The Seville Statement on Violence
VII CICA, Seville, 10-16 May 1986
In the late seventies of the past century, the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) decided to launch a UN-Committee that, among other goals, would aim at organizing a series of symposia under the auspices of UNESCO. It was hoped that these symposia would eventually lead towards a UNESCO statement on human violence following the example of what had previously been achieved by UNESCO with regard to the notion of ‘human race’. In Mexico City, during the IV World ISRA Conference (1982), an UN-Committee was selected for this purpose.
A provisional program was drafted and submitted to UNESCO and to other governmental international institutions. After an initial burst of enthusiasm, there was a very long silence! In spite of this lack of any official support we, scientists from very different disciplines, kept freely and openly discussing the proposed agenda. The main question we wanted to answer was whether modern natural and social sciences knew of any biological factors that were an insurmountable or a serious obstacle to the goal of world peace.