Celebration of the International Day of Peace around the world


A survey by CPNN

We found 182 events in 85 counties for the International Day of Peace listed in “Google News” during the week of September 17-24 under the key words for the International Day of Peace in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Ukrainian and Arabic. We may assume that that there were articles in other national languages that are not listed here. For details, click on one of the following seven regions listed after the map.

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As you can see from the preceding map, the events were rather evenly spread around the world. For maps by region and details about events, see the following.

From Canada and the United States there were articles about 38 events in 6 Canadian provinces and 30 US states in addition to over 600 actions organized by the Campaign Nonviolence.

From Africa there were articles about 16 events in 15 countries.

From the Arab states there were articles about 14 events in 11 countries.

From Asia there were articles about 22 events in 11 countries.

From Western Europe there were articles about 29 events in 8 countries.

From Russia and the Ukraine there were articles about 24 events.

From Latin America and the Caribbean there were articles about 39 events in 14 countries.

An analysis of the data is provided in this month’s CPNN bulletin.

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Question for this article

What has happened this year (2016) for the International Day of Peace?

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In addition to local and national events, there were major international mobilizations for the International Day of Peace.:

At the United Nations , the Secretary-General celebrated the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. Women Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the United Nations Messengers of Peace were invited to participate in the ceremony. And the United Nations Education Outreach Section hold a global student videoconference.

The African Union represented all of its countries in its campaign for “silencing of the guns” by 2020, while CEDEAO called for the women of West Africa to establish a durable peace in that region.

Choirs with a million singers around the world were said to have taken part in One Day One Choir to send a message of peace and unity on International Day of Peace.

Mayors and activists from around the world took part in an International Forum of ‘Mayors for Peace.