Academic Orientation of the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies


In general terms the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies follows the principles of the UNESCO's famous Manifesto 2000, which proposed to turn the new millennium into a new beginning, an opportunity to change, all together, the culture of war and violence into a culture of peace and non-violence. The six corner stones of the Manifesto 2000 are:

- Respect the life and dignity of each human being
- Practise active non-violence
- Share time and material resources
- Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity
- Responsible consumer behavior
- New forms of solidarity.

However, Innsbruck became famous for its unique approach to peace research with the key phrase “transrational peaces” and with its specific and tough training method in the sense of John Paul Lederach's elicitive conflict transformation”. Both principles are applied in practice in the frame of the MA Program for Peace Studies. The UNESCO Chair promotes further research in these fields and the publication of the respective results.

The focus of the UNESCO Chair therefore fits perfectly with the famous Preamble to the Constitution of the UNESCO stating that since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed. The Chair promotes this in theory and academic practice.


Wolfgang Dietrich and John Paul Lederach
UNESCO Chairholder Wolfgang Dietrich and John Paul Lederach (right)
meet at a conference in Würzburg, Germany, April 2011