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Schools across the World to be Linked by Livestreaming on International Day of Peace
an article by David Adams

For the third consecutive year, schools across the world will be linked by livestreaming on September 21, the International Day of Peace. This is an initiative of the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities. The organization was created in 1986 "to recognize and encourage the role and responsibility cities have in creating a culture of peace."

Pairing of New Haven, U.S.A. with Wielun, Poland in 2012

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The pairings this year [updated on August 26] are:

Bhubaneswar, India, with Volgograd, Russia

Kakiri, Uganda, with Lagos, Nigeria

Kragujevac, Serbia, with Crepy-en-Valois, France

Nablus, Palestine, with Messolonghi, Greece

New Haven, CT, USA, with Acapulco, Mexico

Oswiecim, Poland, with Como, Italy

Paris, France, with Sarajevo, Bosnia

Piracicaba, Brazil, with Mexico City, Mexico

Plonsk, Poland, with Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia, with Morphou, Cyprus

Toronto, Canada (a), with Windsor, CT, USA

Toronto, Canada (b), with Cambridge, MA, USA

Torun, Poland, with Brighton, UK

Wielun, Poland with Šalcininkai, Lithuania

The event will be broadcast live on the IAPMC Youtube channel, and previous broadcasts from 2011 and 2012 are also available there.

Concerning the participating cities, It is not by accident that Hiroshima is the home city of Mayors for Peace, which was established in 1982 to ensure that there would never again be the nuclear destruction of a city and which now counts over 5,000 member cities around the world. Nor is it by accident that the two cities in the USA are the only cities in that country with official municipal peace commissions.


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Latest reader comment:

International Cities Choose Peace

J. Fred Arment

International Cities of Peace, an association of global cities of peace, is using the U.N. Culture of Peace tenets as the guideline for forming initiatives. To date, thirty-one cities are part of the association. Some are grassroots organizations, others have the firm commitment by resolution or proclamation from the city council.
International Cities of Peace include the following:
• Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
• Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
• Unity Village, Missouri, U.S.A
• Coventry, England
• Bradford, England
• Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Mataki, Philippines
• Pathuthani, Thailand
• Fizi, Democratic Republic of Congo
• Lake County, California, U.S.A.
• Aba, Abia State, Nigeria
• Nagpur, India
• Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.
• Bujumbura, Burundi
• Mzuzu and Lilongwe, Malawi
• Tunis, Tunisia
• Tuolumne County, California, U.S.A.
• Bihac, Bosnia, Herzegovina
• Yaounde, Cameroon
• Freetown, Sierra Leone
• Nyala, Darfur, Sudan
• Bujumbura, Burundi
• Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
• Nakuru, Kenya
• Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• Kathmandu, Nepal
• Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
• Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
• Warrake, Nigeria
• Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A.

To start an initiative, go to the association's website for resources and tools.

This report was posted on July 15, 2013.