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.

Koror, Palau  - A friendly football match brought together Palauans, Bangladeshis, Indonesians, Koreans, and Filipinos.

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Asuncion, Paraguay - A peace forum at the National Congress brought together diverse organizations.

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Peru - UPF-Peru embraced the International Day of Peace with ceremonies in the Peruvian Congress, Trujillo and Puno.

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Chelyabinsk, Russia - Children wrote messages of goodwill on balloons and gave them to others.

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Moscow, Russia - A variety of activities connected to the International Day of Peace took place in the Moscow region, including a festival, a round-table discussion, a Play Football Make Peace Tournament, and a wreath-laying ceremony honoring UN Peacekeepers.

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Pervouralsk, Russia - Students made gifts with symbols of peace to send to children in Georgia. 

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Revda, Russia - People walking on the street were invited to make cranes, doves, and angels symbolizing peace.

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Serov, Russia - Senior citizens celebrated peace with children at a rehabilitation center.

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St. Petersburg, Russia - Students participated in the project "The Baltic Sea Is Our Common Sea."

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Yekaterinburg, Russia - Children at an orphanage learned about peace and made paper cranes.

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San Marino - Ambassadors for Peace and their guests celebrated the International Day of Peace at a Social Center.

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Castries, St. Lucia - Commentaries on Declaration of the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2009, made by six organizations: Universal Peace Federation, The Community Action Programme for Safety, the National Youth Council, the National Commission for UNESCO, RISE (St. Lucia) Inc., and FAITH (Fighting Against increasing Threats to Humanity).

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Castries, St. Lucia - Representatives of six organizations met and published a joint peace declaration.

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Geneva, Switzerland - A disarmament seminar at the UN offices included a model UN interreligious council.

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Bangkok, Thailand - Events organized for the Day of Peace included a seminar, concert, and observances of one minute of silence in 15 schools.

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London, England - At a Sept. 21, 2009 conference in London on the International Day of Peace, a scholar called for effective weapons monitoring and a peace activist spoke of the need to reduce war-related spending.  

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Kharkov, Ukraine - Students heard lectures and watched a film about peace.

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Kiev, Ukraine - A number of projects took place with students and refugee children.

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Sumy, Ukraine - A football match took place between teams from two universities.

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Zhitomir, Ukraine - Volunteers gave a presentation about peace at an orphanage and engaged youth in a friendly football match.

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Montevideo, Uruguay - Peace was celebrated through music, games, poetry, and lectures.

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Colorado, USA - Music and interfaith prayers marked the Day of Peace in Denver.

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Caracas, Venezuela - Volunteers cleaned and painted at an orphanage and center for the elderly in La Rinconada on the International Day of Peace 2009.

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Bogotá, Colombia - Ambassadors for Peace organized a celebration of the International Day of Peace in the national Congress on Sept. 21, 2009, with religious leaders presenting a proposal for a national “Day of Pardon, Day of Peace, and Day of Thanksgiving.”

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