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Europe: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

We list here 177 events in 32 European countries, but that does not count several hundred events in the United Kingdom alone for One Day One Choir. The 177 events were listed in Google during the week of September 21-28 under the key words “International Day of Peace”, “Journée Internationale de la Paix”, “Dia Internacional de Paz”, “Dia Internacional da Paz” and “”Internationaler Tag des Friedens” or were listed on the following websites:
International Cities of Peace Facebook
UN event map for the International Day of Peace.
One Day One Choir.
Montessori schools singing for peace

No doubt there were also many events listed on the Internet in the dozens of national languages in Europe other than those for which we searched.

Concerned about the environment, the mayor of Avesnes-Les-Aubert in France specified in the invitation that the balloons will be biodegradable.

Here are excerpts from the articles.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: On September 21st, the International Day of Peace, the association Autonomous Austrian Women’s Shelters (AÖF) in cooperation with the European network WAVE (Women Against Violence Europe) takes this opportunity for an event with readings and music in the Gustav Mahler Hall of the Vienna State Opera.

AUSTRIA: Throughout Austria, children and young people celebrated the “International Day of Peace” with Jane Goodall. UN Good News Ambassador Jane Goodall invites children and adolescents from all continents to create and raise peace doves as a sign of world longing for peace on Sept. 21, cease hostilities and engage in peaceful coexistence. Countless children throughout Austria took part in the actions and donated their longing for peace in the form of homemade doves.

MESSINES, BELGIUM: Servas Belgium-Luxemburg and Servas France are inviting to a cross border gathering, for a triple commemoration: the end of First World War; the International Day of Peace (21. september) and the launch of Servas International 70th birthday. This meeting will take place in the nice town of Messines, Belgium.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: On Friday, 21 September, various activities will take place at Museumplein / Place musée in Brussels, including DIY workshops, ethnic music concerts, live art, circus, social village, street theatre and garden projects. In addition, a debate on the responsibility to protect and the right to intervene to prevent and stop mass atrocities will be held on Thursday, 20 September.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: As part of the International Day of Peace on September 21, the City will host a conference organized by Almouwatin (Citizen, in Arabic). This Belgian media, created in 2015 in the wake of the attacks that struck Europe, will address the themes of exchange and sharing in collaboration and with the support of various Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, lay, Freemason, Christian associations. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Peace Trophies, which will reward the personalities, projects and associations that have contributed, through their daily actions, to promoting peace and coexistence between the peoples of Belgium and other countries.

MECHELEN, LEUVEN and ANTWERP, BELGIUM:Volunteer “taikoplayers” will perform again in pop-up (flash mob) in Mechelen, Leuven and Antwerp to bring peace into the picture. They play on their Japanese drums (taiko) a japanese creation “Niji matsuri” by Wadaiko Tokara (“niji” means Rainbow!)

NECHIN, BELGIUM: Blog of the communale school of Néchin. On the International Day of Peace, the students will plant an olive tree, as a symbol of the coexistence of all peoples. Each class will participate in its fashion. With many photos.

NICOSIA, CYPRUS: The Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) and the Home for Cooperation (H4C), honoring the International Day of Peace for the sixth consecutive year, invite you to join the celebrations at the Home for Cooperation (H4C) on Friday 21st September from 7:30 – 11:00 pm. People from all walks of life are invited to participate in the celebrations which include music by Acoustic 4 Band and DJ Sofronis. Vegan food and beer from ‘Drink for Peace’ will be on sale at the Home Café.

NICOSIA, CYPRUS: Civil society organisations and trade unions are organizing a series of events today to mark the 1st of September World Day of Peace dedicated by the Word Trade Unions Federation to the struggle against facism. 7 trade unions from the TRNC and 1 trade union from the South organised a press conference this morning at the Home for Cooperation in the UN controlled buffer zone. Two groups will be organizing a march to the Presidential Palace at 5pm starting from the Kuğulu Park in Lefkoşa.

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Special screening of the award winning docu-drama ‘The Man Who Saved the World’ plus post-screening discussion with Prof Michal Smetana, Charles University. Few people know of him… Yet hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. The actions of Stanislav Petrov, a retired Soviet military officer, prevented the start of a worldwide nuclear war and the devastation of much of the Earth. Link to the movie trailer:

ALLONNES, FRANCE: Friday, September 21, 2018, Allonnes will celebrate the International Day of Peace with music by HK, the presentation of the Culture of Peace Award and the signing of the convention with the New Askar refugee camp in Palestine in association with the League of Human Rights, Céméa, Women in solidarity, ARAC, etc. – 18h: concert with the young talented artists at the “Découverte talents” evening: Tetey (beatbox) and Susanoo (songs)- 18h30: NAKED (in a sphere) (Rock Hip-Hop) – 21h: HK (world, blues, folk and reggae). Free entry. Restoration and refreshments on site.

AMBOISE, FRANCE: “It was in 2014 that we decided to celebrate the International Day of Peace, organized by the United Nations, through the organization of a drawing contest for students in CM1 and CM2” explains Laurence Althès, president of the Innerwheel club of Amboise, at the presentation of awards to 28 students of the private school Sainte-Clotilde, Friday. For this 5th edition, the children, who created a poem and a drawing entitled “Fleur de paix”, received a diploma of Graine d’artiste, a booklet containing the most beautiful drawings made by the schools of the nine districts of the association.

AVESNES-LES-AUBERT, FRANCE: Friday, as part of the International Day of Peace, the town is organizing a reading of poems and a release of balloons. Concerned about the environment, the mayor, Alexandre Basquin specifies in the invitation that the balloons will be biodegradable. The balloons are guaranteed in natural latex with organic color pigments. The town ordered its biodegradable balloons in the colors of the rainbow from a specialized company in Bouches-du-Rhone.

CHALETTE, FRANCE: Friday, exposition “Culture of Peac” by Mouvement de la Paix, followed by a concert with the Franco-Malian group “Imidiwen”; Saturday: Picnic followed by a peace march.

CHERBOURG-EN-COTENTIN, FRANCE: A ceremony is being organized by the Mouvement de la Paix de la Manche, followed by a debate to take place at the salle de la Cité, near the church.

LE CREUSOT, FRANCE: Photos of the celebration of the International Day of Peace as organized in Creusot by the Collective for Peace 21 September {Collectif pour la paix le 21 septembre).

EPERNAY, FRANCE: On the occasion of the International Day of Peace last Friday, the Interfaith Collective of Épernay, composed of local representatives of the three great monotheistic religions, met on a site in the Bernon district. They planted a temporary mast intended to become a tree of peace which “symbolizes the will of all the religious communities represented in Epernay to work together in the community with all the Men of good will, whatever their philosophical or religious convictions. It will be replaced next November by a cedar from Lebanon, chosen to “express the solidarity of the Catholic, Jewish and Moslem communities Sparnacian with the people of the Middle East and all the communities that live there.”

MORLAIX, FRANCE: The Mouvement pour la Paix of Morlaix is organizing a meeting, Saturday 22 September, in front of the City Hall. We will give a petition to the mayor and council members to “Stop the war – Stop the violence – Stop the misery.” This petition and similar actions are being organized throughout France by the Mouvement de la Paix.

PARIS, FRANCE: Friday 21 September is the International Day of Peace. On this occasion, hummingbirds will invade the park of the Villette, in the spirit of non-violent initiatives in favor of the democracy of tomorrow! Objective: Hang 1000 paper birds, hummingbirds and doves, under the Ourcq Gallery, on the edge of the canal of the same name. According to a Japanese legend, making 1000 origamis allows one’s wishes to come true. Ours is that the democracy of tomorrow is open, non-violent and finds new impetus to respond to the challenges of ecological transition.

POIRIER, SAINT-PÈRE, FRANCE: Multi faith prayer and vigil event in the Foret d’Etapes, part of the Morvan, and then a night candle-lit pilgrimage to the Abbaye de Fontenay

RENNES, FRANCE: The Fédération Française Pour l’UNESCO (FFPU) commemorates the International Day of Peace with its members in the UNESCO Clubs of Brittany and its faithful Breton partners: The Regional Council of Brittany, The Academy of Rennes, The City of Rennes, The International House of Rennes (MIR), etc. The program includes a discussion of what is UNESCO, its ideals? its actions? How to act with or within the UNESCO Clubs in your school, and a dialogue with Madam Jocelyne BOUGEARD, Delegate for European and International Relations on the theme “The City of Rennes committed to promoting the Culture of Peace”.

ROUEN, FRANCE: The Institution Sacré-Cœur celebrates the International Day of Peace with several animations, including coloring of paper doves by the children. Participants are requested to dress in white.

SAINT-MARTIN-D’HÈRES, FRANCE: The “cursed” poetry of Gaston Couté and Jehan-Rictus, read and sung by Dominique Glasman. Meeting organized in partnership with the Martinique committee of Mouvement de la Paix, as part of the International Day of Peace.

TARBES and LOURDES, FRANCE: Several events are being organized by the collective “March for Peace.”

TOULOUSE, FRANCE:On the occasion of the International Day for Peace 2018, we organize in many places in France marches, dances and songs for one hour so that each of our steps is a message of Love sent to the world! Join us !

UNIEUX, FRANCE: Concert on the occasion of the International Day of Peace: Presentation by the harmony chorus of Saint-Just Saint-Rambert under the direction of Laurence Payet, as well as by the adult choir of Musi’Val, section of the music school of Unieux under the direction of Pascale Fay.

VÉNISSIEUX, FRANCE: The city of Venissieux with the local committee of the Mouvement de la Paix organized an evening on the occasion of the International Day of Peace with stands, exhibitions, a round table, zongs performed by the Lyon People’s Choir, an aperitif offered by the City and cold restoration proposed by Oyenga Simy Flo and Ymne as well as a folk ball hosted by the Lyon People’s Choir

BERLIN, GERMANY For the International Day of Peace on September 21 the International Peace Bureau (IPB and the IPB Youth Network are organising together with NatWiss a public event on the challenges to  peace, as well as a working meeting with several NGOs and stakeholders active in peace. 

BONN, GERMANY: Theatre: exchange of letters during the First World War

DRESDEN, GERMANY: In Dresden on the international day of the peace a wide alliance has been mobilized for a demonstration in front of the Frauenkirche on the Dresden Neumarkt, including FbK (peace movement nationwide coordination), Reminder for Peace Dresden, Dresden Peace Initiative and as a novelty the #aufstehen red flag group.

OSTHOLSTEIN, GERMANY: For the International Day of Peace on Friday, the bells rang in more than 20 communities in Ostholstein.

RATINGEN, GERMANY: As in previous years, the Ratingen Peace Network, in which the Ratingen Group is also involved by Amnesty International, organized a public event on 21 September for the International Day of Peace. The author Stefan Weidner gave a talk in the “Haus am Turm” based on his new book “Beyond the West” followed by a discussion.

TROCHTELFINGEN, GERMANY: On Friday, 21 September 2018, Peace service at 18 o’clock in the St. Blasius Church in Mägerkingen.

ARCHAIA OLYMPIA , GREECE: Ancient Olympia’s Municipality is going to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Saturday, 22nd of September 2018, with a Peace March that will start from the “Park of Truce” (next to the archaeological site of Olympia), will continue through the city of Olympia, and will end up in the City Hall’s courtyard, where the Resolution of Peace will be read and signed and a beautiful music event will take place.

SANT’ANNA DI STAZZEMA, LU, ITALY: Invitation to all citizens to come to Sant’Anna di Stazzema for a rally in defense of the values ​​of peace, rights, solidarity, freedom of opinion and all the values ​​of the Constitution

MILANO, ITALY: “The Italian Youth Association for UNESCO, the Lombardy Committee, organizes the event” Peace and War through the lenses of photography “on 22nd September 2018 at 4.30pm in Milan. This is a dialogue in “Artist talk” mode developed in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan and Palazzo Moriggia Museum of the Risorgimento, as part of the International Day of Peace organized by the United Nations. We will have the pleasure of hosting Davide Monteleone, winner of numerous prizes, currently residing in Russia, and the German photojournalist Kai Wiedenhöfer, whose artistic focus deals with the theme of walls that separate nations and cities for unresolved motivations ranging from politics to religion and to the economy.

GRAND-CHÂTEAU OF ANSEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG: Exhibitions, workshops and theatre celebrating peace, heritage and the rapprochement of cultures

SKOPJE, MACEDONIA:Public kindergarten “8 March”, Skopje, Macedonia. We will play, sing and draw. We will send a message to all adults around the world that children have the right to a peaceful sleep, freedom, education, fulfilled childhood with laughter, joy and well-being.

MIDDELBURG, NETHERLANDS: A conversation about peace, organized by University College Roosevelt, on this International Day of Peace in collaboration with Barbara Oomen, Anya Luscombe and their students at UCR (University College Roosevelt). The theme will be: “Standing Up for Human Rights”.

DeVLIERHOF, NETHERLANDS: We’re inviting applications for the 5th training for youth workers by Towards a Nonviolent World. Download the call for application here. The online phase will start late August, the training will be from September 17-23, 2018. (arrival 16th, departure 24th, or 23rd after 18:00!). It will take place just across the border of The Netherlands with Germany in a village called “Keeke” at “De Vlierhof”, 30 min. from the airport of Dusseldorf/Weeze.

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DĄBROWA GÓRNICZA, POLAND: The Event is organized in cooperation between MasterPeace Poland and MasterPeace Mexico. ACT! will be one of the largest global initiatives tackling ‘Artistic Expression’ Around the #SDGs ( Sustainable Development Goals ): photo exchibition, video project, choir performance, painting walls, peace talks and party.

BELMONTE, PORTUGAL:In order to celebrate International Peace Day, the Municipal Library and Municipality of Belmonte will provide a set of activities on  September 21, in which everyone can participate, including a film session and a walk through emblematic sites of the village of Belmonte with a recitation of poems about peace. Note: In all activities participants should be dressed in a white garment.

SOURE, PORTUGAL: The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) will participate at 3:00 p.m. on September 21 at an event for the International Day of Peace in the Hall of the Town Hall in Soure. In this session, which is part of the São Mateus Festivities, promoted by the municipality, which will be attended by the mayor of Soure, Dr. Mário Jorge Nunes and the president of the National Directorate of CPPC, Ilda Figueiredo, will inaugurate the exhibition “For peace, for security, for the future of humanity!”.

BELEM, LISBON, PORTUGAL The International Human Rights Observatory (OIDH) will organize a ceremony to mark the International Day of Peace, at the Cultural Center of Belém. After the opening of the event, a video will be projected by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, alluding to the event. Several national and international entities will be present, including personalities representing different sectors of the structure of the Portuguese State, as well as international individuals belonging to the Diplomatic Corps.

COIMBRA, PORTUGAL: At the Rainha Santa Isabel College, the International Day of Peace was celebrated in the Community as Architects of Peace and Caregivers of the World!

ABELHEIRA, PORTUGAL:The Social and Cultural Center of Carreço organizes tomorrow, September 21, an event to celebrate the International Day of Peace, in the church of the Holy Family, in Abelheira. The festive meeting begins at 2.30 pm with performance by the Senior Academic Choir / CER, followed by a recital of Portuguese guitar poetry by Rui Amendoeira.

RIO MAIOR, PORTUGAL: The city of Rio Maior returned today, September 21, to be the stage, of a set of initiatives to mark the “International Day of Peace”. Once again with Antonio Maior Fróis as mentor, and with the support of a vast group of organizations, schools and associations of Rio Maior, the initiative began by gathering, in the morning, the students of the various educational establishments of the city to draw with their bodies a symbol of peace in one of the training camps of the Sports Complex. During the afternoon the message of peace was continued in the Municipal Garden in an event attended by the Mayor of Rio Maior, Isaura Morais, and the councilors Lopes Candoso and Miguel Santos, among others, including the world champion of the 50 km march, the Inês Henriques, who was this year the godmother of the event. A moment of reflection and peace ended this important day, with the participation of Christian communities, school directors, leaders of cultural associations, Red Cross, Volunteer Firemen, Scouts and the Rotary Club of Rio Maior.

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA: Free launch of e-book “Home to Gaia: A Journey to Peaceful Sleep” an illustrated storybook for all ages, linking inner and outer peace. Available on Kindle.

PLOESTI, ROMANIA: MasterPeace Ro Association participated in the International Day of Peace, involving 30 schools from across South Eastern Romania with more then 3000 pupils, 100 teachers and more then 50 volunteers and a combine budget of more then 2500 Euros. The aim was to make youngsters aware of the idea of peace as a state of mind that means being good and respecting others.

NOVI SAD, SERBIA: Screening of the film produced during the Danube for Peace Workshop with online streaming bridge with wicked Wales International Film Festival… more at

LAS PALMAS, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN: An international Festival of Peace is taking place in Gran Canaria, Spain and Paramahamsa Vishwananda has been invited as one of the main speakers. As a representative from Mauritius, He will take part in the intercultural festivities which hope to unite 194 countries from around the world in a vision of peace and unity through diversity. The event includes parades and different activities with all cultures and religions. Everyone is invited to attend these public events.

LAS PALMAS, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN: The “Association for Peace Petra Klein” is organizing an International Solidarity Festival for World Peace – From the Canary Islands to the World for Peace” – Union in Diversity, September 21-23. Within the festival will be held various conferences and workshops not only for adults, but also for young people. In addition, several NGOs from the field of “International Solidarity”, with the focus on the 17 objectives of “Sustainable Development” will be represented with their stands.

CARRIZAL, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN: The Municipal Library Agustín Ramírez Alemán of Carrizal welcomes from yesterday and until September 28 the exhibition Books for Peace , announced from the City Council of Ingenio. Framed in the International Day of Peace, the exhibition can be visited during the opening of the center (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) and includes the screening of the film Merry Christmas , as well as several events for children and adults.

TUDELA, NAVARRE, SPAIN: The Government of Navarre has held an institutional event in Tudela on the occasion of the International Day of Peace (September 21) in which it has recognized the work of the International League of Women for Peace and Freedom (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF), an organization of which the President of Navarra, Uxue Barkos, has highlighted its “firm, solid and, above all, necessary and essential, structure for work in favor of peace and freedom from a gender perspective ” President Barkos presented the recognition to the Nigerian Joy Ada Onyesoh, recently elected President of the International League of Women for Peace and Freedom, who was accompanied by Carmen Magallón, president of the section in Spain. During the ceremony, part of the exhibition “100 years of WILPF” was exhibited in the courtyard, which covers the main moments and actions that the International League of Women for Peace and Freedom has carried out throughout the world throughout its 100 years of history From tomorrow you can visit the entire exhibition in the same building Castel Ruiz and later will take several educational centers of Tudela.

IRUN, BASQUE REGION, SPAIN: On the Plaze Ensanche of Irun activities carried out by NGOs for the International Day of Peace include:
– Projections of the cooperation projects carried out in the field
– Photographic exhibitions and information panels
– Sale of handicrafts and T-shirts
– Face makeup
– Cooperative games and workshops

ALCOBENDAS, BARCELONA, REGION OF CATALUNYA, SPAIN: Alcobendas will celebrate tomorrow the International Day of Peace with a replica of the World Peace Campaign, which will be attended by the president of the World Association of the Campaign for Peace in Spain , Jose Rodriguez; and the Minister of the Embassy of Japan in Spain, Toru Shimizu. Students of the Occupational Center of the Association of Parents of Students with Disabilities of Alcobendas will release of doves while the Bell of Peace is playing. The commemoration will close with the interpretation of the works ‘O mio babbino caro’, by Giacomo Puccini, and ‘Soñé otra vida de mujer’, by Claude-Michel Schönberg, by María José Santos and Patricia Lorenzo, by voice and by piano, respectively.

BASEL, SWITZERLAND: Kick without shooting? On the occasion of the International Day of Peace and the 30th birthday of swisspeace, three exponents of the sports world and conflict research addressed this question in a discussion at the University of Basel. Bernhard Heusler , former President of FC Basel, Marc-André Buchwalder , CEO of the Scort Foundation and deputy head of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel, Erik Petry , have discussed the role that sport can play when it comes to one to create a more peaceful world. The discussion was opened by Elisabeth Ackermann , President of the Government of Basel-Stadt.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: The 6th edition of the Geneva Peace Talks is organized under the theme “Peace without Borders”. The speakers will share their personal experiences, stories and ideas to highlight their efforts to promote peace that goes beyond borders- be they in the mind, geographic, political or physical boundaries. The Geneva Peace Talks are a public event co-organized by the United Nations Office at Geneva, Interpeace and the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

BRADFORD, UK: We’re celebrating International Day of Peace here at the University of Bradford. We have a rich heritage in the study of peace. Our Division of Peace Studies and International Development maintains an international reputation as a centre for excellence in research, teaching, training and policy engagement, and was one of the first of it’s kind in the world. The Division also boasts one of the six Rotary Peace Centres worldwide, and is a founding member of the Rotary Peace Centres network. The world comes to Bradford; we are extremely proud that our students cover over 50 nationalities. The chance to meet people of different backgrounds and experience is unparalleled and makes PSID a very rich learning environment.

BROMLEY, UK: Bromly Peace Council Peace Day Event: Come along to enjoy speakers, readings, music, stalls, films, therapies and refreshments.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND, UK: You are invited to Belfast City Council’s celebration of International Day of Peace 2018. Our keynote speaker will be the Rev. Trevor Williams, retired Bishop of Limerick and former Leader of the Corrymeela Community who will speak on the subject of peace building and reconciliation, 20 years after the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The event will include an art installation on the theme of ‘wishing on a star’, which will involve 10 different community groups working with the Community Arts Partnership, who will animate the Rotunda in the City Hall for the event. There will also be music by Ciaran Lavery, The award-winning singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland who has been decorated at home by the Northern Ireland Music Prize (for his 2016 album ‘Let Bad In’) and has totted up over 80 million streams on Spotify during his five year solo career.

DUNDEE, UK: 2018 International Day of Peace talk at the University of Dundee: democracy and security in the small west African state: a post-Yahya Jammeh’s perspective of the new Gambia. The 2018 International Day of Peace talk is organised by the Centre for Global Culture and Public Diplomacy, a new initiative for this purpose, Dundee Africa Research Network (DARN), reputed for its periodic talks on African research and the Institute for Social Sciences (ISSR), known for its drive in promoting interdisciplinary research within the School of Social Sciences in the University of Dundee.

LONDON, UK: A concert will be given at Lauderdale House in Highgate at 8pm and will feature folk and traditional music from countries currently affected by conflicts. It will be given by the World Harmony Orchestra, an international ensemble performing for peace and humanitarian causes. They will be joined by soloists from Syria and Iran.

MONMOUTHSHIRE, UK: ‘Ways to Peace’ is a multicultural peace festival, which will celebrate the ideals instilled through UNESCO’s International Day of Peace. Running for three days at Tintern Abbey (from the evening of 21 to 23 September), it will focus on three themes: peace with nature, inner peace, and peace between people.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, UK: Multiple cultural groups will come together at Auchenshuggle Woods, to share traditional drinks and snacks and celebrate Peace Day 2018. As well as good food, we will have crafts, music and outdoor activities to try. Set to be a great event, taking place in the peaceful surrounds of a beautiful woodland.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND, UK: This event will mark International Day of Peace 2018 and demonstrate the Council’s commitment to building Peace and Reconciliation in the city. 2018 also marks the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. The event will include a seminar with various speakers, and art installation on the theme of ‘wishing on a star’ which has involved hundreds of people across the city. This installation will animate the Rotunda in the City Hall from 15 Sept. We will also have a giant Peace symbol on the front lawn which will be filled with Peace related events all day. During the morning seminar we will discuss the new Good Relations Strategy for the City and Ciaran Lavery will perform live in the Great Hall, City Hall.

In addition to the above events, One Day One Choir lists participating choirs for the International Day of Peace in :
Albania (TIRANA)
Austria (SALZBURG)
Czech Republic (PRAGUE)
Latvia (RIGA)
Lithuania (KURSENAI)
Macedonia (SKOPJE)
Montenegro (KOTOR)
Norway (KOLBOTN)
UK (approximately 200 entries)

And the map of Montessori schools singing for peace on the International Day of Peace includes schools in:

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BANJA LUKA)
Czech Republic (BRNO, PRAGUE)
Finland (HELSINKI)
Hungary (BUDAPEST)
Lithuania (VILNIUS)
Poland (WARSAW)
Switzerland (ZURICH)

Ex-Soviet Countries: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

The following 71 events in 9 countries formerly part of the Soviet Union were listed in Google during the week of September 21-28 under the key words “Международный день мира” and “Міжнародний день миру”as well as “International day of peace”.

Participants of the action in Sverdlovsk launched balloons into the sky with white doves, on which were written the names of the deceased warriors of the Great Patriotic War.

We begin with articles from RUSSIA (in alphabetical order), followed by ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELORUS, GEORGIA, KAZAKHSTAN , KYRGYZSTAN, MOLDOVA and UKRAINE.

BASHKORTOSTAN, RUSSIA: Students of our college, Baskirsky College, together with the Youth Public Chamber at the State Assembly-Kurultai of the Republic of Bashkortostan, laid wreaths to the monument of the grieving mother in Victory Park, paying tribute to all those who lost their lives in local wars. This event is designed to unite the youth of Bashkortostan in patriotism, respect for the fallen and for a peaceful sky over our head.

BIRYULYA, ALTAI REPUBLIC, RUSSIA: The action “We are for Peace!” Was prepared by the pupils of the pre-school groups of the school No. 933 on Thursday, September 20. In anticipation of this event, the children talked with the psychologist Svetlana Bolotskikh about peace, and then the older children created a bright “Bird of Peace” with the help of appliqué. “Peace time is a blessing that enables us to live steadily: to study, work, create families, raise children,” said Svetlana Bolotskikh. -Svetlana also noted that on the day of the holiday no one was indifferent: even the smallest pupils of the pre-school department all together made a large drawing of the Earth, and then they stamped it with their handprints.

BOLSHAYA BALASHIXA, MOSCOW OBLAST, RUSSIA: On the eve of the International Day of Peace the Library Center “Yuzhny” offered its readers poetic information, which included collections of poems about good and peace, about friendship and love for the Motherland. Adults and children took part in the poetic marathon and in the choice of the poems, most vividly defining the theme of peace and mutual understanding. Samuel Marshak’s poem, which urges children to play not in war, but in peace, gained the greatest number of votes. The information hour in the library was joined by 18 people.

BOLSHAYA EKATERINOVKA, AKARSKY REGION, RUSSIA: In Bolshaya Ekaterinovka schoolchildren released into the sky the doves of peace. A single class hour was devoted to the International Day of Peace in a rural school on September 21. Students and teachers of the MOU-SOSH village of Bolshaya Ekaterinovka joined the action “Dove of Peace”. At the beginning of the event, there was a single class hour in the 1-11 grades of the school, which was led by the eighth-grader Veronika FEDINA, sixth grader Darya KAZARYAN and sixth grader Victoria PISARENKO. They told about the purpose of this action, read poetry about peace and white doves – the symbol of peace. In memory of those who died during wars, candles were lit and a minute of silence was declared. The pupils of primary classes made drawings “We are for peace on the whole planet.” The action ended with the release into the sky of colorful balloons with paper doves attached.

BUGULMA, TATARSTAN, RUSSIA: The mobile cultural center of the Centralized District Club System of Bugulma held a thematic event “The World Begins from Childhood” for the first-graders of School No. 3. Employees of the cultural center told the children about memorable dates, the history of their origin and their significance. Girls and boys played games for the knowledge of kind words and countries of the world. They painted our planet to give their drawings to family and close people. And at the end of the event all participants received flyers in honor of the significant dates and wished each other a peaceful sky over their heads, joy and happiness.

CHELYBINSK RUSSIA: In our lyceum (Licium 102 Chelybinsk) , we celebrated the International Day of Peace for the second year . Today we talked and sang about peace ! Hand over hand , under the sounds of bells of peace, reminding us that we have not been touched by war … And at the end of the holiday lyceum students of 8-11 classes have built a simple , but important word “PEACE” . Lyceum 5-7 classes lined up in the form of the Russian flag. The director of the lyceum Marina Leonidovna Oksenchuk, the deputy director for the Verkhovna Rada Larisa Stepanovna Lebedeva, Alexander Valerievich Kurochkin and the hosts of the holiday launched the white doves into the peaceful sky .

HASAVYURTOVSKY DISTRICT, DAGESTAN, RUSSIA: The libraries and preschool institutions of the Hasavyurtovsky district celebrated the International Day of Peace. In the libraries of settlements the lessons of peace were held, within the framework of the “We are for Peace” regional action, where the library leaders told the readers about the Day of Peace. The children rang the little bell so that its ringing made everyone think about how fragile our world is, which means that it must be protected. Multicolored balloons were released into the sky. In the rural libraries of Hamavurt, Kandauraul, Pokrovskoye, Temiraul, Pyatiletka, Boragan-gechu, Botashurt, there have been organized talks on peace.

IVANOVO, RUSSIA: Using Skype the students and teachers sang songs with teachers and students from other countries.

KAZAN, TATARSTAN, RUSSIA: More than 2,000 students of the Kazan Federal University took part in a large-scale flash mob. In the sky were launched white doves – the symbols of peace, as well as white and blue balloons.  

KAZAN, TATARSTAN, RUSSIA: In the house of culture “Peace” will be a holiday in honor of the International Day of Peace – “Let’s live in peace!”. The day-to-day activities of the United Nations to maintain peace and tranquility, to comprehend the existing world problems – that’s what the organizers of the event want to draw to the attention of children and parents. For the youngest members of the Peace Club there will also be organized a program where the children will draw the emblem of the “dove of peace” and understand the meaning of peace for each person.

KAZAN, TATARSTAN, RUSSIA: September 21 in the Gorkinsko-Ometyevsk Forest there will be a large-scale concert for the Day of Peace and Harmony. The holiday will begin at 15:00, the concert program with creative numbers – at 18:00. The territory of the event is the main stage for the participation of creative teams and music groups, student pop stars and foreign collectives, as well as a venue for the conduct of actions and entertainment for the city’s residents. The program of the concert includes a lot of activities, master classes and interactive venues for guests:
• master class on acting from the founder of the school of acting “Broadway”;
• a master class on painting from the artist Catherine Manko;
• Lecture “Travel as transformation” from the traveler and writer Renata Smirnova;
• Transformation game “Women’s Alchemy” from the female coach Kadria Gafarova;
• a collection of puzzle size 3×2 m, etc.
During the whole event, the “Postcard to a friend” platform will function, which will allow participants to send a postcard to anywhere in the world. It is also planned to hold a “Ethnoobjective” photocross for photographers. The event will end with a massive launch of balloons into the sky under the motto “We are peace!” The organizers of the Concert are the Regional Public Organization “The Academy of Creative Youth of the Republic of Tatarstan” with the support of the Ministry of Youth Affairs of the Republic of Tatarstan.

KOSTROMA, RUSSIA: Kostroma schoolchildren also joined the social movement for the International Day of Peace. Teachers of Gymnasium No. 28 held an open lesson for children on October Square. Why is peace and harmony so important to all who live on Earth? The answer to this question was learned today by students of lower grades. They independently made paper doves and gave them to people passing by.

KAMENSK-URALSKY, RUSSIA: September 21 in the central square of Kamensk-Uralsky will be the All-Russian patriotic action “Dove of Peace” for the second time in the history of our city. The action is dedicated to the International Day of Peace. Its main goal is to honor the memory of the veterans who defeated fascism in the Second World War. Participants in the action – schoolchildren and students, will launch white doves and balloons into the sky, thereby expressing gratitude to the front-line soldiers and workers of the rear and pay tribute to their immortal feat in the name of peace on earth. .The organizers of the event – the Center for Youth Policy of Kamensk-Uralsky invite residents of the city to become active participants of this event.

KARGAPOLSKY DISTRICT, KURGAN OBLAST, RUSSIA: On September 21, the International Day of Peace was held in all educational institutions and institutions of culture and art in the Kargapolsky district, together with volunteer units, secondary professional education institutions under the motto “The right to peace: the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”. About 3000 children, teenagers, teachers and parents took part in the events. The children lit candles in memory of those who died defending the world, thinking about “What is Peace?”, “Why do we celebrate the Day of Peace?”. A minute of silence passed, at the end of which white doves, a symbol of peace, were released. More than 80 events were held: Peace Bell, We for Peace, Dove of Peace, We Are for Peace on the World, information watch cycles “Together for Peace: Respect, Security and Dignity for All”, ” Day of Peace “,” The world needs everyone “, drawings competitions on asphalt” Let there always be a sun “,” My happy planet “,” Peace to my house “, game programs” Journey on human rights “,” All right to know about the right ” “Children for Peace on Earth”, sports competitions.

KURGAN, RUSSIA: In “Secondary school №52”  students together with the volunteer detachment “Generation NEXT” (the head of the detachment – the teacher of history, social science Lusnikova Nelli Anatolievna) joined the Action “Dove of Peace.” Before the school, a flashmob “Peace Dove” was held in support of peace – a massive one-time launch of helium balloons with white paper doves attached along with Dunaevsky’s song “Fly, doves, fly.” On the same day, within the framework of the action, students of 9th grade of our school, participants of the volunteer squad “Generation NEXT” Egor I. and Maxim R. took part in the international video conference “Partnership of sister schools” in the framework of the international children’s and youth movement. Among the participants of the video conference were representatives of the Russian Embassies in Algeria, Azerbaijan, Serbia, the Lugansk People’s Republic, etc. The participants of the conference discussed issues of preservation and transfer of historical and cultural heritage, respect and development of friendly relations between peoples. 

KETOVO, KURGAN OBLAST,RUSSIA: On September 21, the International Day of Peace was held in the Ketovo Children and Youth Center. In the framework of patriotic education, the action “Dove of Peace” was held, conversations “What is Peace” were held, the students of the center made doves from paper, drew drawings on the theme “World Peace”, and the dance group “Mirage” organized a flash-mob.

MIASS, CHELYABINSK REGION, RUSSIA: Elementary school students cut out white paper doves as the symbol of Peace. Students in grades 1-3 decorated their classrooms with them, and the fourth graders also painted by themselves. Let the sky be peaceful forever, let there be no war ever!

MOLZHANINOVSKY, RUSSIA: In Molzhaninovsky, they will hold a thematic event “Peace in the World” timed to coincide with the International Day of Peace. As reported in the administration of the municipal district Molzhaninovsky, the holiday will be arranged on Saturday, September 22. The event will be held in the district administration located on the street 4th Novoselki, 2. The beginning at 11.30. Admission is free for all comers.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Near the walls of the Victory Museum on Poklonnaya Hill on September 21, 2018 as part of the “Dove of Peace” campaign there will be a flashmob dedicated to the international day of peace About 500 students from various schools in the capital will release balloons with attached paper doves to the sky. It is specified that for participants in the flashmob there will be adistribution of St. George ribbons, which you can take as a memory or tie to your dove. After the flashmob during the whole working day of the museum it will be possible to support the action by attaching a paper dove to the special construction “Dove of Peace” at the entrance to the building.

NEKRASOVKA, RUSSIA: Nekrasovka will celebrate the International Day of Peace with a concert, “The Stars Are Lighting At Us,” in the recreation center “Zarechie”. For the guests of our House of Culture the leading amateur art groups will perform, which after the summer break has already started creativity, – explained the art director of the institution Elena Andrukhan. The concert will begin at 18.00. The ticket price is 200 rubles.

NOVOKOSINO DISTRICT, MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Within the framework of the holiday, a thematic action “We are for Peace!” was organized at school № 2128 on September 21. According to the deputy director of the school Oksana Varchenko, the event has a strong message – to bring to people the danger and the ruinous nature of wars. Under the guidance of teachers there were organized class watches, promotions and exhibitions.

NOVOURALSK, RUSSIA: In our school, Novouralsk School No. 2, there was a single class hour “Spirituality Hour: Dove of Peace . ” Class leaders on a class watch spoke with children about the importance of preserving peace on planet Earth . Pupils of each class made doves and designed a large school panel “September 21 – International Day of Peace!”. On the same day, pupils of the 5th class held a rally and launched white balloons with paper doves and wishes of peace throughout the world. Help in organizing and holding the action “Dove of Peace” was provided by an individual businessman Nikolai Korchagin .

PETROZAVODSK, RUSSIA: In educational organizations, class hours will be held: “The world needs everyone”, “How to celebrate the Day of Peace in different countries”, “The history of the birth of the symbol” Dove of Peace “,” If you are kind … “, drawings and posters. Students of the school № 25 on the cinema club will remember about Samantha Smith, they will talk about the history of her life. And the smallest schoolchildren will make white cranes, the press service of the mayor’s office of the Karelian capital reports. On September 21 at 12:30 on the territory of the square near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral an ecological action “For the sake of peace” will be held to plant trees with the participation of representatives of national public associations. In the ethnocultural center of the Karelian people, “The House of Men” on the street. Working, 9-a, will be a meeting of the Council of National Public Associations.

REVDA, SVERDLOVSK OBLAST, RUSSIA: On September 20 and 21, single hours of spirituality dedicated to the International Day of Peace were held at the IAOU Euroimgnasia. Lecture groups (junior and senior staff) of the Unarmy Detachment “Patriot” told the gymnasium students about the history of the holiday and about such a symbol of peace as the World Bell, cast from coins, which was gathered by children from 60 countries. We recalled the most famous symbol, the author of which was the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso – a white dove, holding an olive branch in his beak. The meaning of the word “tolerance” was discussed. At the end of the hour of spirituality, the lecturers gave the Euro-Ginamists paper white doves, so that, by writing the wishes of the world to the inhabitants of the planet Earth, they presented these little symbols to their relatives, relatives and passers-by on the streets of the city. Fifth-graders participated in the city action “Dove of Peace”, at which patriotic associations and volunteer detachments of educational organizations of the city, representatives of city veterans’ organizations gathered near the monument to Soldiers of the Internationalists. After the words of honorary guests of the event, the boys simultaneously released into the sky white balloons with white paper doves attached to them. White balloons carried away the names of deceased participants of the Great Patriotic War and the workers of the rear who devoted their lives to defending their native Motherland and establishing peace on the planet Earth.

ROSHAL, MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA: On September 21, 2013, an event dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held in the KDOU “Kindergarten No. 1”. Today the students of the senior speech therapy group together with the Authorized Kupriyanova TV and the tutor Burukhina LB organized an integrated educational activity dedicated to this important day. We devoted the hour of the world to realize once again that the future lies in the hands of children, and from the very childhood we must learn to live together, understand each other and protect a fragile peace. The children painted the application of a dove (the symbol of peace) on the subject of the lesson.

SARATOV DISTRICT, RUSSIA On the International Day of Peace, the Saratov Historical and Patriotic Complex “Museum of Combat and Labor Glory” presented an exhibition of a painting by artist Alexei Krasnov – “Shaolin Square”. In the picture, the artist painted the square of the Shaolin monastery in anticipation of receiving guests. In 2018, Alexei Gennadievich Krasnov was on a creative expedition in China, where he made many paintings about life in the Shaolin Monastery. He became the first Russian artist invited by the rector of the monastery Shi Yong-xing to popularize the values ​​of the Shaolin monastery around the world in the language of painting.

SMOLENSK, RUSSIA: Photos of students at the MBOU School #33 releasing balloons of peace.

SIMFEROPOL, CRIMEA, RUSSIA: Within the framework of the celebration of the Day of Peace, a mini-exhibition of the puppets of the peoples of Russia in national traditional costumes made by the students of the Department of Decorative Arts, the Faculty of the History of Arts, the Crimean Tatar language and the literature of the Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University is presented in the SB RK “Crimean Tatar Museum of Cultural and Historical Heritage”.

SATKINSKY, CHELYABINSK REGION, RUSSIA: The rehabilitation center of the Satkinsky Municipal District hosted events dedicated to the International Day of Peace. On September 22, the students of the center, under the guidance of teachers Tatyana Kuznetsova and Nadezhda Utenkova, visited the city square of Slava, the city of Bakal, where they remembered the heroic deeds of fellow countrymen and laid flowers to the obelisk to soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War. On September 23, the teacher-organizer Irina Varakina and tutor Tatyana Kuznetsova conducted an entertaining game program “I’m for peace in the whole world” for the inmates of the center , during which the guys fought with swords, participated in the quiz, guessed riddles, discussed the problems of our time – the most important of which is the fight against terrorism. A pupil of the center, Igor P., shared his impressions after the program : “I myself now tried to fight with swords, as Russian soldiers fought. Russian swords are a great weapon. But it is better to live in peace with everyone! ”

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ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA: September 21, within the framework of the Second Eurasian Forum in the Peter and Paul Fortress, an action was held timed to the International Day of Peace. Representatives of St. Petersburg public organizations and guests of the Forum took part in the event. The participants of the action paid a minute of silence to the memory of victims of violence, wars and terrorism. Then, addressing the assembled women, the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matvienko, made a speech. She noted that it is women leaders who are always at the forefront and are distinguished by a special strength of spirit, intellectual spiritual potential. They make a great contribution to the development of the person’s personality and the renewal of the world.A concert was held at the Cathedral Square, which clearly showed how people of different nationalities are getting along in Russia. Guests of the holiday could hear Udmurt songs, see traditional dances of Ossetians, Koryaks, Georgians and other peoples. The action ended with a symbolic action – the participants of the event released doves into the sky over Petersburg.

TAGANROG, ROSTOV OBLAST, RUSSIA: Young volunteers of our school (Tag 21) conducted “линейки” for students of the primary school. Traditionally, the celebration of this Day begins at the Peace Bell. The students of our school joined the World Action. Our bell is small, but its ringing will make everyone think: how fragile our world is, and therefore it must be protected! This is our voice of memory, peace and joy.

SVERDLOVSK REGION, RUSSIA: Residents of the Sverdlovsk region took part in the action “Dove of Peace” in the framework of the International Day of Peace. September 21, Participants of the action launched balloons into the sky with white doves, on which were written the names of the deceased warriors of the Great Patriotic War. The deputy director of the regional center of patriotic education, Galina Yakovleva, said that this event is aimed at expressing solidarity to all people and showing that we are for peace. In Yekaterinburg pupils of schools and students of universities and colleges joined the action.  Participating towns included Serov, Krasnouralsk, Kamensk-Uralsky, Revda and other cities and towns in the region, according to the “Official website of the government of the Sverdlovsk region” .

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA: On September 21, the International Day of Peace, Volgograd residents will be able to help homeless people by giving unneeded clothing, in the framework of the third citywide action “Shade in the Window”. As the representatives of the charity organization Caritas-Volgograd said, they chose this name because the lampshade in the window for all of us is a symbol of a cozy family evening and a peaceful life. Volunteers plan to attract the attention of citizens to people who have no shelter.  Within the framework of the event, all comers will be able to show creative activity and  solidarity  with people left without a home: draw “their window” or make a selfie or photo in the window frame, and find a good neighbor-interlocutor. The action “Shade in the Window” will begin at 4 pm on the square in front of the entrance to the Catholic Church of St. Nicholas, which is located in the Central District of Volgograd.

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA: MOU kindergarten No. 96 of Krasnooktyabrsky district of Volgograd is preparing to celebrate the International Day of Peace.  It is very useful and important to talk with children about the most important thing – about the world on the planet. Children will know where this holiday came from, get acquainted with its symbols. The future is in the hands of children. It is necessary to teach children to live together, understand each other and protect a fragile peace.

OLOKONOVKA, BELGOROD REGION, RUSSIA: at 7 Pionerskaya Street, Skype sessions were held with students and educators around the world with peace messages and discussion about what peace means for you personally. Other activities included singing a song about peace in Russian and in English, making origami doves as a symbol of peace, making a paper peace chain, Peace wordsearch and a Peace cycle race.

VORONEZH, RUSSIA: A single hour of spirituality “Dove of Peace”, timed to the International Day of Peace, was organized in the educational institutions of Voronezh.. Dozens of general education schools, kindergartens, as well as institutions of additional education joined the mass patriotic flash mob. In the kindergarten of General Education No. 157, the event was prepared in advance: the pupils themselves cut dove figurines out of paper, and at home together with their parents wrote the names of their grandmothers and grandfathers who participated and died in the Great Patriotic War, and also worked these years in the rear.

YAMAL-NENETS AUTONOMOUS DISTRICT, RUSSIA On the International Day of Peace the first-year students of the Kurgan State University and the staff of the representative office of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District will tell about the international ecological expedition to the island of Velkitsky. Also, the students will be presented with the international forum-festival of youth “We are for Peace in the World”, which is held annually in Bulgaria.

YEREVAN, ARMENIA: The International Day of Peace celebrations in school № 194 on September 21 included singing, dancing, and artwork for the students, followed by a presentation to teachers about peacemaking activities. We organized two competitions for students on the theme “I am drawing peace.” About 10 participants from ages 8 to 12 painted on paper, and about 150 participants from ages 6 to 12 drew with colored chalks on the pavement in front of the school.

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN: The International Museum of Peace marked the International Day of Peace in Baku, September 21. In connection with this, on the joint initiative of the Azerbaijan carpet museum and the Sabail district of YAP (The New Azerbaijan Party, Yeni Azərbaycan Partiyası) on September 14 in the conference hall of the museum a conference was held, the purpose of which was to educate the younger generation about the significance of the International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21. The participants of the event got acquainted with the exhibition of children’s works on the theme “Peace – Peace!”, Organized by the Children’s Museum Department in the foyer of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum. The children’s choir “Banovsha” named after Afsar Javanshirova of the Azerbaijan State Television and Radio made a concert at the event. The event ended in front of the Azerbaijani carpet museum, where children launched white pigeons and colorful balloons symbolizing the world.

BARANOVICHI DISTRICT, BELORUS:Today, the International Day of Peace, the action “Child of Peace” was held at the “Stolovichi Secondary School” of the Baranovichi District wirh he chairman of the regional organization of the Belarusian Peace Foundation.

BOBRUISK, BELORUS: A music and entertainment program “DETSKOKE” dedicated to the Day of Peace was held on September 22, 2018 for children of the State Institution “The Palace of Arts of Bobruisk”. Clowns had fun with the children at the disco, held dance contests, interesting and fascinating games, sports relay races, in which the children were pleased to participate.

BREST, BELORUS: This year, the traditional event in support of the International Day of Peace – “Day of Peace in Brest 2018” will take place with the organization and effective support of the Brest Regional Center for the Olympic Rowing Reserve. The participant needs to purchase a lamp in advance in order to float it on the “alley of peace”. The lighting time is at 20:00. Within the framework of the event, there will be a concert with participation of both young performers and already known in our city vocalists and dance groups, For the first time in the history of this event, an hour-long youth disco is planned to be run by our young radio host, performer Dmitry Nogovitsyn, starting at 20:15.

GANTSEVICHI, BELORUS: On this day, the workers of the cinema “Maladossi” held an action, where the children wrote wishes on paper doves. These birds, which are symbols of peace, were attached by schoolchildren to balloons and released into the sky.

GORODOK, VITEBSK, BELORUS:The School of Peace, the first in the Vitebsk region, opened today in Gorodok on the initiative of the regional branch of the Belarusian Peace Foundation, with the support of local authorities, and is located on the basis of secondary school №1. This initiative is implemented in the republic through the regional and regional branches of the Belarusian Peace Foundation. Schools of peace have already been set up in the Gomel region, in Minsk, and it would be wrong if it were not organized in the Vitebsk region, which suffered badly during the Great Patriotic War. Gradually, they will appear in other parts of the region. So, Miory, Glubokoe, Sharkovshina have already shown interest. The opening of the school took place in the framework of the international gathering of young envoys of the world, which was organized in Vitebsk for the first time and united the children of Gorodokhshchina, Shumilinshchina and the town of Dedenevo in the Moscow region. The site was the health camp “Orion” in the village of Kabishche. From September 20 to 22 schoolchildren from Belarus and Russia exchanged opinions and lived a rich social life. It is symbolic that the events took place on September 21 – the International Day of Peace.

VOLKOVYSK, GRODNO REGION, BELARUS: Of course, our gymnasium can not but take part in the actions that are taking place this day around the world. Our “Cranes of the World” are the traditional ones, which children make themselves and give out to passers-by near the shops, in order to remind people again that peace is important for children on the planet.

ABKHASIA, GEORGIA Organized by the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia and suported by the Charity Humanitarian Center “Abkhazeti” the conference “The word existed first- Journalism of War and Peace” was held at Betsy’s Hotel. An exhibition of IDPs (internally displaced persons) from Abkhazia dedicated to the International Day of Peace were held at the Betsy’s Hotel, as well. At the end of the conference participants received the appeal of Abkhazian colleagues.

KAZAKHSTAN: The celebration of the International Day of Peace in the State Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Crimean Tatar Museum of Cultural and Historical Heritage” is held to draw visitors’ attention to the day-to-day activities of the UN to maintain peace and tranquility on our planet, to commemorate and strengthen the ideals of peace both within and between nations and peoples. At the stand for visitors will be posted information about this holiday, which is very important for people around the world. At the mini-exhibition puppets will be presented in national traditional costumes of some peoples of the world, reflecting their culture, traditions and history.

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN: Writing from School-gymnasium No. 63, on September 21, in Bishkek, Victory Square hosted an event timed to the International Day of Peace. During the holiday, the action “Dove of Peace” was held, in which labor veterans, participants of armed conflicts, students and schoolchildren, including our students, took part. The participants stood with balloons, which, as planned, were launched into the sky. Of course, for some of us, peace is an everyday reality. Our streets are calm, our children go to school. Where the foundations of society are strong, the priceless gift of peace can not be particularly noticed by anyone.

TRANSNISTRIA, MOLDOVA: The first large-scale action to the Day of Peace in Transnistria was held by the youth organization Zvezda. The column passed from the boulevard. Yuri Gagarin to the square. A. Suvorov. On the occasion of the holiday, a drawing contest took place in the capital’s square. At the end of the action, dozens of white doves – a symbol of peace – were released into the sky.

ELIZAVETOVKA, UKRAINE: To draw the attention of the pupils of our school and their parents to the theme of peace on the whole Earth, volunteers from the organization “Memory” will introduce students to this date. Throughout the day at the school, students and parents will receive the emblems of white doves.

KAMENSKOYE, UKRAINE: Kamenskaya secondary school No. 31 is annually attached to the celebration of this holiday. On Friday, September 21, the leaders of the student’s self-government organized and held for the schoolchildren the “Song Opening Day of Peace” and a dance flash mob “Children of the World – for Peace!”.

KHARKIV, UKRAINE: The International Day of Peace was celebrated In the park Kvitki-Osnovyanenko.

KIEV, UKRAINE: On the morning of September 21, the action “Peace and Unity for Ukraine!” Was held on the square at the National Museum of History of Ukraine in World War II. One of the integral actions of the Day of Peace, beginning in 1986, is the symbolic Peace Procession initiated by Indian peacemaker Sri Chinmoy. The event was attended by more than 2,000 people who honored the memory of those who died in Afghanistan with the laying on of flowers.The procession column was opened by a brass band with a banner, followed by cadets, military and children’s dance groups in embroideries. Mass performance with dancing accompanied by live music became the main part of the program. The square itself was decorated with blue and yellow balloons and flags of Ukraine, and the final of the celebration was the launch of hundreds of balloons into the sky, as a symbol of faith in a peaceful future.

KIEV, UKRAINE: In Kiev, the International Day of Peace was celebrated. The organizers of the rally were warned that provocations were possible after yesterday’s heated clashes with the police under the walls of the Verkhovna Rada. Participants gathered at 10 o’clock in the morning at the monument to teachers and students of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, who died during the Great Patriotic War. They included members of the public movement “The Power of Good” , the Kyiv City Organization of Veterans, the Anti-Fascist Forum, the Union of Ukrainian Officers and other public organizations. They unfurled a large poster with the inscription “Not good in strength, but in goodness of strength”, thus declaring the peaceful nature of the event and calling for non-violence and an end to the war. In the hands of the participants were white balls with the image of the dove of the world and red carnations. Opening the rally, the chairman of the Kiev city veteran organization Nikolay Martynov said: “Ukraine is tired of the war. We must grow bread, build factories and plants, raise children and grandchildren, and not send them to the slaughterhouse. We want to listen to melodic Ukrainian songs, and not to flinch from the rumble of shells and the whistle of bullets. Tamara Grabovaya , the chairman of the Kyiv city organization of the All-Ukrainian Union of Women Workers said “We, Ukrainian mothers, do not want our children to die. Let the war end!”

KURAKHIV, UKRAINE: September 22, when the whole world celebrates the International Day of Peace, the Kurakhiv city center of culture and leisure held a city action, a thematic program “I want to live without war!”. All educational and preschool institutions, creative collectives and simply residents of Kurakhovo took part in it.

MARAZLIEVSKOY, UKRAINE: Schoolchildren of the Marazlievskoy community took part in a flash mob “We are for peace” The pupils of the lower grades lined up in the shape of a heart in whose center was the Ukrainian flag. In addition, the school conducted an educational lesson on the topic “We want to live in peace” and the a clsss hour “Peace on Earth.”

ODESSA, UKRAINE On the Day of Peace on the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, a bright flash mob was held with the participation of schoolchildren, cadets, members of the public and clergy. The organizers are the Odessa Regional Council of Peace. The event was timed to coincide with the 16th anniversary of the proclamation of the International Day of Peace. More than 500 flashmob participants marched from Dumskaya Square along Primorsky Boulevard to the monument to Duke de Richelieu. On the Potemkin Stairs, students, cadets, members of the public lined up, forming the word “Peace”, and performed the Prayer for Peace. A concert took place in the square, during which the artistic collectives of the city presented the dances of different nations of the world.

(Note: the following cities are claimed by the Ukraine, but have declared their independence as the Donetsk People’s Republic or the Lugansk People’s Republic.)

DONETSK, UKRAINE: The ethno-restaurant “Yo-Moe” invites all residents and guests of the city of Donetsk to celebrate the good and truly bright holiday of the “International Day of Peace” wth peace contests, “light” gifts and a mood of peace and good fun. September 21 starting at 18:00.
You are invited.

DONETSK, UKRAINE: Russian performers Alexander Buynov, Tatiana Lipnitskaya (Bianca), Olga Kormukhina and the band City 312 will perform in Donetsk on September 20 for the International Day of Peace . The concert will take place on the main square of the capital – Lenin Square.  The concert is organized with the assistance of the Russian Center.

KRAMATORSK, UKRAINE: September 21 in honor of the International Day of Peace at the central park  A. Pushkin, a mass flash mob was organized by students of Kramatorsk. The guys in white T-shirts with the logo of the 150th anniversary of Kramatorsk danced very brightly and vigorously, and in the end they congratulated the city on Happy Birthday! As it was, you can look in our small video, and if you want to see the flashmob live and completely, then you come to the central square of the city on September 22, at 17-00!

STANITSA-LUGANSK, UKRAINE: In Luganskaya Stanitsa, the International Day of Peace was celebrated. This was reported by the press service of the Lugansk Regional Military District. Talented artists and collectives of cities and districts of the region, international partners, people’s masters of Ukraine – Anzhelika Rudnitskaya, Olga Nesterenko, Maria Kononova, Nikita Gross and the group took part in the festive event “Peace and Unity Day” under the slogan “Stanitsa-Lugansk – Ukraine”. “GG Walk the City.”

In addition to the above events, One Day One Choir lists participating choirs for the International Day of Peace in :
Armenia (DILIJAN)

And the map of Montessori schools singing for peace on the International Day of Peace includes schools in:
Kazakhstan (ALMATY)

Spain: Toledo seeks to become an international reference for the “culture of peace”


An article published by El Diario (translated by CPNN)

A reference for tolerance and dialogue to eradicate violence in society: This is the objective that the Toledo City Council has proposed in the organization of the First International Forum of Migrations and Citizen Coexistence ‘Toledo Culture of Peace’. The Forum will be held on September 5, 6 and 7 at the Palacio de Congresos in the city of Toledo.

According to the Councilor for Youth, Cooperation and Education for Development, Diego Mejías, this theme should become a permanent vocation of the city. This has been advanced in a press conference with the president of COPRODELI, Meik Garay; the spokesperson for the 365 + 1 campaign, Esmeralda Pérez, and the provincial secretary of CCOO, José Luis Arroyo.

In the organization of this international event, the City Council has worked hand in hand with the local Cooperation Council, the NGOs of the city, the 365 + 1 Solidarity campaign and many other organizations, as well as the promotion of the Voix Vives Poetry Festival and the newspaper Castilla-La Mancha as ‘media partner’. According to councilor Mejías, they want to create “a space for collective reflection that turns Toledo into a benchmark of work in the pursuit of peace, social justice and interculturality.”

During the three days of the Forum there will be plenary sessions, debates, reflections, exhibitions and activities that fight against different forms of violence suffered by disadvantaged groups. “A debate and reflection that does not remain within these walls. We want it to be transferred to society as a whole, through the media, social networks and participating organizations to achieve an awareness effect that promotes changes and transformations in society, and to combat dehumanization and promote human rights,” said Mejías.

The Forum will recognize people and organizations for their solidarity efforts with the Toledo Culture of Peace Award. Its first edition will recognize the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, for her work in favor of “coexistence and peace”; the television presenter Jesús Vázquez, for his work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Father Ángel, for his well-known solidary work in several areas; the newspaper Castilla-La Mancha, for its commitment to social justice and for making visible realities related to tolerance and non-violence; the Union of Iberoamerican Capital Cities (UCCI), for promoting neighborhood rights and citizen participation; and the Book-Tavern El Internacional de Toledo, for making interculturality a reality and being a meeting space always open to all activities that foster a culture of solidarity of peace and critical reflection.

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How can culture of peace be developed at the municipal level?

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Mejías has indicated that during these days there will be debates, reflections, exhibitions and cultural activities to raise awareness about the different forms of violence suffered by the most disadvantaged groups. The mayor stressed that during the plenary sessions, the congress will have three moderators of media Toledo as the journalist of El Diario Alicia Avilés; the journalist of La Tribuna Marta García and the journalist of SER Toledo Juncal Roldán.

In addition, according to Garay, the forum will have academic, cultural, awareness and participation spaces; as well as artists such as Carlos Ávila or Manuel Maestro, as well as the collaboration of Voix Vives or the ETR Theater Company. Diego Mejías has assured that, to date, the 1st International Forum on Migrations and Citizen Coexistence ‘Toledo Culture of Peace’, has around 200 entries, which can be done through social networks or on the website of the City of Toledo.

For its part, the provincial secretary of CCOO Toledo, José Luis Arroyo, stressed that the phenomenon of migration “shoulc be considered as an opportunity that society has, “as social groups and municipalities are those who are taking charge of coexistence that so enriches society “.

A program “very well worked out”

The programming on September 5 will start at 11.15 with a plenary session in the Toledo Room of the Palace of Congress in which Andres Amayuelas, Jira Bulahi, Hector Ramos and Juan Miguel Ortega Terol will participate. From 2:30 p.m. there will be cultural activities in the multipurpose space Zocodover. At 5:00 pm it will be the turn of an experience table in the Toledo Room with the participation of Rosa López Sánchez, Braulio Freyre and José Taboada. The program of this first day will be closed with cultural activities such as the concert of Manuel Maestro or that of Carlos Ávila and his guitarist Ariel Acevedo, starting at 20:45.

On September 6, the day will begin, at 10.00 am in the Toledo Room, with a plenary session in which Fernando Perez del Olmo, Alfonso Iglesias or Khadija Afkir will participate. This activity will give way, at 12.15, to an experience table with Amparo Herreros, Helia del Rosario, Vanesa Lopez, Nacho Peinado, Nicolás Ost, Alicia Es Martínez Juan or José Antonio Orihuela.

Throughout the day there will be workshops and cultural activities. An experience table with Carolina Elías and Jaldía Abubakra will be held from 4:30 p.m. While at 18.10, it will be the turn of a new plenary session with the participation of Manuela Mesa, Idoia Urgarte or Pilar Gutiérrez.

As of 20.20 there will be cultural activities in the Zocodover multipurpose space, including the screening of the film ‘Mujeres extranjeros’ or the flamenco concert by Diego Mejías and Juan Ignacio González. Finally, the 7th will begin with a plenary session, at 10:00 am, with the participation of José Manuel Álamo, Beatriz Plaza, Antonio Zurita or Alejandro Alder. After 12.15 hours, an experience table will be opened with Ricardo Gayol and Pablo Martínez.

During the afternoon of this day there will be workshops and cultural activities, among which the presentation of the book ‘Territories in democracy’ or the Voix Vives recital with Ágel Calle, Antonio Orihuela, Eddi and Alicia Es. Martínez stand out. From 8:00 pm there will be the closing ceremony where there will be an artistic intervention of the company ETR, the delivery of the ‘Toledo Culture of Peace’ awards, a cocktail and the show ‘Luz Toledo’.

Isabelle Bourgeois: Your joy is my destination


An article by Tony Robinson from Pressenza

Early readers from the first days of Pressenza will remember Isabelle Bourgeois as a passionate journalist who joined the Base Team of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.  Almost every day, Isabelle would upload a video summary of the day’s events, telling both the serious and humorous sides of the journey.

In fact, Isabelle is a professionally trained journalist who has worked in war zones such as Iraq, Ethiopia and Kosovo for the Red Cross, but despairing of the one-sided stories portrayed in the media, Isabelle abandoned mainstream journalism and has set off to follow her own dream, driven by a profound purpose: to seek out joy in the world and to transmit it to as many people as possible.

As I know Isabelle very well from the time we shared on the World March, she called me a few weeks ago to say she was on her tour called “Joy for the Planet” and wanted to come and see what inspiring people she could find in Hungary.  I realised that after 6 months’ sleeping in her camper van, she’d probably welcome the spare bed and hot shower I could offer her!  So to Budapest she came and I helped out while she met up with a young Japanese ballet dancer who she was in contact with and who offered to be a subject in a video to spread joy through dance.  We spoke a lot about her project, her purpose and the future.

Isabelle decorates her beloved vehicle and home for 2018 (Image by Joy for the Planet)

One has the impression with Isabelle that she is being guided by a great force.  What seems to be a coincidence at first, later on always feels like it was meant to be.  As she says herself, “I’m the right person at the right place, at the right time with the right people.”
I took the opportunity to interview her for Pressenza and offer her her old role back!

Pressenza: What is Joy for the Planet? Tell us about this project.

Isabelle Bourgeois: Joy for the planet is a journey around the world but starting with a tour through Europe, with my camper van that I’ve called Begoodee, in order to promote and share joy, enthusiasm and passion through meeting inspiring people.  I’m a journalist and all my life I’ve been dedicated to promoting and sharing positive news, inspiring news, through the media and I wanted to bring my own contribution to improve humankind, somehow, on a very humble level.  So the idea is to travel throughout Europe for one year with the gift that I’m born with and with my experience as a journalist, with my camera, with my microphone and pencil and some drawings.  I’m bringing joy and sharing joy as a volunteer through videos, articles and interviews.

PZ: I see that as part of the project, in every place you go, you look for inspiring people who you award with the title nominee of joy and give them a solar lamp. What’s that about?

IB: The idea again is to bring trust and faith, but faith not in a religious sense, faith in yourself, faith in your life’s mission, faith in the purpose that you are living on Earth.  So the idea is to build bridges instead of fear, instead of walls, to show how much beauty there is in the world and how many great and inspiring people there are.  And on the road, in order to show the light that goes from person to person helping each other and being passionate about their lives, I found a concrete way to symbolize this transmission of love and passion with a little solar lamp.

So on the road, in a way which is not at all planned or controlled, something totally spontaneous, I might meet some people; adults, disabled people, children who are willing to build solar lamps with me.  So they add their light to this project, they add their love, they add their hopes, by building these little lamps.  And on the road I offer these lamps to inspiring people who dedicate their lives to others, or who bring better living conditions for us.

PZ: What led you to take on this great adventure?

IB: For the last 25 years, I’ve been a journalist and at the beginning I was a regular journalist, writing about gossip, violence and scandals; nothing that actually helps anyone to evolve and I was also working as a humanitarian delegate in war-torn countries.  And being in war zones I was surprised to see so much love, solidarity, great behaviour and forgiveness from all parties involved in the conflict.  But in the evening when I came back home and switched on the TV, the media were only talking about terrorism, bomb attacks, violence and blood, and I said that there’s something here which isn’t right, because I’m in the middle of the war and I see so much beauty also, so much love, so much peace and I thought, “Oh, there’s a kind of conscious manipulation by omitting what makes people human beings.”  And I didn’t want to take part in that lie anymore because this war and violence is a reality but it’s not the reality.  And I witnessed also another reality which is solidarity, helping each other, forgiving and so 15 years ago I decided to create a good news website – somehow similar to Pressenza – on a voluntary basis and I decided to quit mainstream journalism for good, because it contributes much more to increasing fear, hate and judgment among people than to bringing trust and inspiring solutions.  So this was the first thing I did.

And then I tried as a freelance journalist to publish good news, inspiring news, but most of the media said, “Good news is not news, Isabelle,” and, “You’re too idealistic, you’re too naïve.” Really, I was hitting my head against a brick wall for many years, wanting to show that other side of reality.

So in the mean time I created other projects like, for instance, Planet Positive Action which is a travel company that organises solidarity tours. 

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It’s about travellers who visit a country while at the same time helping and giving a meaning to the trip. So I did that while taking a bit more distance from journalism but I never gave up on the idea of really bringing my journalistic faculties to others because I love my job.

I think journalism is one of the most beautiful jobs in the world.  So two years ago I said I will not give up on inspiring journalism or humanist journalism and I said, “But how can I bring my reportage, my features, my articles, if mainstream media are not that interested in publishing what I see and who I meet?”  And so I said, “I’ll do it on my own, I’ll just find some money to buy a vehicle and I’ll jump into the world with my camera, my microphone, my pencil and I’ll just do it on my own. I will not wait any more for people to follow me in this. I’ll just do it.”

And I did some crowdfunding last November and I succeeded to collect eighteen thousand euros which was beyond my expectations because I was asking for fifteen thousand.  And then I bought my second-hand old camper van and that’s it.  I started my journey from Switzerland six months ago and this is how it happened, to make a long story short. Although the project only took shape two years ago, it’s really a life-time commitment.

PZ: On your journey so far from Switzerland with Begoodee, where have you been? And could you give us a couple of highlights for you?

IB:  Yes.  So I started in Switzerland then I went down to Sardinia, Corsica, France, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland and then I went through all the Baltic countries to Poland, and I landed now a few days ago in Budapest.

Highlights?  Actually every day of that journey has been a highlight because I’ve met such unbelievable people, extraordinary people.

So for instance in Finland, I met Villé, a 25 years old young man who tried to kill himself when he was 16 years old because he couldn’t fit with that world.  It was like he was parachuted on to a terrible planet he didn’t want to belong to. So he jumped off a cliff, and he told me, “I jumped from the cliff. I’ve lost two legs, but I found my joy.”  And he was sharing with me what made him so joyful today and he said that it was this path that has nothing to do with what is visible, with materialistic issues; it’s about finding peace and loving everything whatever it is, beyond shape and form, beyond the physical.  So he was really a fantastic person.

Also in Finland, I participated in the world championships of boot-throwing. This also I loved so much because it was kind of, when you’re going through a hard time and you have this total nonsense sport which helps you also to give a meaning to your life, because it helps you to take distance from drama and from seriousness.  So I found it actually very therapeutic.

Also in the South of France I met a guy whose dream, he is 75 years old, was to cross the Atlantic inside a barrel.

I’ve met Buddhists, I’ve met Jewish people who are committed to bringing peace to the Middle East.  I’ve met dancers who were dancing to bring all the nations together.

And I have rewarded – it’s not me actually it’s the project, because there is a big difference between me and the project – so the project has rewarded so far 36 or 37 nominees of Joy.

PZ: What’s the future for this project?  Where are you seeing it in the future?

IB:  Of course, the idea now is to build something that will remain, that will be useful for everyone.  So this year’s journey is just for me a calling card to show to everyone that I want to give an example.  So, I did it with all my love, with all my convictions.  I did it and then I will write a book about this journey and I would like to make a movie because so far I’ve edited more than 60 videos but very short so I’d like to make a movie. And then with this movie, the journey (the experience), the writing and the film, I would like to create a kind of a place, a physical location, where people can experience joy: joy through art, joy through science (with quantum physics, for instance, how your thoughts are influencing your destiny), joy with music, joy and education, and so on.  So, it will be a place where people can experience, in an interactive way, how to find the key to joy in life and how to live a dream, how to align your values with your actions.

PZ:  What have you learned in these last six months?

IB: [Laughter] That I was right! I’ve learned somehow very deep, but I’ve learned that I was right to trust human beings.  I was right all my life to trust human beings, and to see jewels within them. And people who behave badly, it’s not that they’re bad, it’s just that they didn’t have the chance to be loved enough to follow their dreams.  So all the harm and the bad is coming from ignorance.  It’s not coming from reality, rather from a source of negativity.  It’s really an accident in a loving process in an individual’s path.  So, I’ve learned that actually everyone is good and has a very beautiful ground but education factors have stopped them from remaining loving or a loved person.  I’ve learned that I shouldn’t judge anymore what is right and what is wrong, because if you decide what’s right, what’s wrong, then you will feed the notion of duality and this is not at all what I would like to contribute.  So by accepting light and dark, good and bad in a compassionate way, I believe that I contribute more to building this sense of oneness on earth.

PZ: And finally, what brings you joy?

IB: Of course, this project actually.  There is joy in finding joy actually.  So because all my life, I really felt joy despite the burdens, difficulties and troubles in my life, I never quit that deep feeling that everything has a purpose and that we’re not alone and that there’s a reason for all the turbulence in your life.  So I never quit that underground stream of joy, but it was of course up and down, up and down, like as if I was going out of the flow and then back into the flow, and out of the flow and back again.  But now, through this project I feel really that I’m non-stop in the flow of joy, non-stop, because I feel that I’m the right person at the right place, at the right time with the right people and that I’m really doing what I was born for, that I’m in my life’s mission.

PZ: Very good. Thank you and good luck!

(Thank you to Janet Hudgins, the CPNN reporter for this article.)

UNESCO recognizes Cortes de Baza (Spain) for Dialogue and Coexistence


An article from Granada Hoy (reproduced without commerical purpose)

On August 20, in the cultural week prior to the festivities of Cortes de Baza, Cortes de Baza received recognition as the first Municipality for Dialogue and Coexistence in Andalusia. This appointment arises after the full agreement of the City Council on July 27, where Cortes assumed the institutionalization of the Culture of Peace in the municipality.

Neighbors from Cortes pose next to the title that recognizes them as a Municipality for Dialogue and Coexistence.

The agreement concerns the joint project of the Unesco Center of Andalusia and the Institute of Peace and Conflict of the University of Granada (IPAZ) where the municipality assumes the provisions of resolution A/RES/67/104 (2015) of the General Assembly of the United Nations on the Promotion of Dialogue, Understanding and Cooperation among Religions and Cultures for Peace.

The agreement stipulates that diversity and plurality is an asset and that minorities, whether ethnic, linguistic, cultural or religious, should be recognized, with the aim of eliminating any form of racism, discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance, in addition to look for the resolution of possible conflicts in a peaceful way.

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The refugee crisis, Who is responsible?

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The agreement supports measures that promote tolerance, solidarity and coexistence with refugees, immigrants and displaced persons, as well as their social integration among other measures. It is the latter, a measure of special importance in recent days, where the arrival of people from other territories to our country is generating numerous debates on how to deal with this problem.

Under these premises and with the creation of the Intercultural Dialogue Table, organized on July 13, Cortes de Baza becomes the first Andalusian town with the recognition of Municipality for Dialogue and Coexistence.

The process of this recognition is carried out through the unequivocal demonstration that the locality assumes the aforementioned principles, through a municipal agreement as is also the case of the Altiplano municipality, where it was approved by unanimity of all political groups, and the creation of an Intercultural Dialogue Board, under the verification, advice and support of technicians and researchers from both the Unesco Andalusia Center and the IPAZ. It should be pointed out that the involvement of the City Council of Cortes de Baza as well as the teaching staff of the Colegio Santos Médicos in the locality has been fundamental.

The Intercultural Dialogue Board of Cortes de Baza is composed of people of different nationalities from Russia, Belgium, Romania, Colombia, Mexico, England, Dominican Republic, among others, as well as religious minorities such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims or Orthodox Christians.

It should also be mentioned that of the 16 members that make up this Board, all but three are women, giving it a feminist and integrative vocation. This plurality is appreciated in a small municipality such as Cortes de Baza, which has a population of less than 2,000 residents.

Traveling by Bicycle Gives Direct Contact with People


An article by Stip & F

After eight years of professional life in the banking sector in Paris, we decided to travel by bike to discover Europe via Morocco. This means of locomotion has become obvious to us. Economical and practical, it allowed us to travel 17000 km during a year. Meeting peope is all the more facilitated as we are in direct contact with them.

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The same questions come up frequently in all languages: Where are you from? Why are you doing this? Where do you sleep ? Their questions allow to get in touch, to express who we are, without necessarily going through the words, but especially by smiling, and what we hope to make clear: our simplicity.

We went in search of ourselves, especially through meeting people, sharing their stories and experiences. The memory of these exchanges will remain with us forever: a Belgian family who drew our first tears at the time of departure in Spain; the Moroccan couple in the Atlas Mountains who shared everything; the kindness and the big heart of an Italian family in Cremona; the welcome and generosity of a Serbian entrepreneur; a memorable breakfast with two retirees in the middle of Finland …

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We also discovered a new kind of fast and intense relationship. People did not hesitate to tell us their life stories. This drove us to compassion and humility in the face of their heartbreaking stories. We listened attentively, comforted and left, maybe sometimes a little too fast … Hoping that peace has returned to their life.

These spontaneous exchanges are a great way to learn about yourself. It was rare that we had any reason to be frightened, and when that happened, it was most often based on limits to our understanding, deeply rooted in ourselves through our education and the messages conveyed by society. This experience has shown us that kindness and generosity are everywhere; you just need to open your eyes. It seems that too often, we do not believe what we see, but we see what we believe. Sometimes in the cafes, a customer pays the bill, the boss offers us a meal, a person offers us a room … Arriving with a positive intention can make a big difference.

Inevitably, some events wore on our nerves, like the rain near Foggia in Italy, which in the end was punctuated by a beautiful evening around a fire. We learned that we must welcome everything, accept it as it is, even that which we might consider negative.

Intuition became our best ally over the days in all situations. It’s about giving more space to our feelings as the best indicator. Being in close contact with the elements, we are immersed in the environment, open to capturing more information. Our senses sharpen, we know instinctively if we must extend a meeting, shorten or change course. Sometimes, we felt that an invitation was too insistent, and we refused it, at the risk of offending someone. We prefer to be in agreement with ourselves rather than compromise.

The difficulties we encountered, whether related to climate, relationships with others, or our own doubts … turn out to be ways for us to grow. Once the discomfort has passed, the field of possibilities gets bigger. This has been a journey to remember who we are, to go beyond the facades built around our ego.

We continue our journey, having become more aware and grateful for all the intentions of life. Above all, we must simply remember: the human being is benevolent by nature.

Emerald Isle Goes Green: Ireland just voted to divest from fossil fuel companies


An article by Casey O’Brien for the Sierra Club ©2018 Sierra Club. All Rights Reserved – reproduced from a Sierra Club website with permission of the Sierra Club

The global fossil fuel divestment movement just got a huge push from an unexpected place—Ireland. On July 12, Ireland became the first country to vote to shed its financial holdings in oil, gas, and coal corporations. The measure calling for the country to sell off its estimated $370 million in fossil fuel investments “as soon as is practicable” passed the lower house of the Parliament of Ireland with support from all parties. The vote marks a major milestone in the effort to move capital away from the largest carbon polluters.  

People celebrate July 12 after the passage of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill in Ireland. (Mark Stedman). Photo from National Catholic Reporter

“This is the next step in a progression . . . of what people considered impossible and unprecedented, but it makes perfect sense that that’s what’s happening,” said Andrew Behar, CEO of the socially responsible investment firm As You Sow. 

Ireland’s move is the latest surge in the rising tide of the divestment movement, which now includes universities across the United States, dozens of Catholic institutions, and New York City, which earlier this year announced it is investigating selling off its fossil fuel holdings. Go Fossil Free, a group that advocates for fossil fuel divestment, estimates that $6.15 trillion worth of fossil fuel assets have been sold off since the movement started in 2010. “First we had student movements, then we had mission-driven organizations—faith based and philanthropy—and now we have entire countries,” said Clara Vondrich, global director of Divest Invest, which provides institutions with guidance on how to move their money away from fossil fuel corporations.  

The move surprised some people, as Ireland has something of a reputation for being slow to act on climate, in comparison to other European nations. Bill McKibben, co-founder of, tweeted that the news of the vote “staggered him.” The Climate Action Network recently declared Ireland the second-worst country in the EU for climate change management. The only other country to consider such a move is much-wealthier Norway, which has proposed divesting its $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund but hasn’t done so yet. 

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Divestment: is it an effective tool to promote sustainable development?

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Ireland’s vote is particularly important because it reflects a major shift in the divestment movement, Vondrich explained. Originally, fossil fuel divestment was entirely driven by moral concerns—institutions pulled their money out of oil, gas, and coal companies because they didn’t want to be contributing to the destruction of a stable climate. Now, divestment is increasingly seen as a smart financial move for investors; Ireland’s divestment is as much a fiduciary decision as it is a chance to demonstrate its principles. “The divestment movement now stands on a strong three-legged stool of moral, fiduciary, and financial arguments,” Vondrich said.   

A recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) illustrates Vondrich’s point. The report states, “The financial case for fossil fuel divestment is strong. Over the past three and five years, respectively, global stock indexes without fossil fuel holdings have outperformed otherwise identical indexes that include fossil fuel companies. Fossil fuel companies once led the economy and world stock markets. They now lag.”    

Energy stocks were the second-worst performing sector in 2017, states IEEFA’s report, outpaced by health, technology, and other industries even as the price of oil stabilized from a low of $28 a barrel in 2016 to $75 today. Fossil fuel companies’ relatively weak performance is crucial, given that some investment institutions are required, by their charters, to prioritize profit performance and fiduciary responsibility above all other concerns. Ireland’s vote, Vondrich said, solidifies the argument that divestment is the financially savvy choice for investment managers.  

While Ireland’s vote only affects a relatively small amount of money (as national investment funds go), Behar and Vondrich agree that it carries significant symbolic value. “What started on a handful of college campuses is now the policy of nations,” Vondrich said. “Ireland’s pledge to divest takes the movement to the next level, where activists and heads of state work hand-in-hand to save the world.”  

Behar said, “This is a political statement. The fund is relatively small . . . but I think that having it decided in that venue is really important. It’s sort of like when California decided that they wanted CalPERS, the pension fund, to divest. That was a vote in the California legislature.” Behar continued, “I would equate it to when the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation made [their divestment] announcement at the 2014 climate summit in New York. That was a major moment, when the heirs of the Exxon fortune said, ‘We’re going to sell our Exxon [stocks].’” 

Vondrich said the strategy going forward is to continue to push for divestment decisions as well as divest-invest pledges in which divested funds are reinvested in enterprises committed to sustainability and clean energy. Ultimately, the goal is to demonstrate that buying shares of fossil fuel corporations is not a wise investment. 

“The fossil fuel industry is really in the long term, nonviable. So you want to get out as early as possible,” Behar said. “Our goal is removing the social license for these companies to exist.” 

BDS Victory: Irish Senate Approves Bill Boycotting Israeli Settlement Goods


An article from Telesur TV

Ireland becomes the first country to ban trade with Israel’s illegal settlements.

The Ireland senate approved the Occupied Territories Bill, which bans all trade with illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, Wednesday. The Irish government opposed the legislation, but 25 independent and opposition lawmakers secured its approval.

Ireland is on its way to becoming the first country to prohibit “the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied territories.” 

The Israeli Foreign Ministry responded to the decision saying that “the Irish Senate has given its hand to an aggressive, dangerous and radical populist anti-Israel boycott initiative that undermines prospects for a dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians.”

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Presenting the Palestinian side of the Middle East, Is it important for a culture of peace?

How can a culture of peace be established in the Middle East?

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also protested, saying the bill “is to support the BDS movement and harm the State of Israel.”

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a Palestinian-led international campaign launched in 2005 to push for the end of Israel’s over-50-year-long military occupation of Palestine, the end of the apartheid regime, and for the recognition of the right to return of the over five million Palestinian refugees.  

Despite attempts to discredit the BDS movement, Israel’s lethal response against protesters who participated in the Great March of Return, which began on March 30, has given the international campaign more relevance and victories.
The bill was introduced by Frances Black, a well-known singer and member of the Seanad, the upper house in Ireland’s Parliament. 

There is international consensus on the illegality of these settlements. Earlier this year the United Nations Human Rights Council published a report  on the role businesses play in Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law, “contributing to Israel’s confiscation of land, facilitate the transfer of its population into the Occupied Palestinian Territory and… the exploitation of Palestine’s natural resources.”

(Thank you to the Transcend Media Service for bringing this to our attention.)

II World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace: Madrid, 5-8 November


Information from the website of the Forum (Translation by CPNN)

The Organizing Committee

On Monday, June 11, the Organizing Committee of the II World Forum on Urban Violence met in Madrid. The Forum will be held in the Spanish capital from November 5 to 8, 2018, with the aim of designing an integrated program capable of serving the expectations generated by this new edition of the Forum.

The invocation of the Forum was announced by the mayor of Madrid and co-president of the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI), Manuela Carmena, attended by representatives of the various organizations and platforms that take part of the Organizing Committee. They shared expectations for the organization of the Forum, raising, among other challenges, how to establish Madrid as the permanent seat of the Cities of Peace Forum and turn it into an annual event on the international agenda. The need to open a space to measure the results of the first Forum and its impact on interpersonal violence in territories and cities was also analyzed, as well as a discussion on how local leaders can contribute to “saving lives” with public policies that promote education for coexistence and peace in cities and territories.

The organizing committee currently is composed of: the city councils of Madrid, Barcelona and Paris; the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB); different United Nations agencies (UN Women, UN Habitat and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), networks of cities such as the global network of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) ), the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), Metropolis, the Union of Iberoamerican Capital Cities (UCCI), Mayors for Peace and other platforms representing civil society such as the Spanish Association for Peace Research (aiPAZ); the Regional Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Madrid (FRAVM), the NGO Network of Madrid, the FAPA Giner de los Ríos and the Association of Educating Cities (AICE), as well as other collaborating entities that are committed to the organization and development of the forum process.

The meeting discussed the possibility of incorporating, in addition to debates and dialogues, other more dynamic ways of describing how cities, together with their citizens, confront the various forms of interpersonal violence. These include violence in sport, violence in social networks, juvenile violence, school violence, racism and xenophobia, international terrorism, LGTBIFobia, urban inequality and public space, violence against displaced persons and refugees and other more recent violence, such as the most current “aporophobia” (fear, rejection or aversion to poor people). These issues were integrated into the first draft of the working agenda.

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First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases November 16-18, 2018, Dublin, Ireland


An announcement from the  international network “No to war – no to NATO”

Dear Friends of Peace Around the World,

We are deeply concerned, and frightened, by the threat of war that permeates the present Global atmosphere.

The increasingly aggressive and expansionist actions of US/NATO forces in violation of international law and the sovereign rights of all nations, the raging wars in the Middle East, the burgeoning arms race devastating the national treasuries, the bellicose language replacing diplomatic negotiations, the economic crises facing country after country, and the destruction of the global environment through war and unfettered exploitation, and their impact on public health, have all created crises that, unless checked by popular opposition, can lead to unimaginable catastrophe and war.

None of us can stop this madness alone from within our national borders. The global peace forces must come together, mobilizing the millions in our countries, and around the world, for peace. We cannot, and should not, allow our possible differences on other issues to separate us. WE MUST UNITE FOR PEACE!

On the basis of our shared understanding, we have initiated a Global Campaign Against US/NATO Military Bases, and are inviting you and your organization, recognized as a voice of your people for peace and national sovereignty, to join this new Global Campaign by signing our Global Unity Statement. It is our sincere hope that you will accept this invitation and join in our global effort to oppose all forms of war and aggression against sovereign nations.

To join the Global Campaign Against US/NATO Military Bases, please sign our Global Unity Statement:

As the first step toward launching our Global Campaign, we will be holding our first International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases on November 16-18, 2018, in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA). It is our sincere hope that you will help us in mobilizing the maximum level of participation in this International Conference.

Additional details for the Conference, including registration and the Conference program, will be announced shortly.

As you are well aware, organizing such a broad-based International Conference requires a great amount of human and financial resources, especially since we are trying to invite experts from across the globe to make presentations. It is our sincere hope that you and your organization, based on your sense of solidarity with our common cause for peace, will make a generous donation toward covering the costs of this very important and historic Conference.

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Looking forward to your support and participation.

Yours in Peace,

Founding Organizations:

Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), Ireland

Roger Cole, President • Ed Horgan, International Secretary • John Lannon, Member of the National Executive

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, USA

Coordinating Committee: Bahman Azad (Coordinator), U.S. Peace Council • Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace • Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK • Leah Bolger, World BEYOND War • Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN-USA • Sara Flounders, International Action Center • Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space • James Patrick Jordan, Alliance for Global Justice • Tarak Kauff, Veterans For Peace • Joe Lombardo, United National Antiwar Coalition • Alfred L. Marder, U.S. Peace Council • Kevin Martin, Peace Action • Nancy Price, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom — US Section • Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation • David Swanson, World BEYOND War • Ann Wright, Veterans For Peace, CODEPINK • Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance

Sponsoring Organizations:

• World Peace Council (WPC) • Movimiento Cubano por la Paz y la Soberania de los Pueblos (MOVPAZ) — (Cuba) • Centro Brasileiro de Solidariedade aos Povos e Luta pela Paz (CEBRAPAZ)— (Brazil) • Stop the War Coalition — (UK) • Okinawa Peace Action Center — (Japan) • Japan Peace Committee — (Japan) • Gangjeong International Team — (Jeju, South Korea) • Conselho Português para a Paz e Cooperação — (Potugal) • Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals — (Serbia) • Peace Committee of Turkey — (Turkey) • Cyprus Peace Council — (Cyprus) • Greek Committee for International Detente and Peace (EEDYE) — (Greece) • Philippine Peace & Solidarity Council (PPSC) — (Philippines) • Foro Contra la Guerra Imperialista y la OTAN — (Spain) • Palestinian Committee for Peace and Solidarity — (Palestine) • Canadian Peace Congress — (Canada) • Lebanese Peace Council — (Lebanon) • Peace and Solidarity Committee in Israel — (Israel) • Czech Peace Movement — (Czech Republic) • South African Peace Initiative — (South Africa) • German Peace Council — (Germany) • All India Peace and Solidarity Organization — (India) • Nepal Peace & Solidarity Council — (Nepal) • Swiss Peace Movement — (Switzerland) • British Peace Assembly — (Britain) • International Action for Liberation (INTAL) — (Belgium) • International League of Peoples Struggle — (Netherlands) • Comitato Contro La Guerra Milano (CCLGM — (Italy)