The Center for Global Nonkilling (CGNK), known until 2008 as the Center for Global Nonviolence, was established in Honolulu (Hawai‘i, USA) in 1988 by Glenn D. Paige (b. 1929). Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Hawai‘i, Paige developed the concept of nonkilling in the book "Nonkilling Global Political Science" (2002, revised in 2009; translated in 41 languages). The Center for Global Nonkilling has a unique mission: To promote change toward the measurable goal of a killing-free world in reverence for life. The mission requires discovery and advancing the Spiritual, Scientific, Skill and Arts capabilities of humankind, and focusing them to develop leadership and citizen competence for nonkilling change in every sector of global society.
CGNK is working on a Nonkilling Communities initiative that will encourage, recognize and support local communities where no killings take place or where nonkilling good practices are being implemented to reduce killing. Local authorities will be invited to apply for recognition through the Flag Program, were CGNK will honor local governments in either of these categories (communities with zero killing or communities with good practices to reduce killing) with an specific flag and banner, which they will be allow to fly or use in leaflets, etc., as long as they comply with program requirements (monitoring of killing, nonkilling efforts and submission of annual reports to the Global Nonkilling Observatory). Materials developed by CGNK (Guide of Best Practices, Bluebooks, educational, …) will be provided to those communities on a regular basis.
The Nonkilling Communities flag is blue with the emblem of the organization in the middle. The emblem of the organization is a white disk - forming the letter "O" of "Nonkilling" - with the left part red and a S-shaped sector horizontally divided blue and white. Designed by Glenn D. Paige, the emblem "explains the concept of nonkilling combining the ancient Asian yin-yang symbol with the recent brain research finding that stimulation of the pathways between systems of the brain controlling emotions and movement can assist change from violent to nonviolent human behavior. Analogously Creative Transformational Initiatives (blue), drawing upon Nonkilling Human Capabilities (white), can bring an end to Human Killing (red)."
The CGNK presented on 26 August 2014 its first Nonkilling Communities Flag and Award to the Municipality of Bosanski Petrovac (Bosnia and Herzegovina)