The struggle to preserve, defend or even to build peace, is a long-term project, which never ends. This is the reason why the Centre Mondial de la Paix organises international peace meetings which are a unique concept in France. These workshops are a special event where are brought together, during a week, young people coming from areas of conflict, or which have been in conflict. In every meeting, a control group of Germans and French are present in order to show that even the worst enemies can become friends, with the example of Verdun. The young people are the future, and it is important to help them to build themselves with notions of tolerance and respect.
For every meeting, a specific programme is sat up to deal with the problems of the geographic area where the participants come from in the best way. By making them live together, talk and exchange, they learn to understand each other, and if they do not always accept themselves, they learn to respect other people. At the end of the workshop, they write all-together a peace message which is presented to French authorities, and once they are back in their home country they spread it around them, to perpetuate the meeting, and then they become themselves peace ambassadors.
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|last international peace meetings|
|1995||between Israelis and Palestinians|
|1996||between Hungarians and Romanians|
|1999||between the three communities of Bosnia-Herzegovina (Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox)|
|2000||between Catholics and Protestants of Northern Ireland|
|2002||between Macedonians and Albanians of Macedonia|
|2003||between Christian and Muslim Lebanese|
|2004||between Northern and Southern Cypriots, who came along with Greeks and Turks|
|2006||between Israelis and Palestinians|
|2009||between founding member states of the European Union (France, Germany), new comers (Bulgaria, Romania) and potential candidates (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova)|
|20011||between Lithuanians and Poles|