Who we are?
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
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.
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.
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 considers himself a natural
born Asturian. His family is from Mieres and he spends his summers in
Aviles in the north of Spain.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1982, he founded Peace and Cooperation and since then he has
distinguished himself as a great organizer of large public events.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1987 – “Peace Messenger Award”
1994 – Department of Public Information (DPI)
1999 – Granted Special Consultative Status of the United Nations (ECOSOC)