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CAM Bulletin Number 6 - Feb. 2000
The President's Column
Welcome to the President's Column.
As we begin a new Millennium, I send my good wishes to all our membership for a very successful year in our determination to uplift our museums in their service to humanity.
In May last year we held a very successful and rewarding Triennial in beautiful Barbados on the unique theme: Museums, Peace, Democracy and Governance in the 21st Century. We are encouraged by the fact that the theme was both challenging and far-sighted and the first time that such a theme would be discussed by museums at a global level. The Triennial also enabled us to celebrate our 25th anniversary as an association and begin to map out strategies for launching CAM into the 21st century. Our conference highlighted the idea that museums today must show leadership in the promotion of peace in the world by taking bold steps that will encourage democracy and transparent government and be a beacon of strength to those who have given up hope in the Commonwealth.
We also recognize that each citizen and each museum of the Commonwealth has a contribution to make to encourage peace. The Executive Council, working in collaboration with our membership will develop a programme of action in line with our Bridgetown Declaration which will form the basis of our activities in our various museums and communities in actualizing our vision. We will also encourage museums of the Commonwealth to develop and participate actively in various activities marking the International Year for the Culture of Peace as proclaimed by the United Nations through UNESCO. In the words of Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the outgoing Secretary General of the Commonwealth: "If we are to plan for better things, we must learn from the mistakes of the past, value the present, and have a vision of the changes which we wish to bring about in the future". It is our intention to bring about changes in our museums in the Commonwealth to the effect that they pay attention to the issue of peace as it touches the lives of our citizens no matter whether we live in "peaceful" countries or countries that are experiencing internal or external conflict.
Be a friend of museums in the Commonwealth, join CAM!
Happy Jubilee year to us all!
Note: The central theme of this issue is CAM's Triennial is Museum's Peace, Democracy and Governance and a celebration of the International Year for the Culture of Peace. It is an urgent call to take up this cause in whatever way is relevant to your museum and your community. CAM will be including in its immediate action plan for the Triennial, several items relating to this theme and taken directly from the Bridgetown Declaration. The next issue of the Bulletin, to follow shortly, will include the general action plan for the Triennial period and will also carry forward CAM's ongoing projects relating to the Distance Learning Programme, the GCAM Programme in Africa, the Youth International Internship Program and publications.