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Extinction Rebellion, not political? “We occupied the center of Paris for five days! “


An article from Reporterre (translation by CPNN)

In response to those who criticize the political weakness of Extinction Rebellion, the authors of this platform claim that their “political message is in the action itself: another organization of society is possible.” And they repeat that strict nonviolence is a “calculated and determined” choice.

The week of action of Extinction Rebellion has elicited many comments: some purely anecdotal and others that are more political. Both sides miss what makes the reason for Extinction Rebellion. Here’s our explanations …

We will not go back to the many anecdotal comments that only serve to hide the important issues. We will try to focus on critics of the nature and methods of Extinction Rebellion.

“We are not a political movement in the classical sense.”

Some would like to find in Extinction Rebellion the slogans and the partisan positions against this or that political or economic power. These commentators reproduce the classic schemas of the political game and would like to bring back Extinction Rebellion into their usual framework of analysis. They make hasty – and often contradictory – conclusions about a movement that refuses rhetoric and incantation to choose action in a very specific context: civil disobedience.

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Question for this article:

Can peace be guaranteed through nonviolent means?

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A concrete example of our approach is the occupation of the center of Paris from 7 to 11 October. Some have criticized this occupation for being light in political content. Really ? For five days, in the heart of the capital, we have removed a strategic public space from the public authorities. We made live a direct democracy (three general meetings held daily), places of exchange and training, collective kitchens open to all … We have maintained and cleaned the public space instead of the services of the City Hall . We helped the traders in their supplies and the cleaning services to ensure the collection of waste. All this only 100 meters from the police headquarters. Our political message is in the action itself: another organization of society is possible. It was discussed at “Nuit Debout.” We did it at Chatelet.

Our approach goes beyond the usual political framework. We do not dispute a particular regime, we question a system of values ​​that leads to the destruction of the living. And our proposition is that the citizens should seize the debate and make the choices themselves. We defend a direct democracy, because it alone will allow us to be resilient in the face of future crises.

“It would be naive, would not disturb the powers in place and especially would not take into account institutional violence,”

Here is a criticism that often comes up about the non-violent civil disobedience. It’s a complete counter-sense! Martin Luther King, apostle of non-violence, would not have seen or taken into account institutional violence? What is called non-violence is precisely a strategy that aims to reveal institutional violence. As in the martial arts, it is a question of returning the violence of the attacker (here the State) against himself.

When the police forced our non-violent activists at close range on the bridge of Sully in Paris, the images circumnavigated the world, and the condemnation was unanimous. Faced with force, the non-violent action is to divert the violence of the State to place it in front of its contradictions. It’s not being naïve, it’s a calculated choice. Purposeful. And we assume it in each of our actions. The state can dodge this confrontation just as it has done, but it is an unsustainable tactic in the medium term for power.

Some groups are calling for more radical actions, which they say will have a greater impact. They say that they will mount these actions themselves! Their galleries and open letters are only rhetoric. The incantation is without limits, the action will frame them. For Extinction Rebellion, nonviolent civil disobedience is both an ethic and a long-term strategy. Strict non-violence is the only inclusive strategy!

Launch of the Second World March for Peace and Nonviolence


Excerpts from an article in Pressenza

At the launch of the 2nd World March for Peace and Nonviolence in Madrid, on October 2nd, International Nonviolence Day that commemorates Gandhi’s birth, Rafael de la Rubia said:

“It should be said that this is not just a peripheral journey through the surface of the planet, through the surface of the earth. To this walking along roads, places, countries… you can add an internal journey, going through the depths of our existence, trying to match what we think with what we feel and with what we do, in order to be more coherent, gain more meaning in our lives and eliminate internal violence.” . . .

In Chile, with Parliamentarian Tomas Hirsch: “Active Nonviolence is the Force that will transform the world”

The beginning of the March was celebrated in different points of the world

From Antonio Gancedo’s blog:

Chile: the beginning of the 2 World March was announced in the National Parliament By the humanist parliamentarian Tomás Hirsch. And Santiago de Chile stretched with a “Hug for Nonviolence” as a dissemination of the 2 World March for Peace and Nonviolence.

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How can we be sure to get news about peace demonstrations?

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From Seville and the Port of Santa Maria, in Spain to embark on the ferry journey to Tangier, Morocco the entry point of the WM in Africa where A Humanist Forum took place. In the Spanish cities of Seville and A Coruña, where the March was launched during a session in the Town Hall, different activities expressed the commitment to Peace and Nonviolence.

The World March in the Italian Parliament: The World March has among its objectives the dissemination of the culture of Peace and Non-Violence, disarmament – especially nuclear disarmament -, the defence of the environment and the enhancement of diversity. During the event “The beginning of the end of nuclear weapons” was projected, a work produced by the international press agency Pressenza on the occasion of the second anniversary of the approval of the UN Nuclear Disarmament Treaty (ICAN campaign, Nobel Prize of the Peace 2017). The documentary aims to contribute to the goal of reaching the end of the World March with the ratification of the TPAN  by 50 countries to make it binding.

Brazil: From Pernambuco, Brazil, accompanying the launch of the 2ª World March the first “Live EAD”Live from Nonviolence in schools  with 474 enrolled, 10 tutors in 20 states of Brazil, which connect on the website of the UFRPE (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco). A talk by Gunther Aleksander, of the Pressenza Agency, and Vinicius Pereira, of the Nonviolence in Schools Project, about the launch of the 2 World March for Peace and Nonviolence, giving the appropriate explanations on the free course of distance education for the formation of non-violence Centres in schools. Londrina also in Brazil connected with Peace and Nonviolence symbols.

Argentina: the documentary “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” by director Alvaro Orus and producer Tony Robinson from Pressenza was shown in Cordoba. The film produced in the participants a very particular sensitivity that was expressed in the subsequent exchange. A campaign to collect signatures began to demand that the government of Argentina sign the treaty banning nuclear weapons and then ratify it.

Seán MacBride Peace Prize Ceremony for Bruce Kent


An announcement from the International Peace Bureau

Every year the IPB awards a special prize to a person or organisation that has done outstanding work for peace, disarmament and/or human rights. These were the principal concerns of Sean MacBride, the distinguished Irish statesman who was Chairman of IPB from 1968-74 and President from 1974-1985. MacBride was a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1974), deputy General Secretary of the UN and founder if the disarmament committee of the UN.

The Prize was established 1992, IPB’s centenary year.

For the Year 2019 the board of IPB decided to present awards to Bruce Kent:
Bruce Kent is an internationally known peace activist and a “real peace hero” who, even in his 90th year, remains an active campaigner and organizer for peace and human rights. He was one of the main speakers at the big march and demonstration against nucear weapons in London in 2016.

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Where in the world can we find good leadership today?

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Bruce was ordained as a Catholic Priest in the Diocese of Westminster in London in 1958 and became a Chaplain to Pax Christi in from 1974-1977. He joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in 1960 and was elected chair from 1977-1979, becoming the General Secretary in 1979 for 6 years. He was elected CND Chair again from 1987-1990. He was also Chair of War on Want from 1974-1976 and was the British co-ordinator for the Hague Appeal for Peace in 1999. He is now a Vice-President of CND, Pax Christi and Movement for the Abolition of War (which he co-founded in 2001).

He was also one of the founders and main organizers of the European Nuclear Disarmament Campaign in the 1980s. He was also, in 1988, one of the main organizers of a 1000-mile peace walk from Warsaw to NATO HQ in Brussels to call for a united peaceful nuclear-free Europe.

Bruce was also IPB President from 1985 till 1992 and he has been an inspiration to so many people of all ages in the UK and elsewhere.

Date(s) – Saturday – Oct 19, 2019, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: St. Thomas hospital, London

Spain: Toledo hosts the II International Forum Toledo Culture of Peace in October


An article from El Dia Digital

The regional capital will host the Second Toledo Culture of Peace Forum on October 16, 17 and 18, a space to reflect and jointly build local proposals to contribute to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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

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“Citizens of Toledo will highlight their commitments to contribute to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable world, moving from reflection to action. In addition, experts and activists will discuss and exchange experiences that promote the necessary transformations to address the social and environmental challenges marked in the 2030 Agenda,” the NGO Coordinator reported in a statement.

The new development model considers cities as a basic element for promoting the necessary actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Therefore, during three days in which the Forum will take place, it will emphasize the need for a municipal and citizen commitment that drives profound changes in ways of life and the model of society to achieve a more just, sustainable and inclusive world.

“The Toledo Manifesto for a Culture of Peace and the Sustainable Development Goals will shape this commitment, around which a great citizen alliance will be formed that constitutes a turning point in the location of the 2030 Agenda”, the Coordinator highlighted.

Ex-Soviet Countries: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

The following 61 actions in 6 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”.

In addition to these, 15 actions are listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but there is no indication which took place this year and which took place only in previous years.

Many cities and towns on both sides of the war in Ukraine continue to demonstrate for peace, like in this photo from Zhytomyr. The letters spell out “We are for peace”

Here are excerpts from articles about the actions as translated by CPNN:

AZERBAIJAN : On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, Azerbaijani musicians have given a concert titled “For Peace” in the Carriere-sous-Poissy commune in north-central France. Organized by the mayor’s office of the commune and Azerbaijani pianist Saida Zulfugarova, the concert featured works by famous classical composers of Azerbaijan as well as mughams.

BREST, BELARUS : This year, our most peace-loving traditional action in Brest in support of International Peace Day will be held again at the sports complex – the Brest Regional Center for Olympic rowing reserve. In addition to the traditional concert part with the participation of young performers of the ArtPipper creative center, Anna Musvydas Art Studios, MagaliFF vocal studios, the May Baby and BOOM educational centers, a dance marathon will be held as part of the most peaceful day in Brest, attention to the weighty list of participants, which by the time of the meeting will probably become even larger: . . . As before, the culmination of the event will be the lighting of lamps, brought by Brest residents to an impromptu “Alley of Peace”, accompanying this ritual in memory of all those who died in various modern military conflicts on the planet that arose in the past year as a “round dance of the world”. . . .

MINSK, BELARUS : A festive action took place on the eve of International Peace Day at the regional Palace of Children and Youth Creativity . . .By tradition, the organizers and guests of the festival performed a large peacekeeping concert and the laying of wreaths at the Eternal Flame took place. The most important words that sounded on this day were “peace”, “accord”, “friendship between nations”.  This year alone, the activists of the fund held about 70 marches, festivals, festivities, celebrations and other significant events that received a wide public outcry. It is significant that 60 – 70% of their participants are young people: schoolchildren and students, representatives of production teams. . . .Today in Minsk, in the White Hall of the All Saints Memorial Church, where the Belarusian Peace Fund celebrates, representatives of the UN and UNICEF will gather in Belarus, heads of many ministries and departments, heads of religious denominations and the public. Among them are young peacekeepers of the Gomel region – winners and prize-winners of the republican drawing contest among students “Happiness live in a peaceful country!”. These are Diana Moroz from the Mozyr Center for the Creation of Children and Youth, Yevgeny Bozhenkov from the Tikhinichi Children’s Art School of the Rogachev District and Stanislav Strelchenya from secondary school No. 9 in Mozyr. 

MOGLIEV, BELARUS : On September 17, 2019. a festive event dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held on 30th Victory Street, 34 in the Leninsky district of Mogilev. . . .Volunteers of the Lenin ROO “Belarusian Republican Youth Union” removed and decorated the yard and carried out the action “Day of Peace and Goodness”. . . The program “Peace Weeks” includes exhibitions of children’s art and contests of children’s drawings “Peace through the Eyes of Children”, thematic excursions, sports relay races, and conversations on the topic: “Peace is happiness for people!”

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN : The School of “Society, Technologies and Ecology” in joint efforts with UN Information Office hosted a panel discussion devoted to the celebration of the International Peace Day. The event started with a minute for the memory of victims of all wars and conflicts. Right after the opening remarks by Dean Ewan Simpson, an adviser to Sustainable Kazakhstan Research Institute, Mr. Brendan Duprey opened the flow of discussions with comprehensive presentation about the SDGs, elaborated with data about climate change and its impact on world security. . . . It worth mentioning that earlier Narxoz students were invited to participate in the “Climate Action 4 Peace” essay contest to celebrate the Peace Day. In their essays they vocalized their take on all above matters. More than 20 applicants who tried their luck in the contest received valuable prizes today. Let us congratulate following students who did an outstanding job in this contest:
1st place – Vadim Melyakov
2nd place – Kyamran Mirzoyev, Katrin Wrulich
3d place – Arailym Zhetkerbayeva, Yerkebulan Turganbay and Zarina Laiykova

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN : This year, International Peace Day is dedicated to combating climate change for peace.. In honor of this significant date, the action #GlobalClimateAction took place in the capital. The protesters took to the streets of the capital to remind everyone to stop climate change through the efforts of each of us, through conscious consumption, saving resources and eco-habits.

GYMNASIUM OF ARZAMAS, RUSSIA : Role-playing game “UNEP Model” on the theme “Climate Change. What to do?” is devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Declaration and Program of Action for a Culture of Peace.
Founder: International Movement of Young Peacemakers and Schools of Peace.
The presentation of the game is held in the format of a Skype conference on September 23, 2019 by the Gymnasium of Arzamas with the support and assistance of the Museum of Peacekeeping Operations (Solnechnogorsk), SPC “Mirotvorets” (Moscow), the Hamburg Club and other organizations.
Participants in the Skype conference: young peacemakers, schoolchildren and personalities of Russia, Belarus, Germany, Italy, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Norway, France, Sweden.

CHELYABINSK, RUSSIA : September 21 we will celebrate International Peace Day. An important holiday will be held this year under the slogan “Fighting climate change for peace”. On the eve of International Peace Day, September 19, in the capital of the South Urals, a special “peaceful” master class will be held. “Pupils of the social and rehabilitation center of the Kurchatov and Leninsky districts, under the guidance of specialists, will paint eco-bags with patterns. The theme of the drawing will be dedicated to Peace Day , ”said Elena Morozova, coordinator of the Blago74 information center.

KAPOTNYA: RUSSIA : Kapotnya celebrates International Peace Day with a concert. The event will be held in the premises of the Central Commercial Center “Maryino”.

KOROLYOV, RUSSIA : Tomorrow, September 21, will mark the International Day of Peace. And today, students of the Korolev Children’s Art School dedicated a concert to this topic.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA : White cranes and meetings with heroes: this is how schoolchildren celebrated International Peace Day in different parts of the capital. At a school in 1532 in the district of Teply Stan, the children staged a flash mob called World Peace. All students joined hands together. In a school in 2025 in the Ochakovo-Matveevskoye district, high school students by means of an open-mic discussed terrorism and security issues and collected signatures for the symbolic petition “I AM FOR PEACE.” And in the elementary grades, “Good Lessons” were held, where the children enjoyed making peace symbols – white doves of paper. In addition, a competition of drawings on the sidewalk: “Peace to the children of the world” was held. And at school 1280 in the Academic district, second-graders also made symbols of peace – white cranes. Pupils of school 41 in the Vnukovo region met with the honored pilot of the USSR Alexei Timofeev and opened an exhibition of thematic drawings. The School named after F.M. Dostoevsky in Lublin hosted an interactive holiday “Games of countries and peoples.”

NEKRASOVKA, RUSSIA : Nekrasovka will celebrate International Peace Day. The festive concert will take place in the Zarechye culture house, located on 1st Volskaya Street. Everyone is welcome on Friday, September 20. Beginning at 18.00. Free admission.

SARATOV : Schoolchildren of Zavodskoy district will celebrate International Peace Day on the stage of the City House of Culture of National Creativity at 13:00. Children and guests of the event will be told about the history of the holiday and its attributes. Footage on the scenes of war and peace will be shown on a large screen, as well as poetry and songs. At the end of the day, students will be invited to join hands with all the people of the planet at the ringing of a bell and make a wish for world peace.

SEVASTOPOL, RUSSIA : Thematic program dedicated to the International Day of Peace “We are for peace on earth!” 10:00, at the area of ​​the DKR,st. Korchagina, 1.

SHADRINSK, RUSSIA : Today, September 20, in the Shadrinsky city garden, a large-scale action “We are for world peace” took place. It was initiated by activists of educational and cultural institutions, volunteers and students with the support of the Youth Policy Committee of the City Administration. Everyone could become direct participants in the mass flash mob, lining up in the shape of a dove – a symbol of peace.

SOKOL, RUSSIA : International Peace Day will be celebrated in Sokol. A festive flash mob will take place at the Sokol Family Center. This was told by employees of the institution. “First, the children will play a little to warm up, and then they will learn movements and dance together with fun music,” said one of the organizers of the holiday. The event is scheduled for September 24, 14.00. A flash mob is scheduled for students in grades 5-7.

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA: September 21 at 12.00 in the exhibition hall of the Union of Artists of St. Petersburg (Bolshaya Morskaya St., 38) will be a holiday “St. Petersburg – our peaceful home”, dedicated to the International Day of Peace. The program of the event is scheduled to show video materials on the International Day of Peace, a multimedia exhibition of educational projects on the interethnic and intercultural dialogue of St. Petersburg and the art exhibition “Dialogue of Cultures”. The event is organized by the Association for the Development of Science, Education and Culture “Continuing Education” with the support of the Committee on Interethnic Relations and the Implementation of Migration Policy in St. Petersburg.
Admission to the holiday is free.

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA: In St. Petersburg on Saturday, September 21, an uncoordinated “Peace March” took place. Several dozens of participants went through the central quarters of the city – from Nevsky Prospect along the Griboedov Canal, and then through St. Isaac’s Square to the Admiralty The action in St. Petersburg is timed to coincide with International Peace Day. Its participants demand to stop the war in Ukraine, Syria, as well as limit the militarization of Russia. At the Admiralty building, where some protesters stopped with posters, police detained three people. According to the Mndiazona correspondent, a man and woman from the Democratic Petersburg movement were detained, as well as another activist who stood with a solitary picket in the garden.

TSKHINVAL, OSSETIA, RUSSIA : “War is not an option, any situations can and should be resolved peacefully,” said Sergey Skvortsov, head of the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in South Ossetia during a festive rally dedicated to Peace Day. The event was organized on the Cathedral Square in front of the Church of the Holy Virgin in Tskhinval. A festive banner and an audio system were installed near the square. At the beginning of the action, after a welcoming speech by the hosts, boys and girls went out to the microphone to read poetry. Elina Gakoeva, a participant in the Livadia Forum, read out an appeal in which there were calls for peace to abandon the war and seek friendship. According to one of the traditions of the international holiday, at the end of the rally the bell in the church of the Holy Mother of God struck 11 times to commemorate 11 years of peace in South Ossetia. At the end of the event, white balloons and pigeons were released into the sky.

VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA : Bells will sound in Volgograd on Peace Day The annual international bell of peace will be held in Volgograd for the sixth time, organizers told the City of Heroes news agency. On September 21 at 12 o’clock the Komsomol Garden of the Central District will be filled with jingle bells. This tradition – to celebrate Peace Day – was invented at the Lyceum No. 5 named after Yuri Gagarin. The world’s first bells were sounded in Volgograd in 2013, and the next year the action became international. “If you ring the bell at one time in all corners of our planet, then this chime can become the voice of peace, memory and joy,” says Larisa Tropkina, director of Lyceum No. 5 . – We invite all inhabitants of the planet on September 21 at noon on International Peace Day in all schools to ring the bells. This will prove that we do not want war and we wish the whole world happiness.

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA: In Yekaterinburg, Ural Federal University students celebrated World Peace Day with an flash mob – they made up words in the form of a heart in the hostel No. 8 from lit windows at night

ZYRYANSK, RUSSIA : On Sept 20 the action will take place in two venues 1. A survey of the population of the village of Zyryansky, creating a poster “What is peace for you?” based on the responses of the survey participants. 2. Drawings on the pavement “My Peace” near the central playground with the involvement of children and their parents.

BEREGOVO, UKRAINE: The International Peace Day was dedicated this year to the All-Ukrainian action “Dove of Peace”, which was joined by students of the Berehove Professional Lyceum of Services. Within the framework of the action, the students produced paper doves as a symbol of peace. The doves were made of different colors, but most were white and the colors of our flag, which symbolize harmony, understanding and unity.

BEREZAN, UKRAINE : Every year on September 21, people in different corners of the globe celebrate the International Day of Peace, a holiday designed to make everyone think and do something for the sake of peace on Earth. Peace in native Ukraine is the most cherished desire of all Ukrainians, who express their voice as cohesively as never before. Every year our school joins the celebration. The elementary school students held an action and created the project “Children of Peace – for Peace!”, Each of which stated that life on Earth was the most important price. Conversations and hours of communication on the topics were conducted in the classes: “Peace begins with me”, “Peace on the planet – happiness to all children”. During the breaks, the students’ self-government leaders organized and held a “dance flash mob“ Children of Peace for Peace! ”For the students of the school.

BEREZAN, UKRAINE : Svetlana Kolga, Social Work Specialist of the Social Support Sector for Children and Family Services of the Berezan City Counci,l held an educational event at the Sadovska School of Law l – lll Art. for students in grades 3 and 4 on International Peace Day, which has been celebrated around the world at the initiative of the UN General Assembly since 1981 on 21 September. This day prompts reflection on the problems of peace, calls for a halt to hostilities and a renunciation of violence and fire . The educational event was attended by 38 children, who also drew drawings for the International Day of Peace.

BILA TSERKVA, UKRAINE : For the International Day of Peace, lyceum students of group 11 prepared a video “We vote for peace!”. Pupils of the 5th grades organized flash mob “Bell of Peace”. Traditional for our students was the action “Dove of Peace”, during which the students made doves by different techniques and write on them the wishes of peace, kindness, happiness for each other and all Ukraine. We sincerely wish every Ukrainian to truly feel that such a peaceful sky is over their heads!

BOROTINSK, UKRAINE: The Rovantsev School has joined the celebration of International Peace Day, which is traditionally celebrated in September. On the occasion of the holiday, the students, together with the teachers, organized a flash mob and organized a patriotic action “Dove of Peace” to once again express their desire to live in peace: “We want every Ukrainian family to feel the highest value of peace today, which is the key to a happy life” .

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What has happened this year (2019) for the International Day of Peace?

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CHERKASY, UKRAINE : On September 21, International Peace Day is traditionally celebrated around the world. Every year, high school families come together for various activities to achieve a common goal – to demonstrate their unity and a strong position on world peace. On the morning of September 20, all students and high school students had the opportunity to listen to radio announcements about traditions and the purpose of the holiday.  Classes 4-5 during the day participated in the chalk competition on the board “We wish Ukraine peace”, the winners were students of class 5A (class leader Omelyanenko OM) and honorary II place, with a difference of several points, took students class 4A (class leader Sitnik TV). High school students in grades 6-9 took an active part in the Peace Festival. The combined teams played a QR-quest, prepared by teacher-organizer Suhenko KO. and the gymnasium parliament, the winners were the class 7A high school students.

DNEPR, UKRAINE : On September 21, Dnepr schoolchildren celebrated World Peace Day with a flash mob. Pupils of school number 133 made a formation in the schoolyard in the shape of a dove of peace, holding a yellow-blue ribbon in its beak. In addition, a peace lesson was held in each class, where the students cut out doves from white paper and also made posters for peace.

GORODOK, UKRAINE : On September 21, International Peace Day is celebrated around the world  . On this occasion a march for peace was held by children, teachers, parents of Gorodotsky Lyceum # 1 and employees of the department of education of Gorodok city council. Marchers passed the column on Grushevsky Street to the central square of the city, walking to the building # 2 of the Lyceum and then to the building # 1 with the aim of demonstrating their involvement in peace-seeking for everyone family, every family, peace in the country and peace in the world.

IVANICHI VILLAGE, UKRAINE : On the occasion of the International Day of Peace and in order to form national-patriotic feelings among schoolchildren, a number of activities were carried out with the students of the school-gymnasium aimed at focusing on the problem of peace in the world and effective means of achieving it.
Peace on earth is peace and quiet
It’s childish laughter and soul flying!
When the poet writes magic poems
About an unusual, wonderful world.

KHARKOV, UKRAINE : As in previous years the students and teachers of our school are involved in events on International Peace Day! For the fourth year in a row, our school has been awarded the Peace School Certificate and is actively involved in peacekeeping actions. This year the classroom leaders held thematic lessons and activities and pupils from the 4-11 classes together created a bright thematic poster, where they expressed their desire for peace in the Ukraine!

KHARKOV, UKRAINE : Every year, September 21, the International Peace Day is proclaimed worldwide, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. The most important for Ukrainian society today is the topic of war and peace in connection with the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The thematic exhibition “May peace be on earth” at the socio-cultural center presents literature on the military conflict in the Donbass. Visitors may be interested in the following editions: OO Kalinovskaya «The Unannounced War. Unknown facts and chronicles of the anti-terrorist operation “, Yu. B. Skobalo” The war did not put us on our knees “, V.Yu.Markitantov” Russian hybrid war: from doctrine to tactics “, VI Golovchenko” Hybrid war of Russia against Ukraine: historically – political research “, VP Gorbulin” World Hybrid War: Ukrainian Front “, etc. Exposure period: from September 17 to October 26.

KIEV, UKRAINE : Starting from 2002, every September 21st is the International Peace Day. Its program on this important holiday for Ukraine will be in Kiev, and the events will begin in the early morning.
Representatives of the UN will also take part in the celebrations. This was reported by the Informant with reference to the official website of the Kyiv City State Administration.
Participation in the action, which this year will be called “Peace and Unity for Ukraine,” in addition to a variety of officials, will also be attended by public organizations, veterans, people with disabilities, women, soldiers in the ATO (anti-terrorist operation), as well as youth. The full program of events for this day is as follows:
09:00 (Lavrskaya street, 27) – gathering participants, laying flowers at the Memorial (monument) to Ukrainian soldiers who died in Afghanistan;
09:30 – the solemn procession of the participants of the action from the Memorial to the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II;
10:00 – an action of peace in the square near the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II.

KIEV, UKRAINE : An event to celebrate International Peace Day will be held in the Art Hall (Room 63) of the Institute of Philology on September 23, 2019 from 12:50 to 14:30. Participants and guests: representatives of the Kyiv City Center of the Kyiv City Center for Assistance to the Anti-Terrorist Operation Participants, NGO “Council of Veterans of ATO of the Dniprovsky District of Kyiv”.

KOVEL, UKRAINE : On September 21, International Peace Day is traditionally celebrated around the world. For some, the world is an everyday reality. The streets are quiet, the kids go to school, and the homes are not threatened by enemy shells. However, for many people in the modern world, peace is only a dream. These people are constantly living in fear and an atmosphere of instability, for them every day may be the last. It is for such people that this holiday exists. The lyceum students know and respect the important dates and in honor and memory joined a flashmob called “We for Peace”, thematically finishing the doors of their classrooms, thus showing respect for the people who struggle and work for peace in all over the world.

KREMENCHUK, UKRAINE : September 21 is International Peace Day. Representatives of city authorities and foreign delegations planted symbolic “trees of peace”

KUPYANSK, UKRAINE : On September 21, 2019, an information minute for students of grades 1-11 was held at Kupyansk NSC # 2, on the eve of International Peace Day. Throughout the day, students and teachers took part in the “Blue Dove” flashmob – each one, as a sign of commitment to the holiday, pinned on his breast a white dove made by himself. During the breaks, students and teachers joined in creating a collage “Peace is ..” where everyone was able to write what the word “peace” meant to him. Pupils of 1-4 classes took part in drawing on the sidewalk. They finished the day on the square in front of the institution, where they released doves into the sky as a symbol of peace and harmony in our beloved Ukraine.

KVASILOVSKY, UKRAINE : On the occasion of International Day of Peace (September 21), a festive physical and musical composition “I want peace!” was played as educators expressed their irreversible and fervent desire for peace in Ukraine (instructor in physical education Momotok TR , music directors : Denisyuk OM, Rever OE ) All those present had tears in their eyes as they watched the childrens’ movements and sincere intentions to reach out to us adults: “I want peace! I don’t want to hear the word “war”! “..

LIPCHA, UKRAINE : Grade 3 students held a Flashmob “We are for Peace.”

LISICHANSK, UKRAINE : International Peace Day is celebrated around the world on September 21st. Our school also hosted events dedicated to this holiday. Pupils and teachers gathered for a school-wide lesson “May peace be in our native Ukraine”, which has become traditional. In the lesson, all students read poems about peace and friendship, became acquainted with the history of the International Peace Day, with important world problems that need to be resolved to preserve peace on Earth. After the lesson, all the students took to the festive line “Peace to All”, for symbols of peace were specially prepared. Elementary school students walked the festive walk around the school, urging adults to a peaceful life. On the ground floor there was an exhibition of paper doves “Under the peaceful sky”.

LVOV REGION, UKRAINE : The students of our school joined the My Peace Ukraine campaign. They made and attached a dove as the symbol of peace. May the childrens’ sincere desires of peace come true !

LYUBESHIV REGION, UKRAINE : Lyubeshiv Technical College held an action dedicated to International Peace Day. Teachers, students and students of the college have woven a wreath of peace from the autumn flowers, to honor the memory of the fallen soldiers, fighters for peace and freedom.

NIZHYN, UKRAINE : Today, as part of International Peace Day, the college’s student team has joined the All-Ukrainian Dove of Peace Campaign.

ODESSA, UKRAINE : Today, on September 20, on the eve of International Peace Day, Sergei Grinevetsky, as an honorary member of the Presidium of the Odessa Regional Peace Council, participated in the opening ceremony of the Peace Square.

SHEPETIVKA, UKRAINE : In celebration of the International Day of Peace, September 20, 2019 in the Secondary School I-III. #3, a Global Climate Action was held, “Fighting Climate Change for Peace”. The children made the symbols of peace – paper doves, and put them on the walls. “Ukrainian children are for peace in the world !!!” and decorated their classrooms and school grounds, gave the doves to passers-by, with wishes of peace, kindness and understanding. Senior students honored the memory of the heroes by laying flowers near the memorial “Fighters for Freedom and Independence of Ukraine”.

SLAVYANSK, UKRAINE : International Day of Peace at School N23 for children with visual impairment in Slavyansk was marked with a flash mob.

SUMY, UKRAINE : Sumy Regional Center of Blood Service organizes the action “International Day of Peace”. In the holiday program: Free Hugs; Gifts; Holiday concert; Drawing contest; Plus, delicious candy and a great atmosphere! Come with your family and take your friends! Location: Shevchenko Square. Start: 11:30. For a video click here.

TERNOVSKY DISTRICT, UKRAINE : An information hour entitled Right to Peace was held today, the International Day of Peace, in the municipal institution “Territorial Center for Social Services (Provision of Social) in the Ternovsky District” of Kryvyi Rih City Council for day care units with the participation of specialists of the library-branch # 29.

VASYLKIV, UKRAINE : For the International Day of Peace, students of Vasylkiv NSC “Gymnasium of Secondary School I-III degrees №8”, who are running for the post of Chairman of the Student Council, presented their interesting and creative projects on the theme “My Peace Program”! During their election campaign, candidates from each class showed their enthusiasm, creativity, sociability and a desire to help others. It was on International Peace Day that their election campaign ended. Social videos were also made by the students in support of their candidate. Their active positions attracted not only the student and pedagogical team, but also the parents who support their kids and help with their exciting projects. “Only those with peace in themselves can make peace in the world!  So let us sow peace together good and eternal!”

VINNYTSA, UKRAINE : Social action for Peace Day was held on September 20 at the European Square in Vinnitsa. The event was organized by the NGO “Vinnytsia Regional Council of Women of Ukraine”. It was attended by the Deputy Chairman of the Regional Council Mykhailo Kremenyuk, volunteers, displaced persons, soldiers in the ATO / OOS (anti-terrorist operation), students and students.
– Unfortunately, it happened that without the shots, we would not have felt the real thirst for peace. We have a war, the best sons of Ukraine are killed every day, ”Mykhailo Volodymyrovych said in his speech. – But I am optimistic and confident that some time will pass and the long-awaited peace in Ukraine will come. Peace is through negotiation, not capitulation. Sincere words of gratitude to the people who are defending the border today – our servicemen, volunteers who selflessly give their time and health to helping our heroes. I wish our youth growth in a prosperous, peaceful and rich state. During the action, with a moment of silence, all present honored the memory of the fallen heroes. The active participants of the event were children who presented amateur performance numbers dedicated to patriotic topics. The symbol of peace was the hundreds of yellow and blue balloons they released into the sky. During the event flowers were laid on the memorial sign of Heavenly Hundred and the fallen heroes of the ATO / OOS.

ZHYTOMYR, UKRAINE : At the Zhytomyr College of Trade and Economics, today, September 20, on the eve of International Peace Day, a college action “WE ARE FOR PEACE” took place in the college, which was attended by students and teachers. The initiative to hold a challenge among students and the administration of the college belongs to student self-government. The beginning of the action was a photo of representatives of the Student Council, at which they called for peace. Subsequently, students from all college groups made their call to peace and passed the baton to the next group.

ZOLOCHIV, UKRAINE : In the Zolochev GZSO I-III classes. students together with teachers Ulyana Stadnik and Mariana Yasinovskaya held a flash mob on the occasion of Peace Day.  The director of the school Pylypchuk Oksana Nikolaevna congratulated everyone on the holiday. See the video for more details.

(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.)

ANTHRACITE : On September 20, educational institutions of Anthracite and Anthracitovsky region joined the international campaign “United Hour of Spirituality“ The Dove of Peace ”, which is aimed at consolidating the efforts of all concerned people to strengthen friendship and cooperation between states, preserving the memory of the heroes who gave their lives for peace.

AVDEEVKA: In Avdeevka, which has repeatedly come under fire, where they still hear gunshots and heal wounds (there are still a lot of houses destroyed and damaged by shelling), there is a special relationship to World Peace Day. It was expressed yesterday by students of school No. 7. The students made paper doves (a symbol of peace), wrote on special sheets (along with parents and teachers) what they were ready to do for peace, and also arranged a dance flash mob on the street.

DONETSK : On the eve of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated annually on September 21, in the Donetsk House of Culture. Kuybyshev hosted a special event for the cancellation of postal stamp No. 33, International Peace Day. According to the correspondent of the official website of the Donetsk People’s Republic . . . The postal stamp includes two art postage stamps No. 162, “Peace be at home!” And No. 163, “Donetsk is the city of roses, Donetsk is the city of dreams!” Both were created on the basis of children’s drawings. . .Thanks to the International project “Children paint peace”, thousands of people in different countries saw the drawings of Donetsk children.

GORLOVKA : On September 21, International Peace Day, the Gorlovka Park of Culture and Rest named after Gorky will host festive events beginning at 10:00.

KRASNODON : For the 17th year in a row, September 21 is the International Day of Peace. As part of its celebration today, September 20, the people of Krasnodon took part in the dove of peace republican action: events were held in the main squares of Krasnodon, Sukhodolsk and Molodogvardeisk, as well as in all educational institutions. About a thousand people took part.

KROPYVNYTSKYI : At the regional center, students of Donetsk National Medical University celebrated International Peace Day today, September 20. . . In particular, the event was joined by the Department of Linguistic and Humanities, students of the Faculty of Medicine # 2 and the International Faculty of Medicine. Anatoliy Sustretov, a history teacher of Ukraine, conducted a training game on this subject with students. Also, as part of the event, five IMF students from Nigeria, India, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica and Azerbaijan attended a Peace Day English lesson at School # 14. Classes were devoted to environmental topics. Students spoke about the specifics of environmental protection in their countries.

LUGANSK : Pupils of Lugansk in the framework of the rally dedicated to the International Day of Peace, released balloons into the sky with paper doves attached to them in memory of the fallen defenders of the Fatherland. This was reported by the correspondent of the Federal News Agency. The event, held in the center of Lugansk, was attended by schoolchildren and students of educational institutions, deputies of the People’s Council of the republic and representatives of the city administration The deputy chairman of the People’s Council of the LPR, Oleg Koval, said that “Lugansk has always been a land of good and peaceful people. We never oppressed anyone, didn’t capture and didn’t prove anything to anyone. We always respected a different point of view. We have always tried to understand the traditions, culture and customs of other nations. We never separated people on any grounds and understood that we should not be afraid of people with a different point of view. We always understood that other people are those who can enrich us, teach us something and with whom we can always find a common language.”

ROVENKA : In the Shevchenko Palace of Culture, Almazny hosted the event under the motto: “Children of Donbass for Peace!” The children learned about the history of the monument “Peace Bell”, about the Japanese girl Sadako Sasaki.  Poems and songs about the world were sounded. To the sound of the “Bells of Peace” the children stood in a circle and joined hands. Listening to the bell, everyone thought something good and kind. Together, they made a wish that the war would end in the Donbass.

Europe: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

We list here 144 actions in 21 European countries that 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 websites of International Cities of Peace Facebook and UN event map for the International Day of Peace.

In addition to these, over 300 actions are listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but there is no indication which took place this year and which took place only in previous years.

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

Many cities and towns in France, like Nevers in this photo, were mobilized by Mouvement de la Paix.

Here are excerpts from articles about the actions, many of them translated by CPNN:


Statement by High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the International Day of Peace (translation from French by CPNN)
“On this International Day of Peace, the European Union reaffirms its commitment to peace and security, human rights and sustainable development for all, international cooperation and the rule-based international order, of which the United Nations is the pillar. Lasting peace has always been and will remain at the heart of the European Union’s external action, as reaffirmed in the Global Strategy. Around the world, the EU participates in prevention, peacebuilding, conflict and crisis resolution and stabilization through regional and international partnerships. . . . This year, the International Day of Peace focuses on the fight against climate change as an essential component of the protection and promotion of peace around the world. For more than a decade, the EU has been working to raise awareness and address the interdependence of climate, peace and security. Today, as young people around the world mobilize to save our planet, it is more urgent than ever to take action.” 


2019 Statement on the occasion of the International Day of Peace by the Conference of European Regional Legislative Assemblies
“We do not need to reach far back in terms of time or evocative power to recall the reasons which led to the European Union being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The constant effort on the part of the European Union for Peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights, was and still is a distinctive feature of the community of European peoples.. . .
On the occasion of the Day of Peace, CALRE considers it fundamental to reiterate the following points:
1. A peace-making process, from a social policy standpoint, should focus on the men and women who constitute the many European communities . . .
2. A new approach to social cohesion to which the European Union is called upon to contribute, in the same spirit with which its strength was acknowledged as an instrument for Peace in the continent and worldwide. Most importantly, this is a grass-roots commitment: it starts from those associations, organisations and movements which at the same time accept, condensate and express – by amplifying it on the public political arena – the resonance of the democratic spirit which underlies European cooperation.
3. A sign of global civilization that the need for European communities to become bearers of a message of peace becomes clear, a message which needs to focus on human beings as citizens and as a sign of Peace. Peace not just among peoples, but rather as a more deeply rooted, more direct peace: a peace of European citizens who actively contribute to safeguarding democracy, human rights and social welfare.
4. This community spirit should remain alive among the peoples of Europe, in order to promote the legacy of the founding fathers of our Union, to reap the fruits of the efforts made in the final years of the last century after conflicts which ravaged the continent; it should be aware of the need to work together for social and economic stability in Europe, thus offering our children a Continent which enhances merit, gives value to cooperation and integration, fosters the global relevance of civil societies. Our Europe needs to be a living instrument of Peace, safeguarding and giving dignity to Peoples and Communities in Europe an internationally: a Peaceful Europe which leaves nobody behind.


We want to march on the city street.


SINNREICH DOME OF PEACE – PEACE CRANE PROJECT . According to De Es, Austrian artist and visionary, the Peace Dome is a house of inspiration, in the service of the realisation of the dreams of humanity: WORLDUNITY, WORLDPEACE and WORLDCULTURE. The DOME OF PEACE shall point the direction to a humane and dignified future, everywhere on our planet.


For the third time, we are proposing to Belgian cities and municipalities to join our campaign around 21 September, the international day of peace decreed by the UN to “promote the ideals of peace”. We propose to the cities and municipalities of Belgium to float the flag of peace on the official buildings. Last year, the campaign focused on the topic of nuclear weapons, with a view to supporting and strengthening the nascent process within the United Nations. The 2018 campaign was a real success! This is a campaign of the National Coordination of Action for Peace and Democracy (CNAPD) and Vrede vzw. (Click on link for video)


Chanting Love Peace and Harmony which is a special song with a very powerful frequency and message, we will play in different places in the city, a celebration with music and drums.


During the World Clean up day, should nuclear bombs also being cleaned up from the streets with the other dusts? Cleaning operation of the streets between the roundabout called “Montgomery” to the arch of Victory…


“The toughest battle today is against hatred and denial that have inhabited our souls,” Vice President Iliana Yotova said at a solemn celebration a day before the International Day of Peace at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in Sofia. The traditional celebration has been organized by the Union of War Veterans of Bulgaria, the United Nations Society in Bulgaria, in association with community, patriotic and youth organizations.


The Global Peace Summit Cyprus – 2019 – Saturday 21st September 2019 – Yoga & Meditation. Opening with Surya Namaskar, Salute to the Sun. We are honouring the Earth and the Sun, Creating a Clearing and Declaring Global Peace and Declaring Cyprus as The Centre Peace. (This is a free event) Venue: Nicosia Cyprus, Ledra Palace Buffer Zone


The fight against climate change also involves nuclear disarmament
Eight organizations (see below) launch an appeal for the International Day of Peace, celebrated each year on September 21.
“. . . The goal of eliminating nuclear weapons is therefore inseparable from climate ambition. It would therefore be essential for the future Citizen’s Convention for the climate to be able to discuss it. It would be useful for his reflection to focus on the 37 billion euros devoted to the modernization of nuclear weapons in the current military programming law, which could be useful for financing the major investments that a policy to combat global warming will require. The Convention should also propose that France signal its determination to put an end to the arms race and to relaunch the multilateral process of nuclear disarmament, including by supporting the Nuclear Weapons Treaty already signed by many countries in the world. In the short term, the events organized as part of the International Day of Peace should make it one of their priority themes.”
The signatories
Abolition of Nuclear Weapons – House of Vigilance,
Green Cross France and Territories,
ICAN France,
IDN – Intiatives for Nuclear Disarmament,
Mouvement de la Paix,
Movement for a Non-violent Alternative,
Pax Christi France,
Pugwash France.


The Mouvement de la Paix is pleased to invite you on Peace Day, Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:30 to the Garden of the association ELLSA, for the planting of a tree of peace.


March for the climate and peace 21 September at 14:30 at Place Lorraine, the tree of Laïcité. We will march to the Place de la Paix, arriving around 17:30


Peace and education, for the International Day of Peace. Organized by the County Council of Val-de-Marne, this day is meant to be festive and cultural to discuss, exchange and understand how education promotes the construction of societies in peace. This friendly event is intended to build relationships and the emergence of peaceful, sustainable and virtuous societies for citizens of the world who are supportive and responsible.


Animations and Peace Exhibition. A mandala made of plants, musical entertainment and a group exhibition are on the agenda this year in Bandol for the International Day of Peace.


March for peace. Meet at Place du 8 Septembre in Besançon, 10h30 as part of the International Day of Peace, at the call of the Mouvement de la Paix and partner organizations.


The pacifist collective of Biterrois had become accustomed since 2014 to participate in the International Day of Peace which traditionally takes place on September 21st or in the days to come. There is a problem this year. In Béziers there is the departmental festival of railway workers of the CGT which is held in the premises of the works council of the SNCF. An exchange with the leaders of this union led us to change what we can do that day.
It was agreed that we would have a booth in the party space. We hope that this question of peace, which becomes crucial in the context of the international crisis we are going through, will be taken into account in the speech which is programmed by the CGT. . . We wish the CGT railwaymen’s festival every success, hoping that the action for peace and disarmament, values ​​that have always taken place in the history of trade unionism, will be taken into account this Saturday, September 21st in the part of this day of struggle.


Exhibition of paintings, photos, sculptures and poems in the town hall of Blois from 12 to 30 September with a vernissage on Friday 20 to 18h. 500 leaflets announcing the peace march will be distributed at a very popular market on the morning of the 21st. In the afternoon, there will be initiative in the streets of Blois with organizations and participants. On September 29th, 37th Peace March in Blois. We expect between 350 and 500 participants.


March for peace and climate in Bordeaux, at the call of the Mouvement de la Paix Gironde and the call of the hundred Gironde, for the Climate of Peace – stop the wars, stop the violence and misery. Let us march together, with our banners and our flags, September 21, 2019 in Bordeaux: Rdv at 3 PM Parvis of Human Rights.


On Saturday 21 September, as we do every year, we will meet at the foot of the tree of peace in Boulogne-sur-Mer to denounce the persisting threats to peace with the ever-increasing production of weapons.


A day of action is planned on 21 September as part of a collective “United for the climate” on which we have worked for a year and which is under the responsibility of Nature. At the eco-district Baudens in Bourges.
10h Village associations and animations
11h March in the city with 2 speeches: Nature 18 and the Mouvement de la Paix
12h30 Picnic
15h Velorution (bicycle-revolution)


In Brest, march for peace and climate on Saturday, September 21st: meet at 11 am Place de la Liberté, in front of the war memorial.


For the International Day of Peace, the Corrèze Committee of the Peace Movement calls on all pacifists to take part in the Climate and Biodiversity march on September 21st at 11:00 am, in front of the Brive la Gaillarde Town Hall. This participation is all the more judicious because the International Day of Peace of 21 September was placed in 2019 under the theme “climate action for peace. ”


Rally for Peace and Climate, on Saturday 21st September at 10.30am in front of Cahors City Hall at the call of CGT 46, Peace Movement Lot Committee, Cahors Mundi, Friends of Huma, Snuipp / FSU46, ETM46, PCF46 and FreeThought46.


Rally for peace and climate. The local committee of the Mouvement de la Paix is organizing a rally on September 21st, 2019, starting at 2 pm in front of the Richelieu Park in Calais.


March for peace and climate. Meeting in Carcassonne, on September 21st at 2pm, at the Portail des Jacobins.


At 11:00 the tree of peace will be planted in Carrières, at the Chateau éphémère. A panel will be made by youth of ALJ and planted at the foot of the tree. The Castle Vanderbilt Castle will be open as part of Heritage Day, so you can visit it. At 12.45 pm: Meet at the Poissy station to join the Paris demonstration 19h: Concert for peace and non-violence at the Alsace complex of Carrières-sous-Poissy


Peace March, and other events. The city holds a booth at the Fête d’un Jour, a event organized by the Montargoise grouping of towns of which Chalette is a member: all the activities that it organizes throughout the day will be related to the issues of peace.


Friday, September 20, 14h, Chambéry: March of the young (and not so young) for the climate. Meet at Palais de Justice. We will be there with our placards and information on the vital role of the armed forces on the degradation of the environment; and the role of climate change in worsening poverty and triggering conflict.
Saturday, September 21, 10am, Place des Elephants, Chambery: Lunch in peace, for a climate of peace. At the call of 23 associations. Bring a drink or pastry and ideas to share together!


The Baha’is of Chambery – Chapareillan celebrate this Saturday, September 21, the International Day of Peace in Barraux in a rural setting.
Program of the day: 11h30 Welcome! 12:30 Achievement of a peace star holding us by the hand. The star will be photographed by a drone and filmed 13:00 Picnic shared Everyone brings food, cutlery, glasses and drinks Think of chairs, cushions, blankets … 14:00 Festive afternoon! Musics, tales, wooden games, speaking circles, peace dances, oases of peace and other festive and convivial animations! Dress code: top light or white if possible.


Rally for peace. On the English Channel, gathering at 17h near the olive tree of Equeurdreville


Another look at immigration As part of the UN’s International Day of Peace, the City’s Public Relations and International Life service invites you to a friendly and supportive evening about immigration and its challenges. Friday, September 20Th • 6.30pm: welcome drink accompanied by an African fashion show, by UFAAC and the association of Tringa natives in France. “Portraits of migrants” photo exhibition, deNour Le Gourmand. • 19h30: Screening of the documentary “Migrants à Calais” by Jocelyne Sarian. Testimonies of men and women in humanitarian emergency.


Two groups are at work this Saturday to organize the International Day of Peace, initiated by the United Nations (UN): the collective Citizens for the climate and the group 21 September International Day of Peace. “Talks are planned, says one of the organizers, Claudie Lecuyer, but also a race to waste, which will consist of picking up waste at Monk’s Park. We will also put small white cards at your disposal, so that everyone can speak about peace and climate, the theme retained by the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, for this day. Meet on Saturday, at 3:30 pm, near the olive trees of Parc de Moine, along the boulevard Delhumeau-Plessis in Cholet.


This year, the Mouvement de la Paix Dijon committee is organizing a Peace March, as well as a Peace Festival, as part of the Peace Fortnight with the Longvic Town Council.


“The bomb and us.” Film at the Cinéma L’Imaginaire, at 19:00, in the presence of Daniel Hofnung, member of ATTAC. In the first part the animated film The Part of the Bomb of P. Elusse With the participation of: Philippe Elusse Producer of the film and Director of Human Resources and Jean-Claude TOLLET President of the Valenciennois Committee of Mouvement de la Paix


This Saturday morning, about two hundred demonstrators marched in the city center of Dunkirk for the defense of climate and peace in the world. Leaving Place Jean-Bart, they joined at 12 o’clock the square of the Rights-of-the-Man, the urban community of Dunkirk. In the parade this Saturday morning in the streets of Dunkirk, there were activists associations and trade unions, but also residents and some children. The movement took place as part of the International Day of Peace, held annually around the world. Jean-Marc, a 69-year-old from Dunkirk and member of the Greens and Non-Violent Group, said: “The goal is to push our government to take concrete action for nuclear disarmament.”


Sunday, September 22, aperitif of Peace in Epinal (88), from 11:30 to 12:30, Place des Vosges.


Rally and exhibition for the International Day of Peace. Display of the exhibition “Without women no peace” at the gates of the town hall of Foix. Rally at 10 am at the monument of the Resistance on Villote, Foix. Speech by the Mouvement de la Paix. Procession to the prefecture and delivery of the departmental text. 10:45 return to Villote for possible participation in the circle against the death penalty (ACAT initiative) until 11:30.


On September 18, in preparation for the International Day of Peace, children from the Gennevilliers Recreation Centers send messages of peace to children around the world.


Peace March. Departure: at 10 am at Place St Bruno Park in Grenoble. Place de Lavalette, in front of the new Grenoble museum. We will be welcomed by the choir “Barricade”, accompanied by brass. We now invite all friends of peace to reserve this moment to express very clearly their great desire for a peace policy in our country.


Sculpture of the Peace Tree and Peace Square. At 18h, place of the Water Tower next to the RER La Courneuve Aubervilliers, inauguration of the sculpture of the “Tree of Peace” and the square of peace.


For the International Day of Peace 2019, the municipality is organizing a time of celebration and reflection . . . Rendez-Vous Friday September 20!
Inauguration at 6 pm of the peace tree, directed by Jaidess Nöuss and the square of Peace place Château d’Eau, then debate at 6:30 pm at the House of Citizenship (33 av Gabriel-Péri) on the nuclear disarmament and the development of a culture of peace with Corinne Cadays-Delhome, Deputy Mayor of La Courneuve in charge of International Cooperation and Peace, Philippe Rio, Mayor of Grigny and President of the French Association of Municipalities , Departments and Regions for Peace / Mayors for Peace France and Jean-Marie Collin, spokesperson for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).


In La Rochelle, a march for peace will leave the Plage de la Concurrence.. Meeting at 2.30 pm


March for Climate and Peace (#Climatestrike) In La Rochelle
Saturday, September 21, 2:30 PM
Join the youth on the street and leave your homes, your work, with millions of us on the occasion of the global strike for the most important climate to date. On 21 September 2019, the national day of mobilization of the Climate Movement will also be the International Day for Peace. On this occasion, the local group Greenpeace La Rochelle will join the procession by combining these two closely related themes, bearing loud and clear the values ​​of Greenpeace, a pacifist and non-violent organization. Our house burns. Invite your colleagues, friends, family, club members and people in your neighborhood. We need everyone.


Saturday, September 21: Rally and march for peace and climate. In Lannion, the event will leave at 11am from the Town Hall. Sunday, September 29 Citizen Village for climate and peace: from 10h to 18h Espace Saint Anne


As part of the World Day for Peace, Saturday, September 21, a rally will be held in front of the town hall of Lannion at 11am. It will be followed by a march to the Place des Droits de l’Homme. On the themes peace and nuclear disarmament, climate emergency and social justice, an initiative supported at the local level by the Mouvement de la Paix, Sortir du nucléaire, AFPS-Trégor, the CGT, FSU and Solidaires trade unions, the PCF, EELV and Terre des hommes …


Peace Festival. The Collective for Peace brings together representatives of organizations and people working in Le Creusot to inform the population about the ongoing conflicts in the world, to help the populations victims of armed violence, to support the pacifists of the countries at war, to promote the initiatives taken in favor of peace, and a real effectiveness of the UN, Demand disarmament nuclear and weapons of mass destruction.


In Le Creusot as in other cities in France and around the world, events are organized for the International Day of Peace. Despite the stakes, too few people have made an appointment Saturday afternoon on the forecourt of the City Hall. This year, the slogan “Climate Action, Action for Peace” makes sense. It highlights the importance of tackling climate change as a means to protect and promote peace in the world. Climate change is a clear threat to peace and international security. Growing tensions around resources and massive population movements affect every country on every continent. This was emphasized by the representatives of the “Collective for Peace” and the “Movement for a Non-Violent Alternative”, but also David Marti, Mayor of Le Creusot, during their speeches. . . .
The March for Peace led the sympathizers accompanied by the zumba group Cé MA Passion from the town hall, to Schneider Place, to the Château de la Verrerie and ended on the Esplanade de l’Arc via the Parc de la Verrerie and rue Leclerc. At the five scheduled stops, speeches about people who gave everything for peace were delivered. Then to the Alto to discover an exhibition and books before attending the film and the conference on the International Peace Brigades presented by Brigitte Chambolle, animator at IPB. The day ended with music by a concert of the Musicalium association.


March for peace. International Day of Peace Saturday, 21 September 2019 Town Hall Square 16 hours Nuclear weapons are illegal, dangerous (they can even lead to the destruction of humanity), expensive, militarily useless (they do not prevent attacks) neither wars) and ethically inadmissible. France must ratify the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, halt its modernization programs and immediately allocate the billions thus saved to meeting the needs of all sectors of society.


On the occasion of the International Day of Peace and the European Heritage Days: The choir Les Vives Voix sing their desire for peace at Carrières de Montigny: Free entrance. “Desire for Peace is a concert staged with the participation of the public, with a program of excerpts from operas by Mozart and Verdi, singers of the Great War, unpublished songs of peace of the composer Stéphane Leach on texts of Pierre Champion. The choir Les Vives Voix unites youth with autism or suffering from invasive development disorders and people with disabilities.


The UN’s International Day of Peace, 21 September, is a unique setting to celebrate the values ​​of the culture of peace and non-violence. In this context, the Collective Sails of Peace coordinated by the Mouvement de la Paix and the CMCAS Marseille invites you to participate in the Sails of Peace in the Mediterranean 2019, which will evolve in the bay of Marseille on September 21st. . . .This year again, the cartoonist Babouse has dedicated a poster and Christina Rosmini, actress, dancer, musician and French author born in Marseille will be their godmother. 11h00: Departure to Estaque aboard the peace boats or by the maritime shuttle.


Regatta of peace and other events. The city will be decked with rainbow flags the week before and after September 21. On Wednesday Sept. 18, report by the young people who participated in the Geneva March and brought the Letter to Palestine. On the 20th, Motion to the City Council read by the delegate for Culture of Peace. Sept. 21, Day of Associations on the theme of Peace. 22 Sept., Regatta of Peace on Berre pond. Animation at the market all the morning on the Belgian esplanade.


March for Peace, Social Justice and Climate and other events. To take part in the International Day of Peace along with initiatives for the climate, we selected: Planting of pansy flowers in the form of a dove in 3 communes (Montmélian, Coise Saint Jean-Pied-Gautier, Châteauneuf) with children from 5 primary schools. Walking in the streets of Montmélian: Departure Gardens Höchst (opposite the Espace François Mitterrand) at 18h with signs, slogans, sound, songs on the theme “Peace, climate change, emergency” At 19h: speeches of the Mouvement de la Paix and the municipality, animations and drinks offered by the town hall.


Established since 2002, the International Day of Peace was celebrated this Saturday, September 21st. The Morbihan peace movement, chaired by Joel Bouglouan, gathered and invited every citizen who wanted to come and celebrate this day at the square of peace. Speeches and songs of the Worker’s Memory choir as well as the intervention of Said Awad, a Gazan lawyer and president of the Palestinian Association for the Protection of the Land and the People, with Ibrahim, his son, who translated his testimony. It was on the idea of ​​a mini-conference that everyone could reflect on my way of achieving peace. Following the various speeches, a march was organized bringing together two issues, peace and climate, that are strongly linked.


March for peace and climate. In Moulins, the march will start from the Place de la Liberté. A great symbol !


The Mouvement de la Paix South 54 invites you to a march and a rally in Tomblaine (Commune bordering Nancy): departure at 10:00 from the Rond-Point 2000 (800 m to 1 km maximum)


The departmental section of the Mouvement de la Paix is taking part in a march on Saturday, September 21st, in Nevers, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. We will march from the Place de la Résistance at 4 pm to the Jean-Jaurès Cultural Center. along with our partners in Europe Ecology Greens, the CGT, the French Communist Party, the League of Human Rights, the FSU, the Mrap, the network Out of the nuclear and the Association for the foundation of the memory of the Deportation.


March for Peace and Climate. Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 15h, in Nice (Place Garibaldi). This march is organized, in partnership with various local associations, by the Collective “Citizens for the Climate” of Nice and the Mouvement de la Paix of the Maritime Alps within the framework of the International Day of Peace. On the course of the March, there will be a joint action with the “World Clean Up Day”. At the end, the March will return to Garibaldi Square where the Village of Alternatives will be installed.


A great march for peace and climate, in Paris on September 21, 2019. Attention, change of venue: Meet at 1 pm Place Edmond Rostand (RER Luxembourg). Pacifists will meet at the corner of rue Soufflot and Bd St-Michel with banners and flags.


Le Mouvement pour la Paix will join the March for the Climate at 10am at the Prefecture of Périgueux.


Many events for the International Day of Peace are planned at Poët-Laval between 21 and 28 September 2019. With the presence of Paul Quilès, former minister. On September 21 the events include a grand picnic at 12:30, exhibition of children’s art from 14:00 to 16:00, followed by the exhibiion “faces of peace” proposed by the Mouvement de la Paix.


In Poissy, rally organized by the municipality, Friday 20 at the Garden of the Olive Tree.


Meal of Peace at Pont de Beauvoisin, September 21, at 19h. Social Center The Salamanders. On the program: Let’s sing peace!


Rally for the International Day of Peace. Demonstration at 2 pm at the Esplanade of Mount Frugy, Place de la Resistance, this 21st of September. Committee of Mouvement de la Paix.


March for peace and climate. In Redon, the demonstration will leave the town hall at 11am on 21 September.


The march for peace and climate will start from the Place Charles de Gaulle facing the Champs-Elysées, Rennes. The march will be followed by a debate on “Peace, climate and struggles for social justice and human rights” the same day at the Maison des Associations.


The Rochecolombe Committee (26 – Drôme) of the Peace Movement will march on Saturday, September 21, 2019. This is a small walk of about 2:00 – 2:30 around La Répara-Auriples. Departure 14h30 place of the church in the hamlet of Lombards.


Peace Festival. Many events on September 21st for this holiday of peace, including exhibits, celtic dancing, conservatory music, presentation of project “cranes of peace, speeh by the mayor of St Denis, Flamenco dancing and dances by the group “street corner.”


Saturday night, Patrick Vinatier, president of the association Monument for Peace in Sainte-Lizaigne, and his team organized a nice free musical meeting in the Romanesque church.
For its second animation scheduled for the International Day of Peace, this young association, created last year, proposed a concert given by local talent in a church almost filled. The singer Paquita, from Villiers-les-Roses, and her orchestra performed, in the first part, nearly a dozen major French song titles. Then, under the direction of Sylvine Smith, it is the very young Choir with choir of Sainte-Lizaigne who took over with a dozen songs. Already long applauded, the two formations then interpreted together a very beautiful and moving La Montagne, by Jean Ferrat. At the end of the evening funds were raised for the benefit of the school group Sunflowers to thank the students who regularly participate in the life of the town.


Meeting and debate with Daniel Hubé: “War hurts the earth.”

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In Saint-Malo, the march for peace and climate will leave from Porte Saint-Vincent.


The Swallows of Kabul, a wonderful film, to see urgently. In space 1789 on September 23 at 8:30 pm


The planting of the tree of peace will take place on Friday, September 20th at 3 pm in the park of Sainte Tulle. On September 21st, we will put the flag of peace on our windows. On September 28, we will be at the market, to continue to sign the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty. This week, we also hope that we will be able to participate in the march against climate change, which is very much linked to the issue of peace. The Manosque Committee of the Mouvement de la Paix


For the Loiret: Planting a tree for PEACE Thursday, September 19 at 11:30 at SARAN with the children of the out-of-school daycare. September 21 at 16:30: Screening of the movie “The bomb and us” at the Marcel Pagnol Leisure Center.


Together let’s cultivate peace. Many initiatives in Seine Saint Denis, around the International Day of Peace, are organized by the network 93 for Peace in which participate the Mouvement de la Paix and “Teachers for Peace” !


For the third consecutive year, a march was held in Sens as part of the International Day of Peace. This Saturday, September 21, 2019, about sixty people gathered on the Place des Champs-Plaisants for speeches, before a walk in the neighborhood. Many groups, associations, political parties, unions were represented in the ranks of the procession, initiated by the Mouvement de la Paix and the collective of Senegalese support for refugees and migrants. “This year, the action for peace is linked to action for the climate,” said Jean-François Nichele, a member of the two organizing groups. “The scarcity of resources, drought, the evaporation of water, the decline in productivity of fertile lands causes migration that can lead to conflicts between communities, or even between countries.” Among the demands made by the protesters,” the end of the nuclear arms race “,” the lack of means granted to the United Nations in comparison to military spending ” and ” better care for refugee children and better access to public services “.


Rally against war and violence. Stop the war – Stop all the violence. Great gathering Place Kleber, Friday 20 at 18h, at the call of the Mouvement de la Paix. Another meeting Saturday 21 at 14h, Place de la République.


On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, September 21, Cartooning for Peace wanted to celebrate the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through an exhibition in Strasbourg. The opportunity for the cartoonist Hani Abbas to highlight the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a context where its values and principles are today under serious threat around the world.


Tarascon: Collège René-Cassin commits to the International Day of Peace . . . “We have decided to respond to the call of the United Nations by participating this year in the International Day of Peace, a project led by the college’s health education and citizenship committee. citizen actions carried out throughout the year and aimed at educating future citizens “, explains Jean-Pierre Lanne-Petit, the principal. In addition to the white uniform, which symbolized their commitment, the schoolboys wrote messages throughout the week that they posted in the hall. From the entrance, the visitor was challenged by all the colored butterflies that adorned walls, windows and ceilings. The highlight of the morning was the collective formation by the 900 students and staff of the pacifist symbol “Peace & Love”, drawn on the ground. . . .


The City of Tomblaine is very proud to organize this March with the Mouvement de la Paix today, Saturday 21st September for climate, social justice and peace. Wherever you live, converge on the Rond-Point 2000 in Tomblaine, go to 10:30. At 11am the Walk will cross Tomblaine towards the square of the Rights of the Child.


As part of the International Day for Peace, Quarto offers two exceptional concerts in partnership with Musi’Val, music school Unieux, Saturday, September 21 at 20h.
Part 1 (8pm): songs for Peace performed by the Musi’Val choir of the music school of Unieux 2nd part (9pm): concert with the group Gibaltar formed by 4 musicians and finalists of the casting music contest Crédit Agricole from 2018.


CRISP e.V. (Crisis Simulation for Peace) is a Berlin-based independent non-profit organization. We develop and implement long- and short-term activities in the fields of conflict transformation, civic education and citizen’s participation in post-conflict-regions, in Germany and in the European Union. It is a tradition of CRISP to organize a summer party and invite friends and partner organizations to share some pleasant moments of our work. We therefore invite you to come by on September 20th to our Late Summer Party. It will be an opportunity to engage with our colleagues in a conversation about the projects CRISP is running and enjoy a nice evening celebrating the International Day of Peace together!


On Friday, the International Day of Peace in Dresden, an impressive and broad alliance mobilized for a demonstration in front of the Frauenkirche on the Dresdner Neumarkt, including FbK (peace movement nationwide coordination), reminder for peace Dresden, Dresdner peace initiative and as a novelty the #aufstehen red flag group. With several hundred participants, this was the most successful peace event in Dresden in recent years. Under the motto “Make peace – Get out of NATO” there was good weather and a wonderful spirit of peaceful resistance. Special thanks go to all the artists, speakers, technicians, diligent helpers and the presenter for the great commitment to peace. In these dark times, when big politics once again betrayed the citizen, it is all the more important that we as human beings enforce our validity. As scriptwriter and film director Dirk Pohlmann sharply put it in his speech, it is our will to live that stands against the ideologized power struggles of our elites. We as nations face the scenarios of nuclear annihilation and we must now fight for the right to life and peace, against the prevailing politics.


Awareness – Event for the International Day of Peace.
Founding Event of “Making Our World”,
Pre-Release of the exclusive Song “Whenever Wherever” for the 20. birthday of the International Day of Peace.
Raising Awareness in open discussion
“What can you do for Peace?”
Interviews with Charity Organizations
Online Broadcast through Social Media.


The City of Leipzig is again participating in the European-wide bell ringing on the occasion of the International Day of Peace on 21 September. From 6 pm to 6:15 pm, the bells of the New as well as the Goerdeler memorial are meant to remind us of the values ​​of peace in Europe.


The bells of our church St.Matthäus ring on 21.09. from 18:00 to 18:15 on the International Day for Peace. Our bell unites with the sound of the bells of the other Kirchengmeinden of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) in the request for peace. At the same time we think about the victims of the wars in past and present. We express our hope for peace : “Swords to Plowshares” Micha 4.3 – Pastor Anja Kapust


Participating in the celebrations for the International Day of Peace on September 21, the Greek capital recently unveiled its own “Tree of Peace”, a landmark sculpture created by artist and UNESCO Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy Hedva Ser, with the aim to pass on the message of world peace. Inspired by the wonders of nature, Ser’s bronze tree extends its branches into the sky as a plea for mutual understanding and peace. A dove sitting on a branch aims to convey the message of hope and freedom.


With music, singing, dancing, poetry and juggling we celebrate our diversity, unity and togetherness, and send out a message of love, oneness and peace. Everyone is invited to this celebration of the International Day of Peace, artists, musicians and performers of all kinds and everyone else, come and join us! Bring your percussion, trumpets, guitars and didgeridoos, your big smiles and cool moves, and let’s jam together for unity and peace!


BlueFire Street Fest will take place on Saturday 21st September across Dublin’s Smithfield Square and neighbouring venues and will feature a Global Village Market and Health and Harmony Fair, music, dance and performance zones, talks, workshops and much more.


World Beyond War’s annual #nowar conference is this october 5-6 in Limerick, Ireland. we typically hold the conference on the International day of Peace, but we shifted it a little bit later this year. The conference will conclude with a nonviolent demonstration at Shannon airport, to protest the US military’s use of the airport to funnel troops to the Middle East.


Artist Talk with the two photojournalists Davide Monteleone and Kai Wiedenhöfer. The Italian Youth Association for UNESCO, Lombardy committee, organizes the event “Peace and War through the lenses of photography” on September 22nd 2018 at 4.30 pm in Milan.


Author Conversations – From Leonardo to Bansky: Art 2.0
For the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2019, 7:00 Pm
Piazza Castello, Otranto, Le, Italy
Organized by our Club under the patronage of the Municipality of Otranto.
We will talk about ART with exceptional speakers and with the help of technology


Within the framework of the International Day of Peace, children from 126 countries exhibited this Saturday more than 5000 drawings where they implore for a world in peace and love on the facade of the Roman Colosseum. The title of the exhibition is “Colors of Peace” and features works by Bolivians, Ecuadorians, Chinese, Americans, Russians, Australians, Iraqis, Brazilians, Venezuelans, Cubans, Belgians, Spaniards and Iranians, among children of many other nationalities. The initiative, up to its third edition, aims to demonstrate that peace begins in everyone’s heart and that only together can a better world be created, at a time when the world experiences climate change, trade wars and wars of power.


Celebration of International Peace Day by the Fiume della Pace Vinci and the UNESCO Club of Vinci.


Former princess Tessy Antony de Nassau attended the International Day of Peace 2019 event on Saturday, hosted jointly by the Bring Hope Foundation and Cercle Diplomative Geneve.
The Ordre Lafayette awarded her with knighthood for her international work and military service. . . . In her acceptance speech, Tessy addressed four main topics: respect for diversity, respect for love, the battle against violence, and the prevention of conflicts through communication. Click on link for her full speech.


On the International Day of Peace, +Peace, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and Impact:Peace launched the Peace in Our Cities Campaign, with 11 mayors and local officials representing over 15.8 million people from Colombo, Sri Lanka; Nairobi Municipality, Kenya; Cali, Colombia; Guadalajara, Mexico; Tripoli, Lebanon; Bangui, Central African Republic; Durban, South Africa; Escobedo, Mexico; Kumanovo, Macedonia; Kibera County, Nairobi, Kenya; and Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, pledging to work towards halving violence in their cities by 2030. The campaign calls on mayors, local authorities, civil society, the private sector, and other partners to sign the pledge and join the growing movement to transform global violence.


As a member of the International Cities of Peace, Skopje took part in this year’s Global Feast.


5 km Walk of Peace along places that reminds us of peace or the lack of it.


As a member of the International Cities of Peace, Maarssen took part in this year’s Global Feast.


Oslo Peace Week is an annual, high-level gathering, attracting governments, organizations, cities, businesses and representatives of civil society. It is a world arena and platform for networking, sharing ideas and experiences, showcasing solutions and setting the agenda for how to ensure urban peace – a main challenge of this century.


Volunteers of Red Cross – Minute of silence to commemorate and honour the victims of wars and conflicts in the world


Prayer, concert and lectures. Holy Mass for Peace. Music by Bands: Arete (Poznań), 33 (Poznań), Pinokio Brothers (Poznań), Ola Grace Batarseh (Jordan). Lectures by Jacek Jelonek – To Jerusalem – 3200 km on foot for peace and Fr. Paweł Kaczmarczyk – Pontifical Foundation Aid to The Church in Need (ACN International) – 72 years of service for peace and reconciliation – the effectiveness of the peace negotiations of the Sant’Egidio community.


“Defending Peace against Nuclear Weapons” – is the exhibition promoted by the Évora City Council in partnership with the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation, which once again leads the Municipality of Évora to join the celebrations of the International Day of Peace. . . .The active involvement of the Municipality of Évora in the organizations “Mayors for Peace” and “Movement of Municipalities for Peace” frames the holding of this evocative exhibition on the theme “Defending Peace against Nuclear Weapons”, whose organization was made possible by the collaboration of the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation. The inauguration will take place on Friday, September 20, at 5:30 pm, in the “Black Box” – building of the City Hall. The exhibition can be visited until September 30, Monday to Friday, from 09h to 17h30.


Dom Fernando Circus School celebrates next Friday, the 20th, the International Day of Peace, which is officially celebrated on September 21st. A walk will be held with the students in the vicinity of the School, with the participation of Mr. Sebastian from the community, a former athlete, and supervision by art educator Bimbo.


The “ March of the Combatants for Peace / Lisbon Walk for Peace 2019 ” will take place on September 21st at 10:30 am in Lisbon, with a 5km route between the Gare Marítima da Rocha Conde de Óbidos and the Bom Sucesso Fort / Combatant’s Museum. This walk is intended to mark the International Day of Peace, being organized by the Armed Forces Disabled Association (ADFA), the Combatants League and the Lisbon City Council.


The Praça do Mar Gallery, in Quarteira, receives from September 21 to October 19, the collective exhibition “Artists for Peace”. Integrated in the commemorations of the International Day of Peace, this show features more than two dozen works that, through painting, mixed technique and drawing, aim to raise awareness for the promotion of actions that lead to the end of conflicts between peoples.


MasterPeace Ro Association organised the International Peace Day 2019 in Romania and it had a wonderfully large reach, over 4000 students, teachers, volunteers and others participating in activities throughout the country. Peace is hope that the future will be brighter and the children we educate today in its spirit will make it possible.
Here are some examples of the great work done by Romanian youngsters.
#InternationaDayofPeace #9wave #IDP2019 #PeaceDay #MasterPeaceRomania


The students of the Oltea Doamna school drew, sang and wrote peace messages, then made the plan for the October Climate Action project.


As a member of the International Cities of Peace, Novi Sad took part in this year’s Global Feast.


As a member of the International Cities of Peace, Belgrade took part in this year’s Global Feast.


On September 20 we inaugurate the 11th edition of the Cinema for Peace Cycle at the Cine Estudio del Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. The inauguration will feature the words of welcome from Aina Calvo, Director of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, and Manuel de la Rocha, Vice President of the Peace Movement -MPDL-, and the subsequent screening of Capernaum by Nadine Labaki.  Free entry as long as there are seats.


On September 20 we will carry out the reading of Manifesto 21S (, later the participants can put their wish, action or message of peace in the Mural of Peace. We will also carry out The Peace Tree, where we will use biodegradable ecological pots and plant our seed. In the Neighborhood Community of Estenilla, Santa María de Benquerencia neighborhood.


On September 20 Realization of a “Desire Tree”. To do this, a mural will be made in which everyone (workers and users), on the branches of a tree will hang their leaves with a writing, idea or desire for peace. At the end of the activity, a small multicultural lunch will be held.


On September 20 training sessions at the CIP FP Misericordia de Valencia that train in the peaceful management of coexistence, framed in SDG 16. Within the framework of the European project for the development of active citizenship initiatives led by students for community cohesion.


On September 20 La Paz Workshop through music in various centers in Afanas, El Puerto and Bahía.


The Jerez City Council joins the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, which the UN dedicates this year to the objective of climate action for peace. The Paul Hall will host the municipal event this Thursday, September 19, at 8:00 p.m., with the reading of a manifesto and musical performances, in a meeting open to the assistance and participation of all citizens who wish to join the meeting. . . .The event will be enlivened with the interpretation of musical pieces by Juan Diego Mateos on guitar, and Antonio Soteldo on piano. During the meeting, the video ‘Peace for people’ will be screened and different interventions will take place in which educational and social projects in relation to peace and environmental sustainability will be valued.


International Day of Peace. Place: World Peace Bell of Arroyo de la Vega Hour: 11:00
Ringing of the Peace Bell by the authorities and release of doves by the students of the Occupational Center of APAMA. It will end with the performance of students of the Municipal School of Music and Dance.


On the occasion of the International Day of Peace , the Coral City of Benalmádena, in collaboration with the Association for Friendship and Peace, will offer a concert


 International Solidarity Festival for World Peace, Puntilla Square, Friday, September 20, 2019
7:00 p.m. Band MAD 214 of the IES Poet Tomás Morales: Values Education Project
8:00 p.m. Inauguration of the Festival with  emblematic songs  and reading of the Peace Manifesto
8:30 p.m. Interreligious Dialogue and Prayers, including Ricard Rotlan, Disciple of the Dalai Lama
10:00 p.m. Concert of the group “Estrella Latina” – Puntilla Square
Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00 h. Pasacalle “Solidarity March for World Peace” with batucada from the Hotel Reina Isabel with groups of diverse nature showing the union of citizenship
13:00 Canary Folk Group promoting solidarity between peoples.
2:00 pm Turtle release and environmental awareness for “Friday 4 Future” and the new “Canary movement for the Climate Emergency ”.
3:30 p.m. Musical performances + Dances of the World + Meditations + Yoga + Recitals + Poetry
10:00 p.m. Latin closing concert, uniting all participants and groups, celebrating the “Culture of Peace”.
Juan Guedes football stadium (Tamaraceite)
Sunday, September 22, 2019
2:00 p.m. Inauguration and Celebration of the “I Football Solidarity Party for Peace” in collaboration with the “Municipal Sports Institute”
3:00 p.m. 2 Soccer Solidarity Matches for Peace with teams from Latin America and Africa within the Semifinal of the “World Integration” with trophies and medals.


The Campaners of the Cathedral of Valencia have joined today, Saturday, with the realization of manual bells from the Miguelete tower, in the all-European day celebrating the International Day of Peace . The initiative to ring the bells together, in which French, German, Polish and Czech bells have also participated, has been convened by the Association of German Cities, the Cultural Office of the Evangelical Church of Germany, the Bonifatiuswerk of German Catholics and the German Cultural Heritage Committee. In this way, the Campaners of the Cathedral of Valencia have contributed, for 15 minutes, from 18 to 18:15 hours, their “Repic”, a touch of the eleven bells by ropes, “whose roots sink into the first Constructs or relations of touches of the Middle Ages, and that was fixed by the Master of Ceremonies Teodosio Herrera in 1705 ”, according to the president of the Association of Bells of the Cathedral, Francesc Llop.


Colectivo Noviolencia will hold the second meeting on forgiveness and reconciliation from nonviolence. “Forgiveness is the only weapon capable of disarming violence.”


The George Harilela Hall in Sotogrande will celebrate the International Day of Peace on the 21st of September.


Music gathering and putlock to celebrate the peace that starts within us and to connect with our life force and core 


St Eskils Gymnasium Eskilstuna : Dance performance.

For the International Day of Peace, come join us as for a cup of homemade soup and find out about the various initiatives of Mission 21 on behalf of peacebuilding in South Sudan, Indonesia and many other countries. Celebrate with us as we give thanks for milestones reached and pray for breakthroughs yet to happen. Inform yourself about peace building projects in areas of the world that either have not known peace for many years or whose peace is threatened by radical groups. Mission 21 plays a crucial role in advocating and securing peace where violence and hatred have torn communities apart.


The World Council of Churches Commission of the Churches on International Affairs is co-signing an International Day of Peace statement that will be released in conjunction with the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The statement calls on governments and the international community to:
Move from commitments to action on peace in the 2030 Agenda and across the three UN pillars;
Align crisis response with longer term prevention and peacebuilding efforts;
Protect and support civil society in fostering sustainable peace;
Think local and act global: recommit to multilateralism as a safeguard for the most vulnerable.


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.
The Geneva Peace Talks will feature the following speakers:
Mo Ibrahim, African entrepreneur and founder of Mo Ibrahim Foundation supporting good governance and great leadership in Africa
César Díaz, Award winning filmmaker and winner of 2019 Cannes Camera d’Or
Antje Herrberg, A leading peace mediator
Bernardo Arévalo de León, A Guatemalan peacebuilder who has supported peace processes worldwide
Coronel Lurangeli Franco, A policewoman from Colombia
Zainab Nankya and Salama Ibrahim, Two young women involved in building bridges between religious communities in Nigeria and Uganda
Dina Alami, a young person working to build bridges between youth and politicians in Sweden
The event will also feature live painting by Abbes Boukhobza and musical performance by Pososhok.


Shamanican Drum Circle, Bournemouth, UK as part of International Drum-Up for Peace, project is organizing a Shamanic Drumming Circle For Peace on International Day of Peace 2019. Please Join us to feel the drum rhythms with a dedicated group of percussionists and peace lovers. All skills level are welcome to join us. Children allowed to participate with their guardians, We encourage and appreciate a smoking free and family friendly environment.


On 21 September, International Day of Peace, a rally will take place in St.Gallen under the motto “Stop the policy of expulsion. Solidarity with displaced persons!” Here is the leaflet to download:


Organised by Building Bridges in Burnley together with Churches Working Together in Burnley, a short service and prayer for world peace was held. The Mayor of Burnley. Anne Kelly and her husband and consort John attended, while prayers were conducted by Muslim, Christian, Jewish and Baha’i faith leaders from their scriptures respectively.


In Chapel on Wednesday September 18th our school will join millions of people around the world who are organizing events to coincide with a special International Day of Peace. In the same year that the UN was making its resolution about the International Peace day Bob Marley the famous Jamaican singer released a song called ‘War’ based on a speech by the Ethiopian king Haile Selassie, one of the most prominent African leaders of his time, at the UN General Assembly held in New York in 1963; in it he explained that until there was an end to racial discrimination and prejudice; until human rights were made accessible to all, and until African nations were set free from their colonial masters, until such day came when good overcame these evils then there would be no peace. On Wednesday morning the Senior School will be listening to the song Bob Marley wrote and reflecting on its message and asking ourselves what we can do to help build a more peaceful world.


No Talent Rechoired will perform two singing flash mobs in Truro for the International Day of Peace – one at 2pm on Lemon Quay and one at 2.30pm at Truro Cathedral. The event, which hopes to attract around 200 singers, will carry the message Choose Love as used by the charity Help Refugees. Musical director Claire Ingleheart and event organiser Antonia Pickup have planned the mass singing flash mob with a particular focus on the plight of the world’s more than 25 million refugees. This event is part of the One Day One Choir project – an inspiring global peace initiative which uses the harmonious power of singing together to unite people around the world on Peace Day.


Hundreds of people will be calling on the government to stay in the European Union for Peace and Climate Action.


Pop down to see us this weekend and help us celebrate International Day of Peace. Come along and create your own paper dove of peace. This is a fun, free activity for the whole family.


Multiple cultural groups will come together at Auchenshuggle Woods, to share traditional drinks and snacks and celebrate Peace Day 2019. As well as good food, we will have crafts, music and outdoor activities to try. Set to


The Sir John Lawes Music Faculty were proud once again to have taken part in this year’s International Day of Peace. The following beautiful rendition of ‘Peace perfect peace’ by the Chamber Choir was recorded during rehearsals for the Peace One Day celebration at the High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden.


Combined College and International Peace Day Anniversary Celebrations.


A voice for peace surfaces again and again, however many times it has been ignored by governments and world leaders. Even in the face of that, the voice for peace continues to call. This is what we have to acknowledge, to listen to. This voice does not belong to a group of people or a country. This is within every human being trying to find that peace in their own way. That’s how powerful it is. Join us on Saturday 21st September to celebrate the Peace Education Program and the hope it brings to thousands of people. Video, spoken word and music.


Tally Koren “Vision of Hope” UK Tour is part of her work to promote Peace and reconciliation. Her vision is to transcend cultures, faiths and backgrounds through art and education, as she is a great believer that we all speak the same language through music and art. The tour will be dedicated to Peace with known and original songs. With contributions from spiritual speakers, poets and guests. Tally Koren is the Fringe Award winner for best Singer Songwriter and was playlisted on BBC Radio 2.


Peace One Day is proud to announce that composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author and activist Sting will be joining to headline the line-up at Shakespeare’s Globe on Peace Day 21 September.. . . .Performances from Emeli Sandé, Jack Savoretti, Basement Jaxx, Will Young and Citizens of the World Choir. Plus, a special performance choreographed by Emmy-nominated choreographer Jamie Neale with dancers from Jasmin Vardimon and Hofesh Shechter Companies. With appearances from: Peace One Day Ambassadors- Sir Mark Rylance, Jude Law, Juliet Rylance; Jeremy Gilley- Founder of Peace One Day; Ahmad Fawzi – United Nations Strategic Communication Expert; Dr Scilla Elworthy – Founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct, three times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee; Marc Mathieu – Marketing Maven; Nadhim Zahawi MP- Minister for Business and Industry; Pastor Dr James Wuye and Imam Dr Muhammad Ashafa – Triple honorary doctorates from Glasgow, Massachusetts and Kolkata Universities; Daniel Binns – Chief Executive Officer, Interbrand, New York.


KENTON SCHOOL Peace Flag Artwork


The Solent Male Voice Choir, with soloists Sheila Birt,soprano and Ray Gaskell, tenor present a programme of music for Peace Day, including “Let there be Peace”, “Together we can work miracles”, “A Song of Peace” and more.


As a member of the International Cities of Peace, Salisbury took part in this year’s Global Feast.


Peace Concert with music, song and inspirational speakers bringing together all local communities interested in working to gether for peace dignity and prosperity.


This year as part of the worldwide events on the International Day of Peace, Yiewsley Baptist Church is honoured to welcome a Holocaust Survivor who will be sharing her story and answering questions from the audience. This event has been made possible with thanks to the Holocaust Education Trust. It is our hope that as members of our local community hear the story of the Holocaust from someone who lived through it and survived that we will be brought together, that we will develop community cohesion across the different demographics of our community. We want to be reminded of the importance of getting to know those who are different from ourselves to overcome fear, hatred and xenophobia and to live in unity with our neighbours.

Essonne, France: From Grigny to Hiroshima, the path of a high school girl for Peace


An article from Actu

Inès Lakehal, a 17-year-old Grigny high school student, has been sent by her commune to Japan for a week to raise her voice in favor of peace.

She is only 17 years old, and yet Inès Lakehal can now claim to have attended one of the most important diplomatic and solidarity gatherings of youth. During the summer, the high school girl was sent by her commune to the land of the rising sun for a week, as part of a program of actions led by the non-governmental organization Mayors for Peace.

Objectives: to represent Grigny during the Japanese commemoration ceremonies of August 6 in Hiroshima and then attend the International Youth Conference for Peace in the Future with about forty other adolescents of different nationalities. “This experience has been very rewarding,” says Inès Lakehal. It was the first time that I traveled alone, as far outside France, and that I had to use English continuously. Fortunately I had prepared well, “she continues with a laugh of relief.

Enthusiastic about peace since she was 11 years old, Inès has been very involved in her city. Being fluent in Shakespeare’s language, she had the right profile as well as motivations to be accepted for participation by Mayors for Peace.

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

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Workshops and cultural visits

Divided in two stages, the typical Japanese day for Inès during the week was divided between thematic workshops on peace in the morning and cultural visits of the country in the afternoon (city of Uwajima, walks with the traditional Yukata summer kimono …). The high school student told us she met during this trip people who were “really incredible, engated, all of them eager to make peace”.

“I had many exciting and constructive peace conversations. I realized that many clichés we have about certain nationalities are completely false. I am thinking in particular of this young Iranian girl who was in my group. One of the most adorable people in the world, so open and advocating peace between states, even though in Europe we have such a bad image of Iran.”

A future career in politics or diplomacy?

Now rich in her various commitments and always keen on peace, Inès does not rule out directing her future and career towards politics or diplomacy. “Since the end of my studies at the municipal council of college students in Grigny, I have worked with its students to enable them to adapt to new roles and find new ideas and projects.”

The young lady recognizes that the participation in high spheres of political decision can sometimes lead to disenchantment. “Having the chance to participate at these levels has given me a passion and desire to continue in this direction. But it is a complicated environment. I didn’t realize this before because in Grigny the setting is like a cocoon, a big family where everyone knows each other,” she says.

150 French communes within the NGO

Mayors for peace was created in 1948 by the mayors of Japanese cities bombed during the Second World War Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is a non-governmental organization with special consultancy status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Its main lines of action concern the promotion and education of a culture of peace, support for the UN Charter and the development of multilateral security organizations, stopping wars and peaceful settlement conflicts, as well as disarmament and elimination of nuclear weapons. Involving more than 6,000 municipalities in 160 countries, Mayors for peace includes 150 communes in France. The president of the hexagonal branch turns out to be … Philippe Rio, the mayor of Grigny.

Delia Mamon: peace through education (Switzerland)


An article in Le Temps (translation by CPNN)

Delia Mamon, 65, founded the NGO Graines de Paix in 2005 to rethink education systems because they do not sufficiently integrate the values ​​of humanity and peace. A mission all the more urgent as societal violence multiplies

The 2030 Development Agenda of the United Nations includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which “Le Temps” illustrates this week through five personalities.

In March 2003, in Verbier, nearly 250 people gathered on the village square. Delia Mamon remembers it as if it were today: “The American invasion of Iraq got me active. The reasons that led to the war were a blatant falsification of reality. “What particularly angered her is the fact that public opinion” seemed to swallowed everything.” Delia Mamon refuses passivity. To be a citizen, she suggests, is to assume a social responsibility.

In 2005, she created the non-governmental organization Graines de Paix in Geneva, awarded in 2019 by the Smart Peace Prize of the Leaders for Peace Foundation, created by former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Objective: to rethink education to pacify social relations and the planet and to develop the students’ faculty of discernment [“skepticism, judgement, free thinking, questioning, and understanding”].

“I learned discernment with my father, an inventor of technological solutions for large companies,” said Delia Mamon, who had the taste to learn at a very young age. She enjoyed learning to read to her brother. With her NGO, of which she is president, she believes that at a time when violence of all kinds is increasing, especially at school, it is time to “train in the culture of peace.” She does not go so far as to say that Hawkeye Dick Cheney, US Vice President at the time of the invasion of Iraq, was reportedly brutalized in school, but she considers the quality of the educational path of each as a major contribution to a less violent society. Seeds of Peace focuses on two Sustainable Development Goals in the United Nations 2030 Agenda: Quality Education (SDG 4) and Peacebuilding (SDG 16).

“Peace begins with learning to speak and listen”

A woman of conviction, a former economist at the OECD, before being responsible for strategic marketing for several companies, including Honeywell Europe, which earned her the President’s Award in 1984, Delia Mamon has the clearest ideas that she is independent. At the age of 15, she went on holiday alone. Even today, she travels without fear.

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What is the relation between peace and education?

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Although she serves as president on a volunteer basis, Delia Mamon is fully committed to her mission. She believes that she has “never stumbled on a glass ceiling” although she has long worked in marketing, her personal experience in the American and French education systems, her discovery of other systems in Africa or the Middle East have built his reflection. Born in the United States of a Russian-speaking father from Samarkand, in present-day Uzbekistan, and a mother from Kiev, she has built her experience everywhere. In France, Belgium, Italy.

In the United States, with which she is no longer attached, she enjoed her school curriculum in a public institution in New Jersey, especially with a black teacher: “There was no physical violence . The director of the establishment loved his work. We were in the 1960s. We were evaluated in oral presentations (show and tell). In comparison, the French system, lacking humanity, did not allow me to flourish, it almost destroyed me. Today, I have a very clear vision of what needs to be done or not to be done. “The priority now is to insert more human values, to develop societal cohesion and intercultural understanding, to favor acquisition social skills and critical thinking in school curricula. “Peace,” she says, “begins by learning to speak and listen.”

The emotional intelligence of children

His desire to develop a pedagogical methodology has one goal: to increase the level of education in the broad sense in order to prevent violence and radicalization. Delia Mamon’s commitment to favor of education and peace reflects the oriental influence of her father, the family of Samarkand imbued with the values ​​of openness evoked by the Silk Road, the love of each other and Persian hospitality.

Specifically, with its educational specialists and a scientific committee including Professor Philippe Jaffé, a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Graines de Paix is ​​developing educational materials for schools, including a collection entitled Growing Up Peace. In Switzerland, the cantons of Vaud, Friborg and Valais have validated textbooks of the Geneva NGO. Delia Mamon greatly appreciates the culture of the Swiss consensus. She warns, however, that that there are signs of erosion. The education system must take this into account. In this respect, she welcomes the Romandian Study Plan which incorporates notions of “creative thinking”, solidarity and self-esteem. Through a traveling educational exhibition, “Leon and his emotions,” which should soon appear as a book, Seeds of Peace considers it essential to develop the emotional intelligence of children.

“We are very active in Ivory Coast, where we are developing a multi-year project,” adds the president. Ivory Coast has been for forty years, like the Yugoslavia of Tito, a benevolent state although authoritarian under the aegis of Felix Houphouet-Boigny. Since the end of the civil war in 2011, the Ivorian authorities have realized the need to restore the culture of peace to avoid a new war. “It starts with school,” says Delia Mamon. Although the practice was banned in 2011, teachers continued to beat students with whips. To remedy this, we developed new educational tools including “Learning in peace, educating without violence”. Globally, physical, sexual and emotional violence affected 50% of children in 2016, nearly one billion people. That’s why our work, says Delia Mamon, is also about helping teachers with tools to prevent such violence. ”

Muslim World League, Patriarchate of Moscow sign cooperation deal


An article from Arab News

MOSCOW: The Muslim World League (MWL) and the Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia signed on Wednesday an agreement to promote interreligious and intercultural dialogue, as well as a culture of peace and constructive coexistence.

Muslim World League Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa meets Patriarchate of Moscow and All Russia Kirill I. (SPA)

The agreement, which also rejects all forms of extremism and hatred, was co-signed in Moscow by the MWL’s undersecretary of relations and communication, and the head of the Department for External Church Relations.

It was signed in the presence of MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and Patriarch Kirill I.

The agreement reflects the two sides’ belief in the importance of interreligious dialogue and the role of religious institutions in resolving international conflicts, as well as the desire of Muslims and Christians to promote peaceful and constructive coexistence.

Al-Issa and Kirill I held a historic summit on Wednesday at the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.

It is considered the largest independent Eastern Orthodox Church, with more than 250 million followers.

The summit, attended by senior religious leaders, included fruitful discussions on issues of mutual interest.

Kirill I said he was “very happy” with Al-Issa’s visit to Russia, noting the significant and enlightened role of the MWL.

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“You’re helping many needy people in Asia and Africa, and this is the subject of our deep concern and appreciation,” the patriarch added.

“Owing to your personal contribution to the MWL’s activities, the league has become well-known in the Christian world, which appreciates these remarkable activities,” he said.

“The Orthodox Church has a great network of relations with Islamic societies and communities, and there’s communication with Muslims in our country. The history of Russia has never seen wars or conflicts with Muslims,” Kirill I added.

“Since Orthodox Christians and Muslims belong to the Eastern civilization, we share many commonalities. My job … has made this fact very clear to me.”

Kirill I underscored the Russian people’s unity regardless of religion, sect or ethnicity. “Russia can serve as an example for countries and representatives of faiths and sects,” he said.

Al-Issa said: “I’m happy to visit the Russian Orthodox Church and to meet with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill I, who is known for his outstanding efforts in promoting religious harmony and coexistence as well as love and tolerance.”

Al-Issa added. “We in the MWL, and on behalf of all Muslim people, appreciate the humanitarian and moral efforts of the Orthodox Church, and value its fair feelings toward Islam.”

He said: “We appreciate your describing terrorism as having no religion and stating that Islam … has nothing to do with terrorism.”

He added: “I’ve met with a number of Muslims, especially Muslim scholars in Russia, and they hold great esteem for the Orthodox Church for its efforts to preserve religious harmony, which are appreciated historic efforts.”

Al-Issa said: “The commonalities we share are many, especially the convergence of Eastern culture with its human and moral values.”

He said: “There won’t be a cultural shock between us because we belong to one Eastern culture and have several humanitarian goals.”

Al-Issa said: “With your wisdom, we can promote religious and ethnic cooperation. We, in the Muslim world, believe in your great role and are sure of its importance and impact.”

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot educators and activists speak about building peace


An article from In Cyprus

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot educators and activists shared their efforts to build peace in Cyprus in the context of an open day plenary meeting of the 43rd International Institute for Peace Education which is taking place in the Nicosia buffer zone this week [July 23-28].

In 2018, a total of 328 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot pupils together with 47 accompanying teachers were given the opportunity to visit Strasbourg in the context of the Euroscola programme, head of the European Parliament’s office in Cyprus Andreas Kettis told the conference, in his address.

Kettis said that Euroscola is a pioneering programme implemented by the European Parliament. It is addressed to high school pupils between 16 and 18 years of age, who travel to Strasbourg and in essence perform the duties of MEPs from all 28 EU member states. Teachers, he added, also have the opportunity to mingle and exchange best practices.

He also informed the conference of “together. eu”, a platform introduced by the European Parliament at the end of May. We want to listen to you, to hear your views about how the EU should function in the future, he told participants who hail from EU countries.

Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) Co- President and board member of the Home of Cooperation Kyriakos Pachoulides outlined the idea behind the association’s establishment and the Home of Cooperation. The association, he said, envisioned a society in which dialogue on issues of history, historiography, history teaching and history learning is welcomed as an integral part of democracy and is considered as a means for the advancement of historical understanding and critical thinking.

He showed photos from the 1960s where it is evident that the road outside the Home of Cooperation, located in the buffer zone in Nicosia, used to be a scene of armed conflict. Referring to the symbolic reason behind the decision to operate the Home of Cooperation in the buffer zone he noted that “we wanted to show to the people in Cyprus that peace is an option.” Questioning the conflict and the results of the conflict is an option, he said, adding that “we can build a better future for our children.” Our decision, he noted, was to change the “dead zone” as it is known in the Greek Cypriot community and to transform it to a zone for cooperation.

Huseyin Akansoy and Christos Efthymiou spoke of the work done by their bicommunal initiative “Together We Can”. It is a team of relatives of missing persons who in Akansoy’s words “carry a message of change by bringing people together.”

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Can Cyprus be reunited in peace?

Where is peace education taking place?

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“The pain of relatives of missing persons is the same and has nothing to do with ethnicity,” he noted, adding that the alternative to hatred is “finding our truth.” Together, as Turkish and Greek Cypriots, he said, it is important to be aware of each-others pain.

On his part, Christos Efthymiou said the initiative is a common platform of dialogue and action to raise public awareness regarding the events surrounding the violence which took place in the past and work towards minimising the exploitation of the common suffering to promote nationalism.

“Coming to terms with the violence of our past is very significant,” he said. In the context of the initiative relatives of victims from both sides working together develop a sense of common pain. When relatives of victims talk to open bicommunal meetings the results are remarkable, he added.

Zuhal Mustafaogullari and Stavros Stavrou spoke about their experience as teachers when taking part in the project “Imagine”, a confidence building measure implemented by AHDR which brings school students together from both communities.

Mustafaogullari said she teaches history in Turkish occupied Famagusta. She said that the project was a dream which would become reality with difficulty. When it was announced, she remembers that everyone wanted to take part and they had to have a draw. In the end, it was an outstanding day, she said, adding that on the way back in the bus the students were singing songs of peace. She spoke of the need for the programme to continue and to even have exchange programmes between schools.

Stavrou who teaches in a lyceum in Paphos said that many of Greek Cypriot students had never met Turkish Cypriots. We spoke with all students and found 25 participants and that before the day they travelled to Nicosia and the Home of Cooperation they had workshops to prepare the students. He said that he would not have believed it if he had been told before that in less than 3 hours the students would become friends.

Sener Elcil from KTOS union of Turkish Cypriot teachers and Apostolos Skouroupatis on behalf of POED union of Greek Cypriot elementary school teachers spoke of the cooperation between the unions and the work done to promote a culture of peace.

Elcil said that we need to internalise the peace culture. Peace means dialogue, tolerance, communication, equality, gender equality, he noted, adding that it has a holistic meaning and is embedded in our daily lives. According to Elcil education is the most influential instrument to promote peace among people. He went on outlining all the bicommunal action the union takes in cooperation with other Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot teachers’ unions.

On his part, Skouroupatis said that much has been achieved in recent years with teachers organising activities which have to do with things Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots have in common. The programme Imagine, he said, was a very successful effort, because through it, students had an experience of been in touch in a setting of mutual respect and mutual understanding. He also said that unions make an effort to be in close contact and to issue joint declarations and organise joint marches, adding that there still room for improvement.

The meeting which brings together 75 participants from 35 countries is organised by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research and the International Institute on Peace Education, is under the aegis of European Parliament President, it is supported by the office of the European Parliament in Cyprus and it is funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.