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.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - About a hundred university students attended an International Day of Peace celebration.

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Taipei, Taiwan - At gatherings for meditation and prayers for peace in four cities, people signed the Peace Declaration.

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Ukraine - International Day of Peace activities in several cities of Ukraine included a parade, crafts, games, songs, films, and a friendly football match.

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Prague, Czech Republic - A celebration took place with the theme, "When we change, the world changes."

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Tallinn, Estonia - A presentation addressed the topic "Where does peace start from?"

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Vienna, Austria - A variety of religious and cultural traditions gave a global atmosphere to the Day of Peace.

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Quito, Ecuador - Diplomats and educators, civic, and NGO leaders attended a celebration at the National Congress.

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Tbilisi, Georgia - Orphans and displaced Abkhazia children participated in arts, games, contests, and sports during a day dedicated to peace.

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA - The bright autumn day was a perfect setting for the International Day of Peace Rally at the state capitol.

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o Paulo, Brazil - Representatives of many sectors of society came together to call for peace.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras - Leaders from all aspects of society celebrated peace together.

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Kabul, Afghanistan - Two International Day of Peace celebrations emphasized the role of youth.

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Bratislava & Dunajska Luzna, Slovakia - Students in two schools created post cards on the theme of peace.

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Higuey, Dominican Republic - A thousand people celebrated the International Day of Peace at the National University.

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New York, New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kicked off the 2008 celebration of the International Day of Peace with a traditional peace bell ringing ceremony on Sept. 23, 2008.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka - School children participated in a talent competition on the theme of peace.

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Majuro, Marshall Islands  - Micronesian Traditional Chiefs honored the International Day of Peace at their convention.

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The UN Department of Public Information announced the release of "The Day after Peace," a documentary film about the International Day of Peace by Jeremy Giles.

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Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis - The International Day of Peace was celebrated with singers, bands, and an all-night vigil.

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The Netherlands - The International Day of Peace was observed at several events throughout the Netherlands.

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UPF chapters organized celebrations of the UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2008, in 58 nations. The UN set the theme for 2008 as "Human Rights and Peacekeeping."

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St. Lucia - “What can we do to promote world peace?” “Go home and love your family!”

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Nukuʻalofa, Tonga  - A forum about the International Day of Peace was aired on TV.

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Bangkok, Thailand - The International Day of Peace was celebrated at a conference with participants from 18 countries.

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