Architects and Ekisticians for Peace In The Middle East

Sign a petition calling for a ceasefire in the Middle East, urging all the political leaders to search for a lasting peace.

The following is a message from Prof. Akhtar Chauhan.


There is a need for long term and permanent solution to the issues, which mere ceasefire is not going to solve. I am a strong believer in finding creative solutions to the issues. The problem has arisen due to artificial creation of nations at the end of World War II by the victors. Since then thousands have died and millions have suffered due to on going conflicts in the Middle East.

The forces of peace need to unite and find creative and acceptable solutions to the issues. We do not have much time. We are on the verge of a conflict that may grow into World War III if the forces of peace do not act urgently and decisively.

One of the solutions lies in a regional collaborative framework, which encompasses Palestine, Israel and Lebanon. All the three religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam, preach good neighbourliness, love and care for fellow human beings and prohibit violence and killing of any innocent human being.

Based on this common understanding there is a need to go beyond the nation statesand work out an out of the box solution in the regional co-operation or a confederation of nations with an economic union. Let people of all faiths live together in peace and let there not be any further violence and killing of innocent children, women, men, elders and animals. We call for immediate ceasefire leading to a permanent peace.

It is upto us the forces of peace to press for it successfully before the forces of violence turn the world into one living hell. We need to spread the good ideas for permanent solution to the crisis in the Middle East. From the Architects and Ekisticians for Peace to the Citizens for Peace, Now! Spread the good idea among your friends, today!

It may seem like a dream to many but I am convinced that that is the way out, the permanent solution, which will please the Almighty Allah. May Allah bless the people of the world with peace, harmony and sustainable development. Ameen.

Istanbul Declaration on Human Settlements

1. We, the Heads of State or Government and the official delegations of countries assembled at the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul, Turkey from 3 to 14 June 1996, take this opportunity to endorse the universal goals of ensuring adequate shelter for all and making human settlements safer, healthier and more liveable, equitable, sustainable and productive. Our deliberations on the two major themes of the Conference – adequate shelter for all and sustainable human settlements development in an urbanizing world – have been inspired by the Charter of the United Nations and are aimed at reaffirming existing and forging new partnerships for action at the international, national and local levels to improve our living environment. We commit ourselves to the objectives, principles and recommendations contained in the Habitat Agenda and pledge our mutual support for its implementation.

2. We have considered, with a sense of urgency, the continuing deterioration of conditions of shelter and human settlements. At the same time, we recognize cities and towns as centres of civilization, generating economic development and social, cultural, spiritual and scientific advancement. We must take advantage of the opportunities presented by our settlements and preserve their diversity to promote solidarity among all our peoples.

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January 29, 2006

At the conclusion of the 8th International Conference on Humane Habitat, held at Rizvi College of Architecture in Bandra West, Mumbai, the final
Plenary adopted the following Mumbai Memorandum and wish to have it known that:

1. It is a source of great concern to the membership of IAHH

that, as illustrated by United Nations statistics, the world’s wealth since 1980s is being increasingly concentrated amongst a smaller percentage of the world’s population, while the ranks of the poor and the destitute continue to expand, with entirely inhuman consequences alluded to by indices such as infant mortality per 1,000 live births that are more expressive of a state of barbarism than of civilization. Thus, the preconditions for life are increasingly inhumane and even barbaric and civil society can’t remain silent in the matter.

2. Moreover, except for the wealthy and personally very mobile minority, the habitat available to the majority is increasingly poorly performing, and unsustainable to the point that disasters do occur and are likely to follow in an increasingly recurring pattern of devastation. Thus, our habitat, the very container for life, is increasingly poisonous to the life of the majority and is unsustainable.
3. These seemingly inexorable tendencies continue to be fuelled by rampant globalisation which is leading, in turn, to a universally homogenized model of habitat being inexorably imposed on previously richly diverse habitats reflective of quite varied cultures. Thus, our habitat which for centuries has reflected our respective cultures as repositories of our inheritance and belief is being eroded to the point of destruction.

We call on civil society and the authorities that represent it to take note of these very disturbing realities and we require that they respond with appropriate policies and plans of action that may engender some semblance of hope for the restoration and development of humane habitat in our respective quarters of the world.

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