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UN International Day of Peace 2009

The theme chosen by the UN for 2009 was "Disarmament and Non-proliferation." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

On the occasion of and in support of the International Day of Peace, September 21st, 2009, for which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave the motto “We Must Disarm” (WMD), with a focus on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, the Universal Peace Federation offers the following affirmations.

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In addition to the disarmament conference at the UN headquarters in Geneva on the United Nations International Day of Peace 2009, Universal Peace Federation chapters organized events on that theme in various nations.

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Geneva, Switzerland - A seminar on Sept. 23, 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva focused on disarmament, in collaboration with the UN Institute on Disarmament.

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UPF celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2009, in various nations with festivals, forums, clean-up campaigns, football matches, and programs featuring art, music, dance and poetry.

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UPF celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace 2009 with interreligious prayers at events in various nations.

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Victoria, Seychelles - Members of the National Assembly, Ambassadors for Peace and NGO representatives attended a conference marking the International Day of Peace.

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Macau, People's Republic of China - The 2009 International Day of Peace celebration opened with a meditation for peace.

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Kabul, Afghanistan - Four days after a bombing in another part of Kabul, an International Day of Peace included music, a mosque cleanup, and a martial arts demonstration.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina - Since wars begin in the minds of men, in the minds of men the defenses of peace must be constructed.

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Yerevan, Armenia - A Day of Peace celebration was organized at School № 194 by Ambassadors for Peace.

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Sydney, Australia - UPF-Australia collaborated with the Ministry of Peace in a multicultural peace vigil.

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Bridgetown, Barbados - The Barbados National Peace Council held a church service to commemorate...

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Cotonou, Benin - On September 20, there was a gathering at the National Assembly to share about peace.

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New York, NY - UPF brought 25 students from the New York City area to join hundreds of students from around the world at the UN and via telecast in observance of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 18, 2009.

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Sao Paulo, Brazil  - Numerous groups gathered at the Peace Monument to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace.

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Sofia, Bulgaria - UPF-Bulgaria celebrated the International Day of Peace at the Peace Embassy in Sofia.

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Yaoundé, Cameroon - The UN International Day of Peace in Cameroon was celebrated at the “Hôtel des Deputés.”

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Ottawa, Canada - Events in a 13-day Festival of Peace included a forum, peace walk, and exhibits.

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Hong Kong, China - Peace stickers were handed out at Hong Kong University, and students participated in a Peace Tea Ceremony.

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Macao, China - A Family Federation for World Peace program challenged everyone to find ways to be peacemakers.

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Brazzaville, Congo - UPF celebrated the International Day of Peace in partnership with the UN High Commission for Reintegration of Ex-combatants.

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Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire - After invocations by an imam and a pastor at the City Hall, Mr. Gabriel Likane described principles of peace.

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Pilsen, Czech Republic - Czech people reflected on the fall of the Iron Curtain at a conference and festival.

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo - A lecture on the Cause and Resolution of Conflict drew interest.

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