The Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) sponsored by the World Council of Churches (WCC) has launched its 2009 focus on the Caribbean region with the theme: "One Love: Building a Peaceful Caribbean".
The DOV's Caribbean work will aim to strengthen and resource churches and movements working for peace in the region, and deepen the churches' understanding of the violence involved in issues such as migration, human trafficking, food security, HIV and AIDS, drugs abuse and trafficking, amongst others.
"We want to convey the message that the Caribbean is not just sun, sand and sea," participants at the launch stated in their report.
The launch of the Caribbean focus took place in Panama City at an 11-14 November 2008 gathering of representatives from churches and regional as well as international ecumenical organizations. Four countries were identified as requiring special attention within the region: Haiti, Granada, Surinam and Cuba.
The meeting brought together some 30 participants from national councils of churches, the Conference of Caribbean Churches, the WCC regional Caribbean group. It was hosted by the Ecumenical Committee of Panama.
The Caribbean region will host the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation that will mark the culmination of the Decade to Overcome Violence. The Convocation will take place in Kingston, Jamaica in May 2011.
The Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010): Churches seeking reconciliation and peace is an initiative of the World Council of Churches. It calls churches, ecumenical organizations and all people of goodwill to work together for peace, justice and reconciliation.
For further information:
Decade to Overcome Violence: www.overcomingviolence.org
International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (May 2011, Kingston, Jamaica): www.overcomingviolence.org/iepc