in Favor of Life, of Peace,
According to the FAO 35,000 children die from hunger each day. This is
genocide of appalling proportions, which we witness with apathy daily.
At the same time it is estimated that 2,800 million dollars are spent
daily on weapons, while US and European Union agricultural subsidies
amount to 800 million dollars a day. There are no funds for the
treatment of AIDS... while to a large extent the global economy is ruled
by the profits of the military war industry. It is essential that we
share more fairly. There are no better breeding grounds for
radicalization, hostility and aggression than humiliation and exclusion.
Violence is never justifiable, but its origins must be closely examined.
Instead of strengthening multilateralism and endowing the United Nations
with the means and authority to implement a global development plan to
the benefit of all, the natural resources of progressively impoverished
countries continue to be exploited, and their citizens are forced to
emigrate in circumstances that frequently offend their dignity. Genuine
democracy cannot be built and consolidated with captive votes and blind
obedience and fear. The world’s great challenges and inequalities on all
fronts cannot be addressed through wars of greed, demonstrations of
force, military strikes and invasions based on economic and energy
interests, generating a spiral of violence, of action and reaction, and
of interventions and reprisals.
Government leaders have abdicated their political responsibilities,
replacing universal values with the laws of the marketplace. The result
has been a concentration of wealth in very few hands, and an
ever-widening social and economic gap between the rich and the poor.
NO TO POVERTY!
In a great roar heard worldwide we must demand that our government
leaders give priority to fulfilling the Millennium Objectives. We must
forsake complacence for personal involvement.
Let us once again proclaim that we do not justify attacks and violence,
no matter what their origin. We condemn all terrorism: terrorism of
groups hidden in the shadows, and terrorism of the state. Torture and
cruel and degrading punishment is being used in constant violation of
international and humanitarian law.
The International Community must put an end to this savagery and
massacre. As set forth in the United Nations Charter, all peoples
must be able to decide their destiny. We must urgently join the voices
of all peoples of the earth to say NO TO WAR AND VIOLENCE.
We have remained silent too long, but this silence must stop. The
peoples will raise their voices. War is a tragedy for all. It is
urgent that we disarm this armed reason. Today more than ever we need
the capacity for dialogue and alliance, a commitment to resolving
conflicts peacefully, supporting attitudes of convergence and respect
for others, through the application of human rights in our daily lives.
It is necessary to change our present course through collective actions,
fomenting solidarity among all peoples. It is urgent that intellectuals,
artists, educators, scientists... abandon their passive attitudes and
take action. Only then will their works and their words become credible,
enabling them to contribute their efforts to those of others who seek to
stop the madness of war, confrontation and violence.
The time of the peoples has come.
And above all, the time of those young people, men and women who believe
that another world is possible. Public institutions and the media must
help the citizens of the world to finally cease to be mere spectators
and to take up their tasks as protagonists in designing the future.
Government leaders, parliamentarians, members of municipal councils...
all have a special responsibility in bringing about this historic
The time has likewise come for even the most diverse cultures and
religions, united in their inherent solidarity and love for their fellow
men, to take up their place at the forefront in the effort to rescue
All peoples must join social, cultural, political and spiritual
resistance movements, refusing to cooperate with violence and injustice,
and uniting with others to denounce those responsible for the domination
and pain that afflict humanity.
We must stand up for peace and march toward new horizons of life,
not death. After all, this is our hope.
In view of the above and with our sights set on the future generations,
we call on all of those who are equally concerned to demonstrate their
support for peace through all available means, whether
NO TO WAR AND VIOLENCE!
YES TO PEACE AND JUSTICE!
If we make progress, in these advances we will soon achieve a
“globalized conscience”, the source of real independence for the world’s
Pérez Esquivel -
Peace Nobel, Argentina
Mario Soares -
Former President of
Federico Mayor Zaragoza
- President Fundación Cultura de Paz, Spain
President France Libertés, France
- Theologian, Belgium
Montserrat Ponsa -
Luís Eduardo Aute -
Arcadi Oliveras -
President Justicia i Pau, Catalunya, Spain
Ernesto Cardenal -
Marilia Guimaraes -
President Committee Defense of the Humanity, Brazil
Handel Guayasamín -
Silvio Rodríguez -
James Cockcroft -
Enrique González Ruiz,
María Novo -
for environmental matters,
Betty Williams - Nobel Peace,
Joan Saura -
Generalitat of Catalonia, Spain