the capital of Iceland, one of the few countries which has no army and which has been ranked as the most peaceful country in the world seven years in a row, according to the annual Global Peace Index compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Reykjavik has a mission of becoming a capital of peace and has placed great emphasis on human rights and peace in its work and policies. In October 2017 the city, in cooperation with the University of Iceland, launched Hofdi Reykjavik Peace Centre which is regarded as an important step in Reykjavik’s mission of becoming a city of peace.
HÖFÐI Reykjavík Peace Centre
is run under the auspices of the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland and is a forum for international multidisciplinary cooperation, with an emphasis on the role of small states, cities and citizens in promoting peace. Its launching is regarded an important step in Reykjavik’s mission of becoming a city of peace. The Peace Centre will promote non-violent communications, the eradication of interpersonal violence and peaceful relations between states and organisations. Additionally, it will promote peace through research and education, including the development of a graduate programme in peace and conflict studies at the University of Iceland. becoming a city of peace.
Brahma Kumaris, Iceland
established in 2000, is part of a worldwide network of over 8,500 centres in more than 100 countries, the first of which was founded in India in the 1930s. The Brahma Kumaris provides opportunities for people to discover their own spirituality and learn skills of reflection and meditation derived from Raja Yoga. It promotes spiritual leadership with integrity and elevated actions towards a better world through numerous social service activities and partnerships.
a foundation based in Switzerland, to inspire and accompany the education actors, decision-makers, institutions and international organisations to include peace – self-awareness, listening and altruism – in the future of education for the benefit of the next generations.
Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace
an international think-tank and research organisation. It considers peace as a human concept that can only be achieved when people are in touch with their own humanity. Its core aim is for humanity to flourish within each individual and promote broader social transformation. www.ghfp.org
a nonprofit foundation based in the United States, works to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world through its research, education, and public programs. www.fetzer.org
The Pure Land Foundation
was founded by Bruno Wang, a London-based philanthropist, cultural patron and businessman. The Foundation reflects Mr Wang’s well-established interests in meditation, holistic wellbeing, art and music. www.purelandfoundation.com