The UN General Assembly (UNGA) today (December 15) approved a Resolution on Follow-up to the Declaration of Programme of Action on the Culture of Peace, A/69/L.34, put forth by Bangladesh and co-sponsored by over 100 countries. Language noting unarmed civilian protection (UCP) was contained in the resolution, marking the first time UCP has been officially referenced in a UGA Resolution. The resolution notes:
"...the initiatives of civil society, in collaboration with governments, to strengthen civilian capacities to enhance the physical safety of vulnerable populations under threat of violence and to promote peaceful settlement of disputes..."
In his introductory remarks, Ambassador Abdul Momen, the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN noted the urgency to build the Culture of Peace that is the aspiration of all humanity. “To move away from the chaos and violence, the Culture of Peace is the answer,” he urged.