UN International Day of Peace 2008

The UN's theme for the International Day of Peace in 2008 was "Human Rights and Peacekeeping." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

Italy - In several cities of Italy, peace trees were planted in public parks and peace conferences took place.

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Macau, China - A keynote speech was given on "The UN Millennium Development Goals: The Role of Civil Society and UPF."

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N’djamena, Chad - Ambassadors for Peace planted trees, participated in lectures and discussions, and organized a women's football match in the national stadium in commemoration of the International Day of Peace.

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Jakarta, Indonesia - At HAMKA University, crowds observed a day of global ceasefire and non-violence.

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Bamako, Mali - International Day of Peace celebrations began with tree planting and cleaning hospital grounds and culminated with a peace march.

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Nairobi, Kenya - The International Day of Peace 2008 was celebrated at the Peace House.

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Jakarta, Indonesia - The video "Quest for Peace" was shown at an Ambassadors for Peace meeting.

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Cagayan de Oro, Philippines - Different ethnic groups performed traditional dances at the Global Peace Festival in Mindanao.

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Kathmandu & Pokhara, Nepal - The International Day of Peace was celebrated with clean-up programs in two cities.

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Kingston, Jamaica - A UNICEF-trained lecturer spoke about conflict resolution.

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Mogadishu, Somalia - Somalis celebrated the International Day of Peace by reading passages about peace from the holy scriptures.

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New Jersey, USA - Faith leaders embarked on a "Peace Boat" and offered prayers for peace in front of the Statue of Liberty and the UN.

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Nagoya & Arakawa, Japan  - A prayer meeting was held, and youth volunteers mowed and picked up trash along a river.

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Chisinau, Moldova  - Participants were inspired by plans for the Global Peace Festival in Moldova.

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Niamey, Niger  - Ambassadors for Peace attended a peace celebration at the Sofitel Gaweye Hotel.

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Jerusalem & Haifa, Israel - Enthusiastic volunteers brought a public garden back to life for the sake of the people living nearby.

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Monaco - A hundred people met to enjoy classical music and listen to leaders of different religions discuss peace.

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Oslo, Norway - Speeches and cultural performances marked the International Day of Peace celebration.

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Lima, Peru - People from all walks of life came to share their hopes and aspirations for peace on the International Day of Peace.

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Montevideo, Uruguay  - "Building a Culture of Peace" was the theme of the peace celebration at the Uruguay National Garden.

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Pakistan - Two organizations have agreed to work together to promote peacebuilding and peacemaking initiatives.

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Lusaka, Zambia - Repairs were made to the road to the Baralaston Park School on Sept. 21, 2008, prior to a celebration of the International Day of Peace at the 15 Acres Church in Lusaka.

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Moscow, Russia - Nine members of the Russian National Peace Council met to discuss UN peacekeeping missions

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Palau - The UN International Day of Peace was celebrated with a soccer tournament among students from several schools.

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