In 2009, UNESCO decided to inscribe on the World Heritage List this age-old practice, “the Council of Good Men and the Water Tribunal*” promoting the peaceful use of water.
It is both to prevent or resolve conflicts while protecting a precious good, Water, that since the time of Al-Andalus (9th-13th centuries AD), it is customary to bring together a “council of good men” or “a water court”. It is in the heart of Spain, between the plain of Murcia and Valencia, that Farmers Judges “known for their honesty” meet to discuss the right use of water. These sessions, always public, allow young people to understand and perpetuate this tradition. This particular approach may inspire some of the students participating in the Peace contest.
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EDUCATE FOR PEACE highlights original citizen initiatives involving youth in the service of peace. The objective is to stimulate debates about the need for peace in classrooms, within families and among friends by highlighting specific actions undertaken by young citizens or youth associations and institutions.