The International Peace Bureau, one of the first recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize, awards the Seán MacBride Peace Prize every year to a person, or organization, or movement in recognition of its outstanding work for peace, disarmament, and human rights. The IPB, founded in 1891, is one of the world’s oldest international peace federations and is dedicated to the vision of a world without war. Over the years it has worked on a wide range of peace promotion topics, including nuclear weapons, arms trade and other aspects of disarmament; peace education and culture of peace; women and peacemaking; peace history; as well as related themes such as international law and human rights. This year the IPB Board has chosen the AHDR (Association for Historical Dialogue and Research) and Home for Cooperation as one of the three winners of the prize.
The AHDR envisions a society where dialogue on issues of history, historiography, history teaching, and history learning is welcomed as an integral part of democracy and is considered as a means for the advancement of historical understanding and critical thinking. The AHDR’s Board, comprising of Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot educators and historians, is a brilliant example of how productive cooperation, creative ideas, and respect can blossom, regardless of division. In the context of AHDR’s efforts to promote a Culture of Peace through education, at a local, national and international level, the organization has also engaged in a series of Peace Education projects and activities. These have showcased the impact of deconstructing stereotypes and increasing contact in creating a paradigm shift in education as a prerequisite for laying the foundations for sustainable peace.
Home for Cooperation was established by the AHDR in 2011 as a research and educational centre, mostly bringing academics and historians together. Today the Home has become a landmark building within the Ledra Palace crossing, UN buffer zone. The Home hosts an extensive variety of cultural, artistic and educational programs with the aim to foster creativity and intercultural trust in Cyprus and internationally. It follows “arts-based peacebuilding” to transform interpersonal and intercommunal conflicts in Cyprus; with projects and programmes that aim to redefine relationships and build capacity where the artistic medium is used to heal personal/collective trauma and to promote interconnectivity through arts and culture.
The IPB highly appreciates the efforts and promotion of Culture of Peace and as well as the peace building activities.
The award ceremony will take place in November. The exact date will be announced in due time.
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