|University for Peace Community Liason Group
- a concerned citizens initiative -
(Our group is independent of and has no formal approval from the University for Peace)
|(our proposed university letterhead)|
Our group has formed as a result of the common interest of it founders, as well as of many interested and concerned community members; in the performance, success and welfare of the only university authorized to grant degrees in the name of the United Nations General Assembly, the University for Peace (located in Costa Rica, now expanding internationally).
Despite the great potential of the University, which is the only educational institution within the UN family designed to proactively take forward the original aim of the UN Charter - to "save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" - we believe that the University, today, is being mismanaged, and its enlightened Mission Statement, misdirected.
Senior management of the University has often been characterized by a management style which is inconsistent with the University's Charter, and we believe that certain recent decisions of senior management have placed in jeapordy the institution's reputation and potential (esp. the lucrative new paramilitary training, with questionable backing from certain parties based in Washington DC). More generically, we believe that the University could benefit from increased institutional oversight by its Council, staff and general public, and better integration with its surrounding communities.
We urge key institutional stakeholders and concerned community members to help see the University's institutional problems addressed and rectified.
Today, more than ever, the world needs a university like our beloved "UPeace" - one dedicated to the high ideals enshrined in its Charter and Mission Statement; "to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace, with the aim of promoting among all human beings the spirit of understanding, tolerance and peaceful co-existence," to "stimulate cooperation among peoples," and "help lessen obstacles and threats to world peace and progress, in keeping with the noble aspirations proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations."
Our hope - by posting here our own thoughts and suggestions, background information, and communications to University management - is that Upeace faculty, staff and students may have access to views not presented internally, and that interested stakeholder communities may join with us in helping to move this promising albeit struggling UN-related entity, toward higher standards of performance and value to the world community. Our recent experience, unfortunately, has suggested that internal correspondence alone has no reasonable hope of achieving such objectives.
Through this website-based effort and related community activities in the months and years to come, we hope, along with others, to accomplish the following objectives:
We believe that, today, the University for Peace is still so young in its growth trajectory, that it does not yet have; adequate institutional oversight mechanisms, nor yet a student-alumni network sufficiently capable of helping to monitor and guide the growth of this vitally promising institution; the only University in the world blessed with the opportunity to represent the highest ideals of the UN system, as its only degree-granting institution of higher learning.
These observations point toward the potentially constructive role that we hope our group effort may serve, at least on an interim basis. This, then, is our form of community and world service.
Specific Actions Recommended by our Group
Program Design and Development Recommendations
Institutional Accountability, Transparency and Management Recommendations