International Day of Peace

Each year on September 21, the UN invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities and commemorate the International Day of Peace through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. In the quest for peace, UPF and its Ambassadors for Peace around the world organize commemorations of the International Day of Peace each year.

The theme for 2014 was "The Right of Peoples to Peace," marking the 30th anniversary of the UN General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace.

UPF's Statement on the International Day of Peace 2014

Programs organized by UPF in 2014

Afghanistan: Speeches, recreational activities and a cleaning project in Kabul
Albania:
Presenting school supplies to orphans in Tirana
Argentina:
Presentation of prizes in the 2014 International Day of Peace Poetry Contest on the theme: "Roads and Bridges to Peace" in Buenos Aires
Australia: Interfaith walk and prayers for peace in Brisbane
Azerbaijan: Bike ride for peace in Sumgait
Baltic Dialogue Super-Marathon for Peace:
Run from St. Petersburg, Russia, through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Benin:
Conferences and other events on the theme "Operation Heart-to-Heart"
Cambodia: Programs at three universities in Battambang
Canada:
Ambassadors for Peace forum in Montreal
Central African Republic:
Seminar on principles of peacebuilding in Bangui
Colombia:
Two programs at the Peace Embassy in Bogota
Costa Rica:
An information booth at a street fair organized by Red de Paz in San Jose
Denmark:
A program at the City Hall in Copenhagen
DR Congo:
Conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa
Ecuador:
Activities in Carolina Park and a program at the Peace Embassy in Quito
Estonia:
Program on "Foundations for Lasting Peace" in Tallinn
France:
Program on Peace Initiatives at Maison de La Salle Catholic center in Paris
Gabon:
Seminar at the chamber of the Economic and Social Council in Libreville and a similar event in Port Gentil
Germany:
Interreligious programs in Bonn, Munich and Stuttgart
Iceland:
Program at the Free Lutheran Church in Reykjavik
Indonesia:
Program on "The Role of Youth in Peacebuilding" in Medan
Israel:
Forum on "Universal Lessons of the Holocaust - No More Genocide" in Jerusalem
Italy:
Forum and interfaith prayers in Monza and celebration at the Museo-laboratorio di Pace in Turin
Japan: Program on "Prayer and Dialogue for Peace" in Tokyo
Lithuania: Interreligious prayers at the Hill of Three Crosses in Vilnius
Malaysia: Program at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel in Ipoh
Marshall Islands: Interfaith prayers, studying quotes and peace and sharing thoughts about peace in Majuro
Moldova: At libraries and schools in Chisinau making 1000 paper cranes for peace in Ukraine
Nepal: Programs in Kathmandu, Nepaljung, Pokhara, Chitwan, Dhangadhi and Biratnagar
Netherlands: Salon on Women and Democracy in The Hague
New Zealand: Prayers, speeches and a peace walk in Auckland
Nicaragua: Programs promoting the UPF vision of "One family under God" in Leon and Managua
Nigeria: Various events in mosques and churches, a conference for aspiring politicians, a briefing for journalists, and a national conference and awards ceremony
Norway: Forum on "A Religious Approach to a Peaceful World" at a church in Oslo
Peru: Forum in the National Congress in Lima
Russia: Celebrations in Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg, Ufa and Volgograd
San Marino: Meetings promoting UPF's peace initiatives in the Middle East
Solomon Islands: Reading peace messages, singing, offering prayers and lighting candles for peace in Honiara
Sri Lanka: Workshop for youth and volunteer service project in Gampola
Switzerland: Peace festival and conference in Zurich
Taiwan: Seminar at Taiwan Normal University in Taipei
Thailand: Observances at schools throughout Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago: Creating a peace garden at a school and a program in Diego Martin
United States: Forum at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Richmond, Virginia

Programs may include:

  • Reading UN and UPF statements about the International Day of Peace
  • Observing one minute of silence
  • A forum on the theme chosen by the United Nations
  • Prayers and readings from various religions (English | French | Russian | Spanish), which can be read as representatives of various religions each light a candle or pour water into a common bowl
  • Music, art, dances, and food from various cultures
  • A march, rally, service project, or sports event (for examples, click here)

Resources

Principles of Ambassadors for Peace
Promoting a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World
Communication Skills Exercises
Team-Building Exercises
Conflict-Management Exercises
PeaceMaker
video game role-playing scenarios in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (free)
People Power video game of non-violent resistance strategies ($10)

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