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United States and Canada: International Day of Peace

FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION .

A survey by CPNN

Here are 196 events for the International Day of Peace located in 44 of the 50 United States, as well as 13 events in Canada in seven of the ten provinces. In order to save space, only one event is given in detail for each state and province while internet links are provided for the others.

The events were listed in Google during the weeks of September 17-28 this year under the key words “International Day of Peace,” “peaceday” or “Journée Internationale de la Paix” or were listed on the following websites:
Campaign Nonviolence
International Cities of Peace Facebook

In addition to the above events, there were several hundred singing events listed on the websites of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but it was not possible to distinguish events of 2022 from events in previous years, except for those Montessori schools that were new this year, as listed below.


Students at Montclair High School in New Jersey on the International Day of Peace

Here are excerpts from the articles.

* * * CANADA * * *

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER

OTTAWA : Today, on the International Day of Peace, we reflect on the efforts we have made to make peace a reality around the world. In the face of rising violence, authoritarianism, and threats to democracy globally, more work needs to be done to build a stable world for everyone. According to the United Nations (UN), our planet is witnessing the largest number of violent conflicts in over 75 years. . . Canada has long been a leader in international efforts to advance peace, and continues to be a strong voice for human rights. Along with liked-minded partners in the UN, we are working to promote the rule of law, build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels, and provide access to justice as part of our ongoing commitment to fulfill the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). As Co-Chair of the UN SDG Advocates group, I will continue to work closely with our global partners to address the world’s biggest challenges and help create a more peaceful and prosperous future for people in Canada and around the world. . . . On this International Day of Peace, we recommit to building a better, more stable world for all.”
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ALBERTA

CALGARY : Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Come Peace. We will have SAIT’s portable Labyrinth on hand for you to walk through and our SAIT Chaplains will be available for you to engage with as we discuss this year’s theme, “End Racism, Build Peace.” We will also have plenty of artisan “Peace cookies”, coffee and tea for you to enjoy as you enjoy taking a moment for Peace.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

KOOTENAY : September 21, 2022, is the International Day of Peace and the 15th anniversary of the official opening of the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College. Please join us . . . We will unveil and celebrate the newly refurbished Conversation Bench, in the presence of the artists who both created and restored it. We look forward to seeing you there!

MANITOBA

WINNEPEG : Official proclamation of the Province of Manitoba: Peace Days September 15-21, 2022

NOVA SCOTIA

ANTIGONISH : We are chocolate makers located in Antigonish Nova Scotia. Originally from Damascus Syria. Today is the 2022 United Nations Day of Peace. We are taking a concrete step towards a world that is more peaceful. Our new strategic partnership with the Institute for Economics & Peace will create 100 new voices for peace by facilitatiing 5 positive peace workshops in prioritized countries.

ONTARIO

WATERLOO : University of Waterloo: On September 21, 2014, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement opened its doors for the first time in celebration of the International Day of Peace. . . .After a two years of online opportunities and small gatherings, the Centre for Peace Advancement is once again marking Peace Week by hosting a public community calendar of events and activities.We invite you to be in community with us during #PeaceWeek2022.

SAUGEEN SHORES

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

CHARLOTTETOWN : A day-long series of events in Charlottetown will mark International Day of Peace on September 21. The highlights will include a sunrise sing-along, song and dance celebrating Mi’kmaq culture, John Lennon’s peace songs, an origami peace crane giveaway, yoga for wellness, and a panel on human rights, liveable income, education, inclusive diversity, and pillars of peace.

QUEBEC

MONTREAL : The eighth edition of Peace Days , an initiative of the Network for Peace and Social Harmony, will be held from September 21 to October 2. The event kicks off with the International Day of Peace and concludes with the International Day of Non-Violence, both declared by the United Nations. . . . For 12 days, the theme Acting for equality: ending racism, building peace is available in more than forty activities, proposed by some fifty partners from the community, cultural, educational and philanthropic sectors. Gathered under four main categories (Learning, Arts and culture, Community, In dialogue), the most varied program is aimed at all audiences: workshops, artistic events, exhibitions, round tables, picnics, storytelling, conferences, documentaries , public concert… The program offers online and face-to-face activities — mostly in Montreal, but also on its outskirts — and the vast majority of these are free, although registration is required for some.

SAINT LAURENT
SHERBROOKE
TROIS RIVIERES

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ALABAMA

OPELIKA : On September 24th, community organizers and civic groups in Opelika, Alabama held a March Against Violence/Gun Violence. This was the 5th Annual MLK Jr. Youth Nonviolence Peace March And Rally Against Violence & Gun Violence, honoring loving memories of the late Otis Gray, Sr. (Pastor Morton’s father). Mayor Gary Fuller issued a proclamation declaring a day of peace and calling for an end to violence. Pastor Carolyn Morton received an Achievement Award for her work to end gun violence. Auburn Moms Demand Action was honored with an MLK Jr. Social Justice Award during a celebration of International Day of Peace at Christian Care Ministries. Opelika Councilman George Allen was a special guest at the celebration. Other participants included the CEO of Lee County Community Outreach Stop The Violence Activists Group, Samford Stop the Violence Group, Opelika & Auburn Moms Demand Action Local Chapter Group, and Opelika Fire Department.

ARIZONA

KINGMAN : Kingman’s event is scheduled to be held at Locomotive Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Planned activities include guest speaker Jack Ehrhardt who will speak on climate change, making and displaying of past peace flags, a group discuss ion on the meaning of peace, a smudging ceremony, and of course the traditional bell ringing ceremony at noon.  Bring your own lawn chair, peace sign, liquid refreshment …. and your passion for peace!!

PRESCOTT
SEDONA
TUCSON

ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK : Join us for Arkansas Peace Week! Each year Arkansas Peace Week includes numerous events, hosted by dozens of organizations throughout our state. These events feature education, service and outreach activities promoting peacemaking, non-violence, social justice, ecological stewardship, and community building

CALIFORNIA

SAN DIEGO : Peace Week San Diego is a project of the Peace Resource Center in collaboration with the Campaign NonViolence Week of Actions. San Diego collaborations: American Friends Service Committee, activist Andrea St. Julian, artist/activist Antonia Davis, Climate Mobilization Coalition, Veterans For Peace, Women Occupy San Diego, Treat M.I./Don’t Mistreat M.I., Mothers Against Torture, Cop Watch. . . . 9/17 – Peace Week Kicks off with the Kale Festival at the Peace Garden . . . 9/18, Author Francesco da Vinci reads from his book, I Refuse to Kill – about his work in peace activism in San Diego during the tumultuous 60s. . . . 9/20, Tuesday, No MAS w/ San Diego Veterans For Peace, Carroll Canyon Overpass, Miramar Base. A protest against the Miramar Air Show. . . .Wednesday, 9/21, noon, County Court House – A birthday cake for Geo with a side of Justice. Geo is in prison, living with mental illness and no treatment. . . . Wednesday, 9/21, 4 PM – Kids 4 Peace International Day of Peace Rally

CASTRO VALLEY
MANHATTAN BEACH
MONTEREY
MORGAN HILL
MORRO BAY
ORANGE
SAN FRANCISCO
SANTA CLARITA
SANTA CRUZ
SEBASTOPOL
STANISLAUS
VISALIA

COLORADO

GREENWOOD VILLAGE : Pinwheels and pledges mark World Peace Day at Timberline Elementary School. “This year we implemented social-emotional time in the morning, and our teachers have taken that time to talk about how we can lead a peaceful life and also have peace within ourselves,” Bowens said. Teachers and students have also discussed ending racism, which is the theme of this year’s international celebration. “We’ve been talking about cultural differences and how we respect and accept each other and learn to love and care and be kind to one another.” To mark World Peace Day, every student wrote a “peace pledge” that highlighted the ways they will try to foster peace at school, at home and in their community.

CONNECTICUT

NORWICH : On Wednesday, members of the Norwich community marked the International Day of Peace with a rededication of the peace poles. . . . This year’s dedication was the first one since the pandemic. Highlights of the ceremony included Norwich middle school students reading essays about peace, reading the peace pole by people who speak some of the non-English languages, and Jennifer Hubbard, president of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, donating local plants from the sanctuary’s pollinator garden to help create a pollinator garden at the poles. . . .
Norwich is also part of the International Cities of Peace, which represents cities around the world that are committed to working on peace.

DELAWARE

WILMINGTON : From October 8-16, 2022, peace-loving people across our state will celebrate Peace Week Delaware—a statewide series of events and actions raising awareness and hope for peace in our communities, nation, and world. . . . We will also commemorate International Peace Day (Sept. 21) and the efforts of the United Nations to achieve international harmony.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. : The United States Institute for Peace (USIP)! will open its doors for an open house on September 21, featuring guided tours and informative exhibits. There will also be interactive stations for visitors of all ages, including a live wall painting led by the renowned Afghan art collective, ArtLords, and activities to participate in the USIP #PeaceDayChallenge directly from the USIP headquarters!

FLORIDA

FORT MYERS : SWFL Peace Day Celebration continues to be a community favorite event where the community comes together to celebrate all that’s right in the world, experiencing a single day of peace in SW Florida. . . .Peace Day is at Wa-Ke-Hatchee Park in Fort Myers on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. . . . The day will include kids’ activities, rides, local vendors, unique artisans, live art, blood drive and live entertainment.

CORAL SPRINGS
DUNEDIN
GAINESVILLE
MIAMI BEACH
WELLINGTON
WINTER PARK

GEORGIA

SAVANNAH : On Sunday Sept. 25 from 12 to 4 p.m., local nonprofit the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire will host the first annual Savannah Day of Peace at Daffin Park. . . .The Savannah Day of Peace is an intentional peacebuilding event designed to help bridge gaps and unite the community. The event arose from a need recognized by the Mediation Center team members, a need that became particularly prominent during the onset of the pandemic. “During that time, we learned a lot and we also saw that our community is more in need than ever for conflict resolution skills,” said Jill Cheeks, executive director of the Mediation Center.

HAWAII

WAIANAE : The Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center and Towers of Kuhio Park created a Zone of Peace and Nonviolence in Waianae, Hawai’i. On September 21st, the International Day of Peace, they put up a sign at the entrance of the community and established a focus of peace and nonviolence in the neighborhood. Children, youth, elders, parents, and community members rallied and carried banners, including for Campaign Nonviolence Hawaii. 

HONOLULU

IDAHO

BOISE : The Boiser Peace Quilt Project plans an action on September 21 for the International Day of Peace

ILLINOIS

CHICAGO : Hundreds of people will gather in Daley Plaza to International Day of Peace. It is the 44th year Chicago has celebrated the holiday. More than 1,000 students are expected to carry flags of all of the world’s nations and share signs promoting peace. The event is free and begins at 11:45 a.m.

BATAVIA
ELGIN
JOLIET
NORMAL

INDIANA

FORT WAYNE : Actions for the International Day of Peace partnering with the Franciscan Action Network

IOWA

IOWA CITY : Veterans for Peace, University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, the Office of Equity & Human Rights, Peace Iowa, and Johnson County United Nations Association will mark International Day of Peace with a program at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at Mercer Park, Shelter #1.

CLINTON
DES MOINES
MUSCATINE

KANSAS

MANHATTAN : This year, in conjunction with Peace Day 2022, the K-State conflict resolution program is inviting K-Staters to join them in a celebration of peace on Sept. 20 over the lunch hour. Students, faculty and staff are invited to gather in the front lobby of Justin Hall at noon. Starting at 12:15 p.m. a peace walk will begin. Participants will be encouraged to link up with other walkers and have discussions on peace using provided prompts and questions. The walk will end on Anderson lawn where a photo of the group will be taken in the shape of a peace sign. Following the photo, conflict resolution program staff will encourage discussion among attendees with additional prompts and questions around the topic of peace.

KENTUCKY

LOUISVILLE : Students at Louisville’s Presentation Academy are practicing peace by participating in several activities with “International Peace Day.”  Students at Presentation Academy are sharing simple but strong messages of peace, statements of affirmation and positivity they are displaying for anyone passing by their school. “We are making tags for what we need to see in the world for peace,” Freshman Bryce Jackson tells Spectrum News 1. Their messages are written on paper cards and tied to leaves on a campus tree.

LEXINGTON

LOUISIANA

LAFAYETTE : Actions for the International Day of Peace by Compassionate Communication of Lafayette, LA Citizens Climate Lobby, Lafayette Chapter

MARYLAND

NATIONAL HARBOR : On the eve of the International Day of Peace, and in solidarity with all who are participating in the coming days in Campaign Nonviolence and the Catholic Days of Action, Mike Walli, Bob Cooke, Jack McHale, Scott Wright and Art Laffin vigiled outside the annual Air Force Association (AFA) “Air-Space-Cyber Conference and Technology Exposition.” The peace activists call this an “Arms Bazaar” and made their presence felt by weapons contractors and military personnel. During this faith-based event, they held banners and signs.

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MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON : Once again this year, local peace activists and faith groups will be on Boston Common to commemorate the International Day of Peace. This year a major focus is on local youth alternatives to gangs. Ian Harrington, co-chair for International Day of Peace Boston, said the event will include music, dance, poetry and song as well as spoken presentations from local peacemakers. This is our eighth year,” he said. “(We) like to use our event to bring together people who work in various types of peace; and especially people who, peace is international, together with people who the peace they seek is on the local streets.” Harrington said some of the local groups that provide activities aimed at diversion from gangs will participate. The event begins at 1 p.m. Sunday on Boston Common.

BRIDGEWATER
CHELMSFORD
FOXBORO
MEDFORD
SPRINGFIELD

MICHIGAN

SAGINAW :  The Mridha International Institute of Peace & Happiness (MIIPH) is hosting a Saginaw Peace Walk on Wednesday, September 21, International Peace Day. The walk will be preceded by a Partners in Peace Expo with 16 other Saginaw-based non-profit organizations. The event begins at 4:00pm and will be held at the historic Montague Inn Bed & Breakfast, 1581 S. Washington Ave. Saginaw Mayor Brenda Moore will issue a proclamation recognizing MIIPH’s efforts to promote peace in the community through events and the development of its online peace education platform, which will debut in 2023. Food trucks, live music, and local nonprofit activities and information will be featured.

ANN ARBOR
DETROIT
HOUGHTON AND HANCOCK
LANSING
MIDLAND
NEWAYGO
OXFORD

MINNESOTA

ST. PAUL : International Peace Day, Dinner at St. Paul UU Church. . . Come learn about how the Golden Rule sailboat helped stop nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and how she continues to fight the possibility of nuclear war today.On this International Peace Day, Golden Rule Project Manager Helen Jaccard and congregant Mike McDonald invite us into the Golden Rule’s work for peace!

MISSOURI

CAPE GIRARDEAU : Members with the Cape Girardeau County Rotary Club came together at Peace Park in Cape Girardeau to help out another organization on World Peace Day. A check for $1,000 was given to the Feed My Starving Children organization. Rotary International has designated September 21st as World Peace Day and Rotarians are challenged to imagine what it would be like if world peace were to be achieved in our lifetime. We talked with club President Rick Fischer who says they want to keep making efforts to make a difference in helping others. “At the local community level, start there and hope that good will will propagate and actually from a local level to a county level, to a city level, to a state level,” Fischer said. “Then, before we know it, have a national campaign to accomplish world peace in our lifetime.”

HANNIBAL
ROLLA
ST.LOUIS
STE.GENEVIEVE

NEW JERSEY

MONTCLAIR

At Edgemont Montessori, students, staff and families celebrated International Day of Peace with their annual Peace Parade. They started with a mindful minute, discussed International Day of Peace and the theme, listened to student speakers share reflections (in English and Spanish), and then finished with the Peace Parade celebration.  . . . . Montclair High School’s Center for Social Justice (CSJ) planned and participated in observing the International Day of Peace. Students recognized this day by learning its history, signing a pledge and sharing words of hope while surrounding the CSJ/MHS Peace Pole. CSJ students encourage all people to “Say It, Do It, Share It”: Say what peace means to you, do something that demonstrates your commitment to peace, and share it on social media with #CSJPeaceDayChallenge and inspire others to do the same.

CAMDEN
PRINCETON
WESTFIELD

NEW MEXICO

SANTE FE : The combined sponsorship of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, Veterans for Peace, and Nonviolent Santa Fe, present to the County Commission of Santa Fe, New Mexico, A Resolution Recognizing September 21, 2022, as The International Day of Peace and Urging the United States Congress to Reduce Funding to the United States Department of Defense and Reallocate Those Funds to Domestic Needs.

NEW YORK – UNITED NATIONS

UN HEADQUARTERS : The International Day of Peace was observed on 16 September 2022 at United Nations Headquarters. The programme began with the traditional Peace Bell Ceremony in the Peace Garden at 9:00 a.m. EDT. At that event, the Secretary-General and President of the General Assembly rang the Peace Bell. Following that, a Youth Observance was held in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber at 9:30 a.m. EDT, in which more than 500 students interacted with the Secretary-General and high-profile artists and activists. Young people presented projects that illustrated the action they had taken to combat racism and thereby foster peace. Watch the Youth Observance at https://www.un.org/en/observances/international-day-peace?gclid=CjwKCAjw4c-ZBhAEEiwAZ105RRDRMQLlv40Eaqhy2HZZDdijXtcI-hoJdnTbk5XqtGVV_L8nBNB-CBoCxqsQAvD_BwE See the Youth Observance’s programme here:
https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/intl-day-of-peace-2022_event-programme.pdf

NEW YORK

SARATOGA SPRINGS : Saratoga’s Peace Week coincides with international Peace Week events, with Sept. 21 commemorated as the United Nations International Day of Peace.  The Spa City’s Peace Week was started 15 years ago by Elizabeth Meehan as a one-day event, but has since expanded.  “It continues to grow as more organizations get involved,” she said. Now the week-long event is held at different venues and features a variety of programs, including international speakers, musicians, yoga, and art and museum exhibits.

ALBANY INTERFAITH PROGRAM
ALBANY SCHOOLS
AMITYVILLE
NEW YORK CITY

NORTH CAROLINA

ASHEVILLE : We’ll have Declaration of Peace from the Western North Carolina People of Peace read at our gathering at the Ekder and Sage Community Garden in Downtown Asheville. We will recognize our Peacemaker of the Year Ponkho Bermejo of Beloved Asheville. We will also begin a Peace Day Honor Roll this year recognizing those who have given decades to non-violence in WNC. After that, we will chalk sidewalks with peace messages downtown.

ASHEVILLE SCHOOL
CHARLOTTE
HILLSBOROUGH

OHIO

TOLEDO : Peace March in Toledo, Ohio, September 21, noon-1 p.m. – Peace Walk around the Courthouse for the UN International Day of Peace. Wednesday, September 21, 2022, noon to 1 p.m. Lucas County Courthouse, Toledo, Ohio. We’ll gather at the statue in front of the Lucas County Courthouse and follow the peace pole around the block with song and prayer. All are welcome: the event is inclusive, multi-faith, non-violent, and non-partisan. Organized by Social Justice Advocates.

BRUNSWICK
CINCINNATI INTERCOMMUNITY PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER
CINCINNATI XAVIER UNIVERSITY
CLEVELAND
FINDLAY
LOVELAND
PUT-IN-BAY

OKLAHOMA

OKLAHOMA CITY : On Wednesday, September 21, Oklahoma City organizations will come together to celebrate the International Day of Peace with a free event hosted by the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization of Oklahoma.. . . . The event will take place at Dr. Doug Baker Auditorium at the OSU-OKC University Learning Resource Center (LRC100), 900 N Portland Avenue and begins at 6:30 p.m. . . . Participating groups include: United Nations Association of Oklahoma City, Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma, Hindu Temple of OKC, First Unitarian Church of OKC, Respect Diversity Foundation, Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma, Baháʼí Faith, Sikh Gurdwara of Oklahoma, Shirdi Sai Temple of OKC , and the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization.

OREGON

HILLSBORO : Working with Habitat For Humanity, the Oregon Peace Builders will be planting and dedicating a Peace Pole at Alder Commons homesites Saturday Sept. 24 10am, in front of a new Habitat site. Location: 13th St and Alder Ct in Hillsboro OR. Also on 09/25/22 we will hold a church service dedicated to nonviolence

EUGENE
PORTLAND
SALEM

PENNSYLVANIA

PHILADELPHIA : Peace Day Philly 2022. September 21. Philadelphia will join with groups and organizations around the world to make this global day of local opportunity. The global Peace Day theme, set by the United Nations, is End Racism. Build Peace. Guests will speak to this theme and we will share in the global act of observing one minute of silence at 12 noon. Live music, poetry and artmaking will also be a part of this event. Special speakers will include: – Romana Lee-Akiyama, MSS, MLSP, Director – Mayor’s Office of Public Engagement – Kia Ghee, Esq., Executive Director- Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Performers will include – L’Tajh Carter – Poetry – Marcy Francis and Jan Jeffries – Drumming – Hugh Taft-Morales – guitar and singing Artmaking: We welcome people to “Chalk 4 Peace” by sharing words and images of peace with sidewalk chalk. Creating peace buttons (thanks to Artwell) and mini murals (hanks o Mural Arts)

ALTOONA
CHELTENHAM
CRANBERRY
GERMANTOWN
HAVERFORD
LANCASTER
MONROEVILLE
PHILADELPHIA GRANNIES
TARENTUM

RHODE ISLAND

KINGSTON : The University of Rhode Island, Kingston Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies invites you to celebrate the  International Day of Peace in Memorial Student Union 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. You are welcome to explore, exchange, express, sing, practice, learn, and enjoy the peace!

PROVIDENCE
SOUTH KINGSTOWN

SOUTH CAROLINA

CHARLESTON : Photos of children celebrating the International Day of Peace at the Murray-LaSaine Montessori School.

SOUTH DAKOTA

RAPID CITY : Alan Sutton: Rolling Protest – The “Nonviolence Means” Posters that I got from Pace e Bene are on both sides of the camper on the back of my truck. It’s a continuous action in pursuit of a culture of nonviolence. The truck pulls my tiny house which is where I live, currently in Rapid City SD; heading further west for winter warmth in November.

TENNESSEE

JACKSON : The Community Montessori School and Arlington Elementary met each other halfway Wednesday in a walk of peace. “Today we made the decision so happily to join Arlington, our neighbors,” said Community Montessori Principal Dr. Melinda Harris. “We had a peace walk and joined the students of Arlington, sang songs together, talked about peace education and what it means to love and care for each other.” Students from both schools sang songs of peace, and CMS students performed their school song. . . . The school principals say they hope to continue a walk of peace each year.

CHATTANOOGAJEFFERSON CITY
JOHNSON CITY
KNOXVILLE
MEMPHIS

TEXAS

EL PASO : A celebration of International Day of Peace hosted by Unity Through Creativity Foundation and the Interfaith Alliance of the Southwest was held on September 21, 2022. Nine speakers/performers and 18 vendors welcomed people to Keystone Heritage Botanical Garden. Around 83 people of all ages participated. Attendees added to “The Nectarine Singing Tree Mural of Peace”, the 111th mural in a project that invites the whole world to make a painting together. . . . The celebration went on all day long. Television and radio broadcaster Monica Gomez emceed the day. Grandma Beatriz Villegas opened the day with a ceremony. Neema Soratgar, the first woman to drive in Afghanistan in 2001 when the Taliban fell who carried the Afghanistan flag in the Olympics in 2004, spoke about her experience narrowly escaping with her children in 2021.  She is a guest Scholar in Women Studies at University of Texas in El Paso.  

AUSTINHOUSTON
SAN ANTONIO

UTAH

PARK CITY : Park City Library. Throughout the week the Library will be observing International Peace Day and Voter Registration day. These two events help promote and strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among nations and people by  encouraging active civic participation and voting. At this event, register to vote or make sure your voting information is correct and celebrate International Peace Day. You will be able to make a desktop peace pole to bring home.

VERMONT

LINCOLN : Please join us for the Global 40TH Anniversary of the celebration of the International Day of Peace with these distinguished speakers discussing “End Racism. Build Peace through Bioresonance.” Tuesday, September 21; . . . .Sunray is also honored to join with many global Peacebuilders with this on the Equinox as part of the Fall Peace Week included in the 99 Days of Peace —which started on June 18 with the beginning of World Unity Week, and will end on Saturday September 24. We are doing many prayers and meditation actions as part of this.

VIRGINIA

SUFFOLK : Pause at 12 noon with the Suffolk Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.for the International Day of Peace.

NORFOLK

WASHINGTON

WEST SEATTLE : The newest Peace Pole planted by the Rotary Club of West Seattle now stands in front of C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor) after a dedication ceremony this morning. Keith Hughes  from the Rotary explained that this dedication is special because it was arranged to happen on the United Nations International Day of Peace. . . . Each pole is decorated and inscribed differently; this one carries its message of peace in Hawaiian, Japanese, Lushootseed, and English – and a solar-powered light on top. The Rotary has at least five more to install around West Seattle; the next scheduled dedication will be in November along Fauntleroy Creek. .

KITSAP
SEATTLE

WEST VIRGINIA

MORGANTOWN : The West Virginia University Native American Studies Program will hold its annual Peace Tree Ceremony Wednesday, September 21 at 12 p.m. at the WVU Peace Tree located between Martin and Elizabeth Moore Halls. . . . This year’s ceremony marks the 30th anniversary of the planting of WVU’s first peace tree by Chief Leon Shenandoah, Tadodaho of the Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy.

WISCONSIN

RACINE : The Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice continuing its participation in the yearly Peace Day Celebration at Jefferson Lighthouse. The Future appears be looking up! (with photo)

***** MONTESSORI *****

In addition to the events listed above, there were 55 new events in North America to celebrate the International Day of Peace on the website of the Montessori Schools, i.e. events that were not listed last year:
Arizona : Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa
California: Bakersfield, Berkeley, Carmichael, Garden Grove, Moraga, San Diego
Colorado: Parker
Florida: Oviedo
Georgia: Atlanta, Chattahoochee, Decatur, Sandy Springs
Hawaii: Hanamaulu
Idaho: Spirt Lake
Illinois: Chicago
Indiana: Angola, Indianapolis (2)
Kansas: Stilwell
Louisiana:Abita Springs
Maine: Fryeburg, Nobleboro
Massachusets,:Beverly, North Chelmsford, Rowley
Michigan: Rochester
Minnesota: Pinckney ,Minneapolis
New Jersey: Berkeley Heights, Metuchen, Morris Plains, Union City, Warren
New Mexico: Albuquerque
New York: Ithaca, West Hqrrison
North Carolina: Asheville, Mebane
Oklahoma: Tulsa
Ontario: Blenheim, Burlington
Pennsylvania: Allison Park
South Carolina: Greenwood
South Dakota: Aberdeen
Tennessee: Nashville, Pasquo,
Texas: Cedar Hill, Georgetown, Richmond
Virginia: Arlington, Danville, Hampton, Springfield

Latin America and the Caribbean: International Day of Peace

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The following 52 events in 12 Latin American countries include those listed in Google during the weeks of September 17-28 this year under the key words “International day of peace”, “Dia Internacional da Paz” and “Día Internacional de la Paz” The events also includes some listed on the facebook page of the International Cities of Peace.

About 48 events are listed in One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but there is no indication which events took place this year and which took place only in previous years.


Brazil, the Satsung Spring Ball, September 21

ARGENTINA, FORMOSA

The Directorate for Alternative Conflict Resolution is organizing a talk open to the general public on dialogue and good interpersonal relations, which will take place on the 21st of this month at 6:00 p.m., in the Judicial School room, on the sixth floor of the Court building, 641 San Martín street in the city of Formosa. The activity is part of the International Day of Peace that is commemorated on September 21 of each year. In the cities of Clorinda and El Colorado and with different speakers, the same talk will be replicated on the same day at the same time. . . The director of the area of Alternative Conflict Resolution, María Irma González, said that the unit under her charge intends to celebrate the Day of Peace with various inclusive activities, which will be aimed at the community in general, in order to promote dialogue, listening, empathy, and non-violence.. . . The activities will consist of making a drawing or a phrase that represents peace, which will be to design almanacs for the year 2023, which will be distributed in the different offices of the Judicial Power of the province, concluding with a release of white balloons, as a representation of peace.

ARGENTINA, JUJUY

City councilors participated in the act in commemoration of the International Day of Peace, an opportunity in which they delivered diplomas and exhibited a bell-shaped model, as a symbol of Peace, to different educational institutions in the city.

ARGENTINA, MALARGUE

Meeting of Sculptors for the International Day of Peace. From the Rotary Club Malargüe, every year they carry out activities in the department, for the International Day of Peace,

ARGENTINA, OLIVOS

Celebration of the International Day of Peace. Campaign for one million hearts and smiles for peace. Come make and exchange your origami heart to announce peace. 21 September, 10:30, 2502 Maipu Avenue, Olivos.

ARGENTINA, POSADAS

In commemoration of September 21, which is the International Day of Peace, promoted by the United Nations General Assembly in order to promote the ideals of peace in all nations and peoples of the world, the Government Secretariat of the Municipality of Posadas presents the third meeting “Posadas Dialogues for Peace” to be held in the “Tierra Sin Mal” Auditorium of the Villa Cultural La Estación . . . This event is possible thanks to the articulated work of the areas of the General Directorate of Human Rights and the General Directorate of Participatory Methods for Conflict Resolution and Citizen Strengthening, which propose a celebration of the month of Peace with a discussion that addresses the issue from different looks and looks.

ARGENTINA, RIO GRANDE

At least 30 runners will star this Sunday 18 (concentration, 8:45; start, 9:30) the 12th 5K Provincial Championship (10th International Day of Peace Run), organized by the End of the World Athletic Group (AAFM ) and the Rotary Club Isla Grande (RCIG).

ARGENTINA, USHUAIA

The activities will be first of all on September 17 at Casa Beban starting at 5:00 p.m., where the southern peace movement, the Sembrando Cultura foundation and the Municipality will promote the Peace Day “Build your own crane”, inviting neighbors to make a paper crane, a millennial symbol of happiness and part of the Children’s Peace Monument that represents Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the Hiroshima bomb. Already on September 21, at 11:00 a.m. the event will be held in the framework of the International Day of Peace and the 10th Anniversary of the Plaza Campana de la Paz, the Austral Peace movement, the Mil Milenios de Paz Foundation , the Cooperativa Sembrando Cultura and the Ministry of Culture and Education will carry out an activity in commemoration of the date.

BOLIVIA, EL ALTO

In commemoration of the International Day of Peace, Fundación CONSTRUIR participated on Thursday, September 22, 2022 in the “XIII Fair for the International Day of Peace, at an end to discrimination. Build Peace”  organized by different institutions such as SEPAMOS, CEBIAE, OMAK, CHASKI, among others. The event took place in the city of El Alto, in the vicinity of the Red cable car in the 16 de Julio area.

BRAZIL, ARANGUA

This Wednesday’s rain did not disturb the celebrations of the International Day of Peace promoted by the Casa da Fraternity together with different religious segments and society in Ararangua. The night was exciting and the atmosphere of harmony and peace between the leaders who participated was beautiful!

BRAZIL, BELEM

On the 24th of September , the League of Combatants together with the ADFA (Association of the Disabled of the Armed Forces) will hold the “ March for Peace 2022 ”, within the scope of the International Day of Peace. The March will begin at the entrance of the Museu do Combatente/Forte do Bom Sucesso, in Belém, and the route will be as usual along Avenida Brasília to the Museum of Electricity/MAAT and back, arriving at the same place next to the entrance. from the Combatant Museum/Forte do Bom Sucesso.

BRAZIL, BELO HORIZONTE

To celebrate the date and its meaning, DIÁRIO DO COMÉRCIO and Brahma Kumaris hold, on September 25 , the Walk for Peace .The event is free and open to the public, departing at 8 am from Marco Zero, in Lagoa da Pampulha , heading to the Ecological Park.The route of about 2 kilometers will be an opportunity to reflect on peace, exercise and have fun with playful surprises along the way.At the end, in the midst of nature, there will be a special closing moment with group meditation and musical presentation by the handpan player Thiago Peixoto .

BRAZIL, CAMPINAS

I MARCHA DA PEACE, JOY AND ART 2022″ , on the 25th of September 2022, also motivated by the celebration of the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE.

BRAZIL, CURITIBA

A special invitation from Brazil for peace and the planet. Paulo Barddal, International Cities of Peace, Curitiba, Brazil, Universal Circle of Ambassadors of Peace

BRAZIL, FLORIANAPOLIS, SANTA CATARINA

Alesc receives seminar “Best Practices for a Culture of Peace”. Assembleia Legislativa de Santa Catarina. To celebrate the International Day of Peace, the Legislative Assembly hosted this Wednesday (21) a seminar on good practices for a culture of peace.

BRAZIL, GUAIBA

On the International Day of Peace, this Wednesday (21), students from the Gomes Jardim State Institute of Education formed a hug around the Farroupilha Cypress, a tree that is a symbol of Guaíba and a cultural heritage of the state. In the place where the Farroupilha Revolution began 187 years ago, students asked for more peace, unity, solidarity, positive energies for the city and the planet. The prayed Our Father for the 403 people who died as a result of the pandemic in Guaíba. On the way to the Historic Site, they distributed free hugs to traders and people on the streets and distributed messages and the dove of peace.

BRAZIL, GUARULHOS

In celebration of the International Day of Peace (September 21), the City of Guarulhos promotes the second edition of Guarulhos de Mãos Dadas pela Paz, in the main tent of Bosque Maia. The program begins with a Tai Ji Qi Gong class, a body practice that helps to strengthen breathing, which will be led by physical educator Manoel Eloildo Felix da Silva at 9:15 am. Then, at 9:45 am, there will be the Circular Dances for Peace workshop, a movement virtually created by Friedel Klokle-Eibl, a leading exponent of circular dances from the Netherlands, who invited practitioners from different countries to contribute, by holding hands in a circle, to dance for peace and for a world open to tolerance. To conclude, at 11:15 am, the construction of a human mandala will begin with the participants as a symbol of reciprocity and harmony, under the coordination of Renate Sewing de Paula, an artist from the city dedicated to the creation of mandalas. The work will be donated to one of the municipal health facilities as a decorative art and a symbol of peace.

BRAZIL, IGARASSU

Hands providing peace. Today, September 21, 2022, was one of the best experiences of my life in the construction of cultures of peace. I was invited to accompany the kids in a local school in an action for peace. The kids offered hearts, smiles and hugs to others who responded to the invitation with smiles and hugs. Peace is more than possible, it is real and it begins with each little act of the heart. Edmario Jobat, International Cities of Peace, Igarassu, Brazil, Universal Circle of Ambassadors of Peace, Living Peace International.

BRAZIL, JUAZEIRO

In order to reflect on the culture of peace, schools in the municipal education network of Juazeiro, held on the morning of this Tuesday (06), the traditional walk alluding to the International Day of Peace, celebrated in the month of September. The action is also part of the calendar of pedagogical activities of the municipality related to September 7, and receives full support from the City of Juazeiro, through the Secretary of Education and Youth (Seduc). In all, 10 municipal schools participated in the occasion, bringing together students, family members, managers, the school community and the local community.

BRAZIL, MARECHAL CÂNDIDO RONDON

Students and pedagogical team from Colégio Paulo Freire, in Marechal Cândido Rondon, carried out on the morning of this Wednesday (31 agosto) the Peace Walk, which is part of the Family at School project, carried out by the Association of Parents, Teachers and Employees ( APMF), and is sponsored by Itaipu Binacional. The purpose of the march was to promote reflection on the culture of peace. In addition, the students and the school administration delivered to the Rondonian Executive, represented by the deputy mayor Ilario Hofstaetter, a document with strategies to promote peace in the municipality. Among the measures presented to the deputy mayor is the implementation of the International Day of Peace in Marechal Rondo to generate awareness in the community about the culture of peace.

BRAZIL, PROCASA

More than 300 children, students, parents, education and health professionals took to the streets of the Procasa community, in Barreiros, this Wednesday morning (21) to ask for peace. The 7th Peace Walk is a promotion of the Municipal Basic School (EBM) Altino Corsino da Silva Flores, which invites other health and educational institutions nearby to join in this cause. . . . Each participating educational institution addressed the theme in the classroom and prepared elements to symbolize peace. EBM students Altino Corsino da Silva Flores carried paper hearts, EVA birds and smiling emojis. . . . Children from CEI Santos Dumont, on the other hand, produced mini flags with drawings and affectionate messages with white paper.

BRAZIL, SÃO JOSÉ DOS CAMPOS

The 2022 edition of the Spring Satsang, in São José dos Campos, will feature five days of celebration and experience in honor of the International Day of Peace and the beginning of the new season.  With experiences of circular dances, guided by João Paulo Pessoa and Guataçara Monteiro, the Spring Ball has as its theme the awakening of a new season. The main idea is to create a peaceful atmosphere that connects everyone who wants to participate with the essence of the Brazilian people’s culture of peace.

BRAZIL, VICENTINA

This Saturday (24), Parque Vicentina Aranha hosts the 10th edition of the Festival Te Ofereço A Paz, under the theme Reconnection. The program starts at 9 am and will take place in different areas of the Park, with more than 15 activities that encourage lightness and well-being through direct contact with people, methods, techniques and therapies that promote the search for peace on three levels. : with oneself, with the other and with nature. Conceived by psychologist Sonia Redi, the multidisciplinary festival takes place in celebration of the International Day of Peace (September 21), an initiative established by the United Nations. Among the programmed activities are yoga, reiki, quick massages, music, circular dance, lectures and experiences with bioenergetics, in addition to an exclusive space for children.

CHILE, CHIGUAYANTE

Concepcion Chiguayante School. In the context of the International Day of Peace and Nonviolence, the English Department celebrated this event at all levels of the school. The students participated in marches for peace (pre-school), creation of crafts and door decoration (basic education), work with the song “all you need is love” and creation of stickers (5th and 6th grade), creation of posters (7th to 1st grade) and discussions about types of violence in the school context and actions we can take (2nd to 4th grade)

COLOMBIA, ABBA FOUNDATION

In commemoration of the International Day of Peace 2022, Abba Colombia joins and highlights the work it is doing for peace, non-violence and non-discrimination in Colombia; for this reason, some young beneficiaries of Abba Colombia tell us about the importance of contributing to peace regardless of race, nationality, culture, economic or social status through our social media.

COLOMBIA, BOGOTA, PALACE OF JUSTICE

From this Wednesday, September 21, and until Friday, September 23, the Palace of Justice will be sheltered within the framework of the International Day of Peace and as a citizen demonstration to remember the rights to peace, a dignified life and the reconstruction of the collective memory of who have been victims of the Armed Conflict in Colombia. The Colombian house of justice will be covered with woven fabrics that were hand-made by dozens of people throughout the national territory and in 24 countries in Latin America and Europe, a sign of the commitment of those who believe in absolute peace as a path to non-repetition. In addition to the symbolic act, called Covering of the Palace of Justice, for three days there will be cultural exhibitions, academic talks and a fair of enterprises of victims of the armed conflict and signatories of the Agreement.

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COLOMBIA, BOGOTA, RED CROSS

Colombian Red Cross; Come and celebrate with us the International Day of Peace. Wednesday, 21 September, 2;00 PM, Bogotá Plaza Hotel. Through the synergy of the private and humanitarian sectors, we can achieve sustainability, development and peace.

COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, UN MISSION

In Medellín, the celebration of the International Day of Peace began at the Presbítero Antonio José Bernal Londoño Educational Institution, where children painted peace. This activity, organized within the framework of the Month for Peace, will be extended during September and October in other schools and with the sons and daughters of the peace signatories in the different regions of Antioquia, with the support of Redepaz and the Mission of United Nations verification in Colombia.  

COLOMBIA, MEDELLIN, CONCERT

Every September 21, the United Nations General Assembly celebrates the Intentional Day of Peace : an opportunity to strengthen the ideas of peace and Non-Violence. To be part of the celebration, the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra invites you to the concert “Peace, music and silence”, to invite you to look at diversity, peace and respect life. The music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Joseph Haydn will be the protagonists of this concert that will be directed by Adrian Chamorro, Colombian director, pedagogue and soloist. 

COLOMBIA, OCAÑA

Campaign seeks to keep children away from violence in regions of Colombia Football as a generator of social change is what inspires the Fundación Selección Colombia and Spirit of Soccer to carry out programs such as Goals that Save Lives, designed so that nearly 300 children and adolescents have a life option in sports, far of violence. The first of the football festivals was held in Villavicencio (Meta) on September 13 and 14 . . . These programs will continue in Santander de Quilichao (Cauca), on the 16th and 17th of the same month, and Ocaña (Norte de Santander), on September 20th and 21st. . . It is an effort motivated by the celebration of the International Day of Peace of the United Nations, on September 21, but one that can be sustained over time and can benefit many more minors.

COLOMBIA, PALMIRA

With cultural events, plays, sporting events and the intervention of a mural in Bolívar Park, the International Day of Peace was celebrated this Wednesday, September 21, in Palmira.

COSTA RICA

The Ministry of Justice and Peace, the Ministry of Culture and Youth, the Ministry of Public Education and the Fire Department commemorated this September 21, the International Day of Peace, with the award ceremony for the “Song for Peace” Contest. “Today we celebrate the International Day of Peace and what better way than to do it through art and youth. Song for Peace is an example of the preventive work that the Ministry of Justice and Peace has been carrying out through the Vice Ministry of Peace, thanks to the commitment and joint work with public institutions and private companies”, said Sergio Sevilla, Vice Minister of Peace. .

CUBA, HABANA

 The Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) celebrated today the award ceremony of the national contest “Children paint and write for Peace”, an act that adds to the extensive program of activities that are carried out in this day, on the occasion of celebrating the International Day of Peace .
During a simple activity, the pioneers of the Arturo Montori elementary school made drawings related to peace and learned about the results of the national contest organized by the José Martí Pioneers Organization (OPJM) and ICAP.

ECUADOR, MANABI

The Provincial Directorate of the Judicial Council (CJ) of Manabí commemorated, this Monday, September 12, 2022, the International Day of Peace, with a dialogue in which experiences were shared about the work carried out by justices of the peace in their communities. The event took place in the House of Culture of Manabí and was attended by the Provincial Director of the CJ in the Disciplinary Field, Shamir Briones, the President of the Provincial Court of Justice, Carlos Zambrano, the Public Defender, Mauro Ponce, the Manabi artists, Danny Coveña and Eduardo Mendoza, justices of the peace, representatives of social organizations, students and teachers of the San Gregorio de Portoviejo University. The Provincial Director, Shamir Briones, in his speech mentioned that the Culture of Peace is a mechanism that has been promoted by the Council of the Judiciary in order to further expand the access of citizens to the justice system, especially in communities where through this mechanism, conflicts have been resolved without the parties having resorted to the Judicial Units.

ECUADOR, PORTOVIEJO

The Directorate of the Judicial Council of Manabi commemorated the International Day of Peace, with a dialogue in which experiences of the work carried out by justices of the peace in their communities were shared. The activity took place at the Casa de la Cultura, in Portoviejo, with the participation of justices of the peace and representatives of social organizations. La Direccion del Consejo de la judicatura de Manabi conmemmoro el Dia Internacional de la Paz, con un dialogo en el que se compartieron experiencias del trabajo que realizan los jueces de paz en sus comunidades. La actividad se efectuo en la Casa de la Cultura, en Portoviejo, con la participacion de jueces de paz y representantes de organizaciones sociales.

FRENCH GUYANA

Yesterday, Wednesday September 21, 2022 was the International Day of Peace. On this occasion, the NGO Club Soroptimist International went to the Saint-Paul nursing home to celebrate this day with the residents.

GUATEMALA, ESCUINTLA

In commemoration of the International Day of Peace, administrative staff of the Departmental Directorate of Education (Dideduc) of Escuintla, teachers and students carried out a civic act in the cultural center of the municipal seat. The notes of the marimba were heard in that room, in which students from the Intercultural Normal School made various performances. The activity was replicated in different establishments in the department. One of the schools that joined the celebration was the primary school of the Cañaveral II village, in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa.

MEXICO, BACALAR

Event poster: 21 September, International Day of Peace, May peace prevail on earth. Even free for all the family. In the Municipal Park of Badalar. 10:00 AM. Ceremony of banners. Peace declarations. Circular dances.

MEXICO, CAMARGO

The celebration of the International Day of Peace was held at the Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez Primary School. The director of the campus, Berenice de León Caro, stressed that directors, teachers, students and parents participated in this important date.

MEXICO, CANCUN

The municipal government of Benito Juárez, through the Directorate of Religious Affairs, commemorated the International Day of Peace with a significant participation of public servants who formed the word “Peace” and the symbol of the dove allusive to said message on the esplanade of the Plaza de la Reforma. The person in charge of the office of the Municipal Presidency, Lourdes Latife Cardona Muza, thanked the people who dressed in white, a color alluding to this day, which is celebrated every September 21, for their assistance. She emphasized that “with peace we will achieve a Cancun where we can all see each other as brothers and we can continue building and rebuilding the social fabric.”

MEXICO, COZUMEL

To commemorate the “International Day of Peace”, the Municipal Government, through the Education subdirectorate, held a civic ceremony this Wednesday morning called “Put an end to racism. Build peace”, with which a call is made to build a more peaceful community. Within the framework of this event that took place in the Quintana Roo park, the secretary general of the Cozumel City Council, Ociel González González, representing the municipal president, Juanita Alonso Marrufo, explained that peace is much more than the absence of a conflict, it is understanding others, it is educating the new generations to be good people, to understand that each one of us can rebuild our present and create everything we want through words, especially through our actions, since we all have the same circumstances in common, we share the same problems and the same conditions.

MEXICO, CULIACAN

Culiacan: Sinaloa will have a day of activities for peace, announces Building Spaces for Peace.
The activities will take place from September 19 to 24, since the International Day of Peace is commemorated on September 22

MEXICO, FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO

The National System for Integral Family Development in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, carried out a Mayan ceremony on the esplanade of the Expomaya premises in the framework of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated on September 21, every year, to raise awareness about the importance of having an environment free of violence.

MEXICO, GUANAJUATO

Within the framework of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated on September 21 of each year, this Monday in Guanajuato began the ninth edition of the School Week for Peace 2022, which presents a program of more than 300 activities in which institutions The basic, upper middle and higher levels of the state will participate from September 19 to 23. . . . During the Week for Peace, the educational institutions of basic, upper secondary and higher education carry out cultural and recreational activities with the coordination of state and municipal agencies; through: workshops, conferences, webinars, cultural events and physical activations.

MEXICO, LÁZARO CÁRDENAS

By resolution of the United Nations Organization, September 21 is the International Day of Peace, and to commemorate the Fundación el Sol, based in Mexico, two concerts for peace will be held in this city, offered by the Philharmonic Orchestra by Lazaro Cardenas. at the concert on Wednesday 21, they will award recognition to humanitarian social leaders, who are . . . those who have contributed to peace in Lázaro Cárdenas.

MEXICO, MIGUEL ALEMAN

Within the framework of the celebration of the International Day of Peace , teaching staff and students from different elementary schools, carried out different student dynamics on the fields of their respective educational institutions. . . the basic level students carried out different group dynamics under the roof of the respective schools, after providing a detailed explanation by their teachers in relation to this date, as it is the International Day of Peace .

MEXICO, SAN LUIS POTOSI

Within the framework of the International Day of Peace and with the purpose of eradicating discrimination and contributing to the prevention of crime, the Family Welfare Coordination of the State DIF offered awareness talks on the culture of peace and free environments of violence.

MEXICO, TOLUCA

The City Council of Toluca invites the population to the commemorative event of the International Day of Peace, which will take place on Saturday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m. at the Morelos Theater. With the aim of raising awareness among Toluqueños to generate a healthy coexistence and promote the Culture of Peace as a lifestyle, the General Directorates of Social Welfare and Promotion and Guidance for Social Coexistence join this world celebration, in which will highlight topics such as the Rescue of Values, Conflict Resolution and Positive Attitude.

MEXICO, VERACRUZ

In order to promote the culture of peace , the community of Colegio Keystone Riviera Veracruzana held a peaceful march in Boca del Río . Dressed in white and with some posters with messages of peace, teachers and students from kindergarten, primary, secondary and high school, accompanied by their families, marched on Vicente Fox Boulevard. Rossana de Velasco, general coordinator of the Keystone Riviera Veracruzana School, explained that this activity is carried out within the framework of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated on September 21.

MEXICO, ZACATECAS

The Secretariat of Women of the State of Zacatecas (Semujer), will carry out, on September 21, the State Meeting of Women:  “Traveling together towards equality, love and peace” . It is organized during this day to commemorate the International Day of Peace. Women from the public administration of the state will participate in this event, as well as the media, academia and women from the business sector.  From this meeting, it will be possible to generate ties between women and promote projects in which the participation of women has an impact on the daily and social life of the state. The importance of this space refers not only to recognizing the work that women carry out day by day from different trenches, but also to open a path for new generations.

NICARAGUA, ESTELI

Within the framework of inter-institutional collaboration and social bonding, volunteer students and teachers from FAREM-Estelí commemorated the international day of peace with activities carried out at the María Auxiliadora School, in district III of the city of Estelí. The first activity was carried out with third level children; Through songs, they reflected on the importance of promoting a culture of peace. Later, a piñata was held where peaceful attitudes, respect for order and the joy of living in peace were put into practice, with the motto “children want peace”. The second activity, carried out with fifth and sixth grade students, consisted of a deeper reflection on what it means to live in peace and its importance for the development of the community. Finally, drawings alluding to peace were made and their meaning was shared in plenary. In turn, the importance of peace in our lives was emphasized.

VENEZUELA

To the rhythm of a lively batucada followed by the dance therapy girls and the children from the INCES sports initiation schools, the march to celebrate the International Day of Peace fulfilled its mission of going through the streets of the point and circle, a route that was accompanied by a group of apprentices and workers from the General Management of Culture, Sports, Recreation and Community Participation of INCES. “ Walk for peace. End racism. Build peace”, was the slogan of a day that was accompanied by institutions such as: Terrestrial Transit, the PNB, the UNES, the National Institute Against Racial Discrimination, the National Service for Voluntary Disarmament, among others.

VENEZUELA, JUAN JOSE MORA

A large colloquium was held this Wednesday, September 21, for the International Day of Peace in the municipality of Juan José Mora. . . . . During the meeting, the institutions present spoke about the contribution that each represents to the development of peace in the municipality. . . .The activity was attended by representatives of the Preventive Front, Carabobo State Police, Municipal Police, National Police, Police Chaplaincy, Senamecf, SEGNA, Idenna, MINEC, Municipal Firefighters, Rescue Group 3000, teachers from the UBV, Insalud and other institutions. who with their daily work contribute to the establishment of a sense of peace and security.

Asia and Pacific: International Day of Peace

FREE FLOW OF INFORMATION .

A survey by CPNN

We have found 64 events in 16 Asian and Pacific countries. They were listed in Google during the weeks of September 17-28 this year under the key words “International day of peace”, “Peace Day”, 国际和平日 (Chinese) and 国際平和デー (Japanese, new this year). The events also include some listed on the facebook page for the International Cities of Peace. No doubt there were also events listed on the Internet in languages other than those for which we searched.

In addition to these, there are about 125 events listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but, with the exception of six Montessori schools listed here that sang for the first time this year, there is no indication which took place this year and which took place only in previous years.


India, Tamil Ndu, SARVAM villages

AFGHANISTAN

British actor Jude Law said Thursday in Kabul that he took part in the filming of a documentary in Afghanistan to promote the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21. “Afghanistan is the central subject of the second documentary” that Peace One Day is currently filming. Jude Law spoke with reporters alongside Peace One Day founder, British director Jeremy Gilley, at the UN mission in Kabul. The film crew notably visited schools in Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan, “to see how this day for peace could save lives”, said the actor, whose stay in Afghanistan took place in the greatest secrecy for security reasons.Mr. Gilley pointed out that the first screening of this film would probably take place in Kabul “in the spring of next year”. “We want to bring this film back to where it was made,” he said, pointing out that this documentary would also be shown in some fifty countries and at festivals.

AUSTRALIA, ASCOT VALE

Centre of Melbourne Multifaith and Others Network (COMMON) invites you to International Peace Day 2022 Family Event. Feature performance by Kate Ceberano. Special guests: MUMUS Medchoir A delicious lunch will be served followed by a program with entertainment, round table discussions and presentations. The event is supported by the State Government Victoria, WIN (Women’s Interfaith Network) Foundation, Somali Community Inc and Youth for Human Rights Australia, Victoria Chapter.

AUSTRALIA, AUCHENFLOWER, QUEENSLAND

Montessori Children’s House joined Montessori schools all over the world to sing for peace on the International Day of Peace to light a candle for peace, for love, for life!

AUSTRALIA, BRAHMA KUMARIS

Brahma Kumaris online vigil for peace. This half hour peace-filled event, including messages of hope and a gentle guided meditation, will celebrate and reinforce compassion, resilience, courage and hope within each one of us, within the community – and for our world.

AUSTRALIA, BRISBANE

International Day of Peace Brisbane Peace Lecture by Megan Davis. This free event will take place at St. John’s Cathedral on September 21. Professor Megan Davis is an Aboriginal Austgralian activist and international human rights lawyer. Her talk will focus on the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

AUSTRALIA, CANBERRA

Rotary Club Canberra Burley Griffen sponsors the International Day of Peace Ceremony 21 September 2022, at the Canberra Peace Bell.

AUSTRALIA, DARWIN

On 21st of September is celebrated as the United Nations International Day of Peace. This year Consul Gulfan Afero attended the event organized by the United Nations Association of Australia – the Northern Territory Division (UNAA-NT) at the Darwin Memorial Uniting Church. The representatives from the Islamic, Christian, and Buddhist communities in Darwin as well as the representative from the Indigenous community shared their views about peace and harmony.

AUSTRALIA, MARYBOROUGH

Maryborough Rotary Peace Pole Dedication: On the International Day of Peace, celebrate the dedication of a unique Peace Pole, conceived to celebrate our past, our present, and our future as we move forward together. A Peace Pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ on each of its sides, usually in different languages.

AUSTRALIA, MELBOURNE

UN Peace Day Rally to protect peacemakers like Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. State Library NAARM, 18 September, sponsored by PEN Melbourne, Writers for Peace.

AUSTRALIA, SHEPPARTON

Audio program about event, picnic for peace

AUSTRALIA, TOOWOOMBA

The Peace Day event is to celebrate United Nations International Day of Peace. This event is supported by organisations that contribute to our regions stability, peace and harmony. It is supported by United Nations Association of Australia – Queensland Branch and Toowoomba Regional Council. It has a purpose to unite our diverse community and inspire individuals to contribute to peace and harmony through making connections and raising awareness of community initiatives. On the day there will be food, entertainment, inspirational speakers and organisations that participants can meet.

BANGLADESH, DHAKA

To establish united peace, JMI Group has celebrated International Day of Peace-2022, declared by the United Nations with due dignity like every year keeping in mind the motto of this year, “End Racism, Build Peace”. On Wednesday morning, in a discussion meeting organized at the ‘Abdus Salam’ auditorium of the National Press Club, speakers highlighted the importance of observing World Peace Day with the aim of creating public opinion to achieve happiness and peace for humanity regardless of caste, religion and color, said a press release.

BANGLADESH, NOAKHALI

ORGANIZATION: Participatory Research & Action Network- PRAAN – FOCUS: Intl Peace Day – ACTION DETAILS: Organizing in solidarity with CNV Sept 21st (Wed) Int’l Day of Peace

BANGLADESH, NORTH SOUTH UNIVERSITY

The Center for Peace Studies of South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance of North South University has celebrated International Day of Peace by holding a peace peocession, releasing pigeons and planting tree at the NSU recently, said a press release.

CAMBODIA, STATEMENT OF PRIME MINISTER

Prime Minister Hun Sen says Cambodia has been actively engaging with all countries within both regional and international diplomacy frameworks to promote peace, stability and prosperity. In a public address marking the International Day of Peace on September 21, he said that as the chair of ASEAN this year, Cambodia has been steering the bloc through numerous unprecedented challenges, in line with the theme “ASEAN ACT: Addressing Challenges Together”.

CHINA, BEIJING

On September 21, on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the International Day of Peace, the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (and the Disarmament Council) held a conference entitled “Practicing the Global Security Initiative and Maintaining World Peace and Stability” commemoration of the International Day of Peace. Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and President of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament Ma Biao, and representatives of 244 political organizations, peace organizations and security advisory organizations from around the world attended the commemorative event. 

CHINA, CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF HEFEI

On Wednesday, September 21st, the CISH community observed the International Day of Peace. This is an international day of observance recognized by the United Nations and intended to be a moment for calm reflection on the importance of peace in local and global communities. Students and staff at CISH wrote positive messages about peace focused around this year’s theme of “End Racism – Build Peace”.

CHINA, STATEMENT OF PRESIDENT

On September 21, the commemoration of the 2022 International Day of Peace was held in Beijing. General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee and President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the commemorative event. Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, the international security situation is undergoing profound and complex changes, and the world has entered a new period of turbulence and change. At this important historical juncture, I put forward a global security initiative, advocating that all countries adhere to a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security concept, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of each country, abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, pay attention to the reasonable security concerns of all countries, and conduct dialogue and consultation. Settle differences and disputes between countries, share responsibility for maintaining peace, follow the path of peaceful development, and work together to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

INDIA, AGARTALA

Photo: Kids from a pre-school hold paper pigeons to mark the International Day of Peace in Agartala, capital city of India’s northeastern state of Tripura.

INDIA, ASSAM

The NSS PG Unit of Dibrugarh University celebrated the International Day of Peace on 21st September 2022 at Bishnurabha hall. A talk on the role of volunteers in making a peaceful society was delivered by Dr. Kaustubh Kumar Deka, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Dibrugarh University. Around 150 volunteers and students participated in the celebration.

INDIA, BANGALORE

Rotary Club of Bangalore will observe World Peace Day on September 21, at Rotary House of Friendship, Lavelle Road. . . . The evening programme will have sessions by Nobel Peace laureate Mahithi Bharatesh, who works with the United Nations World Food Programme, and N Parthsarathi, who has served with the Indian Foreign Service for more than three decades. Artists G Subra and Shirley Mathew will paint their idea of peace, and fusion band Akhandha will perform.

INDIA, BHOPAL

Fifteen students of Bachelor of Physical Education and Sports (BPES) course visited hospitals, schools-colleges, social institutions, government offices, religious places and public places on cycle and informed people about the importance of World Peace Day.

INDIA, BHUBANESWAR

International Day of Peace was celebrated at Blossoms school here yesterday. To mark the day, several activities were planned in the school. The new look to the ‘Peace Wall’, the open discussion on respecting and accepting others’ opinions, the peace-based crafts and the paintings of the peace symbols were just few such activities taken up by the students. Some cultural programs were also performed by the junior wing.

INDIA, GANDHI NAGAR

Jammu and Kashmir Bharat Scouts and Guides celebrated ‘International Peace Day’ by holding a programme at SHQ, Gandhi Nagar, here today. ID Soni, former State Commissioner (S) J&K Bharat Scouts and Guides was the chief guest, while Atual Kumar, Joint Director Youth Services and Sports Jammu was the special guest on the occasion. All the dignitaries took active part and gave their views on the Day under the theme “End Racism and Build Peace” in a very impressive and touching manner

INDIA, GOA

The theme for International day of peace was “End Racism Build Peace”. Vidya Vikas Academy celebrated this occasion by conducting a special assembly. A skit on peace was performed by the students which enlightened us on the importance of peace. Students also performed two songs highlighting the theme and stressed on peace being the need of the hour. There was a short quiz conducted for the audience on this theme. The objective of this assembly was to enlighten the students about the importance of peace, to heal the world and make it a better place.

INDIA, JAMMU

NSS GGM Science College celebrated International Day of Peace on September 21. . . . . NSS volunteers made a Peace wall pasting posters and slogans. They carried out signature campaign. The theme focuses on promoting harmony among the various communities living. The theme encourages embracing diversity with peace and acceptance. International Day of Peace promotes inclusiveness, trust, and cooperation to bring peace and harmony among societies. The co-existence of the individuals is the main aim behind the celebration of International Day of Peace. The day also recognizes all the efforts to have been working and have worked towards building a culture of peace.

INDIA, CHÜMOUKEDIMA, NAGALAND

The Department of Political Science, St Joseph University (SJU), Chümoukedima observed the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, 2022 themed ‘End Racism, Build Peace’ on September 21. The occasion was marked with a talk by Dr Kethoser Aniu Kevuchusa, Freelance Speaker and Academic on the topic, ‘Peace in the context of Naga Political Conflict’, the university stated in a press release.  . . . . Results of class-based competitions on flag designing and sketch/painting held the day prior, were also declared and winners felicitated.

INDIA, NAGPUR

On 21st September, 2022, the UN International Day of Peace, India Peace Centre hosted its signature annual event, the IPC Bicycle Rally For Peace. The Bicycle Rally for Peace is a brainchild of Dr. Rawal, and has been held every year since 2013. After a break of two years, due to Covid, this year the Rally was conceived on a much bigger scale. Online Registrations were opened 10 days in advance to facilitate easy registrations. The people of Nagpur gave a tremendous response to the rally, and registrations were closed after crossing 1050 registrations!

INDIA, NEW DELHI, ARDEE SCHOOL

FOCUS: Intl Peace Day – ACTION DETAILS: Creating awareness by organising a march.

INDIA, NEW DELHI, SRRO

A National Seminar organized by Social Reforms & Research Organization on the occasion of Vishwa Shanti Diwas (World Peace Day) in series of Vishwa Dharm Samvad. Subject: INDIA’S GROWING ROLE IN WORLD PEACE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

INDIA, NEW DELHI, SAARC
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Under the leadership of Rachna Sharma, Founder – Phuro Innovations, and Co-Chair – Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs India – an evening with an event titled “Political Peace Dialogue – SAARC” will be organized on 21 September 2022, 0500 PM onwards for supporting World Peace Day at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Saket, New Delhi.

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INDIA, NONEY

On the occasion of International Day of Peace, Noney Battalion of Assam Rifles (East) organised an awareness programme on Wednesday at T Khonom village as a part of its continuous efforts to promote peace, harmony and stability in the area.

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The event was attended by village authorities, villagers, youth organisations of T Khonom village and neighbouring village of Pholjang and school children of Thanglongbung UJB School, T Khonom.

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Troops of Kotlen Company, also organised a painting competition for children of all age groups under the theme of International Peace Day to inculcate essence of peace and its importance in human life in young minds, through means of colours and creative imagination.

INDIA, PUNE

World Peace Day was celebrated at Victorious Kidss Educares (VKE) on September 21, to cultivate attributes of global citizenship in the students. Following the theme, the students participated in Peace Match’, a sports venture for a cause, ‘Peace Tree’, an activity curating an installation with artistic responses of students with ideas of peace, ‘Peace Yoga’, observed through students doing Surya Namaskara and ‘Peace Symbol’ curated by the grade 8 students where they created a human chain to form Peace Symbol. ‘Peace Card’ initiative was observed by all students of the Programme to craft an individual artistic response for Peace. Besides, ‘Peace Mob’ was choreographed and performed by the dance students to shout out the idea of Peace.

INDIA, RAJASTHAN

ORGANIZATION: Rajputana Society of Natural History – FOCUS: Intl Peace Day – ACTION DETAILS: Organizing in solidarity with CNV Action Days: Sept 21st, Int’l Day of Peace

INDIA, TAMIL NADU, SARVAM VILLAGES

SARVAM organised an awareness programme for the students and women of the villages under its purview. The main objective of this programme was to help the students and women understand that they have a significant role in creating peace in their families and society. The participants were delighted to attend this session, which gave them much motivation and new thoughts on peace.

JAPAN, HIROSHIMA

On September 21, the International Day of Peace designated by the United Nations, citizens who supported the aims of a ceasefire and non-violence held a commemorative event at Peace Memorial Park in Naka Ward , Hiroshima . . . At the commemorative event, flowers were laid at the Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims, and there was silence to the sound of the peace bell in the park. About 15 people, including representatives of hibakusha groups and high school students, prayed for world peace.

JAPAN, HIROSHIMA CONCERT

STU48 held a performance in Hiroshima city on September 21, which was designated as “International Peace Day” by the United Nations, and performed the message song “Who is the flower?” . . .  ”Who is the flower?” is a message song that was released on April 13th and contains the thoughts of peace. The long hit on cable broadcasting and the performance of the same song on numerous music programs have further increased attention.

JAPAN, ITAMI CITY

On September 21st, the Peace Memorial Day designated by the United Nations, a peace concert will be held at the Carillon, a symbol of peace in Itami City, 2:00pm-2:30pm Player: Kazuyo Nakamura (Representative of Japan Carillon Association) Organizer: Japan Carillon Association Co-organizer: Itami City

JAPAN, KOBO-JI TEMPLE, MINATO-KU

On September 21st (Wednesday), which is “International Peace Day”, Kobo-ji Temple will hold an “International Peace Day Special Goma Prayer Service”
from 16:00 in the main hall on the 3rd floor to pray for world peace. Anyone can participate. We invite you all to join us.

JAPAN, MIYAGAKU

Miyazaki Gakuen Senior High School. September 21st is International Peace Day.
In the library, related books are introduced and an exhibition using paper cranes is held. The theme for 2022 is “Eliminating racism and building peace”. Cranes with prayers for peace were made by 3rd grade students.

JAPAN, NAGASAKI

On September 21, the United Nations’ International Peace Day, members of the Prefectural Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Handbook Tomo no Kai rang the Nagasaki Bell at the Peace Park in Matsuyama, Nagasaki, wishing for world peace. 

JAPAN, NIGATA CITY

September 21st is the United Nations International Day of Peace. At a shrine in Niigata City, calligraphers and high school students put their wishes for world peace into their brushes. The calligraphers Shimoda brother and sister and the calligraphy club of Niigata Daiichi High School wrote the calligraphy at Niigata Agata Gokoku Shrine in Chuo Ward, Niigata City. What the Shimoda brothers and sisters wrote is the word “hope”. [Calligrapher Ayasu Shimoda] “I think that we can do it by swinging the brush instead of the sword. I wrote it with my thoughts.” The words “love” and “peace” were strongly written on colored paper. [Niigata Daiichi High School Calligraphy Club Manager Yuki Matsudaira] “While thinking about peace, I wrote to bring happiness to people.” This event was held all over the country.

JAPAN, TOKYO

On the 21st of the International Peace Day (commonly known as Peace Day), which the United Nations has set as “a day without conflicts and wars”, an outdoor festival with free admission “Peace Day 2022 @ Yoyogi Park” will be held at Yoyogi Park in Shibuya Ward. ” will be held. The organizer is “Peace Day, a general incorporated foundation.” Starting at 4:00 pm, entrepreneurs, athletes, and artists will take the stage to talk about their thoughts on peace. AI, who is known for hit songs such as “Story” and “Happiness,” MINMI, who is also known as the “reggae diva,” and singer-songwriter Yae, will perform live.

JAPAN, URAYASU

September 21st is International Day of Peace, designated by the United Nations as a day for global ceasefire and non-violence. . . . Since 2020, the city has been holding a commemorative event to ring the bell at target facilities in the city, hoping for permanent peace in the world.Citizens, too, should think about world peace on this day and discuss happiness and peace in everyday life with family and friends.

JAPAN, YOKOHAMA

At the Yokohama store of haishop cafe in Minato Mirai, from September 8th (Thursday) to 21st (Wednesday), 2022, with the theme of international peace a special project “Peaceday event” will be held. This project is planned for International Peace Day (Peace Day) on September 21 (Wednesday). We will sell “San Marino Wine” produced in the country of San Marino. In addition, during the period, we will hold a screening of the documentary “the day after peace” as part of our social film festival.

MALAYSIA, PUCHONG

NurUL Quran Montessori House joined Montessori schools all over the world to sing for peace on the International Day of Peace to light a candle for peace, for love, for life!

NEPAL, KATMANDOU

Nepal has marked the International Day of Peace since 2002 by organizing several activities. On the occasion today, various organizations, including Human Rights and Peace Society (HURPES) and The Story Kitchen (TSK) are hosting programs to assert global peace.

NEW ZEALAND, AUKLAND

Video: Lajna New Zealand hold their 11th Peace Symposium

NEW ZEALAND, AUKLAND

Kohimarama Montessori Pre School joined Montessori schools all over the world to sing for peace on the International Day of Peace to light a candle for peace, for love, for life!

NEW ZEALAND, HAWKE’S BAY

ORGANIZATION: World Beyond War Aotearoa- New Zealand – FOCUS: Intl Peace Day, Ending Wars & Nukes, Teach Ins – ACTION DETAILS: Organizing in solidarity with CNV Action Days: Sept 21st (Wed) Int’l Day of Peace.

NEW ZEALAND, PALMERSTON NORTH, AWAPUNI

Montessori Educare joined Montessori schools all over the world to sing for peace on the International Day of Peace to light a candle for peace, for love, for life!

NEW ZEALAND, WHANGANUI

The 20th anniversary of the Handspan Peace Sculpture and the International Day of Peace celebration is gathering community momentum ahead of the event on September 21. In rededicating the original idea of having tiles with hand casts from local and broader communities on Handspan, it symbolises collective efforts in creating a culture of peace.

PAKISTAN, ISLAMABAD

Political and rights activist Jalila Haider on Friday won the first-ever ‘Pakistan Peace Award’ for her work and contribution to bring tolerance and sustainable peace in the country., The Peace Award was given to Ms Jalila here at the “Pakistan Peace Festival” organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). . . . The lawmakers, academicians, former diplomats, retired army officers, journalists, rights activists, and representatives of civil society participated in the event besides others. The other key events at the festival included “art exhibition, live theatre, music concert, poster competition and cultural dance performance.” . . . Director PIPS Muhammad Amir Rana in his earlier remarks said that violence was the biggest challenge Pakistan was facing today and the purpose of the launch of document of “Charter of Peace” was to make efforts to counter violent behaviours prevalent in the society and promote peace and tolerance.  “We aim to keep this award an annual activity to be announced each year around International Peace Day (21 Sep),” he said while talking about the Peace Award.

PAKISTAN, KARACHI

International Peace Day was celebrated at MiTE (Millennium Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship) today where students shared their thoughts about Peace and how they can inculcate it across the nation. Free brownies were distributed among the students as a symbol of peace, sharing, love and joy

PAKISTAN, RAWALPINDI

As many as 54 paintings and posters by the youth were put on display at the Punjab Arts Council Rawalpindi to commemorate the United Nations International Day for Peace on Wednesday. The exhibits are an outcome of the art competition organized by the Devcom-Pakistan (Development Communications Network) to mark another significant day of the UN. Islamabad Crescent Lion Club supported the event.

PHILIPPINES, ALABEL, SARANGANI

Various peace advocates and peace partners of the provincial government of Sarangani participated in the peace covenant signing on September 21 at the Capitol gym. Signing of the Peace Covenant with the stakeholders from all over the seven municipalities of Sarangani was in line with the celebration of the International Day of Peace every 21st of September, as declared by the United Nations.

PHILIPPINES, TUGUEGARAO CITY

September 21, 2022 – St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP), in cooperation with the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI), celebrated the International Day of Peace. . . . Organized by the Paulinian Student Government (PSG) and the Center for External Relations, Alumni, and Advocacies, SPC Sisters, Administrators, Faculty members, staff and personnel, students, and parents gathered together to celebrate the event. The main program began with a “WALK for PEACE” led by student-leaders of the different organizations in the University. They held placards of Bible quotations on peace and care for creation aimed at instilling collective consciousness to work for building peace and stewardship as a personal and an institutional commitment. This was followed by an Ecumenical Liturgy consisted of the symbolic offering, intercessory prayers, and the prayer for peace. The prayer gathering emphasized the call to peace and care for creation as a communal act and a responsibility. The activity culminated by a pledge of commitment through the “THREAD of PEACE” and the community singing of “Let There Be Peace” by all the participants.

PHILIPPINES, VALENZUELA

Memo from the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. We are pleased to inform you that there will be a celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 24,2022 at the Bonifacio Shrine, Heroes Park; Ermita, Manila.

SOUTH KOREA, REFUGEE TRAIL

On a beautiful Sunday morning, 18 Sept 2022, refugees who live in South Korea and local peace activists set foot on a peace trail celebrating the International Day of Peace 2022. The event was organized by Active Refugee Korea (ARK), supported by UNHCR local office. Interestingly, the trail started with a guided tour at the War Memorial Hall of Korea Museum, which is located in Yongsan District, Seoul, “visiting with a critical eye”. “For refugees who fled persecution, violence and war-torn homes hoping to find security, a longing for peace would be profound. Nevertheless, the notion of peace will vary depending on the concrete realities we face in our lives, communities, and nations”. This was an urgent calling for peace on the organizers’ side who actively challenged militarism, distorted narratives of wars, and perpetrators justifying increasing military capacity.

SOUTH KOREA, SEOUL

Montessori DAMI joined Montessori schools all over the world to sing for peace on the International Day of Peace to light a candle for peace, for love, for life!

SRI LANKA, UNIVERSITY OF KELANIYA

An event to celebrate the International Day of Peace was held at 11a.m. at the K2 002 hall of the University of Kelaniya on the 21st of September 2022. The Department of Philosophy of the University of Kelaniya celebrated this day with the slogan “End Racism, Build Peace” with the aim of promoting peace among communities and individuals as it directs to embrace diversity and support one another to the fullest extent possible. 

THAILAND, BANGKOK, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Due to COVID restrictions still in place for our student assemblies, ISB’s International Day of Peace event, originally scheduled for September 21st, 2022, has been moved to March 21st, 2023. In unity with Peace Day events held around the world, ISB will observe a moment of silence at 9:15am on September 21st to remember those who have suffered because of racism, and given their lives fighting against racism.   

THAILAND, BANGKOK, PATANA SCHOOL

At the Bangkok Patana School, World Peace Day was celebrated today across campus in both Primary and Secondary schools, with non-uniform day donations going toward the various school community charity clubs. Dressed in purple and blue, students participated in activities that emphasised world peace. Primary students handcrafted paper cranes, which will be sent to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to be integrated into the Children’s Peace Monument at Peace Memorial Park. In Secondary school, the well-being Hub hosted a movie day, karaoke was on in the Lounge and students were asked to share what peace means to them on chalkboards in the shared areas.

VIETNAM, HO CHI MINH CITY

Learn n Play Kindergarten joined Montessori schools all over the world to sing for peace on the International Day of Peace to light a candle for peace, for love, for life!

Africa: International Day of Peace

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A survey by CPNN

The following 74 events in 30 African countries include those listed in Google during the weeks of September 16-28 this year under the key words “International day of peace” and “Journée internationale de la paix.” The events also include some listed on the facebook page for the International Cities of Peace.

About 52 events 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.

For events in North Africa see the page of events in the Arab States .


Celebration in Monrovia, Liberia, with emphasis on women and youth’s role in mediation, conflict resolution, and early warning.

Here are excerpts from the articles.

AFRICAN UNION

The African Union (AU) Youth for Peace Africa Programme, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), and the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) have launched a serious game known as “Mission55 Conflict in Anaka”, to commemorate the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) 2022. The game, which the AU and GIZ developed, aims to raise awareness, educate and inform the public, particularly youth, on the mandate of the AU to promote good governance, peace and security in Africa.

BENIN, COTONOU

English International School. We celebrated World Peace We celebrated World Peace Day at school on Friday, 20th September.  Under beautiful skies, our march over to the school field was symbolic. Sitting down on the grass, in the formation of the peace symbol, we observed a minute of silence.  Some of the poems that the children wrote on that day are now on display in the school hall. (with photos)

BURKINA FASO, OUAGADOUGOU

The non-governmental organization (NGO) PAX celebrates, in collaboration with various structures, and for the first time, the Week of Peace in Burkina Faso. The climax of the commemoration will take place on September 21 with the “Night of Peace”, organized in collaboration with the NGO Diakonia, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Center for Democratic Governance (CGD) and the institutions and ministerial departments. This last activity will mobilize at least 300 people, equipped with lighted candles, who will stand around the monument to national heroes (located in Ouaga 2000) in a circle, they will carry out the During this sequence, the Monument to National Heroes will be illuminated with a play of lights with the sign “Peace”.

BURUNDI, BUGABIRA

As part of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, the Charles Nkazamyampi Foundation (CN Foundation), organized in collaboration with the representation of the European Union in Burundi, sports activities in Bugabira commune of the province of Kirundo. . . . Prizes were awarded. After the match between the Bugabira High School team and the Star FC team, prizes were awarded to the best athletes and players.

CAMEROON, DOUALA

Prelude to the International Day for Peace to be celebrated on September 21, some civil society organisations based in Douala have been meeting to sensitize the population on the importance of peace. The meeting that brought together civil society organizations including Peace Watch, Bringing Hearts Together amongst others was aimed at coming out on better ways on how to carry out sensitization campaign to push the peace agenda.

CAMEROON, YAOUNDÉ, ACTIVITIES FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS

The NGO Women International League for Peace and Freedom, with the support of the UN Women agency, organized a series of activities aimed at making the voices of women and girls heard in the country, on the occasion of this day that is celebrated this Wednesday, September 21, 2022. . . . During this day, the students took part in workshops led by the officials of this non-governmental organization, with the assistance of the public administrations involved in the education of young people.

CAMEROON, YAOUNDÉ, TOWN HALL

The Minister of Youth Affairs and Civic Education, Mounouna Fousou, this September 21, 2022, presided over the ceremony of the 41st edition of the International Day of Peace, at the Yaounde Town Hall (Hotel de Ville). . . . During the ceremony, training certificates will be presented to the participants of the Ambassadors for Peace training worksops and a call for peace will be made by religious, traditional rulers and youth leaders.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, BANGASSOU

The city of Bangassou, like other cities in the Central African Republic, celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2022, under the theme “Ending racism, building peace”. A day organized by MINUSCA in collaboration with prefectural authorities, community leaders and civil society. . . . A football match was also played for the occasion. It opposed the staff of MINUSCA and young people from the three districts of the city of Bangassou. A match for cohesion and mutual acceptance.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, BANGUI, MINUSCA

In Bangui, activities to celebrate the International Day of Peace were organized by the National Council of Central African Youth, with the support of MINUSCA, announced during a press briefing broadcast on Radio Guira FM , Guy Karema, the communication officer at MINUSCA, pointing out that this year, Central African youth wanted to combine the celebration of International Youth Day, normally celebrated on August 12, with Peace Day, to make it a single celebration, dubbed: “Month of Youth and Peace in the Central African Republic”, under the theme: “Youth, peacebuilding, local governance and empowerment”.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, BANGUI, URU

As part of the holiday, which is celebrated on September 21, the non-governmental organization URU held a seminar for young Central Africans. For two days, the participants of the event discussed the principles of building and developing a peaceful state.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, OBO

The International Day of Peace was celebrated on September 21 in Obo in the presence of local and administrative authorities, community leaders and international and national organizations. This commemoration took place at the town hall of the city. (with audio podcast)

CHAD, KANEM

On September 21 of each year, the International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world. . . .On this day, the Association of Student Peace Ambassadors of Kanem in partnership with the PAMELOT / GIZ project is organizing a ceremony to celebrate this day.. . . In his opening remarks, the Secretary General of the Kanem Province SATADJIM SUCCÈS NOËL, representing the governor, stressed that this occasion challenges our collective conscience to achieve real peace. On the sidelines of this day, a mixing football match between the young people of the region will be organized.

CHAD, N’DJAMÉNA

The United Nations System Coordination Office in Chad and the Ministry in charge of National Reconciliation and Dialogue celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2022 in a hotel in N’Djamena. Placed under the theme “end racism, build peace”, this day which is celebrated today, began on Monday with mobilizations of Chadian society in favor of living together through artistic, cultural and literary activities, children and young people to express the urgency and the need for peaceful cohabitation.

COMORES

The International Day of Peace was celebrated in Ndzuani on Wednesday, September 21. The official ceremony took place in Dar-nadjah, the governorate palace of the island, in the presence of the governor and other personalities such as the Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania, or the Honorary Consul of the Comoros to the Ivory Coast. Several other representatives of public institutions and non-governmental organizations also took part. . . . On the sidelines of this celebration, a “memorandum of understanding on the promotion of communal peace and security”, was signed between NGO Salam and the association of Mayors of Ndzuani

CÔTE D’IVOIRE

“Côte d’Ivoire has chosen national cohesion”, declared Kouadio Konan Bertin, Minister of Reconciliation and National Cohesion, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21 each year. Before an audience of personalities, including Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, Minister of State, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, representing Prime Minister Patrick Achi, he said he was working to achieve a truly reconciled Côte d’Ivoire. . . . This ceremony was also enhanced by the presence of the American, Swiss, Gabonese, Egyptian, Chinese and Belgian ambassadors residing in Côte d’Ivoire. . . . The artistic note was provided by the humorous duo Zongo and Tao, and the group Les Galiets, who returned to Abidjan after ten years of exile.

CÔTE D’IVOIRE, BOUAKÉ

The representative of the prefect of the Gbêke region, invited the populations and particularly the young people, to a change of behavior in order to guarantee peace, a guarantee of development. It was this Wednesday, September 21 in Bouaké, on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace initiated by the APCI (Alliance for Peace in Côte d’Ivoire). This ceremony was marked by a conference delivered by the President of the National Youth Council on the theme: “The culture of freedom together for lasting peace and united youth”.

DR CONGO, LUCHA

On the occasion of the international day of peace, through peaceful demonstrations in Tshilenge, Beni, Kindu, Goma, Kisangani, Kananga, Tshikapa and Kinshasa, LUCHA is mobilizing to show its solidarity with the compatriots of Bunagana and other entities of the ‘East of our country living under occupation of the M23 and other armed groups . . . . LUCHA reiterated the call for the dismantling of MONUSCO, which is ineffective on the ground, as well as the end of the state of siege, which is unable to put an end to armed violence. In several cities, the demonstrations took place normally and the memorandum was read and deposited with the local authority. Nevertheless in Beni and Goma, it was fiercely repressed by the security services, which paradoxically do nothing against the attackers.

DR CONGO, LINGWALA, KINSHASA

Civil society organizations working in the protection of human rights and for the consolidation of peace, led by the spokesperson of the National Dynamics for Peace, Unity and Security (DYNUPS), Bénie Neze , on Wednesday invited the DRC government to provide the DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) with the financial and logistical means to face the enemy and maintain peace across the country. It was during a sit-in in front of the People’s Palace, in the commune of Lingwala in Kinshasa, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace,

DR CONGO, KINSHASA, MONUSCO

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21 each year, Monusco, through its Division of Strategic Communication and Public Information, in partnership with the club of Interuniversity Elites, organized a training and sharing session on September 21, 2022. It was at the Pullman Grand Hotel marquee, with the theme, at the international level: ”Ending racism. Building peace”. . . . Several great speakers took part in this conference.

DR CONGO, KINSHASA, WOMEN

The International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21 of each year, was an auspicious occasion in this year 2022, for the women of Kinshasa, grouped within the National Dynamics for Peace, Unity and Security (DYNUPS ), to demand peace throughout the national territory, in the East, in Ituri, in Kwamouth, etc. They organized a sit-in in front of the Congolese parliament, before submitting their Memorandum to the Office of the Speaker of the Lower House, Christophe Mbosso.

DR CONGO, KOLWEZI

Zambia and Congo DR are celebrating the peace day together in Kolwezi town in Congo DR.

DR CONGO, NORTH KIVU

The Provincial Youth Division of North Kivu organized a conference-debate this Wednesday, September 21, 2022 in the city of Goma, on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace. In an interview granted to 7SUR7.CD at the end of this activity, Guy Kibira Ndoole, head of this division, invited the young people of North Kivu to show solidarity in order to defeat the attempts to destabilize the country, with in particular the occupation of the town of Bunagana by M23 rebels. . . Peace is a rare commodity in the province of North Kivu in particular and generally in the East of the DRC. Many young people even enlist in armed groups and commit a significant number of crimes.

GABON, PORT-GENTIL

It is within the framework of the celebration of the International Day of Peace that the National Coordination of PAYNCoP Gabon organized the consultative workshop for young people on political and civic participation in Port-Gentil. This workshop is part of the project to support the civic and political participation of young people in Gabon . . . This activity was punctuated by two highlights: the formal phase and discussion workshops. During their exchanges, the young people were able to recall that ” The International Day of Peace makes it possible to sensitize the various actors on the need to preserve peace “. They will strive to sensitize other young people to cultivate this lasting peace in the country and to be ambassadors of peace, in Africa, as everywhere else.

GAMBIA

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-The Gambia) with funding from the UN Peacebuilding Secretariat yesterday organised a stakeholders’ dialogue in commemoration of the International Day of Peace. . . . The event attracted key stakeholders including The Gambia Federation for the Disable and marginalised constituents of society. It was celebrated through a stakeholders’ dialogue, panel discussion, social media campaigns and peace pledges made by various stakeholders as a sign of their commitment to promote peace and fight discrimination and racism.

GHANA, LIONS CLUB

The District 418 Ghana of Lions Clubs International joins the world in commemorating the International Day of Peace by highlighting the importance of promoting the Peace Poster Contest for children in Ghana as a means of maintaining, sustaining peace and security.. . . .the Peace Poster Contest is open for registration now and over 600,000 children would be sharing their visions of peace through the art of painting. Children of age between 11 and 13 years from various schools can take part in this contest and there is also a prize to be won by the overall winner with some consolation prizes for all participants in the Peace Poster Contest

GHANA, ACCRA

FOCUS: Intl Peace Day. ACTION DETAILS: The administration of Union Internationale des Voyageurs UIV has established ongoing project to register the mechanism in the country starting from Ghana before the end of the year to enable us to work through partnerships and cover more locations in combating crime against mankind as terrorism war, conflicts, corruption and discrimination among societies and communities.

GHANA, KUMASI

Kumasi: World Peace Day marked with calls to eschew ethnocentrism.This year’s World Peace Day was observed under the theme, “Ending Ethnocentrism and Discrimination for Sustainable Peace” and brought together various faith-based organisations, youth wings of political parties, students of senior high schools and colleges of Education and civil society organisations. Participants discussed challenges and priorities to support their active participation in peace building with respect to diversity.

GUINEA, MAMOU

International Day of Peace | Citizens of Mamou express their messages of peace! to the microphone of Rarili News — “Peace must reign. (Alpha Ousmane Diallo) — “Long live peace, long live peace” (Monique) — “Life is hard right now, we would like this transition to end in good conditions. (Ismael Traoré) — “I would like there to be more peace and justice in the country, that is what is best for us, for peace in Guinea” (Mamadou Saidou Baldé)

GUINEA-BISSAU

Under the motto “Ending racism and building peace”, the National Civil Society Movement for Peace, Democracy and Development (MNSCPDD-GB), in collaboration with the Collective of Peace-Promoting Organizations, celebrated yesterday the “International Day of Peace ”, through the Declaration of Support for Peace in Guinea-Bissau. According to the organization, the country commemorates the date in a difficult context, marked by political cleavages and the collapse of the foundations of Guinean democracy.

KENYA, MALINDI

Due to the plight of the senior citizens, a number of humanitarian non-governmental organizations dedicated yesterday’s International Peace Day to the elders under siege, holding a peace walk to sensitize the public on the need to protect elders. They walked from the Malindi DCC’s office next to the County Assembly of Kilifi through Malindi town to Moi area of Sabaki Sub-Location, where 28 elders rescued from murderers are being housed by the Malindi District Cultural Association (MADCA). The murderers are hired to kill old persons suspected to be practicing necromancy.

KENYA, NAIROBI

CONTACT: Isaac Omondi. FOCUS: Intl Peace Day. ACTION DETAILS: We shall be organizing Football for Peace’One Day One Goal’. Additionally, there will be a clean-up in the locality to collect garbage from households and around the area.

LIBERIA, UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA

The Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) at the University of Liberia (UL) and its partners on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 held celebrations in observance of the International Day of Peace.KAICT held the program in collaboration with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Liberia, and the Mano River Union on UL’s Capitol Hill campus. The event brought together several participants both national and international partners, to discuss the way forward for Liberia to maintain the peace it enjoys after nearly 14 years of civil war.

LIBERIA, MONROVIA

This year Liberia joined other countries of the world to celebrate the International Day of Peace, amidst social media reports of planned violence ahead of the 2023 General and Presidential elections. . . The celebration, supported by the UN Women and UNFPA, sought to raise awareness of the importance of sustaining the peace in the region and the Sahel with emphasis on women and youth’s role in mediation, conflict resolution, and early warning.

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LIBERIA, TARR TOWN

On the 21st September 2022, LEGAL/ SoSNoL Celebrate World International Peace Day with Tarr Town Local Community Structure to launch the community Watch Group to see that Safety and Security will be in Tarr Town Community.

MALAWI, LILONGWE

ORGANIZATION: Center for Enlightenment and Development – DATES PLANNED: September 23, September 25, October 2 – ACTION DETAILS:”EMPOWER WOMEN WITH KNOWLEDGE TO END GBV AT ALL LEVELS” We target young women to fully understand their rights and how they can form Nonviolence circles to spread the message. All women influential community leaders and professionals have been invited to demonstrate how important it is to have women know their rights. Young women from different colleges are preparing different activities to showcase how nonviolence brings harmony and peace of mind.

MALI, BAMOKO

The Board of Directors of the School of Peacekeeping, Alioune Blondin BEYE (EMP-ABB), composed of 11 member countries and ECOWAS countries, celebrated the International Day of Peace, Wednesday, September 21, 2022 , at the Peacekeeping School, Alioune Blondin BEYE in Bamako. . . . After the opening ceremony, a tree dedicated to Peace was planted in the middle of the EMP-ABB, by all the officials, panelists and participants in this day whose objective is to evaluate the doctrines and approaches governing the Peace Operations, faced with the complexity of the current environment. Two panels, as well as cultural and sporting activities were on the menu for this day

MAURITIUS, BRAHMA KUMARIS

Calendar of events organized by the Brahma Kumaris Mauritius in the context of the International Day of Peace 2022

MAURITIUS, MAHEBOURG

This year, the theme is to combati inequalities, racism, discrimination and intolerance that exist in all societies. In Mauritius, the Emmanuel Anquetil SSS college is launching this initiative with the aim of instilling these values in young people.

MAURITIUS, PORT LOUIS

In the context of the International Day of Peace, celebrated every September 21, the Cardinal Jean Margéot Institute organized a conference-debate on Monday September 05, 2022. The resulting resolution demanded the authorities, inter alia, to pursue and intensify efforts to combat any systemic violence within the Republic of Mauritius, by consolidating a national education system aimed at promoting the integral human development of the Mauritian child; to contain situations and conditions that lead to violence against girls and women; and to tackle, the poverty and misery that still plague the lives of tens of thousands of citizens of the Republic.

MAURITIUS, MORCELLEMENT ST. ANDRÉ

As part of the International Day of Peace, around twenty associations from the Morcellement St. André region and surrounding schools took part in a collective march aimed at promoting peace. The Vice-President of the Republic and the Minister of Labor also took part.

NIGER

Like the international community, Niger celebrated the International Day of Peace this Wednesday, September 21, 2022 under the theme “Ending racism. building peace”. It is the High Authority for the Consolidation of Peace (HACP) which had the honor of organizing this event at the General Seyni Kountché stadium with the support of its partners including the UNDP and the Peace building fund (PBF). Several sports and cultural activities were on the program.

NORTHERN STATES OF NIGERIA

The Network of Peace Journalists in Northern Nigeria has mobilised over 100,000 Citizens and Journalists to mark the 2022 World Peace Day through creative initiatives in Nigeria. Ahead of the 21st September 2022 event, the Network under Interfaith Mediation Center Kaduna and Mercy Corp said it’s doing this through Social media and other broadcast stations on the need to boost the ‘Christian and Muslims relationship’ across the 19 Northern States of Nigeria. The media organisation also has plans to take Peace campaigns to schools, communities, markets and football view centres. “We are going to use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to educate youths on the role of promoting peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance among different faith base organisations.”

NIGERIA, ABUJA, ECOWAS

Dr Omar Touray who is the President of the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS), has made an open call for some more stakeholders’ collaboration which would be geared towards the promotion of peace, equality and the process of ending racism as well. The president made the call at an occasion which had been marking the World Peace Day and the launching of a documentary on the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework, (ECPF), at the ECOWAS commission, yesterday in Abuja.

NIGERIA, ABUJA, NATIONAL DEFENSE COLLEGE

The National Secondary Schools Security Awareness Programme was organised by the Alumni Association of the National Defence College (AANDEC) on Wednesday in Abuja. The programme was in collaboration with Office of the National Security Adviser, NDC and Ufuk Dialogue to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace.. . . .The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 15 secondary schools comprising nine public and six private schools in FCT were selected for the programme. A student each from the schools made presentation on peace during the event.

NIGERIA, ABUJA, SUSO

Speak Up, Stand Out (SUSO) Project Nigeria on Friday called for support for youths to be drivers  of the implementation process of the Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda in the country. Mr Rafiu Lawal, a SUSO activist, made the call at a news conference to commemorate the International Day of Peace with the theme “End Racism, Build Peace” in Abuja.

NIGERIA, ANAMBRA STATE

The 2022 World Peace Day Celebration took place Friday September 23 at the United Nations Peace and Positive Living Awareness Center with culture of peace awareness, peace awards, appointments, investitures and paper presentations.

NIGERIA, BENIN CITY

Faculty of Peace Organisation will be hosting its Annual World Peace Day conference on the 21st of September, 2022 and it will be held in Benin City, Edo State.

NIGERIA, CALABAR

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has stressed the need for politicians to eschew all forms of hate speeches and violence ahead of the 2023 general elections. Mr Samuel Fadeyi, the Cross River Commandant of the corps, gave the advice on Wednesday in Calabar during a peace walk to commemorate the 2022 International Day of Peace.

NIGERIA, CROSS RIVER

Cross Riverians have been urged to conduct themselves peacefully before, during, and after the forthcoming general election. The State Technical Committee of the Vote Not Fight, Election No Be War campaign made the call during a press briefing to mark the 2022 International Peace Day. (with video)

NIGERIA, DUTSE

NSCDC state commandant, Musa Alhaji Malah led the officers and men of the command to a peace walk across the streets of Dutse, the Jigawa State capital in commemoration of the International Peace Day, 2022.

NIGERIA, EFFURUN

A humanitarian-driven non-governmental organisation, Shadrack Agediga Foundation, SAF, on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, joined the rest of the world to mark the ‘International Day of Peace’. . . . The celebration took place at Canewood Hotel, Effurun, Delta state with a lecture delivered by Professor Andy Atare Otite. He spoke on the theme: End Ethnic Intolerance And Build Peace.

NIGERIA, EGBEDA

THE National Association of Seadogs, NAS, also known as Pyrates Confraternity, has called for an end to racism and ethnocentrism. The Cap’n of Hawkins Deck in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, Mr Shola Ajayi, made the call during a roundtable discourse to mark the 2022 International Day of Peace.

NIGERIA, KADUNA STATE

As the International Day of Peace is celebrated worldwide, Kaduna state Governor Malam Nasiru El-Rufa’i has advocated for the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections. He made the call at an event organised by the Kaduna state peace commission to commemorate the 2022 international day of peace in Kaduna.

NIGERIA, LAGOS

ORGANIZATION: Peace Mindset Ambassadors. FOCUS: Intl Peace Day, Racial Justice. ACTION DETAILS: Building a community of peacemakers- Bringing people from different spheres of influence to create a culture of Peace.

NIGERIA, OYO STATE

The Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Tuesday, marked the International Day of Peace in all the Local Government Areas in the state.
The event took place in schools and marketplaces to sensitise citizens on the importance of embracing peace, as well as tolerating one another in society, for sustainable development and to move the nation forward.

NIGERIA, PLATEAU STATE

Community and religious leaders in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State have agreed to live in peace and harmony, eschew all forms of bitterness and rancour, and push for the advancement of the state and the nation in general. The leaders made the pledge when the Christian Rural Development Associations (CRUDAN) commemorated the International Day for Peace. . . . Highlights of the event were songs presentation, drama, and short display by Christian and Muslim leaders to emphasise the significance of peace in the world.

NIGERIA, SANGO-OTA

Dr. Kelicha Ochonogor, has urged Nigerians to shun discrimination and embrace peaceful co-existence. She made this call to commemorate the 2022 International World Peace Day, held at Covenant University Sango-Ota, Ogun State. . . . Ochonogor unveiled her new book, “United Nations partnership with God”. . . . She stated that the book was published to project harmony and partnership amongst people.

NIGERIA, TARABA STATE

 The Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly, Professor Joseph Albasu Kunini has reiterated the importance of peace, stating that it is an inevitable part of every society and no nation, no matter how great, can progress without peace. Kunin,i said this on Tuesday in a message to mark this year’s International Day of Peace.

NIGERIA UYO

It was a gathering of great minds from all walks of life earlier today at Onyema Ugochukwu Auditorium, Town Campus University of Uyo, Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital as great scholars assembled to mark this year’s world peace day. In his opening address, the President of Peace International Interdisciplinary Research Institute (PIIRI) said that the 2022nd International Peace Day Conference was organized to  provide a premier interdisciplinary platform for participants to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, concerns, practical challenges and recommend solutions for adoption in the field of Global Peace and Security for sustainable development of a better society and the world at large.

REUNION, LA LIGUE DES DROITS DE L’HOMME

This Tuesday, September 21, 2022, the League of Human Rights in Reunion mobilized against racism and discrimination. A total of ten people were present. This year, the theme of this day is to “end racism”. (with video)

REUNION, CHAMPS FLEURI

In a press release, the Réunionnais Movement for Peace, the Human Rights League, the Réunion-Palestine Solidarity Association and the Chagos-Réunion Solidarity Committee invite all those who wish to come together and take action. to speak, this Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 5.30 p.m., at the Human Rights Square, in Champ Fleuri.

REUNION, MAHÉ DE LABOURDONNAIS

This September 21, the day of peace is celebrated around the world. For this event, students from the 5th Kahlo carried out this work. We therefore invite you to view this video in the hope that peace spreads around you.

RWANDA

Speaker of Parliament Donatille Mukabalisa has urged youth to stand up and fight hate speech and Genocide ideology in the quest to build sustainable peace and unity. She was speaking at a youth parliamentary dialogue organised by the Ministry of National Unity and Civic Engagements (MINUBUMWE) working together with Never Again Rwanda (NAR) and partners. The dialogue was organised in line with the celebration of the International Day of Peace which is observed every year on September 21. It brought together over 500 participants including youths from different districts, parliamentarians, peacebuilding actors, policymakers, and development partners to discuss strategies and approaches to uphold unity as they tackle hate speech in different forms as a hindrance to Rwandan unity.

SIERRA LEONE

As Sierra Leone joins the world in commemorating the International Day of Peace yesterday 21st September, 2022, the country’s two main political parties,the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and the main opposition All People’s Congress (APC) have committed to upholding peace. His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio expressed his government’s commitment to peace, citing the Bintumani-III Conference as one which was inclusive and provided the opportunity for citizens and stakeholders to voice their frustration about the failure of governments to fulfil the recommendations of the 2004 Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report.

SOUTH AFRICA, CAPETOWN

At the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) celebrated the eighth anniversary of the September 18th HWPL World Peace Summit. Building a Culture of Peace as Global Citizens was the event’s theme. . . . The occasion began with a speech of congratulations from Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe, chair of the City of Cape Town’s Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security, who stated that the city is dedicated to creating peace and a society free from ongoing fear and anxiety.

SOUTH SUDAN, JUBA

In South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation and a place where the quest for sustainable peace is very much ongoing, International Peace Day, that special day to reiterate the wish for global harmony to rein supreme between and within countries, is likely to mean more than in most other locations. An indication of that significance could be found at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre in the capital: Most everyone with a say in the future of South Sudan was present. A list of them would include First Vice President Riek Machar and numerous other senior government officials, diplomats, a myriad of international entities, national civil society organizations, representatives for women and youth, and, most importantly, ordinary citizens craving that elusive peace more than most.

SOUTH SUDAN, COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

The South Sudan Council of Churches joined South Sudan in celebrating the day with the THEME “End Ethnic Discrimination; Build Peace in Diversity.” . . . Eighty participants from different sectors graced the International Day of Peace celebrations at ECS guest house, i.e., church, youth peace ambassadors, women peace committee, women link, partners, and church leader Rev. Canon Emmanuel Nattania.

TANZANIA, ZANZIBAR

ORGANIZATION: Zanzibar Peace, Truth & Transparency Association (ZPTTA NGO) – NUMBER OF PLANNED ACTIONS: 4

TOGO, WANEP

As part of the International Day of Peace, celebrated every September 21, 2022, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-TOGO), with the help of its financial partner UNDP-Togo, is organizing a series of community dialogues from the 21 to September 23 in 6 municipalities in the Savannah and Maritime regions. On the program, actions to raise awareness of the values and foundations of peace; distribution of kits to 23 groups of young people and women; radio broadcasts and transmission of advocacy topics to local authorities.

TOGO, LOMÉ, CNDH

As part of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) organized on September 21, 2022 at the Maison des Jeunes d’Amandahomé in Lomé, an awareness-raising meeting on aimed at young people from the Gulf and AgoèNyivé prefectures. The meeting focused on the theme: “Contribution of young people to the consolidation of peace”. It was organized in partnership with the National Youth Council (CNJ),

TOGO, LOMÉ, DEBATE

The Ministry of Grassroots Development, Youth and Youth Employment organized, on Wednesday September 21 in Lomé, a conference-debate with youth leaders around the theme “Strengthening social cohesion to build peace”. It is part of the activities of the International Day of Peace observed every September 21st. 

UGANDA, KAMPALA

Prospective City of Peace in Kampala during the International Peace Day celebrations.

UGANDA, LIRA CITY

ORGANIZATION: Facilitation for Integrated Community Rural Development – FOCUS: Intl Peace Day – ACTION DETAILS: Peace Marching campaigns in Lira City, Uganda

WESTERN SAHARA, UN MISSION

On 21 September, MINURSO celebrated the International Day of Peace under this year theme: “End Racism, Build Peace”. MINURSO personnel at the Mission HQ in Laayoune, Tindouf Liaison Office and the Teams Sites west and east of the berm commemorated the Day raising the UN flag. A military parade was held at MINURSO HQ in the presence of the SRSG Alexander Ivanko alongside the senior officers as well as MINURSO civilian and military personnel. SRSG read the Secretary-General’s message on the occasion, recalling particularly that “peace is a noble and necessary pursuit, and the only practical pathway to a better, fairer world for all people.”

Arab and Middle Eastern States: International Day of Peace

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The following 28 events in 15 Arab and Middle Eastern countries were listed in Google during the week of September 17-28 this year under the key words “International day of peace” “peace day”, “journee internationale de la paix” and اليوم الدولي للسلام .

About 18 events 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


Meeting of the League of Arab States on the International Day of Peace

ALGERIA

Today, Wednesday, on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, the National Council for Human Rights affirmed that Algeria had several initiatives in this regard.

BAHRAIN

On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, Her Excellency Mrs. Fawzia bint Abdullah Zainal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, affirmed that the Kingdom of Bahrain is a symbol of coexistence and openness and an example to follow in peace between different religions and sects, thanks to the wise visions and wise leadership of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

BAHRAIN, ABDUL RAHMAN KANOO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL 

Abdul Rahman Kanoo International School (ARKIS) celebrates International Day of Peace also known as Peace Day, which is observed worldwide each year on September 21. . . . Under the direction of Mrs. Abeer Mahmood (Events & Activates Coordinator), 18 classes from Preschool supported the peace day celebrations and each class was given a large cardboard picture of a dove and were given the opportunity to stick a green leaf to paper, understanding the importance of the day. As a separate event, an olive tree was fitted to the garden at the Schools Main Gate, as a symbol and reminder to all students, parents, and stakeholders of peace and friendship.

BAHRAIN SCHOOLS

The schools of the Kingdom of Bahrain celebrated the International Day of Peace, which falls on the twenty-first of September each year.
The events focused on benefiting from the activities of the “School Enhancing Citizenship and Human Rights” project, which it implements The Ministry of Education for several years, with the aim of promoting the values of peace, tolerance, coexistence and dialogue in the school community . In an example of these efforts, 550 students and 58 administrators and teachers at Al-Qadisiyah Primary School for Girls participated in several Activities that varied between storytelling, coloring, crafts and educational games, with the participation of all school departments.

BAHRAIN, ISA TOWN

In order to enhance the concept of peace, the Al-Amal Institute for Special Education of the Child and Maternity Welfare Association held a simple celebration on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, which included a chant about peace prepared by Professor Batoul Abdel Rahim and implemented by the students of the Institute.

EGYPT, CAIRO

Arab Parliament Speaker Adel Abdulrahman Al Asoomi marked the International Day of Peace, celebrated annually on September 21. The Speaker stressed the importance of spreading peace and the culture of coexistence, especially in light of the conflicts and humanitarian crises around the world. Al Asoomi called for unifying Arab efforts in tackling violence and hatred.

EGYPT, DAMIETTA UNIVERSITY

Under the patronage of Prof. Dr. El-Sayed Mohamed Daadour – President of the University and under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Wael Farouk Al-Taibani – Vice President for Education and Student Affairs, the UNESCO Club, in cooperation with the General Administration for Student Welfare, organized today, Wednesday, 9/21/2022, the celebration activities of the day The International Peace Conference on the University Campus, in the presence of Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kamel Khalil, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Dr. Ahmed Al-Zaki, Head of the Department of Fundamentals of Education at the Faculty of Education, Coordinator of the UNESCO Club, and a number of faculty members and university students.

EGYPT, SHARM EL-SHEIKH

Sharm El-Sheikh hotels celebrated today, Wednesday, the International Day of Peace . . . A group of hotel staff, led by Sherine El-Hawary, assistant manager and training officer at the hotel, gathered, raising some slogans calling for peace, and taking a group of memorial photos at the peace icon. The icon, located in the Peace Square in Sharm El Sheikh, is the tallest peace icon in the world . . . The icon design is in the form of black granite clusters bearing lotus leaves topped by eight wings inspired by the wings of the god “Ra”, the sun god, among the ancient Egyptians. Above it is the pigeon carrying an olive branch as a symbol of peace, and the eight wings indicate the main directions, North, East, South, West, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Northwest.

ISESCO

The International Day of Peace comes this year under the
 slogan: “Ending racism.. and building peace.” The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) seizes this occasion to call for mobilization and solidarity, to meet the challenges of peace and security , which impede social development and human capital building around the world, with an estimated economic impact of approximately 10.5% of global GDP. In an effort to achieve a tangible qualitative leap, ISESCO launched its Leadership Training Program for Peace and Security, which in its first edition enabled the training of 30 young men and women who became ambassadors of peace, while 50 others from 45 countries will benefit from the training in its second Edition. ISESCO, in cooperation with the International University of Rabat in the Kingdom of Morocco, launched the program for integrating ISESCO’s “360 Degrees for Peace” approach into academia.

IRAQ

As the world celebrates the “International Day of Peace”, a number of Iraqi women activists and a human rights center are taking advantage of this day, to reveal discrimination against women at work, as well as the pressures and difficulties they face in their various activities, amid calls to stop “arbitrary practices” against them, which amounted to killing and displacement. . . . In this regard, the head of the Iraq Center for Human Rights, Ali Al-Abadi, explains to Shafaq News Agency, “Women have started resorting to civil activities due to the lack of justice in their rights, and despite the Iraqi and international laws’ emphasis on gender equality, but many aspects of life are still monopolized by men, or unequal pay, as The tribal institution, especially the southern one, underestimates women’s rights.”

JORDAN, ASSEMBLY OF THE PEOPLES OF EURASIA

On September 21, 2022, the Assembly of the Peoples of Eurasia held a reception in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, approved by the UN General Assembly. The event was attended by prominent public and scientific figures, senators, members of Parliament, representatives of international organizations, state and non-state structures of Jordan. . . . The culmination of the evening was the charity ceremony “Peace Bell” for strengthening peace and mutual understanding between countries and peoples, which was accompanied by a video recording of the musical composition “Stork on the Roof” performed by Yaroslav Degtyareva and Valentina Biryukova.

JORDAN, AMMAN

 The participants in the conference “The Holistic Transformation Towards a Green Feminist Economy” unanimously agreed on the importance of empowering women and enhancing social, economic and psychological security; To achieve a green feminist economy in its holistic form.
The Minister of Culture, Haifa Al-Najjar, who sponsored the opening ceremony of the conference organized by the Feminist Economy Foundation and the “Think Project” yesterday evening, at the “W” Hotel in Amman, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, said that she came to the conference not as a minister, but because of her absolute belief as a partner and a person who believes in a project. Think of all humanity and world peace.

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LEAGUE OF ARAB STATES

The statement of the General Secretariat of the League of Arab
States on the International Day of Peace . . . .  On this day, the League of Arab States affirmed, through joint regional efforts, the commitment to exert more effort and support joint Arab action, which would activate the participation of all parties in efforts to build and sustain peace without exclusion or discrimination. As well as emphasizing the importance of exerting more effort to support the peace process, unity and reconciliation, spreading a culture of non-violence in all circles, and working for a world free of racism and discrimination.

LEBANON, UNIFIL

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) held on 21 September 2022 a ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace at its headquarters in Naqoura, South Lebanon. Peacekeepers representing the current 48 troop-contributing countries in UNIFIL were joined at the event by representatives of the local authorities, religious leaders, Lebanese armed and security forces and members of the international community.

LIBYA, BENGHAZI

The Permanent Peace Foundation, in partnership with Vision Research, Training & Consultancies and Barah Culture & Arts, celebrates the International Day of Peace, which falls on September 21 of each year. At five in the evening at the headquarters of «Brah for Culture and Arts» in Benghazi.The celebration includes many cultural and artistic activities and a dialogue session for speakers who have experienced peace, according to “ Facebook ” .

OMAN, SALALAH

Participants in the first Omani Cultural Forum, which concluded in the Omani city of Salalah today, Wednesday, affirmed that “the Gulf states represent a global model for peace and coexistence among peoples, as it includes dozens of nationalities living in peace and brotherhood on one land.”  The conference was held over two days under the slogan (Oman, Love and Peace), in the presence of a crowd of people interested in culture and peace from various Arab countries, coinciding with the International Day of Peace, which falls on September 21 each year.  

QATAR, DOHA

Wijdan Cultural Center of the Ministry of Culture celebrated today the International Day of Peace, which falls on the Sept. 21 every year, which this year adopts the theme “End racism. Build Peace,” through organizing an event in which researcher Yasser Al-Gharbawi, head of the Research and Studies Department at the Center, delivered a speech, which was broadcast on the center’s social media platforms. . . . Wijdan’s head of the Research and Studies Department said that this global occasion is an opportunity to promote a culture of peace.

SAUDI ARABIA, RIYADH, MUSLIM WORLD LEAGUE

In conjunction with the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, which falls on September 21 of each year, the Muslim World League, with the participation of the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly and a high-level delegation from the Kingdom of Sweden, celebrated the inauguration of the famous symbol of peace; “The Knotted Pistol”, at the sub-headquarters of the Muslim World League in Riyadh, which has become a global icon that started from the United Nations headquarters, bypassing the framework of its first idea in New York, where the United Nations installed a model of the knotted pistol for its global connotation calling for peace and rejection of violence.

SOMALIA, MOGADISHU

Today, Wednesday, Somali Deputy Prime Minister, Saleh Ahmed Jameh, inaugurated an event to celebrate the International Day of Peace, organized by the Ministry of Interior, Federalism and Reconciliation in Mogadishu, under the title: “Together to Promote Peace and Reject Racial Discrimination.” This came with the participation of the Minister of Interior, Federalism and Reconciliation, His Excellency Ahmed Moallem Faki, his deputy, Mr. Abdul Hakim Ashkar, the United Nations envoy to Somalia, Mr. James Swan, and the ambassadors of a number of concerned brotherly and friendly countries to Somalia, in addition to representatives of regional governments and the Banadir Governorate administration. civil society organizations, and the Women’s Union.

SUDAN, DARFUR

To mark the International Day of Peace, ten youth peace advocates from Darfur met with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Volker Perthes, and his Deputy, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Khardiata Lô N’Diaye. . . . The discussion covered a wide array of subjects including the impact of the continued political crisis on the escalation of violence across Sudan, and gaps in the implementation of the Juba Peace Agreement and the National Plan for the Protection of Civilian. Participants also stressed the need for a comprehensive approach to peacebuilding and the importance of empowering women and youth as peace advocates.

SUDAN, KADUGLI

On Wednesday, the women of Southern Kordofan marched from Freedom Square in Kadugli to the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Government of Southern Kordofan on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. The women participating in the procession handed a memorandum to the Deputy Governor of Southern Kordofan, Al-Rasheed Attia, which contained 16 demands, including speeding up the formation of a civilian democratic government, involving women and not tolerating violence against them, in addition to activating the role of the police in protecting women and appointing policewomen.

SUDAN, KHARTOUM

On the International Day of Peace, the director of the General Administration for Women at the Ministry of Social Development, Mrs. Suad Dishol, said, “We celebrate this great occasion and take a moment to reflect on it and slowly read the slogan of this year’s celebration, to see between these phrases the state of our country and the pain that squeezes the hearts of millions of those who have been stung by the fire of racism.” The hateful and the distortion it caused in the relations of the various groups and tribes and torn apart their entities that were known for tolerance and living in peace.

SYRIA

Video: Peace Day, Syrian youth sing for peace and harmony.

SYRIA, WOMEN’S COUNCIL

The United Nations General Assembly declared the International Day of Peace in 1981 in order to celebrate and promote the ideal of peace among all nations and peoples. Two decades later, the General Assembly set September 21 as the date to celebrate the occasion annually. On this occasion, the Women’s Council in North and East Syria and the Human Rights Organization in Al Jazeera prepared a lecture entitled Women and Peace. (with photos of poster and meeting).

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, DUBAI

The International Peace Day Celebration, by the Council for Universal Peace, which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is held at Sheikh Rashid Tower World Trade Centre, Dubai. The summit was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Obaid Suhail Al Maktoum and was presided over by Khaled Al Maeena, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Addressing the summit, His Highness Sheik Obaid Suhail Al Maktoum said, “It’s the right time to work together for Global Peace and Bond beyond boundaries.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, SHARJAH

The Department of Social Services in Sharjah organized community events and activities on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. . . Maryam Ibrahim Al-Zarouni, happiness specialist and social educator in the department, said that the occasion receives the attention of many institutions and authorities in the country, because of its importance in instilling the concept of peace and love in the hearts of members of society, and raising their awareness of its importance, in order to spread peace and tolerance among peoples.

YEMEN

Tomorrow Thursday evening, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the Nidaa Organization for Coexistence and Construction will hold a symposium entitled Peace Challenges in Yemen, via the virtual space ZOOM, in cooperation with the SAM Organization for Rights and Freedoms. 

YEMEN, ADEN

“Southern Women Group for Peace”, on the International Day of Peace, reaffirms its firm position and its call to all parties to the conflict to sit at the dialogue table under the supervision of the international efforts and for regional and international bodies to play their desired role and firm positions towards stopping the war that has drained human energies, resources and national wealth of Yemen . . . . A group of southerners for peace, on this International Day of Peace, renews its demands that southern women occupy their rightful place in all negotiations calling for peace, based on resolution (1325) issued by the UN Security Council.

Statement of Moscow Helsinki Group

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An article from Moscow Helsinki Group (google translation)

On the International Day of Peace, Russia took another step towards the escalation of the armed conflict in the center of Europe

An attempt, under any pretext, to unilaterally redraw internationally recognized borders and annex the territories of another state is a gross violation of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Accords and leads to increased isolation and worsening attitudes towards Russia and its citizens around the world.


If before February 24, decision makers could still have some illusions about the attitude of Ukrainian citizens to the policies and actions of the Russian authorities or about the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities, now it is clear that the vast majority of Ukrainians support their government and ready to make sacrifices for the sake of preserving the independence and territorial integrity of their country. This means that the continuation, and even more so the escalation of hostilities will lead to more and more casualties on all sides and to new war crimes. We must stop before it’s too late!

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We are convinced that the minimum necessary actions of Russia in the current situation should be an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of troops to positions as of February 23 with guarantees of asylum and citizenship for supporters of Russian policy wishing to enter Russia, the immediate exchange of all available prisoners and the bodies of the dead. We are confident that all controversial issues can be resolved at the negotiating table with much greater efficiency than involving even more people on both sides in an armed confrontation – in order to save lives and protect human rights, regardless of citizenship and views. 

We also remind you that, despite the tightening of Russian legislation, it still protects the right of citizens to refuse to participate in hostilities with weapons in their hands for reasons of conscience and belief, including through the institution of alternative civilian service. Those people whose beliefs are contrary to the performance of service in the current conditions should loudly and unequivocally declare this, saving their lives and dignity and other people and bringing peace closer. Human rights organizations are ready to assist in this, defending the freedom of conscience and the right to refuse to participate in the war. 

Board of the Moscow Helsinki Group

Peace Agenda for Ukraine and the World

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Statement of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, adopted at the meeting on International Day of Peace 21 September 2022 and published by World Beyond War
Video of statement

Condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine, the UN General Assembly called for an immediate peaceful resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized that parties to the conflict must respect human rights and international humanitarian law. We share this position.

Current policies of war until absolute victory and contempt for criticism of human rights defenders is unacceptable and must be changed. What is needed is a ceasefire, peace talks and serious work to correct the tragic mistakes made on both sides of the conflict. Prolongation of the war has catastrophic, deadly consequences, and continues to destroy the welfare of society and environment not only in Ukraine, but throughout the world. Sooner or later, parties will sit at the negotiating table, if not after their reasonable decision, then under the pressure of unbearable suffering and weakening, the last better to be avoided by choosing the diplomatic path.

It is wrong to take the side of any of the warring armies, it is necessary to stand on the side of peace and justice. Self-defense can and should be carried out by non-violent and unarmed methods. Any brutal government is illegitimate, and nothing justifies the oppression of people and bloodshed for the illusory goals of total control or conquest of territories.

No one can evade responsibility for his own misdoings by claiming to be a victim of misdoings of others. Wrong and even criminal behavior of any party cannot justify creation of a myth about an enemy with whom it is allegedly impossible to negotiate and who must be destroyed at any cost, including self-destruction. A desire for peace is a natural need of every person, and its expression cannot justify a false association with a mythical enemy.

Human right to conscientious objection to military service in Ukraine was not guaranteed according to international standards even in peacetime, not to mention the current conditions of martial law. The state shamefully avoided for decades and now continues to avoid any serious response to the relevant suggestions of the UN Human Rights Committee and public protests. Although the state cannot derogate this right even in time of war or other public emergency, as says the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the army in Ukraine refuses to respect the universally recognized right to conscientious objection to military service, denying even to replace coercive military service by mobilization with an alternative non-military service according to the direct prescription of the Constitution of Ukraine. Such scandalous disrespect to human rights should have no place under the rule of law.

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The state and society must put an end to the despotism and legal nihilism of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, manifested in policies of harassment and criminal punishment for refusal to be engaged in war effort and the forced turn of civilians into soldiers, due to which civilians cannot move freely within the country nor go abroad, even if they have vital needs to rescue from danger, to obtain an education, to find means for living, professional and creative self-realization, etc.

Governments and civil societies of the world appeared to be helpless before the scourge of war, drawn into the funnel of conflict between Ukraine and Russia and wider enmity between NATO countries, Russia and China. Even the threat of destruction of all life on the planet by nuclear weapons had not put an end to the mad arms race, and the budget of the UN, the main institution of peace on Earth, is only 3 billion dollars, while global military expenditures are hundreds of times larger and have exceeded a wild amount of 2 trillion dollars. Due to their inclination to organize mass bloodshed and coerce people to kill, nation states have proven to be incapable of non-violent democratic governance and the performance of their basic functions of protecting life and freedom of people.

In our view, the escalation of armed conflicts in Ukraine and the world are caused by the fact that the existing economic, political and legal systems, education, culture, civil society, mass media, public figures, leaders, scientists, experts, professionals, parents, teachers, medics, thinkers, creative and religious actors are not fully perform their duties of strengthening the norms and values of a non-violent way of life, as envisages the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, adopted by the UN General Assembly. Evidences of the neglected peace-building duties are the archaic and dangerous practices which must be ended: military patriotic upbringing, compulsory military service, lack of systematic public peace education, propaganda of war in the mass media, support of war by NGOs, reluctance of some human rights defenders to advocate consistently for the full realization of human rights to peace and to conscientious objection to military service. We remind stakeholders of their peace-building duties and will steadfastly insist on compliance with these duties.

We see as goals of our peace movement and all peace movements of the world to uphold human right to refuse to kill, to stop the war in Ukraine and all wars in the world, and to ensure sustainable peace and development for all the people of the planet. To achieve these goals, we will tell the truth about the evil and deception of war, learn and teach practical knowledge about peaceful life without violence or with its minimization, and we will help to the needy, especially those affected by wars and unjust coercion to support army or participation in war.

War is a crime against humanity, therefore, we are determined not to support any kind of war and to strive for the removal of all causes of war.

Several Hundred Detained as Russians Protest Mobilization

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An article from Moscow Times

Several hundred people have been detained across Russia on Wednesday as rallies against a military mobilization declared by President Vladimir Putin for the war in Ukraine took place in areas from the Far East to the capital Moscow.


Wednesday’s protest against mobilization in Ulan-Ude (t.me/Baikal_People)

According to the independent OVD-Info police monitor, at least 1,386 protesters have been detained  nationwide so far with at least half of the count recorded in the capital Moscow.

It added that a majority of those detained were women.

Police in Moscow reportedly handed some detainees summons to the military enlistment office regardless of their experience.

The Vesna opposition movement as well as supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on Russians nationwide to take to the streets on Wednesday evening to oppose the Kremlin’s decision to bolster its forces in Ukraine with a “partial” mobilization. 

The first protests took place across cities in Siberia and the Far East, where dozens were arrested, often just minutes after the rallies began, according to local reports.

Small groups of protesters gathered in Ulan-Ude, the capital of the republic of Buryatia; Yakutsk, the capital of the republic of Sakha; and the Far East cities of Khabarovsk and Irkutsk.

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Protesters in Ulan-Ude were seen carrying handwritten signs reading “No war! No mobilization!” and “Our husbands, fathers and brothers don’t want to kill other husbands and fathers.”

In the Siberian city of Tomsk, a female protester carrying a sign reading “Hug me if you are also scared” was among the 15 people detained shortly after the start of the protest, according  to local Telegram news channel Ulitsa Barkhatnaya.

In Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city, video published  to social media showed a protester shouting “I don’t want to die for Putin or for you!”

Protests then took place across the cities in Russia’s Volga-Ural region. At least 45 people were detained in the region’s largest city Yekaterinburg, while dozens others were arrested in Perm, Chelyabinsk and Ufa, the capital of the republic of Bashkortostan, according  to OVD-Info. 

In the capital Moscow, several hundred people gathered on the central Stary Arbat street amid heavy police presence. Protesters could be seen chanting “No war!” “Send Putin to the trenches!” and “Let our children live!” in videos published to social media. 

In St. Petersburg, protesters who gathered near the central St. Isaac’s Square were quickly encircled by police, according to videos  from the scene. But others continued  to march through the city center. 

Rallies also took place in the city of Arkhangelsk in the Far North, the southern city of Krasnodar, the Baltic exclave Kaliningrad and others.

In Kazan, the capital of the republic of Tatarstan, a small group of female protesters marched through central streets chanting “Peace to the world. No to mobilization!” after the initial rally was dispersed.

A total of 300,000 Russian reservists are expected to be called up for military service during the campaign, according to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. 

But the mobilization efforts could be more far-reaching given the vague wording of the mobilization decree, according  to human rights lawyer Pavel Chikov, who has been helping Russian soldiers opposed to the war.

Russia: Pop Diva Alla Pugacheva Comes Out Against the War

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An article from Moscow Times

Alla Pugacheva, Russia’s most beloved pop singer, posted on Sunday on her Instagram account an appeal to the Russian Ministry of Justice asking to be named a “foreign agent” in solidarity with her husband, comedian Maxim Galkin.


TV host Maxim Galkin and singer Alla Pugacheva on Sept. 8, 2021

“Please include me in the ranks of foreign agents of my beloved country,” her text read, “since I am in solidarity with my husband — an honest, decent and sincere man, a true and incorruptible patriot of Russia who wants his Homeland to flourish in peace, with freedom of speech, and wants an end to our boys dying for illusory goals, which has turned our country into a pariah state and made life a burden for our citizens.”

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Pugacheva, Galkin and their children left for Israel. Galkin spent the summer touring in Israel and Europe with stand-up comedy shows that were highly critical of the war and Russian leaders. He performed sold-out shows in Jurmala, Latvia, where the family traditionally spend their summers.

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In August, Pugacheva returned to Russia and was quoted in the Russian state press saying that she’d come back “to put things in order, in my head and in your head.” State media also wrote that she planned to send her children to school on Sept. 1.

Galkin was declared a foreign agent on Sept. 16.

Pugacheva joins a now long list of Russian rock and pop musicians speaking out against the war, including DDT frontman Yuri Shevchuk; Andrei Makarevich (Mashina vremeni), Boris Grebenshchikov (Aquarium); Oxxxymiron (Miron Fedorov); Svetlana Loboda; and Noize MC (Ivan Alexeev). (See articles in CPNN on March 22 and March 12.)

The Kremlin on Monday declined to comment on Pugacheva’s statement.

(Editor’s note: The importance of Alla Pugacheva is explained by Sergey Aleksashenko in his blog Behind the Iron Curtain.)

“Pugacheva is an iconic figure for the 50+ generation—i.e., the main base of support for Putin, his policies, and the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, the singer has almost 3.5 million followers on Instagram, which speaks to her popularity and authority with a younger audience.

“I think the Kremlin made a grave mistake when it attacked Pugacheva by declaring her husband, Maxim Galkin, a foreign agent. It is no secret that until then, Pugacheva had openly taken an anti-war stance but at the same time did not make such outspoken statements. If Pugacheva decides to continue the public discussion about the senselessness of the war, the Kremlin should prepare for an uphill battle.”

Vietnam shares importance of promoting culture of peace at UN forum

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An article from the Vietnam News Agency

(Editor’s note: As of this writing on September 9, there is no general article available on the United Nations High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace that took place on September 6. Instead, here is the press release of the Vietnam News Agency followed by links to all of the available published statements by the General Assembly President and various UN member states, all from Asia and the Middle East.)

Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), stressed the importance of the culture of peace and non-violence in the world while attending the UN General Assembly’s high-level forum on culture of peace on September 6.


General Assembly President Abdullah Shahid

As a country that went through wars to protect its independence and sovereignty, Vietnam specially cherishes the value of peace and stability, Giang stated, adding in that context, generations of Vietnamese people have made efforts to build the foundation for peace, through promoting friendship, harmony and mutual understanding among nations.

Vietnam always promotes the settlement of conflicts and disputes by peaceful means, without the threat or use of force, and by complying and implementing international law.

The diplomat emphasised the need for the international community to support efforts to build and maintain peace, while respecting the responsibility, independence and mastery of countries in accordance with the UN Chapter and international law.

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President of the UNGA Abdullah Shahid said that the COVID-19 pandemic and long-lasting conflicts in many areas of the world have worsened discrimination and intolerance, and complicated instability and poverty.

Abdullah Shahid and speakers at the forum emphasised the importance of efforts to promote the building and maintenance of lasting peace, address the root causes of conflicts, and promote the building of harmonious and inclusive societies, in which no one is left behind.

Many of them recognised the role and contributions of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, calling for increased assurance of resources for efforts to build and maintain peace.

A culture of peace is given a very comprehensive definition in the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, which was adopted by the General Assembly, in September 1999. It is defined as “a set of values, attitudes, modes of behavior and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes to solve problems through dialogue and negotiation among individuals, groups and nations”./.

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Statement by the President of the UN General Assembly

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