UN International Day of Peace 2012

The United Nations set the theme for this year's observance as "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future." For a PowerPoint overview of UPF observances, click here.

 

Edinburgh, Scotland - "The Way to Permanent Peace" was the theme of a meeting in the Scottish Parliament on September 12 in commemoration of the International Day of Peace.

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Vannes, France - At the Hotel Kyriad in Vannes, UPF-France organized an International Day of Peace forum on Sept. 30, 2012.

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Abuja, Nigeria - "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future" was the theme of a conference held by UPF-Nigeria in Abuja on marriage and family as instruments for peace Sept. 21 and 22, 2012.

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Skopje, Macedonia - A UPF conference on Principles and Practices for Lasting Peace and Security in Macedonia and the Wider Balkans took place at FON University in Skopje on October 6 in commemoration of the UN International Day of Peace and International Day of Non-Violence.

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Kabul, Afghanistan - UPF-Afghanistan celebrated the International Day of Peace in Kabul on September 21 with more than 160 people from different categories of the society attended. This fabulous event was held at the Gharjistan Institute of Higher Education. The program consisted of speeches, messages, cultural presentations, and refreshments.

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Inspired by the theme "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future" of the UN International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2012, UPF chapters in 33 nations organized programs ranging from academic forums to interreligious ceremonies to poetry contests.

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Prague, Czech Republic - To commemorate the UN International Day of Peace, a UPF conference under the title "Sustainable Peace for the Future" was held in Prague on September 21. The conference was convened in the European House. The 25 participants represented the fields of academia, local and European politics, and NGOs.

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Washington, DC, USA - Eighty-five guests from the diplomatic, NGO, and business communities filled The Washington Times' Beech Room to overflowing for an October 18 observance of the UN International Day of Peace. While words of peace offered by historical figures were shown on the screen, people engaged in conversation over lunch.

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New Delhi, India - To mark the UN International Day of Peace 2012 and the UN Sport for Development and Peace program, UPF-India joined hands with the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan and St. Stephens College to organize an Intercollegiate Peace Football Tournament under the theme “Play Soccer, Make Peace” from October 10-12 at the football field of St. Stephens College, North Campus, University of Delhi. Eight teams from eight different colleges under Delhi University took part in the tournament.

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Taipei, Taiwan - A Consultation regarding the establishment of an Interreligious Peace Council took place at the Peace Center in Taipei on September 22, in commemoration of the International Day of Peace. This followed up on a previous consultation held on August 25.

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Lusaka, Zambia - The International Day of Peace was observed by UPF-Zambia at the Peace Embassy in Lusaka on October 15. More than 30 people, including religious leaders, students, Ambassadors for Peace, and UPF staff gathered to commemorate the event.

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Monza, Italy - For the eighth consecutive year, UPF promoted an an interfaith prayer vigil in the square in front of the Monza Town Hall on the International Day of Peace, September 21. The event had the support and patronage of the Municipality and the Province of Monza Brianza.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka - UPF-Sri Lanka celebrated the “UN International day of Peace” on September 23 at the Youth Parliament of Sri Lanka in Colombo. The Youth Parliament was established in 2011 to strengthen social harmony and build mutual understanding among the youth of the nation after the heart-breaking decades of conflict. Thus it was very fitting to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace at the Youth Parliament.

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Jerusalem, Israel - During of the Jewish Sukkot Festival, UPF-Israel opened a special stand on a pedestrian street in the center of Jerusalem dedicated to celebrating the UN International Day of Peace 2012.

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Kiev, Ukraine - UPF volunteers organized a project named "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future" on September 21 dedicated to the International Day of Peace. It was held at Kiev boarding school №2 for children with special challenges of physical and intellectual development. Seven UPF volunteers and 35 children from 5th and 7th grades participated in the program.

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Events commemorating the UN International Day of Peace 2012 took place in Sydney, Victoria, and Brisbane, Australia.

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Tokyo, Japan - A Peace Family Volunteer program on Sept. 22, 2012 demonstrated that family ties and the familial culture in an extended society are the keys for sustainable peace.

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San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic - The Santo Domingo State University Branch at San Juan partnered with UPF-Dominican Republic to host a celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21. The audience in the Sinecio Ramirez Auditorium numbered 346 people.

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Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia - An observance of the United Nations International Day of Peace took place at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel in Ipoh on September 23. The theme of this year's observance was Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.

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International Day of Peace 2012 programs took place in eight cities, with Ambassadors for Peace, partners, and activists organizing a variety of activities promoting inner peace, peace in families, and peace between neighboring communities, peoples, and nations.

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Chisinau, Moldova - A training about principles of peacebuilding took place on September 22 in honor of the International Day of Peace.

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Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia - UPF-Malaysia held a planning meeting on July 28 for a celebration of the International Day of Peace in Ipoh.

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Riga, Latvia - UPF-Latvia marked the International Day of Peace on Sept. 22, 2012, by inviting a professor from the military academy, Gen. Karlis Kreslins, to speak on “Prospects for Peace and Security for a Sustainable Future.”

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Tbilisi, Georgia - UPF-Georgia organized two events for the UN International Day of Peace: a conference at the David Aghmashenebeli University of Georgia on September 21 and a celebration at the Rabat fortress in Akhaltsikhe on September 22.

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