Who we are?

Peace and Cooperation was founded by Joaquín Antuña in 1982 and became a foundation in 1998 From the beginning, the actions of this Non Governmental Organization (NGO) have been centered on promoting a movement of non-violence and creativity and on building a world of solidarity.

Thus, doing away with the destruction that violence causes and bringing about a sustained effort to build a peaceful planet has always been the main priority. In order to pursue this, the focus has been disarmament, development, human rights, solidarity actions and global peace education.

The motto of this NGO is “Create and Survive” , and its logo is represented by two doves with an olive branch.

Peace and Cooperation is associated with the Spanish Confederation of Foundations, the Spanish Coalition for Development, the alliance composed of NGO´s with the Special Status of the United Nations (CONGO), the International Peace Bureau (IPB), THE Millennium People's Assembly, UNITED (against racism), and the Securipax Forum of UNESCO.

Since 1996, Peace and Cooperation has been associated with Airline Ambassadors – a prestigious NGO in the United States, constant collaborator for the annual Peace and Cooperation School Award.

The work of this Foundation has been recognised by the United Nations ever since its creation. It received the Peace Messenger Award in 1987, became an Organization Associated with the Department of Public Information in 1994, and was granted Special Consultative Status from the ECOSOC in 1999.




Joaquín Antuña

Joaquín Antuña considers himself a natural born Asturian. His family is from Mieres and he spends his summers in Aviles in the north of Spain.

He studied with the Jesuits and received his masters in Law in the Complutense University of Madrid. He carried out his postgraduate studies in France, in the prestigious Institut d´Etudes Politiques of Paris.

 

He is an avid traveler, publicist and polyglot. He speaks and writes five different languages and has some notions of five others. Citizen of the world by conviction, he lived in Germany, Italy and Mexico, where he has performed various tasks in the United Nations while continually practicing his social activism.

While in Rome, Joaquin Antuña met Aurelio Peccei, founder of the Club of Rome. This marked a radical turn in his life where he discovered the “world problematique”, though it was his conversations with Mother Teresa which propelled him to put concrete forms to his powerful vision.

In Spain, Joaquín has been the pioneer in development and education for peace. He was a strong supporter of democracy with Joaquín Ruíz-Giménez and was Secretary of International Relations of “Izquierda Democrática”, the democratic left.

As a publicist he has written numerous articles, has directed a radio program for two years and has presented and directed a television program for three.

As lecturer he has participated in many forums all over the world.

He has published "Verso Verso il Duemila" (in italian), "The Srategy of Hope", "Fifty Ideas for Peace", a video book titled "Another Humanity", "Third Millenium" (in Spanish) which was taken from his television program of the same name and "The Art of Creating and NGO: Opening Breach". This twenty years of service of a powerfull utopia, a better world for all, are descrived in original form.

In 1982, he founded Peace and Cooperation and since then he has distinguished himself as a great organizer of large public events.
 

On 21st April 2007, Peace and Cooperation received the prestigious award “Peace and Security 2006”: “Peace and Cooperation is a non-governmental organization centred on promoting a movement of non-violence and creativity to build a world of solidarity”.  Founded in 1982 by Joaquín Antuña, a pioneer in development and education for peace, Peace and Cooperation focuses particularly on the key areas of disarmament, development, human rights, solidarity action and global education. 

For 25 years, working under the motto of “Create and Survive”, Peace and Cooperation has tirelessly promoted universal education directed at the most vulnerable sectors, strengthened development of local and national agricultural economies, reinforced local production and local business networks and improved health and medical services (including efforts against malaria, AIDS and other diseases).  It has similarly helped marginalized populations have access to decent housing, promoted gender equality and carried out food safety projects.  Its renowned worldwide School Award initiative recognises students, teachers, and schools that work towards the ideals of peace, multicultural relations and diversity.

Peace and Cooperation has been particularly active in Africa, the Middle East, Central America and the indigenous communities in Mexico.  In Africa, Peace and Cooperation has worked towards the development of the production sector and established infrastructures, leading to macroprojects for agricultural development.  For example, in Mauritania, Peace and Cooperation has restored agricultural land for the production of rice and constructed a maternal and child hospital and electricity project.  It has also worked on community projects for women in South Africa and pediatric services in Equatorial Guinea.  In Colombia, South America, Peace and Cooperation has been training women in basic skills and in Mexico it is working on health and environmental sustainability.  In Nicaragua, Peace and Cooperation is strengthening the capacity of the agricultural producers while fostering a balance between individuals and the environment.  Its projects in the Middle East, where Peace and Cooperation has been working since the 1990's, mainly in Jordan and Palestine, include efforts to provide medical supplies to children and adults with disabilities and special needs in Bethlehem. 

In deciding to present Peace and Cooperation with the 2006 Peace and Security Award, were most impressed with Peace and Cooperation's 25 years of innovative service to tackle fundamental issues related to peace.  Peace and Cooperation's work touches on all of the Millennium Development Goals, dealing with the causes of violence in an effort to build a peaceful planet. 

GLOBAL DIMENSION

Peace and Cooperation works in three main areas: development, education and human rights on an international level, reflecting the objectives of the Charter of the United Nations signed in San Francisco.

Development Projects
Peace and Cooperation has carried out projects in Argentina, Benin, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jordan, Mauritania, Mexico, Nicaragua, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru and South Africa.  Peace and Cooperation focuses particularly on Africa with project work in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda.

Global Education
Peace and Cooperation has worked in the following countries: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,  Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, The Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Samoa, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela. 

Human Rights
Peace and Cooperation is the founder member of the Federation of Associations for the Defence and Promotion of Human Rights in Spain (1993).  It has participated in meetings of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) with respect to human dimension issues.  It actively collaborates with the Human Rights Office of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.  It supports, in particular, the rights of religious minorities. 

United Nations
1987 –  “Peace Messenger Award”
1994 –   Department of Public Information (DPI)
1999 – Granted Special Consultative Status of the United Nations (ECOSOC)


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