Mr. Speaker, on December 1 the parliamentary group in support of UNESCO launched Manifesto 2000 for a culture of peace and non-violence and proposed it to all members of the two Houses for their endorsement.
This manifesto 2000 is not an appeal nor a petition addressed to a higher authority. This manifesto was written by the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to create a sense of responsibility starting on a personal level.
The goal is to present 100 million signatures to the United Nations General Assembly meeting at the turn of the millennium in September 2000.
Manifesto 2000 was made public in Paris on March 4, 1999, and seeks signatures of the general public throughout the world. It has already been endorsed by more than 250 parliamentarians in both Houses of this Parliament.