The Center for Global Nonkilling (CGNK), in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance and the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates has appointed Gershon Baskin to join some of the world’s most renown experts in the field of non-violence to be part of the Nonkilling Spiritual Traditions Research Committee.
Nonkilling Research Committees on various areas of knowledge act as consultative bodies to promote the advancement of interdisciplinary scientific evidence on the possibilities of nonkilling societies. These Committees provide creative input on research agendas, academic events, courses and publications.
Each scientific advance, technological breakthrough or political victory seems to foretell of a better day only to pale beneath the cycle of violence. Wars, murders, genocide – the killing goes on unabated. Yet there is hope.
The Center for Global Nonkilling is the only organization that promotes measurable change toward a killing-free world. It is uniquely positioned as a catalyst for research, education and training, and applied methods toward evolving from the preventable disease of killing.
Key CGNK publications have been translated into 41 languages accessible to over 4 billion speakers. Over 600 scholars in 300 academic institutions in 73 countries have joined in 19 disciplinary research committees. Many other books and articles have been published and disseminated around the world. That important work needs to continue.
The mission of the Center for Global Nonkilling is to promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world by means open to infinite human creativity.
The goal can be reached by globally advancing nonkilling knowledge and skills, incorporating them into education and training, and applying them in individual and social decisions for the well-being of all. The task calls for infinite creativity and mutual support among all individuals, organizations, and institutions whose work contributes to progress toward the goal of a nonkilling world.
The means to achieve our mission include:
Discovering and encouraging global nonkilling human capabilities
Introducing nonkilling knowledge in global education and policy
Applying nonkilling knowledge in global problem-solving
Developing and assisting nonkilling global leadership
Assisting institutions/centers for global nonkilling
Measuring, monitoring, and disseminating the impact of nonkilling global efforts
Other core concepts guiding the development of the Center Global Nonkilling include:
Becoming a catalyst and global center of activities focused on nonkilling
Thinking long term, as significant, sustainable social change typically does not occur rapidly
Mobilizing nonkilling research and knowledge for action
Being a place of support, encouragement and technical assistance for those working on nonkilling and nonviolence
Gershon is an advisor to Israeli, Palestinian and International Prime Ministers on the Middle East Peace Process and the founder and director of IPCRI, the Israeli-Palestinian Public Policy Institute. He was the initiator and negotiator of the secret back channel between Israel and Hamas for the release of 1,027 prisoners – mainly Palestinians and Arab-Israelis of which 280 were sentenced to life in prison for planning and perpetrating various attacks against Jewish targets that resulted in the killing of 569 Israelis in exchange for one Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit. Gershon is actively involved in research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, environmental security, political strategy, peace education, economics, culture and in the development of affordable solar projects with the goal of providing clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.