“Peace education is the most edifying aspect in achieving a peaceful humanity. Peace education is not only a solution to conflict and violence, but also a proactive measure for the building and maintenance of peace”.
These were inspiring words of Ms Gaelle Pasquier, Youth Coordinator of Pax Christi France and Pax Christi International’s UNESCO Representative in Paris, who delivered a speech at the 40th session of the General Conference
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