focus worldwide attention on the humanitarian and peace-promoting work of the United Nations.


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