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The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a world of peace centered on universal spiritual and moral values.



Peace is freedom in tranquility.
Cicero

The United Nations set the theme for this year's observance as Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future. Peace has its foundation in the quality of human character and human relationships. And it has been our shared moral and spiritual traditions that, throughout millennia, have taught us of our common origins, purpose and destiny. Lasting peace and the growth in solidarity among the whole human family comes from the recognition that we are all brothers and sisters. We are to live as one family under God.

For a PowerPoint overview of observances by UPF chapters, click here.



Day of Peace Observed in France Print E-mail

Vannes, France - At the Hotel Kyriad in Vannes, UPF-France organized an International Day of Peace forum on Sept. 30, 2012.

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Conference in Macedonia on Peace and Security Print E-mail

Skopje, Macedonia - A UPF conference on Principles and Practices for Lasting Peace and Security in Macedonia and the Wider Balkans took place at FON University in Skopje on October 6 in commemoration of the UN International Day of Peace and International Day of Non-Violence.

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UN Day of Peace 2012 Observed in 33 Nations Print E-mail

Inspired by the theme "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future" of the UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2012, UPF chapters in 33 nations organized programs ranging from academic forums to interreligious ceremonies to poetry contests.

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Day of Peace Commemorated at a Forum in Washington, DC Print E-mail

Washington, DC, USA - Eighty-five guests from the diplomatic, NGO, and business communities filled The Washington Times' Beech Room to overflowing for an October 18 observance of the UN International Day of Peace. While words of peace offered by historical figures were shown on the screen, people engaged in conversation over lunch.

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Interreligious Council Discussed on Day of Peace in Taipei Print E-mail

Taipei, Taiwan - A Consultation regarding the establishment of an Interreligious Peace Council took place at the Peace Center in Taipei on September 22, in commemoration of the International Day of Peace. This followed up on a previous consultation held on August 25.

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Day of Peace Commemorated with a Vigil in Monza Print E-mail

Monza, Italy - For the eighth consecutive year, UPF promoted an an interfaith prayer vigil in the square in front of the Monza Town Hall on the International Day of Peace, September 21. The event had the support and patronage of the Municipality and the Province of Monza Brianza.

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Day of Peace Commemorated at Sukkot Festival in Jerusalem Print E-mail

Jerusalem, Israel - During of the Jewish Sukkot Festival, UPF-Israel opened a special stand on a pedestrian street in the center of Jerusalem dedicated to celebrating the UN International Day of Peace 2012.

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Day of Peace Observed in Sydney, Victoria, and Brisbane Print E-mail

Events commemorating the UN International Day of Peace 2012 took place in Sydney, Victoria, and Brisbane, Australia.

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Day of Peace Commemorated in the Dominican Republic Print E-mail

San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic - The Santo Domingo State University Branch at San Juan partnered with UPF-Dominican Republic to host a celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21. The audience in the Sinecio Ramirez Auditorium numbered 346 people.

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International Day of Peace Celebrated throughout Russia Print E-mail

International Day of Peace 2012 programs took place in eight cities, with Ambassadors for Peace, partners, and activists organizing a variety of activities promoting inner peace, peace in families, and peace between neighboring communities, peoples, and nations.

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Forum on Peace and Security on Day of Peace in Riga Print E-mail

Riga, Latvia - UPF-Latvia marked the International Day of Peace on Sept. 22, 2012, by inviting a professor from the military academy, Gen. Karlis Kreslins, to speak on “Prospects for Peace and Security for a Sustainable Future.”

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Attending Day of Peace Forum at African Union Headquarters Print E-mail

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - UPF-Ethiopia participated in a forum on the International Day of Peace September 21 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa. The theme was the role of African women in bringing about peace.

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Seminar on Day of Peace in Nigeria Print E-mail

Abuja, Nigeria - "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future" was the theme of a conference held by UPF-Nigeria in Abuja on marriage and family as instruments for peace Sept. 21 and 22, 2012.

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Day of Peace Commemorated in Kabul Print E-mail

Kabul, Afghanistan - UPF-Afghanistan celebrated the International Day of Peace in Kabul on September 21 with more than 160 people from different categories of the society attended. This fabulous event was held at the Gharjistan Institute of Higher Education. The program consisted of speeches, messages, cultural presentations, and refreshments.

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Conference in Prague Commemorates Day of Peace Print E-mail

Prague, Czech Republic - To commemorate the UN International Day of Peace, a UPF conference under the title "Sustainable Peace for the Future" was held in Prague on September 21. The conference was convened in the European House. The 25 participants represented the fields of academia, local and European politics, and NGOs.

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Intercollegiate Football Tournament Commemorates Day of Peace in India Print E-mail

New Delhi, India - To mark the UN International Day of Peace 2012 and the UN Sport for Development and Peace program, UPF-India joined hands with the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan and St. Stephens College to organize an Intercollegiate Peace Football Tournament under the theme “Play Soccer, Make Peace” from October 10-12 at the football field of St. Stephens College, North Campus, University of Delhi. Eight teams from eight different colleges under Delhi University took part in the tournament.

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Day of Peace Commemorated in Lusaka Print E-mail

Lusaka, Zambia - The International Day of Peace was observed by UPF-Zambia at the Peace Embassy in Lusaka on October 15. More than 30 people, including religious leaders, students, Ambassadors for Peace, and UPF staff gathered to commemorate the event.

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Day of Peace Commemorated at Sri Lanka's Youth Parliament Print E-mail

Colombo, Sri Lanka - UPF-Sri Lanka celebrated the “UN International day of Peace” on September 23 at the Youth Parliament of Sri Lanka in Colombo. The Youth Parliament was established in 2011 to strengthen social harmony and build mutual understanding among the youth of the nation after the heart-breaking decades of conflict. Thus it was very fitting to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace at the Youth Parliament.

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Day of Peace Commemorated at a Boarding School in Kiev Print E-mail

Kiev, Ukraine - UPF volunteers organized a project named "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future" on September 21 dedicated to the International Day of Peace. It was held at Kiev boarding school №2 for children with special challenges of physical and intellectual development. Seven UPF volunteers and 35 children from 5th and 7th grades participated in the program.

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Families Commemorate the Day of Peace in Tokyo Print E-mail

Tokyo, Japan - A Peace Family Volunteer program on Sept. 22, 2012 demonstrated that family ties and the familial culture in an extended society are the keys for sustainable peace.

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Day of Peace Commemorated in Malaysia Print E-mail

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia - An observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace took place at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel in Ipoh on September 23. The theme of this year's observance was Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.

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Training in Peace Principles on the Day of Peace in Moldova Print E-mail

Chisinau, Moldova - A training about principles of peacebuilding took place on September 22 in honor of the International Day of Peace.

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Day of Peace in Georgia Observed at a Conference and Historic Site Print E-mail

Tbilisi, Georgia - UPF-Georgia organized two events for the UN International Day of Peace: a conference at the David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia on September 21 and a celebration at the Rabat fortress in Akhaltsikhe on September 22.

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"Within the Eye of the Storm" Documentary Screened on Day of Peace in Oslo Print E-mail

Oslo, Norway - The European Leadership Conference in Oslo on 'Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future' featured the launch of the documentary, 'Within the Eye of the Storm' in the Norwegian Parliament, the Stortinget, to coincide with International Day of Peace, September 21.

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