We propose to you to form the "Initiative for a Europe without War" as part of the global initiative under the name "Worldbeyondwar Europe".

Want to help build the team? Register here: then the link to the team: https://www.internationale-friedensfabrik-wanfried.org/europ%C3%A4ische-vernetzung

 

From the USA comes the initiative to unite as citizens worldwide to politically enforce the banishment of war as a means of conflict resolution and to build an effective global security system for it (worldbeyondwar.org).

We at the International PeaceFactory Wanfried have joined the initiative "Worldbeyondwar" (for a world without war) and propose peace activists in Europe to form a network "Worldbeyondwar Europe" as part of the global initiative.

We want to achieve this by discussing and deciding on common goals (below is a first proposal) and organising European peace consultations on acute questions of war and peace (which can also be followed by peace actions) and the development and discussion of peace education building blocks for the formation of peace multipliers.

A Goals in and for Europe and its states:

  1. Preserving peace and ending wars in Europe

  2. We want to help ensure that all conflicts in Europe are resolved only by peaceful means and that the current wars are ended. As prescribed by the UN Charter, binding under international law since 1945, and reaffirmed in the Charter of Paris in 1990.

  3.  We want to contribute to the states in Europe building an effective European security system that ensures peace in the long term, as agreed in the UN Charter and then in the Charter of Paris.

  4. We want to help ensure that European governments press ahead with détente efforts and agree on disarmament steps and join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. 

  5. We want to contribute to the redirection of more resources from the arms budget to the promotion of the building of lasting institutionalised peace relations between states, societies and people in Europe (especially between Western Europe and Russia) and also to the promotion of the strengthening of a more networked European civil society. 

  6. Creating conditions for sustainable peace in Europe

  7. We want the conditions for sustainable peace in and between the states of Europe to be strengthened, as adopted in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Civil Pact and the UN Social Pact and the Charter of Paris, and as modelled in the Civilisational Hexagon (Octagon). We advocate that disarmament should provide the means to create better living conditions in Europe and to shift to an ecologically sustainable economy and way of life in Europe. We want to contribute to the European states and European politics orienting the European economy towards the fulfilment of social human rights.

  1. Building peace from "below" through networking across borders

We see the networking of us citizens across all European borders as a fundamental force for advancing peace. We can use our democratic rights and language skills to organise ourselves and to build sustainable relationships between peace activists in the different European states. We see migrants as important bridge builders. We can help to break down enemy stereotypes by building trust on an interpersonal level between citizens of different countries. We should join together in non-party constituency forums in the European Parliament constituencies in order to seek dialogue with the MEPs of the constituency from this social level.

B Objectives for shaping European external relations with other regions of the world

  1. International cooperation to end wars and secure sustainable peace

  1. We want to help ensure that the states of Europe (and the EU) no longer use force against other states in the world and intervene militarily, but only resolve their conflicts with other states by peaceful means.

  2. We want to help ensure that European states contribute to building an effective global security system that banishes wars from the world and secures peace in the long term, as agreed in the UN Charter in 1945 in a way that is binding under international law. We are committed to ensuring that European states contribute to ending wars in other regions of the world by peaceful means.

  3. We want to help European governments advance global détente efforts and agree on disarmament steps and join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and call on other states to do the same.

  4. We want to help redirect more resources from the arms budget to promoting the development of friendly relations between people from Europe and people in other regions of the world and to building a more networked global civil society.

2.  Promote decent living conditions worldwide for all as a basis for sustainable peace

  1. We want to contribute to strengthening the conditions for sustainable peace by European states in their external relations worldwide, as adopted in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Civil Covenant and the UN Social Covenant and modelled in the Civilisational Hexagon (Octagon). We want to contribute to European states and European politics working towards orienting the world economy towards the fulfilment of social, economic and cultural human rights.

 

  1. We advocate that disarmament provides the means to create better living conditions worldwide and to shift to an ecologically sustainable global economy and way of life. 

  2. We see in the networking of us European citizens with people in other regions of the world a force that can advance peace worldwide. We ourselves can contribute to building sustainable relationships between peace activists in other countries. We see migrants from other countries in Europe as important bridge builders who can make a significant contribution to building a peaceful world.

 

We want to build up a team to strengthen European peace networking through the organisation of European peace consultations, the development of peace education modules, the organisation of campaigns and the gathering of interested parties in a networking team of the International Peace Factory Wanfried. At first, due to our few members, we want to build up a joint networking team; with the expansion of capacities, we then want to advance networking on different levels, the local and regional (here in the European Parliament constituency and support other committed people in their constituencies), the national, the European, global and to support peace networking in Africa, in the North-South question and on acute conflicts.

European PeaceConsultations:
We are collecting proposals for topics and will first look at the worsening situation in Ukraine.

Developing peace education building blocks: These are intended to enable people to become peace multipliers so that they themselves can make peace strong in Europe by building WBW Europe. If possible, we want to develop them in several languages, as texts and videos.