Europe: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

The following 96 events in 27 European countries were listed in “Google News” during the week of September 21-28 under the key words “International day of peace”, “journée internationale de la paix”, “dia internacional de paz” and “dia internacional da paz”. In addition, this includes many events listed on the following websites:
“>Global Feast for Peace,
“>Peace Wave,
UN event map for the International Day of Peace.
Campaign Nonviolence
– and the twinning project “I want peace”.
No doubt there were many events listed on the Internet in national languages other than those for which we searched; this can be seen from the map where events were much more clustered on the left where national languages are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Here are excerpts from the articles originally published in French on the Internet (translations by CPNN):

MOUSCRON, BELGIUM : A colorful and symbolic exhibition of children’s art for peace was inaugurated on Wednesday, the eve of the International Day of Peace, in the reception hall of the Administrative Center of Mouscron

FRANCE, over 50 cities : On the occasion of the International Day of Peace promoted by the United Nations and on the initiative of Mouvement de la Paix and its associatied trade union and institutional partners, including L’Humanité many meetings are scheduled in over fifty cities [capitalized with links for those with with Internet articles]. In the Alpes de Haute-Provence in Manosque; in the Hautes-Alpes at Laragne-Montéglin, GAP and La Roche-des-Arnauds; in Ardèche to Tournon-Tain; in the Ardennes in Charleville-Mézières, in Bouches-du-Rhône in MARSEILLE and Aubagne; in the Calvados at Caen and Arromanches; in Correze; in Haute-Garonne in Toulouse; in the Hérault at Juvignac; in Ille-et-Vilaine in RENNES; in Isère at Saint-Martin-d’Hères; in the Lot at Cahors; in the Morbihan at Hennebont and Lanester; in the Nièvre; in the Pyrenees-Orientales in Alenya; in Saône-et-Loire at LE CREUSOT; in Savoie in Chambéry; in Paris ; in the Yvelines at Achères, CARRIÈRES-SOUS-POISSY and POISSY; in the Tarn at Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Damiatte, Gaillac, Saint-Benoît-de-Carmaux, Senouillac; in the Hauts-de-Seine at Nanterre and Malakoff; in Seine-Saint-Denis in Tremblay-en-France, Saint-Ouen, Saint-Denis, Bagnolet, Stains, Montreuil, Aubervilliers, Blanc-Mesnil, Bobigny and Villetaneuse; in the Val-de-Marne in Villejuif, Boissy-Saint-Léger and Vitry-sur-Seine.

In addition to the preceding list, internet information is available for marches and other initiatives associated with the Mouvement de la Paix in the following cities in France:


AMBOISE, FRANCE : Two paintings were unveiled yesterday morning in the courtyard of the Paul-Louis-Courier school in Amboise, as part of the International Day of Peace organized by the United Nations. These drawings were made last June by the three classes that participated in the action proposed by the local InnerWheel club, which, like every year, relays this international day by establishing a partnership with a school in the city.

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, FRANCE : Photo of gathering around the Ginkgo biloba tree for the International Day of Peace.

CHAMPIGNY, FRANCE : This Thursday, the new collective Campinois pour la Paix invites everyone to participate in a projection-debate around the film “The bomb and us”, within the framework of the International Day of the Peace.

DIEPPE, FRANCE : In order to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21, the municipality of Dieppe has invited young and old to share in the forecourt of the town hall to draw a dove with colored chalk. “This is the 9th time that the city of Dieppe has participated in the demonstrations in favor of peace,” explains Yves Bégos, Dieppe city councilor.

EMBRUN, FRANCE : Videos, music, choir on the theme of peace

LILLE, FRANCE : Gathering for the “International Day for Peace” organized by AFPS 59/62, Northern Palestinian Community, LDH, MRAP, CSP59, Collective Africa, Communist Coordination, Movement of Young Communists, Tourcoing Gaza Solidarity peace and the call of the AFD 59/62 joined by MRAP, LDH, MJC, Collectif Afrique, … more than fifty people demonstrated this Wednesday 20/09 from the Gd Place to the Prefecture of Lille for the liberation of Salah. Portraits of Salah and Marwan Barghouti were hung on the “balcony” of the North Theater, denouncing the links of the French State with the colonial state and demanding the immediate release of Salah Hamouri. More than a dozen of our Palestinian friends were present.

LONGCHAMP, FRANCE : The Longchamp Ceramics and Crafts School in its own way appropriated the International Day of Peace by making students think and create works of art. This first initiative for the establishment will perhaps lead to the creation of a charitable association.

OUISTREHAM RIVA-BELLA, FRANCE : On September 21st, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the Maison de l’Europe de l’Eure – Center Europe Direct is organizing the Citizen Dialogue “Let’s talk about Europe in the Normandy region: Europe, Peace … Really ?”.

PEYRIAC-MINERVOIS, FRANCE : Festival of Peace, in Peyriac-Minervois, sunday, september 24, 2017, Foyer of Campagnes

SAINT JULIEN MONTDENIS, FRANCE : Shared picnic and festive afternoon to celebrate International Day of Peace

UNIEUX, FRANCE : Concert – Chorale, International Day of Peace, 21/09/2017 at 20h00, Théâtre Le Quarto, Organized by the Town Hall of Unieux

SAILLON, SWITZERLAND : In order to create a public event and support this UN initiative, several spiritual associations of the Valais have decided to organize a meditation at a symbolic place: the vinyard of Farinet. It is open to any belief or spiritual practice, welcome on September 18, 2016 from 2.30 pm.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND : Location: Palais des Nations. Building on the success of the four previous editions, the Geneva Peace Talks will be held for the 5th time on September 21, 2017. Organized under the theme “Building bridges”, the purpose of the Geneva Peace Talks is to promote the end of closed to work together to generate common solutions and understanding in times when uncertainty has become the new standard. By telling us their stories, speakers will share their experiences and ideas, inspiring and discussing the role that each and every one of us can play in building bridges.

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Here now are excerpts from articles published on the Internet originally in English:

ZENICA, BOSNIA-HERZOGOVINA : As part of planning for the International Day of Peace set to take place on 21st September, 2017, GNRC–Bosnia and Herzegovina led by the Women’s Association for Interreligious Dialogue in Family and Society (Mosaic) working in partnership with the World Vision International, held an awareness workshop for women in Zenica.

STOCKHOLM , SWEDEN – In celebration of International Day of Peace today, Yogayama and Anna Gordh Humlesjö invite you to celebrate Yoga for Peace with us this Saturday, September 23rd. Practicing yoga alone might not end all conflict in the world but when practicing yoga and meditation and cultivating peace within ourselves we can hopefully, through our conscious actions, contribute to more peace in the world.

BINGLEY, UNITED KINGDOM – People from all cultures mark International Peace Day at Bankfield Mercure Hotel in Bingley.

CHESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM : At the Arches, Community Primary School, today, was the International Day of Peace. We talked about what peace means to us and where we go to get our 5 minutes of peace, just like Mrs Large. For peace in our classroom it is important that we respect each other. We talked about how we can respect each other. We decorated hands to show our promise to respect each other and learn together.

LONDON UNITED KINGDOM : Gala performance in partnership with Children of Peace and The International Peace Institute to celebrate the opening of ‘Oslo’ in the West End.

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Question for this article

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Here now are excerpts from articles published on the Internet originally in Spanish or Portuguese (translations by CPNN):

ALICANTE, SPAIN : Celebration of the International Day of Peace in the Maloca Workshop with Exhibition of Children’s Drawing Competition on Peace . . . Poems for Peace, Dance Perfomance for Peace, Photocall

CORDOBA, SPAIN : September 20 Mural painting in schools – September 21 Raising the flag of Peace in the Plaza San Martín. Lecture by the Secretary of Health. September 22 de septiembre Closing: Festival for love of life

EUSKADI, SPAIN : The Youth Council of Euskadi (EGK), in collaboration with the Bilbao City Council, will celebrate the #GazteokBizikidetzan event on Thursday, September 21, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, in which a group of young people from Euskadi will meet in the Plaza del Arriaga to discuss and reflect on coexistence.

PINTO, SPAIN : The City of Pinto celebrates this date with activities especially aimed at children and young people of the municipality. This includes the reading of a manifesto drafted by the Council of Children of Pinto which will highlight the defense of peace and various proposals to maintain it from the point of view of the children of the municipality.

MADRID, SPAIN : On Thursday, September 21, the Movement for Peace, MPDL, organizes a public event in the Plaza de Callao in Madrid at 7 pm to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

PAMPLONA, SPAIN : On the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated on September 21, the Government of Navarre has organized a recital of music and poetry at the Auditorio de Barañain on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., as a preamble to the event institutional event of the 22nd, in which Tudela will recognize the work of Federico Mayor Zaragoza in favor of a culture of peace.

ROME, ITALY : To celebrate the International Day of Peace, on Thursday (21), the Coliseum in Rome will receive 7,000 drawings made by students from more than 30 different countries. The exhibition is called “Colors of Peace” and its purpose is to share a future of peace and unity. It begins today (21) and will be available to the public until September 24. The drawings of the students will be hung in the grids that surround the monument, creating the concept of a great union through the paintings.

BELMONTE, PORTUGAL : An initiative of the Municipal Library of Belmonte, the International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 on Rua Pedro Álvares Cabral. All participants are urged to dress in white. After the march the participants will go to the mall where there will be many activities.

BRAGANÇA, PORTUGAL : 400 students from the Emídio Garcia School Group in Bragança marked the International Day of Peace in front of the Cathedral of Bragança. The children and elderly people participated through poetry and music allusive to the theme of peace. In the end they built a dove, the symbol par excellence of peace.

LINDA-A-VELHA, PORTUGAL : The Lourdes Norberto Municipal Auditorium hosted a 21 September International Peace Day. In the debate, the following spoke: Carlos Carvalho from the CPPC [Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation ] National Directorate, Amilcar Campos CPPC activist, Augusto Flor, President of the Portuguese Confederation of Recreation, Culture and Sport Collectivities, and Célia Portela from the Union of Lisbon Trade Unions / CGTP-IN, followed by a discussion with the participants. This was followed by a cultural act in which poetry was recited by Armando Caldas and Fernando Tavares Marques and a musical moment with the intervention of singer Batista.

MADEIRA, PORTUGAL : Today, the International Day of Peace calls for a a moment of reflection. In Madeira, a meditation will take place in the garden of Galeria dos Prazeres, starting at 7pm.

OLIVEIRA DO HOSPITAL, PORTUGAL : Three hundred children from the 1st CEB of the School Group of Oliveira do Hospital participated this Wednesday in a worldwide initiative, the International Labyrinth Marathon, to commemorate the International Day of Peace. It took place at Fiais da Beira in the replica of the Labyrinth of Chartres that is owned by the couple Lydus Kramer and Maaike Niemantsverdriet. As the children walked through the labyrinth, Graça Silva, a councilor of Education, welcomed those present for their participation in this worldwide movement that started here in the locality of Fiais da Beira.

RIO MAIOR, PORTUGAL : The city of Rio Maior was once again the stage of a series of initiatives aimed at marking the “International Day of Peace” including students of the various educational establishments of the city together drawing a symbol of human peace and an afternoon in which the musical animation was in charge of the School of Music.

SINTRA, PORTUGAL : Sintra’s Town Hall joins the celebrations of the International Day of Peace, with a symposium on the theme “Sintra as an example of communion between peoples and cultures”, on September 21 at 4:00 p.m., in the National Palace of Sintra.

In addition to the above events with pages on the Internet, there are a number of events in Europe listed on the event map for the International Day of Peace, including:

VILVOORDE, BELGIUM – Together with the local Flemish community, communities like the Congolese, Moroccan, Turkish and Spanish ones, share their culture with each other through food, artistic performances

TALLINN, ESTONIA – The Estonian Quakers are organizing a small public gathering to celebrate the UN Peace Day.

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA – 66 schools and kindergartens from Lithuania join the World’s events for the World Peace Day through meditation and Peace dance of the Earth.

MERSFOORT, NETHERLANDS – (Soul) Concert for World Peace.

OSLO, NORWAY – The students and families at Oslo Rock School join together to perform John Lennon’s Imagine.

PRAHOVA , ROMANIA – Peace drawings by an English class for peace day

SCORNICESTI, ROMANIA – Plant a tree for peace by Secondary School Gh..Popescu

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM – “Stand-Up For International Peace” and “Peace Day Comedy” at over 50 global comedy clubs with the goal of bringing much needed public awareness for Peace Day.

DUBLIN, IRELAND – “Stand-Up For International Peace” and “Peace Day Comedy” at over 50 global comedy clubs with the goal of bringing much needed public awareness for Peace Day.

Some European events are listed on the Peace Wave webpage of the International Peace Bureau:

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Aktiv mod Krig will prepare a Peace Boat Trip in the canals of Copenhagen on September 21sT

MUTLANGEN, GERMANY – On September 23rd there will be a meeting with about 60 people to commemorate 40 years of “Ohne Rüstung Leben” (Living without Arms).

BOLOGNA, ITALY – On 21 September inauguration of Senzatomica Exhibition at Pieve di Cento, near Bologna.

CASTIGLIONCELLO, ITALY – A high level conference organized by Pugwash and Union of Scientists for Disarmament, 21-22-23 September

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – CND groups and members will hold a local constituency lobby and make appointments to see their MPs Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd September to discuss supporting the UN treaty.

Many cities and communities are members of the International Peace Cities network and the following European cities are listed on the Global Feast Map as celebrating a feast to mark the International Day of Peace. They include:


Campaign Nonviolence lists European activities in:


Also there are many European entries for the International Day of Peace on the website of the twinning project “I want peace”. They include: