<<December 7, 2000>>
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Motilal Sharma <msharma@mail.asiandevbank.org>

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>

Dr. Federico Mayor <info-culturadepaz@pangea.org>

Dear Moti:

(1) Many thanks for your msg with a very impressive and excellent paper
with great interest.

I took the liberty of uploading it as one of reference materials for
vision-setting of our "Guideline for Global E-Learning" at


Dear Marco:

(2) Many thanks for your msg of today -- I will reply to you later.

Dear Dr. Mayor:

(3) According to Marco, you are now organizing a large conference on peace.

You may be interested in having Moti as one of speakers at your conference.

Best, Tak

From: msharma@adb.org
To: Utsumi@friends-partners.org
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 15:10:30 +0800

My dear Tak,

I attach my recent paper for your perusal . ICT can make significant
contribution in facilitating youth development and peace development education.

(See attached file: Youth Peace.doc)

Best regards .



Motilal Sharma
Chair, Staff Council
Asian Development Bank

Paper Presented to the Conference on
"Building Sustainable Peace and Democracy
for the Next Millennium: A Challenge for Parliamentarians"

Organized by
The Association of Asian Parliaments of Peace
5-10 November 2000
Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia


Motilal Sharma

"Dyauh Santiantariksam santih prthivi santirapah santirosadhayah santih.
Vanaspatnyah santir visve devah santir Brahma santih sarvam santih santireva
santih sa ma santiredhi."

"May the sky be peaceful and peace giving; may the mindspace be peaceful; may
the earth be peaceful;
may the waters be peaceful; may the annual plants be peaceful; may the forest
be peaceful; may all
the bounties of nature be peaceful; may there be peace, and peace only; may
such a peace come to all."
Yajur Veda XXXVI.17

"There is no way to peace, peace is the way."
Mahatma Gandhi


1. The modern world is becoming smaller, highly integrated and
technologically more advanced. It is also becoming highly fragmented, less
peaceful and unsafe for both present and future generations. We are led to
believe that globalization and the Internet links have made the world smaller
a village indeed, facilitating the exchange of information and knowledge,
and, creating an exponential leap in the generation of global wealth. This
wealth creation process however, has failed to fulfill aspirations of the
youth and bring prosperity and peace to the large majority of people living in
many parts of the world. Once Martin Luther King said, "Injustice anywhere is
a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of
mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly,
affects all indirectly". UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says that, "In this
new era, people's actions constantly if often unwittingly affect the lives
of others living far away. Globalization offers great opportunities, but at
present its benefits are very unevenly distributed while its costs are born by
all." He emphasizes six shared values, which are of particular relevance to
the new century: freedom; equity and solidarity; tolerance; non-violence;
respect for nature and shared responsibility. Among many forms of
globalization, there is a more subtle form of globalization, which presents
opportunities for greater tolerance in the human dimension this is the
globalization of socioeconomic culture and values.

2. Advancements in science and technology over the last five decades have
revolutionized the entire world. Investments in research and development have
resulted in innovations and inventions in both product and factor markets. The
benefits of these advancements however, have yet to reach the poor living in
many countries across the world. Poverty is on the increase and we are sitting
on dozens of human landmines. The world today is passing through an
environment full of tensions, violence, declining values, injustice, reduced
tolerance and respect for human rights. The gun culture has already taken a
dominant position in most of the developing countries, threatening the future
of the youth who deserve a peaceful and better quality of life. There is a
greater need to create a culture of peace in society through participation of
the youth. Therefore it is imperative that the culture of peace must be
established; and we start with the hypothesis that it is not been inherited.
Adult leaders, parliamentarians and policymakers, at community, municipality,
state, national, and international levels should agree that they are
responsible for ensuring that the 21st century is characterized as a century of peace.

(1): The views presented are those of the author, and do not necessarily
represent that of the Asian Development Bank.)

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Motilal Sharma
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Former Director-General of UNESCO
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fax: 00.34.91 431 6387
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