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UN International Day of Peace 2011

The theme chosen by the UN for 2011 was "Peace and Democracy: Make Your Voice Heard." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

Overview of activities organized by UPF chapters in 67 nations on the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2011.

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UPF chapters throughout the United States celebrated the Day of Peace with a wide variety of program, many featuring representatives of different faiths speaking of shared values.

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Yekaterinburg, Russia – Several activities took place in commemoration of the International Day of Peace in Yekaterinburg.

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Nangreongo, Burkina Faso - The International Day of Peace was celebrated in Nangreongo in the central plateau on September 24 under the sponsorship of His Majesty Mogho Naaba and the Managr Naaba Sanem Peace Association.

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Bogota, Colombia - Ambassadors for Peace carried out various activities during the month of September in observance of the International Day of Peace to promote interreligious dialogue and cooperation.

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Casamance, Senegal - UPF-Senegal organized a commemoration of the International Day of Peace in Casamance, southern Senegal on the theme: "Let's unite in heart."

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Chisinau, Moldova - The Universal Peace Federation-Moldova and related groups organized several public presentations, conferences, and seminars in commemoration of the International Day of Peace in order to stimulate awareness about the need for peace.

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Students in schools throughout Thailand opened the school day on the International Day of Peace, September 21, by observing one minute of silent prayer and meditation for peace and by listening to readings of peace messages from the UN Secretary General and the Prime Minister of Thailand.

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Bangkok, Thailand - UPF-Thailand organized video clip contest on the theme "Peace is ... what is peace in your mind?" to raise awareness of the UN International Day of Peace. The contest was promoted on university campuses, the mass media, and social networking sites. Prizes were awarded at the International Day of Peace commemoration in Bangkok on September 21.

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Victoria, Seychelles - UPF-Seychelles commemorated the International Day of Peace on September 25 with a program at the National Theater on the theme ‘’Community Building for the Betterment of the People.’’

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Women's organizations, including the Women's Federation for World Peace, organized programs in commemoration of the International Day of Peace in Moscow, Perm, and Yekaterinburg.

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UPF-Russia collaborated with various organizations to hold conferences and forums on topics related to peace in Chelyabinsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, and Novosibirsk.

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UPF chapters throughout Russia organized a variety of educational and cultural events related to peace at schools in Khabarovsk, Kondopoga, Kostomuksha, Pokrovskoye, Saratov, Serov, Tyumen, and Volgograd.

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Freetown, Sierra Leone - Joining the whole world on September 21, to celebrate World Peace Day, UPF-Sierra Leone embarked on an attitudinal change by cleaning at the Connaught Teaching Government Hospital.

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Melbourne, Australia - The UPF commemoration of the UN International Day of Peace was held at the headquarters of the Federations for World Peace in Victoria.

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Kigali, Rwanda - The International Day of Peace program at the New Hope Technical Institute on September 24 included prayers, ceremonies, traditional dances, and songs. This was the first time that the UN International Day of Peace was celebrated in the Central District of Kigali.

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Taipei, Taiwan - UPF-Taiwan commemorated the International Day of Peace on September 18 with a seminar on the proposal for an interreligious council at the United Nations co-organized with the Professors World Peace Academy, ROC.

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Honiara, Solomon Islands - UPF-Solomon Islands organized events at two schools in Honiara commemorating the UN International Day of Peace.

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UPF-Albania and the Family Federation for World Peace commemorated the International Day of Peace by distributing school supplies to Roma orphans in Tirana on September 27 and in Shkodra on September 28. Eleven volunteers spent a month raising the funds to purchase the supplies.

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Helsinki, Finland - A seminar on “Peace and democracy - Let your voice be heard!” took place on September 21 in Helsinki featuring speakers from the Loviisa Peace Forum and the Women's Federation for World Peace.

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Kabul, Afghanistan - UPF members met in Kabul to commemorate the International Day of Peace with a recitation from the Qur'an, speeches and a concert of Afghan music.

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Brazzaville, Republic of Congo - Over 400 people attended the celebration of the International Day of Peace in the Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation on September 21. Participants included Ambassadors for Peace, state officials, representatives of international organizations and local NGOs, representatives of churches, students, the media, and members of the police.

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Lome and Kara, Togo - To commemorate the International Day of Peace, UPF-Togo organized two conferences on September 21: one in Lome, the capital, attended by 350 people, and the other in the region of Kara attended by 150 people.

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Quatre Bornes, Mauritius - The Women's Federation for World Peace organized a celebration of the International Day of Peace at the Municipal Hall of Quatre Bornes on September 18. Participants included parents, sponsored children, WFWP members and tutors, and special guests including government officials, educators, religious leaders, and NGO representatives.

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