Ex-Soviet Countries: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

The following 141 events in 7 countries formerly part of the Soviet Union were listed in Google during the weeks of September 17-28 this year under the key words “Международный день мира”and “Міжнародний день миру”, as well as “International day of peace”. These include 61 events from Ukraine, 45 from the Russian Federation and 9 from regions disputed between Ukraine and Russia.

In addition to these, 16 events are listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but with one exception below that is new this year, there is no indication which took place this year and which took place only in previous years.

photo from Smenovtsky, Russia

Here are excerpts from the articles, translated into English.

* * * AZERBAIJAN * * *

BAKU: Employees of the Azerbaijan National Library named after M.F. Akhundzade have prepared a virtual exhibition “International Day of Peace”. According to AZERTAC , the virtual exhibition presents photographs, articles and books on the topic. Those wishing to view the virtual exhibition can use the link .

* * * BELARUS * * *

BARANAVICHY: On September 21, the world celebrates International Day of Peace . On this day, college students learned all about the history of this holiday and held the “Dove of Peace” event, where each participant could write wishes for friendship and peace on paper doves. The participants of the action collected a symbolic globe on which only peace and goodness live. (with many photos)

BOBRUISK: As part of the Peace Day, children born on September 21: Mikholap Alina, Tsyplakova Maria and Shishko Bogdan were presented with gifts from the Leninsky district organization of the city of Bobruisk of the public association “Belarusian Peace Foundation” and the Bobruisk city committee of the NGO “Belarusian Republican Youth Union”. The following performed at the festive lineup: the dance studio “Dance Laboratory”, Daria Bugaeva, Valeria Zayats and Yana Khamdamova – young specialists of our Center. The event ended with a friendly vote of all participants: “We are for peace and goodness on our Earth!” (with many photos)

BREST: On September 21, 2023, Polesie State University took part in the International Round Table “Gagarin, Space, Earth” , dedicated to the International Day of Peace. The organizer of the round table was the Volga Region Institute of Management named after P.A. Stolypin – branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Saratov, Russian Federation). The main speaker on the topic “Gagarin – Ambassador of Peace” was the head of the Saratov regional branch of the All-Russian public organization of solidarity and friendship with the Republic of Cuba “Russian Society for Friendship with Cuba”, head of the scientific and organizational department of the Institute, Ph.D. Oleg Yurievich Abakumov. (with many photos)

BYKHOV: On the occasion of Peace Day, the library of the Bykhov-1 microdistrict held an information hour “Peace in this world depends on us!” During the event, the children were told the history of this holiday, how it is celebrated in different countries of the world, about the symbol of peace – the image of a dove holding an olive branch in its beak, conflicts in the world today and much more. The children also became acquainted with the legend of the Japanese crane, which is associated with a little girl from Japan – Sadako Sasaki. At the end of the event, paper cranes and leaflets with the symbol of peace – a dove – were distributed to all those present as souvenirs. (with photos)

GOMEL CINEMA: As part of the events dedicated to the International Day of Peace, the “Doves of Peace” event was held at the “Mir” cinema for students of educational institutions in the Novobelitsky district. (with photos)

GOMEL FOUNDRY: On the International Day of Peace on September 21, activists of the factory “primary organization” of the Belarusian Republican Youth Union of the Gomel Foundry “CENTROLIT” prepared memorial cards for the organization’s employees with wishes of peace and goodness. (with photos)

GOMEL SCHOOL 27: Today is International Day of Peace. In Belarus, a Week of Peace and Creation was organized on this occasion. In the Gomel region, all schools in the world and peacekeeping units joined the marathon. In particular, school No. 27 of the regional center has been holding events, assemblies and flash mobs on the theme of mutual understanding, kindness and friendship between peoples since Monday. And the windows of the educational institution are decorated with children’s drawings. The Peace School organized an open week at the local museum: it talks about the activities of peacekeeping units and diplomatic relations with schools in other countries. Teachers and students from all over the region can visit the exhibition by agreement; excursions are held regularly. This week there is also a competition of poems and essays, a master class on making a dove, radio broadcasts, propaganda teams for first-graders, and lotteries. (with photos)

GOMEL KINDERGARTEN 18: An event dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held in our preschool institution State Educational Institution “Kindergarten No. 18 of Gomel”. . . The students learned where this holiday came from and became acquainted with the symbols of the holiday. The teachers had conversations about what peace on Earth means and how important it is maintain peace, what can each of us do for the sake of Peace and from childhood we must learn to live together, understand each other and take care of the fragile peace. The practical activity turned out to be no less interesting – the children made an appliqué of a dove (a symbol of peace), and it turned out great for them. (with photos)

GORKI: “The circle of the sun, the sky all around.” How students of Gorki Gymnasium No. 1 celebrated the International Day of Peace The event dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held with the participation of Kimmel Olga Andreevna, Chairman of the Goretsk district organization of the NGO “Belarusian Peace Foundation” (with many photos)

ILYICH VILLAGE: On September 21, at the parade ground of the Lyceum of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, a lyceum-wide ceremony was held, dedicated to the International Day of Peace and timed to coincide with the Year of Peace and Creation. The main theme of the event is “Action for Peace. . . . the floor was given to the guest of honor – the First Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Belarus, the head of the Russian House in Gomel, Natalya Aleksandrovna AVRALEVA, who congratulated everyone on the International Day of Peace and expressed her best wishes to the participants . . . The solemn ceremony ended with the final words of the head of the Lyceum of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Alexei Dashkevich. Alexey Georgievich congratulated everyone on the International Day of Peace and announced that teachers would conduct Peace Lessons. According to tradition, the ceremony was completed by the passage of personnel in a solemn march. (with many photos)

IVATSEVICHY: The ceremonial assembly dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held at the lyceum of the Ivatsevichi District. Guests of honor Svetlana Pototskaya, head of the education department of the Ivatsevichi district executive committee, Denis Pokalyuk, chairman of the Ivatsevichi branch of the Belarusian Party “White Russia”, Yana Shelest, assistant prosecutor of the Ivatsevichi district, Alexander Velikoselets, chairman of the Ivatsevichi district organization of the Belarusian Peace Fund, together with Lyceum students took part in the opening of the exhibition hall “Genocide. No statute of limitations.” (with photo)

KLIMOVICHI: Peace in the eyes of children: an action and open dialogue on the International Day of Peace was held in Klimovichi. On this day, employees of the children’s reader services department of the central district library, together with the children’s art school, held the “The World Begins with You” campaign for young readers. In the city park, the event participants were told the history of the holiday and how it is celebrated in different countries of the world. The children learned that the symbol of peace is a dove carrying an olive branch in its beak, and its author is the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Together with the children, librarians attached paper doves to the balloons. (with many photos)

LIDA: The International Day of Peace is celebrated annually on September 21. Today, thematic platforms were organized for Lida schoolchildren, where everyone could express themselves. A dance flash mob “For Peace and Kindness” took place at the Palace of Culture. With this event, students from educational institutions in the region wanted to show that they stand for maintaining peace in our country. Click here for the video

BELARUS STATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY : Information hour “International Day of Peace”. September 25, Dormitory No. 5. SSO room, 20:00. Responsible= Educators, SSO

MINSK GYMNASIUM 29: Today, on the International Day of Peace, students of the gymnasium in a solemn atmosphere joined the ranks of young Peacemakers. The gala event dedicated to the International Day of Peace was attended by the guest of honor – Leonovich Vitaly Vyacheslavovich, member of the public council of the Republican public association “Patriots of Belarus”. (with many photos)

MINSK SCHOOL 21: On September 21, at secondary school No. 21, an action dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held. Teachers, students and their parents congratulated each other on the holiday, took photographs and extended paper palms of peace and friendship.

MINSK SCHOOL 155: The capital’s schoolchildren also did not stay away from Peace Day. A gathering of creative children took place on the territory of secondary school No. 155. All of them are participants and winners of the essay competition “Prygazhosts – geta klasna!”, which was initiated by the Minsk branch of the Belarusian Peace Foundation. The guests of honor of the gathering – writers, doctors, representatives of the city administration – awarded the authors of the best works. There was also a master class on making peace symbols and a drawing competition on asphalt. There was an open-air museum “What happened – let’s not forget!” (with many photos)

MOLODECHNO: A rally dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held in Molodechno. The “From Generation to Generation” rally at the memorial complex in Victory Park brought together peacemakers of different generations who are not indifferent to the fate of their country. Representatives of local authorities, public associations and Peace Schools, and city residents took part in it. Deputy Chairman of the Molodechno District Executive Committee Alesya Lukovskaya addressed those present with a welcoming speech . . . Chairman of the Board of the Minsk regional branch of the Belarusian Peace Foundation NGO Oleg Matusevich noted that the Molodechno organization is the best in the Minsk region both in the number of events held and in their scale. . . . Peacekeepers from this gymnasium went on a bike ride to the places of military glory of the Molodechno region. (with many photos)

MOŬČADŹ: On the International Day of Peace, the action “We are for peace!” was held at the sanatorium boarding school, the kids drew pictures on the theme “How good it is to live under a peaceful sky,” each student tried to make their own bird of peace and take part in the action. The high school students discussed the relevance of the value of peace and the peaceful policy of our state. (with photo)

OSHMYANY: At secondary school No. 3, they decided to celebrate Peace Day in a special way. In the assembly hall, students gathered a lesson on legal knowledge, which was conducted by the head of the legal consultation of the Oshmyany district Svetlana Olenskaya, the head of the civil registry office of the Oshmyany district executive committee Inna Podielskaya, and the notary of the Oshmyany notary office Tatyana Lavtsel. . . . Both the adult and the child were given a paper white dove – a symbol of peace, which was then attached to planet Earth. Throughout the day, the “planet” was gradually filled with snow-white doves, which could not but rejoice. (with photos)

ROADTRAIN: In the Year of Peace and Creation, the Ministry of Education and the Republican Youth Center will hold the second season of the republican project “Road train”. Registration will last until September 8. Passengers of the train can be young people from 18 to 31 years old who are active participants in district, regional, and republican events in the field of education, culture, sports, science, and professional activities. Do good deeds, take care of others and share goodness with the whole country! The start of the project will take place on September 15 in the city of Gomel. The completion is planned to take place on September 21, the International Day of Peace, in the capital of Belarus. The main feature of the project will be visits to nursing homes, orphanages, maternity hospitals, animal shelters, where train participants will organize cultural, leisure, sports programs and master classes, as well as provide assistance in the improvement of socially significant facilities. In order to become a participant in the “Road Train #BelarusYouthCreation” project, you need to register , in the “about yourself” column, tell about yourself, your achievements and your abilities. (with logo of Road Train)

SLAVGOROD LIBRARIES: Events dedicated to the International Day of Peace were held in the district’s libraries:
Central Library at Secondary School No. 1 – thematic exhibition
Rzhavsk Branch Library – peace lesson
City Library – Branch 1 – drawing competition
Novoslobodsk Branch Library – information hour
(with photos)

SLAVGOROD SCHOOL: This morning at the first city school began with an event dedicated to the International Day of Peace. Schoolchildren read poems about peace . . . They expressed their solidarity with all peaceful people of the globe by releasing balloons with figures of white doves into the sky. (with many photos)

SLAVGOROD YOUTH: The youth of the Slavgorod region took part in a motor rally in support of peace and “digitized” the “Blue Spring.” (with many photos)

SMORGON: September 21 is International Day of Peace. The ARZAMAS Gymnasium together with the Smorgon Gymnasium took part in the action “We draw the world on the asphalt!” Students painted a picture about peace and friendship in the schoolyard. We received a photo from Arzamas, in defense of the project, the guys from the Smorgon gymnasium made a video with an original song. The author of the text is teacher of Russian language and literature E.A. Panferova, the music was composed by students of grade 9 “B”. Click here for video

TROTINSK: Every year on September 21, the international community celebrates the International Day of Peace. This Day was declared by the UN General Assembly as a day to strengthen the ideals of peace among all countries and peoples. On the eve of this date, a conversation “The White Crane – Messenger of Peace” was held at the Trostinsk Rural Library for primary school students. . During the event, the children heard the history of this holiday, how it is celebrated in different countries of the world, about the symbol of peace – the image of a dove holding an olive branch in its beak, conflicts in the world today and much more. At the end, the librarian and the children held a master class on making a white crane using the origami technique. (with photos)

VITEBSK: September 21 is International Day of Peace! Today the college held an event dedicated to Peace Day, as well as the year of peace and creation. Students and teachers today came to college with doves – a symbol of peace. They also expressed their opinion about what the word “peace” means for each of them. (with many photos)

VOLOZHIN MUSEUM: On September 21, 2023, an information hour dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held in the museum for 4th grade students of secondary school No. 1 in Valozhin. This holiday was established by the UN to preserve world peace. The children learned about the history of the holiday, its goals, and symbols. In the final part of the event, students drew a dove with an olive branch – the most recognizable symbol of peace on planet Earth. (with many photos)

VOLOZHIN SCHOOL 1: On this day, the Peace lesson “Peace on Earth is a guarantee of the future!” with the participation of a serviceman of military unit 30695 Oleg Nikolaevich Belov. The guest of the event introduced high school students to the history of the holiday, how important this day is, which has been proclaimed as a day of non-violence and ceasefire throughout the world, taking into account the current military-political situation. . . . The school held thematic information hours, and an exhibition of drawings by primary school students “We Need Peace!” was created. The guys also attended an event at the Regional Museum of Local Lore. (with many photos)

ZHABINKA: Today, September 19, secondary school No. 2 of the city of Zhabinka was solemnly awarded the honorary status of “School of Peace”. It became the 27th school in the world and the second in the Brest region (last year Staroselskaya Secondary School received this status). The date September 19 was not chosen by chance. As noted by the chairman of the board of the Brest regional branch of the public association “Belarusian Peace Foundation” Lydia Romanyuk, in Belarus Peace Day is celebrated every third Tuesday of September, and International Peace Day is celebrated on September 21. (with many photos)

* * * KAZAKHSTAN * * *

OPEN SCHOOL: In September we celebrate Family Day, Mother’s Day, Day of Languages ​​of the People of Kazakhstan, International Day of Peace. Together with the UNESCO Associated Schools, we celebrated these dates in a special way – with an online festival of lullabies. The Open School magazine thanks Yulia Ilyinichna Kim, Executive Assistant to the National Coordinator of UNESCO Associated Schools in the Republic of Kazakhstan for supporting the idea and organizational assistance in implementing the project. Click here for video.

* * * KYRGYZSTAN * * *

BISHKEK: The concentration of “Peace and Conflict Study” of the Faculty of “Liberal Arts and Sciences” announces that you have the opportunity to partake in the first-ever Yntymak Week, a global event taking place right here in Bishkek on the occasion of the Global Peace Day. . . . AS A STUDENT, you may contribute to Yntymak Week by participating in Essay and Photo Contests. All students currently enrolled in universities, colleges, or other higher educational and special secondary educational institutions in Kyrgyzstan, regardless of their citizenship, are eligible to take part in the Essay Contest
In your essay, you have to address and reflect on the following questions:
● What does “peace” mean for you as an individual and a citizen of your country?
● How can you and your community contribute to peace building at local and national
● What do you think are the key drivers of sustainable peace in the world?
Three best essays will be selected and published online on the Yntymak Week website.
The winners will be notified by September 19, 2023, and invited to the Award Ceremony on the Closing Day of the Yntymak Week. A finalist of the essay contest will have an opportunity to start paid internship at one of the member organizations of the Peacebuilding Hub.

* * * MOLDOVA * * *

KISHINEV: MilleniuM Training and Development Institute. Dear friends and families, We are extremely happy to share with you moments from a wonderful International Peace Day, where families from Ukraine and Moldova spent a wonderful time together, making our world a little brighter. Children played together and created a soulful atmosphere and beautiful memories, and the volunteer chefs prepared delicious dishes for everyone with great love. Through good actions like this, we promote peace, friendship, understanding and unity among our communities. We thank everyone who participated and contributed to this special day. With lots of love MilleniuM team, EduJoc and Centrul de Tineret Buiucani. (with photos and video)

NIZHNYAYA ALBOTA: International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21. The holiday covers millions of people, many countries and regions, where various actions and events are held by public and youth organizations. On this occasion, the library of the village of Nizhnyaya Albota organized the competition “The World through the Eyes of a Child.” The competition is held among all library users aged 7 to 16 years. Participants must create original drawings in A4 format using colored pencils, gouache, felt-tip pens and other drawing tools. It is important that the works are signed by the author (name, surname and age) and are not plagiarized. Participants must submit their drawings by September 20th. The library believes that this competition will allow children and teenagers to express their vision of the world through art and emphasize the importance of preserving life without war and cooperation in modern society.

STATE PRISON: Sports events dedicated to the International Day of Peace were held among persons undergoing compulsory treatment for alcoholism in labor treatment centers of the State Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR),. . . . Women undergoing treatment for chronic alcoholism at the women’s section of the treatment center of the UMPiSR State Penitentiary Service of the Ministry of Justice of the PMR took part in a darts competition. . . . A friendly volleyball match was held at the men’s section . . .

Every year on September 21, the entire planet celebrates the International Day of Peace. The cartoon by Soviet artist Yuli Ganf was published in the Krokodil magazine in 1954. And now it’s time to get it out of storage again, because, alas, it is still relevant. (Web link withheld to protect Russian authors.)


ALTAI: On the eve of the celebration of Peace Day, workers of the Kuyagan rural House of Culture and the Tourak rural club held the “Dove of Peace” and “Messenger of Peace” campaigns. The action is aimed at nurturing patriotism, a sense of solidarity, involvement in the events taking place in the world and helps to unlock the creative potential of schoolchildren. At the events, children got acquainted with the history of the birth of the Dove of Peace symbol and with the life story of their peers (Samantha Smith, Sadako Sasaki and Vitya Cherevichkina) from different parts of the planet, who, unfortunately, are no longer alive today, and about their passionate desire to live in a world without wars on Earth. These are children who have remained in their childhood. They will never grow up. The evil committed in the world did not allow them to live on Earth. . . . At the Tourak school, club employees together with children held the “White Dove of Peace” event. Schoolchildren made pigeons using the origami technique and listened to heartfelt stories about their peers, whose names are immortalized forever. (with photos)

ARKHANGELSK: The “Dove of Peace” event was held at school No. 11 in Arkhangelsk on the eve of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated annually on September 21. Schoolchildren read poems, observed a minute of silence in memory of civilians: adults and children who died at the hands of terrorists in Donbass, and launched white doves symbolizing goodness, peace and good news. The event was organized by employees of the Patriot center. (with photo)

BAKAKOVO: Yesterday, September 21, was the International Day of Peace. A social event “Children for peace on earth!” was held at the kindergarten No. 24. The children had conversations about the history of the holiday and its meaning, listened to songs about peace and friendship: “Let there always be sunshine”, “Stork on the roof”, “Children of the Earth”, and the children also made the holiday emblem “Dove of Peace” in the form bracelets that pupils gave to passers-by and elderly people. (with photos)

BASHKORTOSTAN LIBRARIES: September 21 is the International Day of Peace. This holiday calls on all people to join forces to resist violence and aggression.
On September 20, in the rural library of the village of Petrovskoye, together with the children of the Fidgets club, they held a master class “Dove of Peace”. Guests of the event made white birds – doves – out of paper.
A thematic round table “We are together – this is our strength” took place in the Skvorchikhinsky rural library. The children drew pictures, wrote their warm wishes and put their “Letters of Happiness” in parcels that were collected by the whole village.
A Peace lesson was held at the Sairan village library. During the event, the librarian told those present about the history of this day. Afterwards, the guys cut out a figurine of the peace symbol “dove”.
“May there always be peace! “- under this name an information hour was held in the Yanurusovsky rural library, timed to coincide with World Peace Day. (with photos)

CHEBOKSARY SCHOOL NO. 61: In order to promote the formation of patriotism and citizenship in students on the eve of the International Day of Peace on September 12, 8E grade students spent their primary school years on a virtual trip to international organizations designed to strengthen peace (UN, OSCE, UNICEF, International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent). (with photos)

CHEBOKSARY COLLEGE: The chief librarian of CHETK, E. A. Makarova, prepared a library video lesson “International Day of Peace” dedicated to this event. From which you can learn about the history of the holiday, traditions and procedures for celebrating the International Day of Peace. Click here for video)

CHEBOKSARY MILITARY: In Russia, some security forces and officials used the International Day of Peace to promote war among schoolchildren, reports Arbat.media. On the eve of September 21, at school 31 in Cheboksary (the capital of the Republic of Chuvashia), employees of the Federal Penitentiary Service (Punishment Service) came to the ninth-graders and conducted a lesson in courage. To do this, people in uniform brought with them weapons, a gas mask and body armor.

ENGELS, SARATOV OBLAST: On the eve of the International Day of Peace, a number of events were held at the Engels boarding house. Residents took an active part in creating drawings that reflected a world without war and showed the friendship of all children on the planet, took part in thematic conversations, and also made small white doves out of paper with their own hands, on which they wrote the names of the heroes, and tied them to balloons, filled with helium. . . . Then, in a single impulse, those gathered released balloons into the sky to the legendary song of Isaac Dunaevsky “Fly, doves, fly.” (with many photos)

ILYACHEVSK, BASHKORTOSTAN: For the International Day of Peace, which was celebrated on September 21, the Ilyachevsk Rural Library held a campaign and creative hour “Dove of Peace”. (with many photos)

IZHEVSK: September 21 is International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly declared this day as a day dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace by observing 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire. The Harmony School of the city of Izhevsk took part in the “Ring of Peace, Memory and Joy” event dedicated to this day.

MONTESSORI SCHOOL EUREKA joined with other Montessori schools around the world to mark the International Day of Peace with song.

KIROV: Kirov Regional State Professional Educational Autonomous Institution “Yaran Technological College”. Students wrote what peace means to them. (with photos)

KIZLYAR, DAGESTAN: In School 11, activists of the First Movement organized a master class “The world is in our hands” in the school foyer. The children also distributed information booklets to school teachers and congratulated them on International Peace Day. In some classes of the school, a traditional class hour dedicated to Peace Day was held. Events dedicated to this date were also held in other schools in the city. (with a photo)

KRASNODAR: An open lecture dedicated to the celebration of the International Day of Peace was held at the Krasnodar Cooperative Institute of the Russian University of Cooperation. The lecture was prepared by Associate Professor of the Department of Law, Anna Petrakova for students of the Faculty of Law and Management. (with photos)

MARKS, SARATOV OBLAST: On the International Day of Peace, members of the YDP “Monolith” detachment with the leader, member of the Public Council at the Department of Internal Affairs, teacher of additional education of the Center “Growth Point” O. A. Galenko, together with the educational psychologist Youth Plus, A. Simakhina, held an event among students 5- 6 classes “Look how good the world you live in is!” Our main goal, noted O. A. Galenko, is to promote the formation in the younger generation of a respectful attitude towards each other and towards the entire world around us. (with photos)

MENZELINSKY DISTRICT: On September 21, a series of events dedicated to the International Day of Peace will take place in the rural houses of culture and rural clubs of the Menzelinsky district, which will allow you to reflect on what peace, kindness, mercy are – these are important concepts for absolutely everyone. The program includes: educational hour, action, drawing competition.

MOSCOW CENTER FOR CREATIVITY: We invite you to celebrate Peace Day with us. On September 19 at 17:00 we are waiting for everyone at the Structural Unit “Young Russia” at the address: Prospekt Mira, 43. At the festival you will be able to: take part in master classes, games of different nations and get acquainted with the culture of the peoples of the world and the “wider circle” event. (with poster)

MOSCOW – DIPLOMATIC ACADEMY: On September 21 at 16:30, as part of the activities of the Middle East Club of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BVK DA), a meeting dedicated to women of the Middle East will be held. On the International Day of Peace, the Club invites you to the event “Women Leaders of the Middle East: Their Contribution to Politics and Business,” dedicated to the achievements of the fair sex in the countries of the Middle East. The event program includes speeches by high-ranking guests from Arab states and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as a cultural part. The meeting will take place in the Assembly Hall of the Academy. (with poster)

MOSCOW – KOSINO-UKHTOMSKY DISTRICT: An educational meeting will be held in library No. 101, where children will be told about the International Day of Peace. The event will begin on September 23 at 15:00. Free admission. Children will be read poems and told about the Nobel Peace Prize and the history of the holiday.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD: Social Rehabilitation Center. On September 21, the International Day of Peace is celebrated annually, the symbol of which is the dove! This holiday calls on all people to join forces to resist violence and aggression! On this day, our students, together with their teachers, made crafts as part of the “Dove of Peace” event! (with photos)

NORKA: Norka rural library branch No. 14
Every year on September 21, the international community celebrates the International Day of Peace. The Norka Rural Library together with the Norka SDK will hold an event in which youth and children of the village of Norkino will take part. Those present will make white doves out of paper – birds of peace and goodness. During the work, they will talk about the history of the holiday and its significance for the population of the entire planet. After the event, guests of the event will distribute the “dove of peace” symbol to the village residents and keep the “dove of peace” symbol as a souvenir.

ORLYONOK, KRASNODAR: In the All-Russian Children’s Center “Orlyonok” there is a change of children’s public organizations and associations “Children’s Diplomacy of Friendship”. Its participants included 150 schoolchildren from ten regions of the country. The program is aimed at developing knowledge and skills in the field of communication, leadership, self-organization and teamwork. The key events of the project will be the Day of the RSDM “Movement of the First” and the International Day of Peace. (with many photos)

ORENBURG: The International Day of Peace is celebrated annually on September 21. In order to develop in young people a sense of personal responsibility and involvement in preserving the peace and traditions of the peoples of the multinational Orenburg region, the youth policy department of the Orenburg city administration is conducting the “Threads of Friendship” quest for students of educational organizations of higher and secondary vocational education on September 21, 2023 at 14:00. We invite a team of 10 people from your educational organization to take part in the event. Gathering and registration of participants from 13:30 at the address: Orenburg, Parkovy Ave., 6a (Perovsky Park).

ORLOV: Our college (Orlov-Vyatka Agricultural College”) held a peace lesson in which freshmen learned that the main goal of Peace Day is to achieve non-violence and a ceasefire, even if only for 24 hours. Advisor to the director for education of Darovskikh L.A. and history teacher Z.N. Sharapova emphasized the importance of this day and called on all people to join forces in the fight against violence and aggression. College volunteers conducted a master class on making a dove of peace and presented it symbolically to the residents of the city. (with photos)

PETROVSK: oday, September 21, is the International Day of Peace, which calls on all people to unite their efforts and resist violence and aggression. To this date, 6th grade students – pupils of the “Ecological Culture and Healthy Lifestyle” club of the “Growth Point” Center of School No. 1 dedicated a socially significant event.
At a meeting with primary school students, the children told them about the history and traditions of Peace Day, handed them postcards in the form of white doves, and asked the third graders to write on palm-shaped pieces of paper the words they would like to say to the people around them. Then the sixth graders organized a symbolic flash mob and launched blue balloons into the sky. (with photos)

PUSHCHINO: Pupils of the Pushchino gymnasium took part in the traditional Dove of Peace event, which takes place as a sign of support for peace on earth, as well as gratitude to veterans of the Great Patriotic War for giving us a peaceful sky. . . . Gymnasium students prepared paper doves and red balloons to participate in the event. (with photo)

REBRIKHA: On September 21, employees of the Rebrikha Central House of Culture held various events dedicated to the International Day of Peace on Revolution Square, in which more than 350 people took part. A drawing competition and a game program “May there always be peace!” were held for pupils of kindergartens “Smile”, “Swallow” and primary school students of the Rebrikha Secondary School. Also, for 2.5 hours, everyone was able to take part in the “Peace to the World!” campaign by signing their wishes on a paper dove and placing them on the “Dove of PEACE” themed banner. At the end of the festive program, a dance flash mob “A world without war!” took place, in which high school students from the Rebrikha Secondary School and students from the Rebrikha Lyceum of Vocational Education took part. (with many photos)

RYBNITSA: The International Day of Peace was celebrated in Rybnitsa. The ceremonial meeting took place at secondary school No. 6 with lyceum classes. . . . The schoolchildren wrote their wishes on paper doves. The figures were pasted onto the stand. And some of the white-winged messengers were released into the sky with balloons as a symbol of good intentions. And everyone has one wish, that the messengers of peace be able to fly to a place where there is no peace now. . . .
Also, in school number 11, a concert program dedicated to Peace Day was organized and conducted by workers of the Olympus cultural and leisure center. The program was intense. Dances, songs, miniatures, poems, instrumental solo performances. And all performed by young Rybnitsa residents. Creative performances were prepared by pupils of Rybnitsa kindergarten No. 10, a children’s art school, the Center for Children and Youth Creativity, and the Olympus leisure center. Click here for the video

ST PETERSBURG, VASILYEVSKY ISLAND: International Day of Peace will be held on Vasilyevsky Island. Every year, at the end of September, residents of the Vasileostrovsky district gather to celebrate Peace Day . Last year, the event was attended by more than 2,000 residents and guests of the island. This year the holiday has grown into the “Mir” Management Company Festival, which will delight city residents with its activities from September 23 to 24.
° Performances by creative groups: teenage and youth club “Leningradets”; contemporary creativity studio ALL Bright; beatboxing and music making schools CONNECT School; pantomime studio “WORD”; charitable public organization “Street of Peace”;
° master classes: on making fox masks from the school of speed reading IQ007; in piano playing from the current pianist of the Italian company MSC Natalia Anufrieva; for painting on a large canvas; and even playing the spoons;
° lectures: from the BioMax volunteer team, where 11th grade students will talk about first aid in various situations and show basic actions in practice; from the children’s programming school CYBERKIDS, where the topic “Child and gadgets: harm and benefit” will be discussed;
° excursions: “From the Church of the Annunciation to St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Two lines – three centuries”; “The Life and Work of Alexander Green”;
° chess tournament and simultaneous play session with international grandmaster Daniil Lvovich Linchevsky;
° graffiti festival

SARATOV: On September 21, the entire planet celebrates International Day of Peace. On this day, 2nd and 4th year students of the branch of the Engels Medical College of St. Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky) in Marx remembered the history of the holiday, significant events on planet Earth, shared their thoughts about what peace is, and first-year students with hope for peace wrote letters to the soldiers (the video can be viewed here.)

SAYANSK: September 21, 2023, within the framework of the Community Center, teachers from school No. 7 together with teachers from MDOU No. 36 “Smile” and the “Young Guard of United Russia” held the “Dove of Peace” campaign, in which schoolchildren and children from kindergarten took an active part in participation. To create a symbol of peace and goodness, volunteers of the Pulse detachment needed only paper, scissors and colored pencils. The birds made will go to the fighters in the special military operation zone. We hope that such warm news from home will give them strength and energy. ( with many photos)

SEMEYKINO VILLAGE: Today marks the International Day of Peace. This is a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. War brings grief and destruction. And this day is celebrated so that people think and stop all wars. Today, children from the 4th grade of the Semeykino educational complex No. 31 came to the library of the Semeykino village to take part in the “White Dove – a Symbol of Peace” event. After watching a thematic multimedia presentation, the children learned about the symbol of peace – the white dove. We also learned how to make a dove out of paper using the origami technique. At the end of the event, the children decorated the tree with their crafts, thereby confirming that they are for world peace. (with photos)

SMENOVTSY: On September 21, a holiday was held at the All-Russian Children’s Center “Smena” – the children solemnly celebrated the International Day of Peace. More than 1,000 children from 85 regions of Russia took part in thematic events. On the eve of the International Day of Peace, thematic events were held in Smena from September 18 to 20. At the “Peacemaking Workshop,” the children were given a master class on making paper doves of peace, which Smenovo members used to decorate the doors and windows of the Center. Participants in the cross-cutting educational module “Good in Smena” developed infographics with which they introduced their peers to the history of the holiday. And on September 21, Smena members immersed themselves in the theme of the day at the morning round dance of friendship. At the “Charge with Peace” event, the counselors told the children a legend about peace and tied a thread as a sign of unity. (with photo shown above)

SOLOVYOVKA: In Russia, some security forces and officials used the International Day of Peace to promote war among schoolchildren, reports Arbat.media . The Russian military visited schoolchildren in the village of Solovyovka in the Sakhalin region. The topic of the meeting was a story about the “Russian Peacekeeping Mission”.

SOROKINSKY DISTRICT, TYUMEN REGION: SOROKINSKAYA SECONDARY SCHOOL NO. 2. On September 21, the world celebrates International Day of Peace. An event dedicated to this holiday was held for 3rd grade students. The children read poems about peace and friendship, learned about the history of the International Day of Peace, and important world problems that need to be solved to maintain peace on Earth. (with photos)

STOLBOVSKY: The International Day of Peace. On this day, the “Dove of Peace” event was held at the Stolbovsky rural library. The children carefully held in their palms the symbol of peace on Earth – a white dove, thereby showing how fragile peace on the planet is. The world is in the hands of people and everyone must protect and preserve it. (with photos)

TETYUSHY, TATARSTAN: MBU “Center “Forpost” informs that today, as part of the implementation of the project “Creativity without Borders”, a creative event “Dove of Peace” dedicated to the International Day of Peace was held for young people with disabilities. . . . A specialist from the youth law enforcement movement “Forpost” began the event with a warm-up using a math tablet, then a master class was organized for the participants on making a souvenir with their own hands, symbolizing world peace.

UFA: On September 21, the world celebrates International Day of Peace. As part of developing children’s knowledge about this holiday, developing schoolchildren’s interest in the history and culture of Russia, as well as cultivating friendliness and desire in children to show creative initiative, the ability to live without conflicts, 7 “B” grade with their class teacher Tairova I.V. . visited the “Museum of Polar Explorers named after V.I. Albanov.” (with photos)

URUSSINSKY: On September 21, on the day of International Peace Day, a thematic lesson was held in the speech therapy group of Urussa kindergarten No. 4. The children were told the history of the holiday, explained the meaning of the word peace, and were introduced to the symbol of the holiday – the dove. To protect peace on Earth, children glued cut out palms. (with a photo)

USOLIE, SIBERIA: At the Central Children’s library young readers will learn the history of the holiday, the International Day of Peace, learn which bird is a symbol of peace, listen to poems, riddles, stories and a quiz about the International Day of Peace. At the end of the event, the children will draw a dove, a symbol of peaceful life.

VETLUZHSKY: Cultural and concert center. Thematic hour “International Day of Peace”. Master class “White Crane – Messenger of Peace”. Ignashova O.V., production designer of an exemplary theater.

VLADIKAVKAZ: For more than 10 years, from September 19 to 22, the Movement of Young Peacemakers of the Republic of North Ossetia-Asia has been holding an annual peacekeeping campaign “Peace Week” dedicated to the International Day of Peace. . . According to the established good tradition, young peacekeepers – students of the “Peace Schools” of Vladikavkaz, at the beginning of the “Peace Week”, laid flowers at the stele “Vladikavkaz – the city of military glory” and the memorial slab, under which lie cartridges with soil from all the hero cities and cities of military glory of Russia, and also paid tribute to the victims of the collapse of the Kolka glacier, and visited the Barbashovo Pole memorial. The 12th gathering of young peacekeepers took place in the assembly hall of the Veterans House on the International Day of Peace. After the anthems of Russia and the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania were performed, the flag of the Young Peacemakers Movement was brought into the hall. (with a photo)

VLADIVOSTOK: MBOU Secondary School No. 47. During the lesson for the International Day of Peace, students learned what needs to be done so as not to destroy peace on planet Earth. They became more familiar with such concepts as war, conflict, peace and friendship, kindness and mercy. Students also learned the history of the International Day of Peace and its symbolism. We listened to the song “Children Against War” and got acquainted with examples of children’s posters for the holiday. The symbol of this holiday was made from paper using the origami technique – the Paper Dove of Peace. We drew our own poster: “We are for peace.”

VOLGOGRAD: September 21 is International Day of Peace. The UN General Assembly declared this day as a day dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace by observing 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire. Every year the event is held by Lyceum No. 5 named after. Yu.A. Gagarin, Central district of Volgograd . The idea is very simple – ring the bell all together at the same time (12.00 Moscow time), notifying all residents that our planet needs peace. Schools that joined the action posted posts in the news feed of the school account along with text, photographs and videos.

YAKUTSK: Central Library System. September 21. International Day of Peace
14:00 Conversation – May there always be peace.
15:00 Conversation – Everyone needs peace

YEMVA: In Russia, some security forces and officials used the International Day of Peace to promote war among schoolchildren, reports Arbat.media .In the small town of Yemva (Komi Republic), third-graders guessed military songs and professions. The event was held under the title “The World We Need!”

YUGOVKA: The bright holiday on the International Day of Peace was held by the library named after A.K. Yugov together with the Kurgan regional branch of the international public foundation “Russian Peace Foundation”. This year, a patriotic concert was held for Kurgan schoolchildren in honor of Peace Day. It started with the Virtual Philharmonic. The performance of the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra with Karl Jenkins’ work “ Cantata Memoria ” was broadcast on the big screen of Yugovka. . . . Then the young artists of the theater group “Firebird” Elena Prosekova and Semyon Pechenkin, Arseny Prosekov, as well as Sofia Uzun and Ekaterina Romanchuk performed for the audience with piercing and touching numbers. . . Political scientist Vladimir Sablin told the festival guests about the importance of peace on our planet and how important it is to unite in difficult times . Representatives of the Kurgan branch of the Russian Writers’ Union Nikolai Anoshchenko, Nikolai Pokidyshev, Vitaly Nokhrin, Valery Melnikov read poems of their own composition with reflections on peace and the horrors of war. (with many photos)

ZHUKOV: The International Day of Peace. On this holiday, in the city library of the State Educational Institution “Vozrozhdenie”, librarian N. V. Zhdakaeva conducted a peace lesson “A world that everyone needs!” There were 25 children present. At the beginning of the lesson, the children got acquainted with the book exhibition “How beautiful this world is!” and gave a definition to the word “peace”. . . . The result of the event was the creation of the planet “Friendship”, on which white doves were placed with wishes for peace, happiness, love for every person, the absence of wars, suffering, worries, because every person on the planet has the right to peace. The guys showed themselves as true artists and made their dreams of peace on Earth come true. Our children already know well that war brings many troubles and misfortunes. They understand that everything can be fixed if every person is on the side of peace and goodness. (with many photos)

Question for this article

What has happened this year (2023) for the International Day of Peace?

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Photo from Zhmerynka, Ukraine

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On the International Day of Peace, Bilhorod-Dnistrian police officers held a thematic event with schoolchildren. In one of the educational institutions, senior juvenile prevention inspector Oksana Kvachuk and community police officer Maryna Bob together with the students made a symbol of peace – a dove, on which they wrote wishes for victory and happiness for all Ukrainians. The children symbolically pasted the birds on the map of Ukraine. During the event, police officers told about the history of the origin of the holiday and watched a thematic video with the children. The guests tied patriotic yellow and blue ribbons to each student and presented balls. “During the war, children grew up prematurely and began to think differently. Now, instead of new toys, they dream of victory, so that their relatives, who protect our country from the enemy, will return home as soon as possible,” – shared the impressions of juvenile police officer Oksana Kvachuk. Finally, the law enforcement officers reminded the children of the rules of safe behavior at home and at school, emphasized safety measures during the war, in particular during the “Airborne alarm” signal. Click here for video

BILHOROD LIBRARIES: International Day of Peace in the libraries of Belgorod-Dnistrovskyi. In particular, in the library on Peremogy Street, children drew on the asphalt on the theme: “We are for Freedom, we are for Peace!”. ,In the branch library named after M. Kropyvnytskyi’s book exhibition “Let there be peace from now on and forever!” is on display. During the day, the children and youth service department of the Public Library held: quiz “Peace through the eyes of children”, master class “Dove of peace”, campaign “White dove, you fly into the world, let there be peace in our Ukraine!” Also, patriotic videos devoted to the Day of Peace were broadcast in the Internet centers of the libraries of CU “PBBD”. (with many photos)

BILA TSERKVA: On September 21, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace. Pupils of Bilotserkiv secondary school-primary school No. 6 “Perspektiva” actively participated in these events. The smallest pupils, who recently became schoolchildren, took part in an incredible flash mob. The children sincerely thank the fearless and brave soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the opportunity to develop, study in spacious, comfortable classrooms, and walk the streets of our city. First-graders, whose parents protect our independence, performed a touching dance, putting their love, tenderness, and goodness into it. Small hearts united for a great cause! After all, the video of this touching flash mob will be sent to dads with the hope of VICTORY and return home. Click here for the video.

BROVARY LYCEUM NO. 11: With the aim of instilling in schoolchildren a sense of national dignity and revealing knowledge about the traditions and customs of the Ukrainian people, on September 21, 2023, on the International Day of Peace, pupils of the “Cossack Glory” and “Cossack Gart” groups held the “Dove of Peace” campaign . Eighth and ninth graders conducted the quiz “I know everything about Ukraine!” at recess. and for the correct answers to the questions they were awarded symbols of doves with wishes for peace, goodness and victory in Ukraine. (with photos)

BUCHA: Today, peace in Ukraine is not an abstract wish, it is a conscious goal, because the struggle for peaceful existence, for the right to live in one’s own state continues. And today every Ukrainian family felt the highest value of peace, which is the key to a happy life. On the occasion of Peace Day, Lyceum No. 5 held thematic events. The day began with a flash mob “The dove of peace flies to Ukraine”, which was prepared by students of grades 1-4. The book exhibition “Under a peaceful sky” is organized in the school library. During the day, the student self-government held the “Dove of Peace” campaign, during which the students of the lyceum expressed their wishes for peace and harmony. Class teachers spent hours of communication “Peace on earth – joy in the family!” (with many photos)

BUCHANSKA: Today’s Day of Peace was celebrated by pupils of the 2nd-A and 2nd-B primary school. We all long for peace, a peaceful sky, peace and tranquility on our land. Children should grow and develop in peace for happiness and goodness. We believe that our sincere wishes will bring peace to all of us. (with a photo)

CHERKASY COLLEGE: Korsun-Shevchenkivo Pedagogical Vocational College. For the International Day of Peace, a book exhibition “September 21 – International Day of Peace” was opened in the reading room of our college, where scientific, popular science, reference publications and articles from periodicals are presented, which consider the importance of maintaining peace for ensuring the sustainable progress of mankind. About the history of the Ukrainian people, their traditions and the military present. (with many photos)

CHERKASY SCHOOL 3:The students of our school also actively participated in the events dedicated to the International Day of Peace, activities took place in every class, not a single student or teacher remained indifferent. Postcards, three-dimensional – appliqués and hand-made doves of peace flowed from all classes of the elementary level of our school. For the parallel of the 1st grades, the class teachers conducted an interactive exercise with elements of a conversation about peace “Whatever our today, PEACE is our tomorrow…”, and also 1-B – colored the mega coloring page “We are for peace in the whole world”, 1 -A- drew pictures “We believe in our victory. We wish everyone peace.” 2nd graders made “Dove of Peace” appliqués, designed postcards “Children want victory! Children want peace!” and watched the video “International Day of Peace”. Children of the 3rd grade made their own paper doves, which united in a single circle to protect our Motherland from war. (with many photos)

CHERNIHIV YOUNG NATURALISTS: On the occasion of Peace Day, the thematic events “I choose Peace”, “I am for peace in Ukraine”, an hour of communication “Peace on earth – joy in the family”, master classes were held for students of education groups of the communal institution “Chernihiv Regional Station of Young Naturalists” from the production of the “Peace Dove”. (with a photo)

CHERIHIV SCHOOL 13: On the occasion of the International Day of Peace and the Liberation Day of Chernihiv, the students of school No. 13 produced a large number of doves, which symbolize world peace. Each pigeon carried a wish for a peaceful sky over our Motherland and an end to hostilities on the territory of Ukraine. They also made a collective drawing on the asphalt “Let there be peace!” The smiles on the children’s faces inspired hope that there will be no place for wars in Ukraine and throughout the world! (with many photos)

CHUMAKY, DONETSK: International Day of Peace at the Chumaky Lyceum. At a time when enemy missiles that bring death are flying over Ukrainian cities and villages, students of the 1st grade took part in the creation of the project “Children of Ukraine for world peace” to show how important peace, freedom, kindness and respect are. An educational hour and a master class “Making a dove of peace”. (with many photos)

Donetsk Youth Palace – Click here for video

DONETSK MEDICAL FACULTY: On September 21, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace. But September 21 in Ukraine is not peace, but 3,500 days of war and terrorist acts without any hint of peace. It is because of this that on September 21, 2023, the cultural and mass sector of the Medical Faculty No. 2 together with the social and humanitarian circle held a round table on the occasion of the International Day of Peace!
Very important issues were discussed at this meeting, namely:
Why does the world go to war from time to time?
Why can’t humanity live in peace?
Is the UN capable of maintaining peace?
(with photos)

DONETSK REFUGEES: Peace Day in Ukraine is celebrated on September 21. For almost ten years now, for Ukrainians, it is not peaceful, but in a struggle with Russia. All these years, Donetsk region has been the place where the hottest battles have been fought at the front. Now here, peaceful cities regularly come under Russian shelling. Residents of Donetsk region told us how they see peace for Ukraine and themselves now. (with a video of the interviews)




















Pereyaslav same but with fotos – https://proslav.info/pereyaslavski-shkolyari-vidznachyly-den-myru-patriotychnoyu-hodoyu-ta-fleshmobamy/


Pogrebyshche video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMfsIIWpp6Q



(note that word Moscow is a mis-translation in english text)




apparently under Ukraine control


under Ukraine control


TSERKVA: Confirming Ukraine’s commitment to the ideals of peace, in accordance with the Decree of the President of Ukraine since 2002, the Day of Peace has been established in Ukraine, which is celebrated annually on September 21 – the International Day of Peace. The students of the Bilotserki Professional College of Service and Design, like every conscious Ukrainian, dream of VICTORY, the earliest possible cessation of hostilities, the return of relatives, loved ones, friends, a peaceful sky above their heads, the healing of unbearable wounds in human hearts, and wish everyone peace in to everything – in families, in hearts and in our native Ukraine! Honoring the traditions of this important day, teachers and students of education filled the associative tree of Life with inscriptions, which in their opinion are associated with the word PEACE. And on the college playground, energetic girls arranged a dancing FLASHMOB and charged everyone with positivity. Happy Peace Day! Victory to Ukraine! (with photos)







September 21 – International Day of Peace. PS what a bitter irony, what a mockery this date looks like today. That’s all I can say without using obscene language. (Web link withheld to protect Russian author.)










Europe: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

We list here 297 events in 17 European countries that were listed this year in Google during the week of September 21-28 under the key words “International Day of Peace”, “Journée Internationale de la Paix”, “Dia Internacional de Paz”, “Dia Internacional da Paz”, “Internationaler Tag des Friedens”and “Giornata internazionale della pace” or were listed on the websites of International Cities of Peace Facebook and the website of the Collectif de 21 septembre.

In France, there were events in 53 departments, over half of all those in the country, and in Belgium there were events in 123 municipalities.

In addition to these, over 300 events are listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but, with the exception of 12 schools listed here that were new this year, there is no indication which took place this year and which took place only in previous years.

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

For events in European countries formerly part of the Soviet Union, click here.

Zaragoza, Spain

Here are excerpts from the articles.


ST. PÖLTEN: International Day of Peace. Visualizing the meaning of peace – that’s what the Erasmus+ project “Odyssey of Peace” was all about. Upper school students from the secondary school for applied arts in Sofia, the Elisabeth Selbert comprehensive school in Bonn, Bad Godersberg and the Eybnerstrasse student center in St. Pölten researched the concepts of peace, pacifism and civil commitment to social justice in a three-year project. . . . The diversity team of the city of St. Pölten encourages people to think about and think about social justice through their work and regular actions in public spaces.

VIENNA: On the occasion of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace tomorrow, September 21st, Rural Youth Austria invites you to a press conference and presents its Austria-wide focus topic for the next 3 years, projects that have already been implemented and planned: “Rural Youth – Next Generation: focused , motivated, future-oriented.” Young people are growing up in a time of multiple crises (pandemic, war, climatic changes). For rural youth it is clear that pointing out problems does not create solutions. With over 90,000 members throughout Austria, as the largest youth organization in rural areas, the Rural Youth has the power to revitalize rural regions and actively shape the future.


PEACE DAY WEBSITE: The United Nations proclaimed September 21 as the “International Day of Peace” to encourage all initiatives aimed at “promoting the ideals of peace”. On this occasion, we invite the cities and municipalities of Belgium to participate in this UN appeal by hoisting the flag of peace on the municipal building(s). This initiative is a campaign of the Belgian Coalition against nuclear weapons. Here is the list from the map of the 123 participating cities and municipalities in 2023: Aarschot – Amay – Anhée – Anthisnes – Anzegem – Awans – Assenede – Bassenge – Beersel – Begijnendijk – Berlare – Bever – Bocholt – Boechout – Borsbeek – Bouillon – Brakel – Bredene – Chievres – Chimay – Couvin – Damme – De Panne – Deerlijk – Deinze – Dessel – Diksmuide – Ecaussinnes – Engis – Erpe-Mere – Estaimpuis – Fleurus – Gavere – Geetbets – Genk – Gent – Gerpinnes – Haacht – Halle – Ham-sur-Heure-Nalinnes – Hamont-Achel – Hensies – Herk-de-Stad – Herne – Herstal – Herzele – Heusden-Zolder – Heuvelland – Holsbeek – Houffalize – Houthulst – Ieper – Ittre – Jodoigne – Juprelle – Kapelle-op-den-Bos – Kapellen – Kasterlee – Koekelare – Kontich – Kortessem – Kruisem – Kuurne – Laarne – Lanaken – Lede – Lennik – Leuven – Lierde – Lommel – Lummen – Maaseik – Manage – Marche-en-Famenne – Mechelen – Meerhout – Merelbeke – Meise – Messancy – Mettet – Moerbeke – Momignies – Mouscron – Nazareth – Nieuwerkerken – Nieuwpoort – Nivelles – Oostende – Oud-Turnhout – Peer – Peruwelz – Pittem – Plombières – Poperinge – Putte – Quaregnon – Raeren – Riemst – Rijkevorsel – Roeselare – Rouvroy – Ruiselede – Saint-Léger – Sambreville – Schelle – Sint-Lievens-Houtem – Sint-Niklaas – Soignies – Spa – Steenokkerzeel – Tessenderlo – Thuin – Tielt – Vilvoorde – Viroinval – Wachtebeke – Wanze – Wavre – Westerlo – Wichelen – Willebroek – Wingene – Wortegem-Petegem – Ypres – Zele – Zelzate – Zemst – Zulte


NICOSIA: The International Day of Peace Run 2023 is funded by the European Union, organized by UNDP in coordination with OSASG-Cyprus under the auspices of The Technical Committee on Culture with RUNITE and will take place in the old city of Nicosia. The run will consist of an 8km course, with the route passing through renowned landmark streets of Nicosia. The run will promote a culture of running and a healthier lifestyle while also underscoring the importance of common heritage sites in fostering peace and unity.


ACHERES 78): International Day of Peace. Exposition Climate and Peace. Expositions, Exchanges, Quiz. September 20 Maison des Jeunes, September 21 Multimedia Library

AJACCIO (2a): We in Corsica will gather on September 21 at 6 p.m. at Place Abbatucci in Ajaccio with PER A PACE and other island associations to form the human chain to demand peace again and again.

ALBI (81): In Albi this Saturday, September 23, 2023, a graphic and musical route will take shape from the kiosk and the statue of the bust of Jean Jaurès in the national garden to the Place du Vigan. Exhibitions of posters, posters, poetry, drawings, texts, leaflets, documents on the UN – and development objectives – on NATO, call for petitions for the TIAN (Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons) and against LPM (Military programming law) Repertoire of songs to share, social, struggle, pacifist, festive with Sylviane BLANQUART and a “Ephemeral Choir”, carried on the barrel organ, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. With the support of the unions UD-CGT, FSU Tarn, SOLIDAIRES Tarn.

ALENCON (61): On the occasion of the International Day of Peace which is celebrated on Thursday September 21, 2023, the local committee of the “Peace Movement” will hold an information stand installed on the Alençon market, Place de La Magdeleine. , between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

ANGERS (49): Let’s get together Thursday September 21, 2023 PLACE de la PAIX in Angers From 6 p.m. We hope to be numerous. To silence the weapons. The voices of peace must be the loudest! 4 ACG, Seeds of Citizens, Peace Movement

ANNECY (74): Rally for peace, 09/22/2023, 6:00 p.m., at the Annecy prefecture.

AUBERVILLIERS (93): The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative & Cities of World Music invite you to celebrate Peace Day.
2:30 p.m. • Round table. Attend a debate between experts on the theme “Peace and development: the keys to a better future? »
4:30 p.m. • Participatory dialogue. Take part in a time of constructive discussion on living together and maintaining social cohesion
6 p.m. • Forum theater. Become an actor in an interactive show orchestrated by the OMJA and Yes Akademia associations
8 p.m. • Concert ~ Gheilan. As part of the Palestine Connect project led by the French Institute of Jerusalem , in partnership with Arabesques , the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Rocher de Palmer. The Gheilan group is made up of three brothers whose mother is from the West Bank and his father from Jerusalem. They see music as a way to connect with themselves and others.

AUCH (32):
Mobilization for Peace Day. In this sense, in the department of Gers and more particularly in its capital, the peace movement, the association of mayors for peace and around ten Gers associations signatories of this action in favor of peace, call at a pacifist rally on Thursday September 21 at 6 p.m. at Place de la Libération in Auch.

AUDINCOURT (25): Fun and family-friendly, this annual event is linked to the International Day of Peace celebrated around the world. Thursday September 21 at Espace Japi
4:40 p.m. Musical time by the Francas, followed by a speech in front of the Tree of Peace on the media library esplanade
5 p.m. Fun workshops on the media library esplanade
7 p.m. “La lue” concert refreshment bar and on-site catering with the support of Audincourt’s charitable and cultural associations.

BANDOL (83): On the occasion of World Peace Day, inauguration of the “friendship bench” offered to the City by Kiwanis Bandol Sanary Sud Sainte Baume. This colorful bench, installed in the school yard, makes it possible to identify children who are in difficulty at school, to avoid all possible pressure in the yard, and to detect as quickly as possible children in distress, who tend to isolate themselves. Children who feel isolated can sit on this famous bench, as a cry for help. These comrades can thus join him to help him, to listen to him.
Location: Octave Maurel elementary school.

BEZIERS (34): Inter-union call from Béziers , rally for peace on Thursday, September 21, 6 p.m., Place David d’Angers, Beziers.

BLOIS (41): The FSU 41 joins the Peace movement of 41 and calls for participation in departmental initiatives for the International Day of Peace. In the department, these initiatives take place in two stages:
Thursday September 21 at 5:30 p.m. Carrefour de la Résistance in Blois for a rally and a campaign.
Sunday September 24, from 7:30 a.m., 41st Peace Walks. Several routes are possible. Departures from the Allées stadium in Blois.

BOLLENE (84): Henri-Boudon College joined forces with the International Day of Peace. Photo of 700 students and their teachers in formation of the peace sign.

BOURGES (18): Program for the International Day of Peace, September 21
5 p.m. Peace Circle
5:30 p.m. Convivial Drink
6 p.m. Concert by Laura Mauger, Place Gordaine

BRIVE (19) March for the climate organized on Friday September 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Arsonval high school in Brive by the Brive/Tulle branch of the national collective “Fridays For Future”.
Gathering on September 21: Brive at 10:30 a.m., in front of the Tree of Peace, Parc de la Guierle
on September 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the volunteer house, a press conference of the Corrèze collective against the SNU will be held in which you are invited to participate
on September 23 , we will have a stand at the party of the PCF section of Brive (in Perrières)

CAHORS (46): The FSU, the CGT, the peace movement and France Insoumise announce peace day on the town hall square at 5:30 p.m.Thursday in Cahors.

CANNES (06): The Alpes Maritimes Peace Movement is organizing a Rally “For Peace throughout the world” Thursday September 21 at 7 p.m. in Cannes , at the Music Kiosk (Allées de la Liberté). We must implement the United Nations Charter, the UN resolutions on the Culture of Peace and the Sustainable Development Goals. With the support of local organizations: MRAP 06, LDH 06, Libre Pensée 06, AFPS 06, CGT 06, FSU 06, PCF 06, FI Cannes…

° September 21: Workshops for peace. Poems, messages, songs, frescos, origami for children. Town Hall.
° September 23: Exposition on Nobel Peace Prize and selection of books for peace. Octoave-Mirbeau Library

MORNING : 11AM – GATHERING IN FRONT OF THE JEAN JAURES MUSEUM. Speeches by the Peace Movement / Paloma-81 Committee.
AFTERNOON : 5 P.M. – 9 P.M. MEETING AT CAFE JEAN JAURES, boulevard Georges Clémenceau. 5 p.m.-6 p.m. / Presentation of the Peace Movement then screening of a film: “Puppetry in Culture of Peace”.
Discussions on the eight areas of action of the Peace Movement, a popular education association.

CHAMBERY (73): International Day of Peace. In Chambéry , a march will take place on Friday September 22 . It will start at the Espace Pierre Cot, at the Quai des Allobroges. The appointment is given for 6 p.m. cOrganized in Savoie by AFPS, ASEP, Alternatives et Autogestion, Cap à Gauche, CGT, EELV, FSU 73, La France Insoumise, La Libre Pensée, Le Mouvement de la Paix, the French Communist Party, and the Socialist Party 73, this demonstration will be an opportunity to march “for peace, the climate, nuclear disarmament, social justice, living together”.

CLERMONT-FERRAND (63): Calling for peace, around a hundred people gathered in front of the Clermont-Ferrand prefecture this Thursday, September 21 around noon, at the call of the CGT departmental union of Puy-de-Dôme, on the occasion of the Day international peace.

DIJON (21): As part of the International Day of Peace, the Unesco club in Dijon under the patronage of the French National Commission for Unesco is organizing a conference: “La Paz: what to do now? ” Three speakers: a UNESCO personality, the mayor of Audincourt for the association of mayors for peace, lieutenant-colonel Etienne Royal for the Ministry of the Armed Forces.

GENNEVILLIERS (92): A delegation of four Ukrainians, including Mayor Yuriy Bova, will be in Gennevilliers from September 20 to 23 on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. A public meeting is organized on September 21 at 7 p.m. at the Nelson-Mandela space.

GIEN (45): Peace Day. “We shouldn’t be far from a record,” jokes a demonstrator. Not in the same sense as during the major mobilizations where we were even able to exceed the 1,000 people mark in Gien, notably in March. On this rainy morning of Thursday, September 21, a very small group of fourteen people were motivated to come to Place Jean-Jaurès, against the backdrop of Renaud’s “Hexagon” by the enclosure of the local CGT union. “14, A figure sufficient to “form a football team”, smiles Alain Denis, the deputy secretary, who however puts things into perspective: “Basically, it is a demonstration for peace and against war.”

GRENOBLE (38): Peace march and conference-debate 09/22/2023 6:00 p.m. Rue Félix Poulat, opposite St Louis Church. Everyone can come with the banner/panel of their choice. And play the music that seems most appropriate to him. Peace must be a celebration…

GRIGNY (91): The City of Grigny is proud to announce Peace Week – 2023 Edition! An event dedicated to the promotion of the universal values of peace, harmony and solidarity. This edition, organized by the municipal services, in partnership with Mots dits Mots lus, Unicef France, Union Local des Anciens Combattants de Grigny, Amin-Théâtre Le Tag, the Constellation, the Judo Club de Grigny, Révolution Artistique and Coup de pouce; aims to recall the importance of peace in a world often and still today troubled by conflicts and tensions.From September 18 to 26, Grigny will be transformed into a real sanctuary of the Culture of Peace, hosting various activities for all ages. From conferences on peaceful conflict resolution to artistic workshops promoting intercultural understanding, concerts and exhibitions, as well as the testimony of Ginette KOLINKA, Holocaust survivor; this week offers a range of opportunities to celebrate our common humanity. In view of the weather, the Lantern Evening and the Live Peace concert will take place at 8 p.m. at the Sidney Bechet Cultural Center this Thursday, September 21.

GUERET (23): As part of the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2023, the Creuse Committee of the Peace Movement is organizing a rally at 6 p.m. in front of the Guéret Town Hall, in partnership with Amnesty International, the CGT, La Courtine 17 , the FSU , and Freethought. The gathering will be followed by a play, “La Folie Macroton”, a comedy written and performed by Cécile Duval, from the Théâtre d’Or (Espace Artistique des Martinats), at 7:30 p.m. at the Quincaillerie digital in Guéret.

HARFLEUR (76): The municipal youth council proposes for the International Day of Peace 2023, in conjunction with 4 other CMJs of the agglomeration (Montivilliers, Octeville, Rouelles and Fontenay) to organize “A peace march” on Thursday September 21 after school. The 15 young people from the CMJ are having t-shirts personalized for the occasion but will wear their elected officials’ scarves. A little original touch that you can note even from home if you can’t come: upon departure, the church bells will ring, symbolizing the bell of Peace. Musical entertainment will accompany the march which will be secured by the Harfleur municipal police.

HENNEBONT (56): As part of the international days of peace and for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, the peace movement is organizing a rally this Saturday, September 23 in Hennebont. Meet at 4 pm, Peace Square in Kerbihan Park (near the Maison pour tous), at the call of the national collective “On the Move for Peace”. In Morbihan, the Peace Movement, AFPS, LSR, Free Thought, Cimade, Attac, CGT, FSU, Solidaires, PCF, UDB, and Nouvelle donne are mobilized. Musical interventions and entertainment provided by the Kig Ha Fanfarz brass band will punctuate the event. Then a “peace march” will set off between Square de la Paix and Place Foch at 5:30 pm, before a drink offered by Ville Salle Chevassu.

LARAGNE (05): Celebration of the International Day of Peace in partnership with the municipality of Laragne and in the presence of the Les Restoublons choir on Thursday September 21 at 6 p.m. in the Giono garden in Laragne Creative workshops in partnership with the MJC of Laragne on October 4 afternoon

LE CREUSOT (71): The collective for peace and the children of the Le Creusot leisure center joined forces to carry out symbolic actions on the eve of the International Day of Peace (September 21). This morning, they scattered painted pebbles in the heart of the city and in the Verrerie park. People who find them can send a photo to the Facebook account @villeducreusot. This afternoon, at the leisure area, around fifty balloons were released. The children positioned themselves in the shape of the word PEACE before launching their balloon. They had previously attached a message of peace intended for whoever found him.

LE HAVRE (76): Rally for peace, 09/21/2023, 5:00 p.m. Gathering at the call of around fifteen associations, trade union and political organizations.
Thursday, September 21 from 5:00 p.m. Avenue René Coty, in front of the “Le Printemps” store. Gathering with short interventions, testimonies (an Afghan, a Syrian, a Ukrainian, a friend from Goma) interspersed with music, songs, reading of poems…

LIBOURNE (33): September 21: planting of a Tree of Peace in the courtyard of a school, poems said by the children, singing, in the presence of parents, exhibition of “Peace, children’s words and drawings” which will be a support teaching during the school year.

LILLE (59): As part of the Peace Marches, we are demonstrating in Lille (59) at 2:30 p.m. Place de la République with the collective against police violence on September 23. This collective joins themes of the Peace Movement.

LYON (69): As part of the “Memory and March of the World” conference cycle (3rd Edition ) and the International Day of Peace (2023 Edition), the UNESCO Chair “Memory, Cultures and Interculturality” is organizing a public conference on the theme: “THE UNITED NATIONS: A FOUNDING ACT OF A COMMUNITY OF DESTINY AND A STRATEGY FOR THE SURVIVAL OF HUMANITY ” September 21, 2023 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.) Amphi Mérieux A025, Catholic University of Lyon. Speaker: Roger K. Koudé
Holder of the Unesco Chair “Memory, Cultures and Interculturality” and Professor of international law at the Lyon Institute of Human Rights – Catholic University of Lyon.

MARTIGUES (13): Culture of Peace. International day of peace on Wednesday September 20, Ferrières garden.
15:00. Workshops of painting, design, origami and games for children. Writing messages of peace to attach to the peace tree. Sportive workshops.
17:00. Exposition of student productions on the theme, “Portrait of women”. Peace cafe animated by the Service Vie Associative
19:00. Dancing, singing, music, reading of poems and other surprises.

MARSEILLE (13): On September 21, Michel Dolot, president of the Peace Movement, calls for a large gathering of progressive organizations on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. The gathering will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Espace Bargemon. From Interview with Michel Dolet: “We are working hard to ensure that Benoît Payan, the mayor of Marseille, signs the call for cities to join the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), as did the mayors of Lyon, Paris, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles. They call to protect their citizens from military nuclear fire and the only solution for this is to get rid of the weapons. The mayor of Marseille is very reluctant, he is inoculated with nuclear deterrence. We sent him several letters. Every time we meet him, we talk to him about it. We asked to meet him. He never answered us.

MONTARGIS (45): In front of the sub-prefecture of Montargis, nearly thirty demonstrators faced the rain accompanied by their slogan: “There is money to finance the war and the shareholders, not to finance salaries and pensions”.

MONTELIMAR (26): SEPTEMBER 23 “LET’S MARCH FOR A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS” On Saturday September 23, ICAN France, the Movement for a Nonviolent Alternative, the Peace Movement and the Armaments Observatory will meet you in Dijon, Lyon, Paris, Montélimar and many other cities, for a large citizen and joyful mobilization.
° Devant la mairie de Montélimar.: Rally à 10h, le 23 septembre, organisé par plusieurs mouvements et associations de la Drôme et de l’Ardèche.

MONTMELIAN (73): International Day of Peace. On this occasion, marches will be organized over two days in the Savoie department. In Montmélian , the demonstration is scheduled for Thursday, September 21 , at 7 p.m. The meeting is at Place Albert Serraz. Organized in Savoie by AFPS, ASEP, Alternatives et Autogestion, Cap à Gauche, CGT, EELV, FSU 73, La France Insoumise, La Libre Pensée, Le Mouvement de la Paix, the French Communist Party, and the Socialist Party 73, this demonstration will be an opportunity to march “for peace, the climate, nuclear disarmament, social justice, living together”.

MONTPELLIER (34): Peace Week
Monday 18/09 8 p.m. Film La Bombe et nous Cinema Diagonal, presentation and debate Michel Tali (ARAC)
Tuesday 19/09 3 p.m. Film My country manufactures SS weapons House of unions presentation Isabelle Cabeca (Mvmt Paix, Cgt)
Wednesday 09/20 6:30 p.m. Conf. Debate Global geopolitical upheavals: new challenges for Peace and disarmament
Thursday 09/21 6:30 p.m. Rally for peace and disarmament Prefecture
Friday 09/22 6:30 p.m. Film Women facing missiles Cinema Nestor Burma presentation & debate Martine Ragonnet

MOULINS (03): Marche contre la guerre, pour la paix. Depart 17:30 from railroad station, marching to the Monument at Deportation Place. Speeches and pacifist songs.

NANCY (54): FOR A WORLD WITHOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Saturday, September 23 – 13:00: march “for a world without nuclear weapons” from Charmois Park to Simone Veil Square where we will find the march for Social Justice, for public liberties, against racism and against police violence at 14:00. Organized by the Collective for Nuclear Disarmament 54, with the @TAG, the Movement for Peace 54, the MIR and Moc Nancy

NANTES (44): Mouvement de la Paix calls for mobilization on Tuesday September 26, 2023 to celebrate the International Day of Peace with “a world without nuclear weapons”. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of rue de la Barillerie and cours des 50 otages, in Nantes. Also a conference “Can we resist war propaganda?” September 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Manu with the participation of Anne Morelli, historian, professor emeritus at the University of Brussels (ULB) and author of “Elementary principles of war propaganda”
and Yves Jean Gallas Member of the National Bureau of the Peace Movement, Coordinator of the collective No to NATO, No to War.

NARBONNE (11): This Thursday, September 21, European Peace Day returns. For the occasion, we will meet in Narbonne in front of the Labor Exchange for a conference/debate moment with Gilbert Garrel, National President of the CGT Institute of Social History, and Roland Nivet, National Spokesperson for Mouvement de la Paix.

NEVERS (58): Rally for Peace. GATHERING THURSDAY September 21 AT 6 P.M. IN FRONT OF THE PREFECTURE OF LA NIEVRE , with successive speeches, distribution of leaflets, signing of petition for the elimination of nuclear weapons, and peace drink under a banner with the colors of the Peace Movement .

NICE (06): On this Thursday, September 21, the International Day of Peace was honored in Nice. In the large living room of Villa Masséna, three personalities were rewarded for their peaceful acts. Catherine Camus, Mustapha Chérif and Jean-Pierre Raffarin are the three winners. The Emir Abd-El Kader Prize for “the promotion of living together and peaceful coexistence in the Mediterranean and in the world” was awarded. Catherine Camus, the daughter of Albert Camus devoted her life to managing her father’s work. The second winner for the southern shore of the Mediterranean is Professor Mustapha Chérif. The 73-year-old Algerian man of letters devotes his existence to interreligious dialogue, writer, philosopher and researcher in the human sciences. To close the ceremony, a former Prime Minister of the Fifth Republic was chosen to represent the north shore . Jean-Pierre Raffarin was first a European deputy then a senator. In 2002 he was appointed Prime Minister by President Jacques Chirac. The former president of Leaders for Peace proclaims that “no, peace does not fall from the sky, peace is work, it is an effort, it is a will, peace deserves that we do some efforts.”

NIMES (30): “Two things weigh on the future of humanity: the climate and nuclear weapons.” Yves-Jean Gallas, member of the national office of Mouvement de la Paix, warns of the need to establish ceasefires. For the International Day of Peace, activists from this association and members of the Communist Party gathered on the Square de la Couronne on Thursday, September 21. After the speeches, it was time for a meeting-debate at the circle of the future. Among the speakers was Humanité journalist Vadim Kamenka, by videoconference.

NIORT (79): David Bodin, departmental secretary of the CGT, spoke to around thirty peace demonstrators this Thursday, September 21, in front of the Niort court. ““We are gathering all over France and the world to denounce the war in Ukraine, the various putsches in Africa, the colonization of Palestine but also for peace, for water,” declared David Bodin, departmental secretary of the CGT. “ We do not tolerate weapons being used against demonstrators ,” he added, in reference to the anti-basin demonstrations. Despite the relatively low attendance, David Bodin added: “It has been some time since there was a peace rally in Niort. Every year, there must be more and more of us to win, together, this international peace.”

ORLEANS (45): A hundred people marched for peace in the streets of Orléans. For Pascal Sudre, general secretary of the CGT, the meaning of the gathering is “not unrelated to the alarming situation that the country is experiencing today: a explosion in prices as winter approaches, even though the government is putting 413 billion euros into armaments. Weapons to kill! Besides this, millions of people are on the verge of falling into poverty. poverty. We are heading straight for disaster, assures the activist. Charity associations are all calling for help. Families are cutting out meals. All the signals are red! And even if we often say that we are exaggerating, we at the CGT, this is a feeling that is shared by everyone!”

ORSAY, LES ULIS (91): Together let’s sow the seeds of peace education. LCR Tournemire, Avenue de Normandie opposite 17, Résidence de Tournemire, Les Ulis. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Come and participate in a brainstorming session on what Peace means to you.
At 5 p.m. we invite you to the participatory debate moderated by Mrs. Dea Drndarska Rety, co-president of our Committee around our four main speakers. It will end with a friendly drink.

PARIS (75): gathering Saturday September 23 on the Human Rights square at the Trocadéro, from 12 p.m. This Parisian gathering commemorates both the International Day of Peace (21st) and the International Day Against Nuclear Weapons (26th).

PARIS (75): At the workshop of artists in exile, 6 rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris, the international day of peace presented with the creative association NDPNDNT (Independent) will take place on September 21, 2023. Speeches and songs by aa-e artists.
• Stanislav Glazov (Russia) dystopian audiovisual show
• Mad Dim (Ukraine) live modular synth
• dOP (France) hip-hop, house, techno
The event takes place within the framework of “The week of Russian voices against the war”

PAU (64): Rally, 09/21/2023, 6:30 p.m., with other associations, in front of the Pau prefecture. Pyrenees Atlantic Committee of the Peace Movement

PERIGUEUX (24): The rally for Peace Day in Dordogne will take place on Tuesday September 26 at 6 p.m. in front of the Périgueux Courthouse.

PERPIGNAN (66): From September 18 to 24, 2023, the Cultures of Peace association is organizing a whole series of events against war and for nuclear disarmament in the Catalan country. First highlight: on Wednesday September 20, a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the creation in Céret, by Picasso, of the Sardana of Peace will take place at the city’s modern art museum. Another significant initiative, on Thursday September 21, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, a large human chain for nuclear disarmament will be formed at the stroke of 6 p.m. between Place de Catalogne and Perpignan station. During this week for cultures of peace, distinguished guests will be legion. Jean-Marie Collin, director of the French branch of ICAN (International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons, Nobel Peace Prize in 2017) will participate in a conference on Friday 22 at the Arago high school in Perpignan.

PEYRIAC (11): Celebrated on September 21 around the world, the International Day of Peace will be celebrated on Sunday, September 24 at the village. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Foyer des Campagnes for a pacifist breakfast followed by a debate on the theme “Peace and climate” led by an environmental specialist. On site, two exhibitions, one from Macif, the other from the Peace Movement. At 11:30 a.m., the organizers and Mayor Denise Gils invite the population to plant a tree for the climate in the Garden of Wells. The participants will then return to the foyer to listen to the president’s remarks and share an aperitif. At noon, those registered will sit down to a convivial meal which will be followed, at 2 p.m., by a concert of French songs given by the pianist Laetitia Jollet and the singer Alain.

QUIMPER (29): On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the collective for the prohibition of nuclear weapons 29 (*) invites you to participate in a “March for Peace”, Thursday September 21, at 6 p.m., in Quimper, from the Place Terre au Duc in the Peace Garden. This march is part of a major national day of action with marches and rallies throughout France for the abolition of nuclear weapons, a day supported by the ICAN France collective.

RENNES (35): On the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2023 and the UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and as part of Tout Rennes Cultive la Paix and the call of the national collective “En marche pour la Paix”, you are invited to participate in the meeting/debate “How to build peace today” on Tuesday September 26, 2023, in Rennes at 6:30 p.m. at the Maison des Associations, Cours des Alliés.
Five brief introductions :
° Economy and Peace
° Nuclear disarmament, where are we?
° Climate and peace
° For a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine
° Struggles of young people in sub-Saharan Africa for peace

SAINT MALO, SAINT SERVAN (35): The Peace movement with the “get out of nuclear power” collective supported by the CGT, the FSU, the PCF, the FI, Femmes solidaires, the LDH… call on citizens, on September 24, to make Peace the news of the day in St-Malo.
° Demand peace in Ukraine and throughout the world because for its future, humanity has no other path than Peace.
° Demand the total elimination of nuclear weapons: Illegal under ° international law, nuclear weapons are dangerous, inhumane, morally unacceptable, financially costly (60 billion over 6 years for France), militarily useless, ecologically disastrous, ethically irresponsible.
° Demand the signing and ratification by France of the treaty banning nuclear weapons in force since January 21, 2021.

SAINT SAVOURNIN (13): Peace Festival, Sunday, September 17, Courtyard of the Town Hall. Pyramid of shoes with Handicap International. Exposition of paintings about peace. Signing petitions for peace. Concert at 17:00 in the Parish Hall followed by refreshments.

SAINT-ETIENNE (42): THE CGT Loire and other local actors are calling to participate in a peace rally organized this Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at the corner of rue Aristide Briand and rue de la Paix with Place de l’Hôtel-de-ville . It is on the occasion of the International Day of Peace that similar gatherings are planned in many French cities at the initiative of the collective “ Marching for peace » bringing together 200 organizations. In Saint-Etienne, a human ribbon/chain for peace will be made up to the statue of Jean Jaurès, located at Place Jean Jaurès.

SARAN (45): International Day of Peace. September 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. On the program for this afternoon dedicated to the promotion of peace, numerous stands and activities offered by City services and local associations : The Peace Movement, Outstretched Hands, Le Rendez-Vous Solid’R, or the Typographic Workshop, which invites the public to visit. In total, around ten stands will offer activities in different forms; creative workshops, games, advice, exchanges, readings, culture. . . . Also, bags decorated with cards and messages of peace, made by the children of the Marcel-Pagnol leisure center, and which will be distributed to the beneficiaries of the weekly maraudes of the association “Les Mainstendes”. The entertainment will also be in full swing with a carousel (paid, €1 per ride, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Peace movement). This meeting will be notably punctuated bythe peace speech and a snack announced around 4 p.m. followed by a traveling show entitled “Criqu’à Cyclette”. Second highlight of this event , Tuesday September 26 at 10 a.m. (initially scheduled for Thursday September 21)
An olive tree “Tree of Peace” will be planted this year with the young students near the Bourg elementary school.

SEINE SAINT DENIS (93): The Department of Seine-Saint-Denis and the Network of Actors in the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence are pleased to offer you the program “Together, let’s cultivate Peace” listing Initiatives for Peace and non-violence organized on the occasion of the International Days of Peace and Non-Violence, September 21 and October 2.

SERGY (01): Concert of songs for Peace on September 22, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Verte de Sergy (01), with Myrtille Gillet, accompanied by her musicians Laurence Franco and Gyom. This event will be in partnership with the NGO Heartfulness which offers us a meditation at 8 p.m.

SOUVIGNY: Organ concert for the International Day of Peace Church of Souvigny organized and hosted by ACAT for the International Day of Peace.
2023-09-21 20:30:00 end: 2023-09-21 22:00:00. Church of Souvigny, 

TRESCLEOUX (05): Celebration of the International Day of Peace by the municipality of Trescléoux (05) in the presence of village associations and school students on September 21 at 11 a.m.

TOULOUSE (31): In Haute – Garonne, the undersigned organizations are calling for a GATHERING THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 21 at 6:00 p.m. – Metro Jean Jaurès Mouvement de la Paix 31, Libre Pensée 31, UD CGT 31, FSU 31, Solidaires 31, PCOF 31, PCF 31 , POI 31, EELV 31, MMF-Occitanie, CDK Toulouse, UPT, MRAP 31, France CUBA, Place Publique 31

TOURS (37): Thursday September 21 at 11 a.m.: press conference with the organizations working alongside us as part of the Peace initiatives
° Thursday September 21 at 7 p.m.: meeting with the Lochoise population at the “Mère Lison” associative bookstore (in Loches)
° Saturday September 23 at 3 p.m.: call to participate in the demonstration against all violence with our messages for Peace
° Tuesday September 26 at 6 p.m.: Place Anatole France in Tours, rally for peace and the elimination of nuclear weapons.

UNIEUX (42): Unieux Town Hall. Sep 21, 2023 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Concert with Didier Maurin present for 30 years on the most diverse stages. Find him with an eclectic repertoire mixing personal compositions and original covers on the occasion of the International Day of Peace on the Quarto stage.

VALENCIENNES (59): The Valenciennes marching for peace are also worried about the climate. The collective “En marche pour la paix” invites you to discover an exhibition which addresses the threat of global warming soon, at the Maison des associations. They are also organizing a march for peace, on Place d’Armes, on Saturday September 23 from 10:30 a.m.!

VANDOEUVRE-LES-NANCY (54): On Saturday, September 23, the March for a world without nuclear weapons took place in Vandõevre. A gathering that brought the participants together is in the Charmois Park under the Peace Tree that was planted by the Mayor. Indeed, the city is a signatory of the cities’ call for France to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TIAN). This is one of the 3 towns of Meurthe and Moselle that signed the call of cities; which is quite remarkable since few departments have multiple cities signatures. After the rally and a picnic in this beautiful park, the march joined the Protest against Repression and Police Violence. Two hours of walking, through the popular neighborhoods of Vandœuvre where we were very well received.

VENISSIEUX (69): Michèle Picard, Mayor of Vénissieux and Vice-President of the Metropolis of Lyon, the municipal team and Arlette Cavillon, President of the local committee of the Mouvement de la Paix will meet you like every year, on September 21 for the International Day Peace. Thursday September 21 At 6 p.m., Salle Duclos – Vénissieux Town Hall. Presentation of the Portrait for Memory exhibition by Claude Furmignieux. Conference on Palestine by Jérome Faynel (President of collective 69 in support of the Palestinian people), followed by discussions with the public. Exhibition by Mohammed Sabaaneh, Caricatures . Palestinian political cartoonist with often awarded talent.

VICHY (03): On the square in front of Vichy town hall:
2 p.m. information and discussion table on peace issues.
5:30 p.m. – rally against war and for peace.

VIGNACOURT (80): Thursday September 21 at 6 p.m. – concert and exhibition at the Vignacourt Center 14-18. Expo: Canvases of Remembrance. At the heart of immense cotton sheets, admire the floating and undulating bodies of the soldiers. In the garden of the interpretation center, the soldiers from the Thuillier collection come back to life thanks to Corine’s passion and talent. This will be an opportunity to discover the work of the engraving workshops carried out by our budding artists during the year. Meet at 7 p.m. for the concert by Louis Aguilar, folk musician. He writes and sings songs mixing North American folk tradition and indie modernity. For the International Day of Peace, come and listen to his music.

VILLEJUIF (94): The City of Villejuif is joining forces with this International Day to promote peace together. Speech by Guillaume du Souich, delegated municipal councilor Associative Movement, Culture of Peace, International Solidarity, Duty of Memory. Speech by Anne Avidi, president of the Twinning and Culture of Peace committee. Discovery of the Peace on Palestine fresco created by Philippe Baudelocque in conjunction with young people from Villejuif. Friendship cocktail at the Elsa Triolet media library

VITRY-SUR-SEINE (94): Every year, Vitry celebrates the International Day of Peace. This year, it will be the opportunity for it to unveil its new official flag, the result of a competition launched in 2022 and won by the young Aoua Kamara (see video below). It will be presented to Vitriots and Vitriots during the Festicapaix festive event on Sunday September 24 from 1:30 p.m. on the Place du Marché. On September 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Mouvement de la Paix will meet residents at the Veterans’ House (18, rue de Chanzy) for a time of exchanges and debates in the presence of the mayor, Pierre Bell. Lloch, and Mrs. Barghouti who has been fighting for years for the release of her husband, Marwan Barghouti, deputy and Palestinian prisoner, a fight supported by the municipality. The Palestinian ambassador, the president of the local committee of the Mouvement de la Paix, and the president of the Vitry-Mali Cooperation association will also be present. Building and strengthening international solidarity, founding member of the French branch of the Mayors for Peace association, a network of “Mayors for Peace” created for the abolition of nuclear weapons, the city works daily for understanding between peoples, cooperation, solidarity and living together.


BAD SALZUFLEN: Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 7:30 pm Concert hall in the Kurpark, Parkstraße 20, 32105 Bad Salzuflen. There will be an evening of “Music for Peace” in the concert hall, which is known for its excellent acoustics. Note: The concert is once again an event as part of the project month “Ge(h)denken! War Graves Month” in September with various commemorative occasions (September 1st – Anti-War Day, September 10th – Open Monument Day, September 16th-17th – Cemetery Day and September 21st – International Day of Peace (UNO)

BONN: Bonn Peace Days 2023. 21st September -International Day of Peace. The Bonn Peace Days 2023 will address the war in Ukraine, its causes and the chances of a peaceful end in several events. . . . The significance of Nobel Peace Prize winner Bertha-von-Suttner’s call to lay down her arms will be discussed at a symposium today. Other events will focus on topics such as just peace, a just energy transition in Colombia and a differentiated look at the debate on Israel policy and anti-Semitism. This year there will also be a variety of creative events: readings with an open microphone on our ideas about peace policy, a creative workshop and exhibition “Make Peace with Nature”, the Bonn schools peace run and the Peace Trail in Bonn will be inaugurated. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the publication of the magazine W&F, a symposium is taking place in Bonn.

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BREMEN: Those who want peace, make peace – Nonviolence as a contribution of civil society to peace. The event will take place as a hybrid in the Bremen Town Hall September 21 and as a video conference. Violence, wars and armament dominate foreign policy. What are the perspectives of non-violent strategies before, during and after violent conflicts? How do peace researchers and activists assess the potential of conflict transformation to avoid violence?
Dr Andreas Bovenschulte as President of the Bremen Senate, the schwelle Foundation and the ecumenical network Church and Peace invite you to a panel discussion on these questions.
Dr. Andreas Bovenschulte President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, Mayor for Peace
Prof. Dr. Hanne-Margret Birckenbach Political scientist and peace researcher,
Otto Raffai Peace activist from the peace organisation RAND (Regional Address for Nonviolent Action) from Croatia RAND
Rana Salman from Bethlehem from the Combatants for Peace
Mirka Hurter from ‘Peace for Future’ (Youth Forum of the Network Rethinking Security)

HAMBURG: September 21st is International Day of Peace. A day that always – and especially in times like these – sets an important example. Greenpeace wants to make this message audible: In collaboration with The Poetry Project Berlin, Ondoreto and the Hebebühne Hamburg, the environmental and peace organization brings young, talented poets to the stage. Lyrically they share with us their personal experiences about war and peace. The evening will be accompanied musically by the musician Katja von Bauske and her soulful and intimate songs. Date: 20.09.2023, 20:00 Location: Hebebühne.

ROSTOCK: The Hanseatic and university city of Rostock is organizing a concert for the International Day of Peace in cooperation with the conservatory and the University of Music and Theater, from 6 p.m. in the Haus der Musik on Wallstrasse 1. Rostock residents are cordially invited to experience the colorful diversity of musicians and a cross-genre to experience the program.

SCHIFFERSTADT: For many people, peace is a matter of the heart that is often thought about and sometimes dominates all thoughts. With a participatory campaign by the city administration, everyone is invited to exchange ideas about peace and to share their own fears and anxieties with the community. From September 18th to 22nd, one wooden peace dove with a garden stake per person can be picked up free of charge during normal opening hours at the town hall – while stocks last. Anyone interested is invited to paint them with acrylic or emulsion paint and set them up outside of their own property in November. They are intended to express concern for peace and give hope through the variety of colors and designs. Please send a picture of the painted and displayed pigeon to stadtmarketing@schifferstadt.de by the end of November so that a large picture gallery can be shown on the city website.


TYRRELSTOWN Powerstown Educate Together National School. Join us as we celebrate World Peace Day. Each class has prepared a piece to perform for our school community and are looking forward to seeing you there.


ABRUZZO: The International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21 September . On this occasion, the students of the Liceo Classico “G. D’Annunzio” of Pescara , in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Italia Institute, have decided to take action to remember the Amarena bear who, as we know, died in the late evening of August 31st in San Benedetto dei Marsi. Starting from 10.15am, a black cherry plant will be planted in the school’s botanical garden, in memory of the bear who was given the name Black Cherry because she was fond of this fruit. Students, some teachers and the Headmaster Prof. Antonella Sanvitale will take part in the event as well as some representatives of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park .

BARI: A ceremony will be held on Thursday 21 September 2023 , organized by the Apulian Academy of Sciences and the Community of Mediterranean Universities, for the unveiling of the plaque commemorating the planting, in the Villa La Rocca Park, of a Tree of Peace obtained from a seed of a Ginkgo Biloba tree, known as Hibakujumoku, that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The ceremony will take place on 21 September 2023 at 4.30 pm, the day on which the International Day of Peace proclaimed by the United Nations occurs. The plaque unveiling ceremony will be followed by a speech on the theme of the centrality of peace in the Divine Comedy and will conclude at 8.00 pm with a concert in the “N. Rota” of the Niccolò Piccinni Musical Conservatory of Bari.

BOLOGNA: Program of the Pieve di Cento Peace Week
from 18 to 24 September 2023
° 20 September. NO TO WAR ; Poems, Stories, Music edited by Nedda Alberghini Po
5.00 pm. A PACT FOR PEACE. The Associations Tell Their Story
6.30pm. APERICENA organized by the Bologna Football club Sauro Parmeggiani
at the Barachen of Mork
8.00 pm. General meeting Orchid room – Emilia Romagna – Buddhist MEETING in the ORCHID ROOM in collaboration with the Invictus Study Center
SATURDAY 23rd and SUNDAY 24th By PRO LOCO, 10th AUTUMN FLAVORS FESTIVAL in search of ancient flavours, in Don Celso Venturi park via Asia

BOTTICINO: Through some drawings, drawn up during religious hours in the first two weeks of school, the children of the Tito Speri school joined the international day of peace by coloring and decorating the school building with drawings and messages of peace, expressing a profound feeling of closeness to the populations involved in war conflicts.

BOVILLE ERNICA: We inform you that on 21 september 2023 the civic education program “Let’s transform the future – for peace with-la-cura” will begin for the current school year, with the 2023 peace festival, entitled “young peacebuilders” on the occasion of the International Day of Peace promoted by the United Nations. Participants: All the students of the State Comprehensive Institute of Boville Ernica

BRESCIA: International Day of Peace. For the occasion, the large rainbow flag, the universal symbol of peace, will be displayed under the portico of the Loggia. . . . For years, among other things, the municipal administration has been organizing the Peace Festival, a series of meetings, exhibitions and performances that help us reflect on the importance of the value of peace .

CASALPUSTERLENGO: Saturday 23 September (10am – 12.30pm)  Auser Casalpusterlengo will promote the fifth edition of the meeting of all local associations on the occasion of the International Day of Peace . Local schools will be involved in a flash mob. 

CANTANZARO: The international day of peace was celebrated at the San Vitaliano clinical center in Catanzaro with a show organized in collaboration with the Maison de la dance of Squillace Lido and the youth ministry of the Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace.The event saw the involvement of all the clinic’s medical and nursing staff in a performance specially prepared for patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.

CECINA: On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the Municipal Library of Cecina is organizing a play and reading meeting for its young users with the theme ” Let’s read peace”. The event will be held on Tuesday 26 September at 5pm, at the Municipal Library in via Corsini,7 and is aimed at boys and girls aged 4 to 6.

CERVIA: Since 1993, the city of Cervia has approved its own “declaration of City for Peace” and has joined the National Coordination of Local Bodies for Peace. Cervia is also the Lead City for Italy of Mayors for Peace, a global organisation, founded in 1982 by the will of the then mayor of Hiroshima Takeshi Araki and Cervia has joined the “The European Chapter of Mayor for Peace”. . . . This year too, the Municipality of Cervia is organizing some events to unite the community in the name of the culture of non-violence and to celebrate the International Day of Peace and Disarmament together. These are the scheduled events.
° From 21 September 2023 to 14 October 2023 – Showcase of books on the theme of peace and disarmament at the Maria Goia Municipal Library.
° Thursday 21 September 2023 at 4.30 pm – “How beautiful, peace!”, Readings and origami workshop for children aged 4 to 10, curated by Caterina Comandini.

CROSIA-MIRTO: Comprehensive school “Crosia Myrtle”. Established on 30 November 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Day of Peace was born from the desire to create a day dedicated to world peace and non-violence . This year’s theme is “ Let’s Cultivate Peace” and our children have joined those around the world to send a message of hope and solidarity to children in countries at war, with their drawings and their messages of peace. (with photos of children’s drawings)

CIAMPINO: Today we celebrate the International Day of Peace , established on 30 November 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly with the desire to create a day dedicated to non-violence . The Municipality of Ciampino also joins this initiative, with the aim of raising awareness in the local community on the topic of global peace . With a view to inclusiveness and integration, we are also planning the organization of a Day dedicated to Peace and Hospitality .

CATONA: Istituto Comprensivo Radice-Alighieri.We inform you that, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, Thursday 21 September 2023 at 9.15 am, the teachers of all the classes of the Comprehensive Institute will organize, each in the courtyard areas to which they belong, the flash mob to the tune of the song “We are all Muhammed Ali”. Each class will create a pinwheel with the colors of peace to display outside the courtyard areas. For the initiative, students will wear a white t-shirt and blue trousers/leggings. We hope for maximum participation.

COMISO: Istituto Comprensivo “L. Pirandello”. September 21st is the “International Day of Peace”. In a period like the one we are experiencing, it was natural as well as necessary to give an even more special space to this event. Through targeted educational proposals, the students were guided in the implementation of activities aimed at understanding the theme of peace to be understood not only as the absence of war. but as protection and respect for the dignity and rights of the person. The students of all the classes of the Primary School were involved by their teachers in educational courses suitable for various ages: drawings, “PEACE” slogans, posters, poems, song lyrics and much more…

FANO: The Fano Lions Club is pleased to propose the “A poster for peace” competition to students aged between 11 and 13. As every year, there will be awards and a ceremony to announce the winners among the participating students. On 21 September 2023 at 10.00 am, the representatives of the Lions Club Fano District 108/A will meet the school managers, teachers and students of secondary schools in the Ipogea room of the Montanari Media Library, on the occasion of the UN International Day of Peace. During the meeting, this year’s theme will be illustrated: “Dare to Dream”, and detailed instructions will be given regarding the execution of the works for participation in the competition.

FIRENZE: The International Day of Peace will be at the center of the final event, Thursday 21 September at 11 am, of the 3rd edition of the “Festival of Cultural Associations”, organized by the Center for Florentine Organized Cultural Associations. . . . Interventions directed and managed by the president of the UNESCO Florence Club Vittorio Gasparrini will alternate. Among the special moments were the official awards ceremony of the “Dante la Luce Immortale” competition at the Liceo Machiavelli and the intervention of the students of the school “Others collaborate with the UNESCO Club of Florence on peace and the protection of fundamental rights in season 2022 – school year 2023″. . . . The festival activities do not stop on September 21st, many meetings are scheduled for the after-festival from September 23rd to October 20th.

FIUMICINO: The students and teachers of the “Porto Romano” comprehensive school in Fiumicino celebrated the 42nd International Day of Peace in the “Cetorelli” sports facility . . . . The first classes of lower secondary school were involved in various activities which are fully included both in the reception and orientation proposals and in the actions linked to civic education that the Institute promotes. After a “lap of honor”of each class on the ring of the athletics track and the performance of the National Anthem of the assembled classes, yesterday morning, introduced by the speech of the Principal and the municipal authorities, was characterized by some moments of reflection but also by participation active participation of the students, who were all wearing white t-shirts, through sport, games, music and proactive sharing.

GALLIERA VENETA: The municipal administration, the Comprehensive Institute, the Italian Catholic Action and the Ekoclub of Galliera Veneta on the occasion of the international day of peace wish to invite all the citizens to the ceremony of planting of an olive tree seedling, symbol of life and rebirth and always considered an emblem of peace. The ceremony will take place at 6.00 pm, in the garden of the Domenico Pellegrini Secondary School located in Via Giacomo Leopardi in Galliera Veneta

ISOLA DELLE FEMMINE: Institute IC “Francesco Riso”. 21 September International Day of Peace. An important day to reflect on this value and what we can do to build a better world. The primary school students reflected and expressed themselves through drawings, poems, posters, …

MELITO DI NAPOLI: Circular addressed to III Circolo Didattico of Melito de Napoli. Flash mob 21 September 2023 – International Day of Peace – We inform you that, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, Thursday 21 September 2023 at 10.00 am, nursery and primary school teachers are invited to organize in the courtyard of the respective schools, a flash mob to the tune of the song “We are the world”. Each section/class will be engaged in themed cooperative work and graphic and pictorial activities, at the end to encourage children to reflect on the importance of peace.

MILANO AC: The Rossoneri Athletic Club of Milan, for today, has decided to celebrate the International Day of Peace, which occurs every 21 September: Milan will welcome a group of Ukrainian mothers and children from the Extraordinary Reception Centermanaged by Fondazione Progetto Arca Onlus. On this occasion, a child from the Center will have the special opportunity to accompany one of the twenty-two footballers on the pitch, an opportunity which for some time – as part of the “Milan for all” accessibility program – the Club has also extended to girls and children with disabilities or from delicate family and social contexts. The activity is part of the “AC Milan for Peace” program, within which the Club and the Milan Foundation have been supporting the Ukrainian population for a year and a half through a series of concrete initiatives.

MODICA: Istituto Comprensivo Raffaele Poidomani. Educating for peace is one of the objectives of the 2030 agenda, so the international day of peace which is celebrated on 21 September becomes a good opportunity to raise children’s awareness on this issue. Through reflections, creative activities, drawings, they expressed their feelings about peace and reflected on how important it is to live in harmony and try to resolve conflicts without using violence. With a lot of effort and with their simplicity, the children also created a peace postcard, illustrated with their own drawings and with a message of affection and peace to send to the Pope.

NAPOLI: “The environment and peace are an indissoluble union. The protection of human rights, the protection of every citizen’s right to live a peaceful existence and the protection of the environment and marine and terrestrial ecosystems are not distant issues”. This is what the president of Ambiente Mare Italia Alessandro Botti explained to Dire in celebrating the International Day of Peace with an event, with the theme “Sea inside. A sea of ​​peace ”, which was held in Naples, promoted by Ambiente Mare Italia – AMI ETS in collaboration with the Circolo Nautico Posillipo, the RAM, Rinascita Artistica del Mezzogiorno and the Accademia Federico II. . . . On stage there were performances by Giovanna La Pietra, Modestino Preziosi, European and world champion of Maratona, Bruno Nappi, director of un Posto al Sole, Carmen Famiglietti, dancer and dance teacher and the rap duo “Delate” in a song dedicated to the sea and the environment.

NOTO: IV Istituto Comprensivo Giovnni Aurispa. We inform that on September 21st p. v. at h. 10:00, the students of the classes indicated, accompanied by the teachers on time, will go to the Cathedral of San Nicolò to participate in the International Day of Peace.

ORVIETO: The Omnicomprehensive R. Laporta di Fabro institute renews its commitment to education for peace and civil coexistence this year too. On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2023, all the Institute’s schools, from the nursery school to the Agricultural Institute, experienced peace through reflections, sharing and creating many colorful and original works. Peace described through rosettes, colored hands, smiles, poems with kind words, collective paintings, digital works.

PALERMO: Palermo will host the fourth edition of the International Forum for Peace, Security and Prosperity which will take place from 17 to 20 March 2024. The theme – launched today in conjunction with the “International Day of Peace” of the United Nations – is ” The impact of contemporary tensions, conflicts and war on major international institutions”. Students in the third, fourth and fifth classes of high schools around the world will be able to participate in the competition. The Forum is an annual conference that brings together high school and university students, cadets from military academies and colleges, supported by academics, military and public security professionals, peacekeepers, as well as political leaders and administrators, to explore the dynamics of peace , through an innovative hybrid model (online and in person) of discussion, research, in-depth analysis and experiential comparison, based on the analysis of “Positive Peace”. Students will be able to compete with videos and essays on one of the three topics for 2024:
° The changing world: what is happening internationally?
° Is the UN still relevant?
° Effect of conflicts, tensions and war on EU/NATO/African Union/other Grand Alliance.

PERUGIA: n Thursday 21 September, the International Day of Peace was celebrated at the ‘Alessandro Volta’ Technical Institute in Perugia. Three different civic education activities will take place during the day. First of all, the message from the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, for 21 September will be read and commented on in each class. The students will then be involved in reading the Peace Exercise Book, designed to teach and learn how to “make peace”. Finally, the students will be presented with the civic education program ‘Let’s transform the future – For peace. With care’, and then decide together the activities to carry out during the year.

PESCARA: The Liceo Classico “G. D’Annunzio” of Pescara has chosen to celebrate the 42nd International Day of Peace and Non-violence in the following way. A moment, coordinated by the Headmaster Prof. Antonella Sanvitale, which involved teachers and 57 students (one for each high school class), with the singing and recitation of some poems dedicated to peace. Furthermore, a minute of silence for Peace will be observed in the botanical garden and in all the high school classrooms .

PISTOIA: On Sunday 24 September, the Puccini Gatteschi Cultural Center celebrates Peace Day. At the Teatro di Verzura, at 5.30 pm, presentation of the photographic exhibition Cromie di Pace by Vanessa Ciotoli Giuntini and the book Politics is woman: memory of a rebellious girl by Tommasina Materozzi. Upon reservation, at 6.40 pm, presentation and screening of the docufilm Bandiere della Pace by Silvia Folchi and Antonio Bartoli with the UDI Archive Association of Siena. Following, at 8.30 pm, aperitif at the Puccini Gatteschi Cultural Centre. Click here for the poster.

POTENZA: International Day of Peace, the Municipality of Potenza presents the ‘Together in Peace’ initiative. The 2023 edition of the ‘Community Week’, entitled ‘Together in Peace’. Presentation of the 2023 community week. 21 September 2023, 4 pm. Palace of Culture, via Cesare Battisti. Click here for the poster.

PUNTALAZZO: On the International Day of Peace the book of poems “Versi de pace” was presented in Puntalazzo. The presentation was introduced and moderated by Giuseppe Vecchio, director and publisher of “La Voce dell’ Jonio”. It saw the interventions of Carmela Tuccari, preface of the volume, and the journalist Rita Messina. Gesuele Sciacca and his wife Daniela Greco, musicians from the hinterland, performed poems by famous contemporary poets set to music by Maestro Sciacca himself. The event also included the inauguration of a collective painting called “Expression of Peace”, in which several artists participated. At the end of the event, Nellina Ardizzone read the message released by the director general of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on the occasion of Peace Day.

REGGIO CALABRIA: Fiction and poetry but also the beauty of food and music in Reggio Calabria on 21 September on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. Two hands meeting, the initiative of extraordinary people, Miriam and Filippo, for a magical evening in the name of Peace, the International Day of Peace, both Ambassadors of Peace, lovers of Art, beauty, Solidarity, everything what is beautiful and good, generous, precious. On the notes of the violinist Yael Amato of the Naples Conservatory, rewriting into music the song of a past that has seen the evil of men but still believes in them. . . The initiative was made possible thanks to the Municipality of Reggio Calabria, the Municipality of Palmi, the Voice Italy Academy, the Accademia Art Gallery, the Italian National Jewish Institute and Universal.

ROMA: This morning, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the event “In Rebibbia, let’s take to the field for peace” was held in the courtyard of the Rebibbia women’s prison, a five-a-side football tournament which, in the name of sport and solidarity, involved Lazio Women, some of the 324 inmates who wore the Atletico Diritti shirt, a group of prison officers and workers and the Severino-Luiss Foundation team. . . . The director of the prison, Alessia Rampazzi, was also very enthusiastic: “We wanted to celebrate the International Day of Peace through sport, which has always been fertile ground for exalting the values of solidarity, fairness and respect for others which must accompany the life of every person. . . . In the afternoon, after a convivial lunch, the event continued with a brief moment of entertainment by artists and singers.

ROVALETO: On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the children of the fifth classes A, B, C of the Roveleto primary school carried out a laboratory activity in open classes which involved all disciplines. Starting from objective 16 of the 2030 Agenda “Peace, justice and solid institutions”, the students, guided by their teachers, reflected on the theme of Peace and the values ​​linked to it. Through the shared reading of texts, the representation of images, brainstorming activities in English, the children concluded the work by creating a poster that collects collective works and thoughts of Peace.

ROVERETO: On 21 September 2023, on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the event entitled “International law and human rights. Towards a Post Human Rights Era ?” will be addressed by Prof. Giuseppe Nesi, holder of the Chair of International Law and Dr. Guido Raimondi, former President of the European Court of Human Rights. The meeting will begin at 5.30pm at Colle di Miravalle in Rovereto, followed by a theater show at 8.30pm.

SAN REMO: The Sanremo Rotary and the Sanremo Hanbury Rotary , on the occasion of the International Day of Peace on 21 September, will project a message on the perimeter of the Fort of Santa Tecla that calls for the end of all wars. President Lacagnina of RC Sanremo states: “Our commitment to building peace today responds to new challenges. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusiveness, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, including finding different ways to engage people. This simple logo is a small gesture to broaden the audience of people involved.”

SAN SEVERO: Circular addressed to Liceo “Checchia Rispoli-Tondi”: In our Institute, which joins the Network of Schools for Peace, we invite you to celebrate the International Day of Peace, with theme and activities chosen by the teachers. . . Furthermore, at the express invitation of the Network of Schools for Peace, the teachers will guide their respective classes in reading and commenting on the message of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres for the 21st September.

SOLOPACA: Tomorrow, Thursday 21 September 2023, the Peace Corner will be inaugurated in Solopaca. The event will take place in conjunction with the International Day of Peace at Largo Onofri where the SAI beneficiaries have recovered a small corner of the city by setting it up with benches and planters and embellishing it with a mural. The inauguration will take place starting from 11 am in the presence of the mayor Pompilio Forgione, the president of the International Peace Movement Agnese Ginocchio, the SAI Solopaca Project Manager Sabrina Casillo, the students of the Solopaca primary and secondary schools, and of the SAI Beneficiaries

SAVIZZO: On the occasion of the UN International Day for Peace, the Municipal Administration and the Civic Library propose “Let’s read… Peace”, Peace-themed readings for adults by the Library staff.

TRANI: International Day of Peace, the exhibition of Ukrainian children’s drawings in Trani. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 23 September at 5.30pm in via Mausoleo 25 and will be open to the public until 8 October

VICENZA: On the occasion of the International Day of Peace which is celebrated today 21 September, the Thiene Library in collaboration with Sentieri di Pace proposes the ” Words of Peace” event on Saturday 23 September 2023 , an afternoon of activities for children and adults. It starts at 3.30 pm when an animated reading and workshop for children aged 4 to 6 entitled Seeds of… Peace will be offered in the Children’s Room. We continue, then, at 5.00 pm with Tracce di Pace a Thiene , a proposal aimed at adults for a walk, with itinerant readings, through the streets of the city, along a route that includes places that are or have been places of peace. The Vicenza Libraries Network, the first in Italy and of which Thiene is also part, has joined the National Coordination of Local Bodies for Peace and Human Rights with the Decree of the President of the Province, thus underwriting a common commitment in the promotion of a culture of Peace and Human Rights and for the valorisation of public reading libraries as effective “Guards of Peace” .

VINCI: On 21 September the students of the fourth and fifth classes of the Galileo Galilei Primary School in Vinci will celebrate the UN International Day of Peace with a symbolic cleaning of the bed of the River of Peace; work located in the Pinetina della Doccia, in whose creation several generations of Vinci students participated. On Saturday 23 September at 9.45 am in the Leonardiana Library there will be a meeting open to citizens with SENZATOMICA and RIVER OF PEACE. The initiative is part of the RIVER OF PEACE -VINCI Three-Year Project, promoted by the Club for UNESCO of Vinci and shared with the State Comprehensive Institute and the Municipal Administration of Vinci.


BARQUINHA: The D. Maria II school library “dressed up” to celebrate the International Day of Peace (September 21). Here is a photographic record of the curtain of paper cranes (Asian bird, symbol of peace) that flutter around the library, of the posters and the small cranes that were distributed throughout the school.

CALDAS: The MVC Association – Movimento Viver o Concelho organizes a “Concentration for peace” at Praça da Fruta, in Caldas da Rainha, on September 21st, at 9pm. It is suggested to wear white clothes and bring a candle. On International Day of Peace, the aim is to “set an example that peace is possible and that we care about keeping this message alive”, says Teresa Serrenho, from the association.

FARO: Colegio de Nossa Senhora do Alto. The Pre2 room during the week talked about PEACE and, being the 21st international day of Peace, the children aged 5 and 6 made productions with painting and collage and a poster with phrases about what peace is. They stamped their hands of peace on the poster.

GOIS: The International Day of Peace is celebrated annually around the world on September 21st. The municipality invites everyone to reflect on this topic, as well as the possibility of transmitting this reflection through the writing of a message (personal or group) to be applied to a panel created for this purpose, allowing the words to gain dimension and body, reflecting the ideas and concerns of the entire Goiense community in favor of Peace. Participate! For more information, contact the Municipal Tourism Office via email or telephone 235 770 113.

LISBOA: To celebrate the International Day of Peace and help university students to “get inspired for the academic year” that is now beginning, the Meditation Center and the Inner Peace Club of the Academic Association of the University of Lisbon (AAUL) organize an afternoon This Thursday, September 21st, in the Caleidoscope building (where AAUL is headquartered), the Novos Beginnings event. There will be “yoga, live music, meditation, sharing and lots of good energy” – the poster assures – and entry is free. . . . A meditative concert is scheduled for 5pm with Alban Hall, creator of Metta Music, a project that explores the meditative and transformative qualities of sound and listening, and with António Manuel Ribeiro, leader of the Portuguese rock band UHF.

MADEIRA: The School Community of Escola 2nd and 3rd Cycles Dr. Horácio Bento de Gouveia marks the date of the International Day of Peace and the World Day of Gratitude. The challenge was accepted and we share with you the record made by the photography club.

RIO MAIOR: The UN established September 21st as the International Day of Peace (November 30th, 1981). For many years, Rio Maior has been celebrating this day. . . On September 21st, Thursday, from 6pm, at Praça da República, Praça do Comércio and Rua Serpa Pinto (which joins the two Squares), there will be a Dance and Music performance to celebrate Peace in the World.


MASTERPEACE ROMANIA: INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE with: School 2 Boldesti – Scaeni Prof. Andreass Castle (with photos of the event)


ALCOBENDAS: This morning the “International Day of Peace” was celebrated at the Jardín de la Vega Pagoda in Alcobendas, which this year has as its motto “actions for peace: our ambition for global objectives.” The event began with the chords of the musical piece “Amor marco por alma” by José Ramón Jiménez performed by Jesús María Herrero and Mijaela Doma, teachers at the Alcobendas music and dance school. Next, the mayor Rocío García Alcántara, the ambassador of Japan in Spain, Takahiro Nakamae and the president of the World Peace Bell Association in Spain, José Manuel Rodríguez, spoke. . . . Finally, the authorities rang the peace bell while the students of APAMA, the parents and students association of Alcobendas, did the traditional release of doves.

BENALMADENA: Celebration of the International Day of Peace 8:30 p.m. Collaboration concert with the Association Friends for Peace and Friendship. Concert by the Coral Ciudad de Benalmadena. Buddhist Illumination Stupa

BENALMADENA: On the afternoon of September 21, Benalmádena joined the celebration of the International Day of Peace with a rally in the Plaza de la Mezquita that brought together more than fifty people and was attended by different groups from the municipality. The City Council also joined the initiative, through the Departments of Citizen Participation, with the assistance of the councilor María Luisa Robles, accompanied by her counterpart in Social Welfare, Áurea Peralta.

CIMA: The Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media (CIMA) participates in the Global Peace Education Network (GPEN) event on September 20 and the following September 21, the International Day of Peace.’Human Rights: Empowering Children’ is the theme of this third annual conference on World Peace Education Day. Throughout these sessions, in which several conferences will take place, there will also be an interview with the filmmaker Susana Guardiola, in which she will talk about ‘Mechanics of Peace’, a film she is preparing about a culture of peace and in which she has interviewed to twenty Nobel Peace Prize winners. In this conversation, Guardiola also talks about CIMA and its role in education.

EUSKAL HERRIA: On this International Day of Peace, the Gerrarik Ez platforms of Euskal Herria have held a press conference in Bilbo expressing their commitment to the values ​​of antimilitarism, peaceful coexistence and dialogue as a form of conflict resolution. They wanted to take advantage of today to denounce that “Europe remains immersed in a terrible armed confrontation”, which, as they have reported, “has led to the death of more than 500,000 people.” They have expressed their concern about the attitude of the different governments, according to which they are committed to escalating and prolonging the conflict and, as they have defended, this attitude can lead to a direct military confrontation between Russia and NATO. As the platforms have defended, “the only favorable solution for the people is to stop the war and reach a broad coexistence agreement. . . . They have continued to denounce that this war, “like all wars, is a business where people suffer death and big capital amasses fortunes with the military or energy industries.” . . . Finally, from the Gerrarik Ez platform, they have announced that in the coming months they will carry out a citizen campaign to collect signatures against the war. . . . In addition to this campaign to collect signatures, Gerrarik ez will organize other initiatives to promote peace and demilitarization. The first of them will take place today, Thursday, September 21, at 7 p.m., at the LA BOLSA Civic Center in Bilbao. This is an open event, where a round table will be held about the war with the participation of Ongi Etorri Errefuxiatuak, Gerrarik Ez – Araba, Ernai, and the unions ELA, LAB, STEILAS and CGT.

GRAN CANARIO: Commemoration of the International Day of Peace 21 September, Tony Gallardo Park, 19:00. Speeches by the mayor of San Bartolome de Tirajana and the President of the Rotary Club of Maspalomas. Music by the Maspalomas Band Sol y Arena.

LANZAROTE: On Thursday, September 21, in commemoration of the International Day of Peace, a special screening of the film “TWO WOMEN” will be held, starring the iconic Sofía Loren, who received the prestigious Oscar award for Best Actress for her outstanding performance in this film. The event will take place at the Sociedad Democracia de Lanzarote at 7:00 p.m. and will have free entry for all attendees. This exciting initiative is organized by the Rotary Club Lanzarote in collaboration with the Democracy Society, as part of its efforts to promote peace and culture in the community. The film “TWO WOMEN” is a moving testimony of the fight for survival in times of war, and its screening seeks to remember the importance of peace and solidarity between nations. Following the screening of the film, an enriching discussion moderated by José Luis Otaduy will take place, where viewers will be able to reflect and discuss the relevant topics addressed in the film, as well as share their own perspectives on peace in the world.

LEON: Diakonia Spain organizes the I Solidarity Race for Peace in León. The race that will take place on September 16, and has the collaboration of the León City Council, has as its main objective to make visible the reality faced by refugees and asylum seekers who arrive in our country. León is the city that we have chosen for this solidarity race, which under the slogan ‘Run with the refugees’ will start at 10:30 a.m. with two different routes : one for amateur or professional runners, with a route of 8.6 km and another for walkers, with a route of 2.7 km .

NAVARRA: The Government of Navarra will commemorate the International Day of Peace on September 21 with an institutional event where the +34 Foundation will be recognized for its work with people deprived of liberty abroad. The +34 Foundation is a non-profit entity that works to improve the situation, both physical and psychological, of people, some of them from Navarre, imprisoned in countries where the situation of rights in penitentiary centers is poorer. In addition, it provides information on their legal situations, in order to accelerate transfers to prisons in the Spanish State, which is the ultimate goal of the foundation. The event will be chaired by the President of Navarra , María Chivite , who will be accompanied by the president of the Parliament of Navarra, Unai Hualde ; the mayor of Tudela, Alejandro Toquero ; and the second vice president and counselor for Memory and Coexistence, Foreign Action and Euskera, Ana Ollo . The tribute will take place in the Castel Ruiz building in Tudela, on September 21 at 7:00 p.m. with the participation of the director of this Foundation, Javier Casado.

SENATE: The Bailén façade of the Senate will be illuminated in white on the night of September 21 on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, which is commemorated worldwide on September 21.

SANT FELIU DE LLOBREGAT: On Thursday, September 21, the Network of Mayors for Peace organizes a communication campaign to commemorate the International Day of Peace , to which the Sant Feliu City Council has joined as a member of the entity. Several local entities will participate in the initiative under the motto “Let’s make every day the day of peace” sharing messages about the culture of peace, human rights, memory and coexistence, disarmament, solidarity or cooperation. September 21st. . . . The Sant Feliu entity Casal de la Dona, with the support of the City Council, also commemorates the International Day of Peace this September 21 through a dance activity at Parc Nadal, at 6 p.m.

ZARAGOZA: At the Ntra. Sra. del Carmen y San José de Zaragoza school we love to get together to celebrate important days for the entire educational community together. In the last celebration, the entire Carmen and San José family, from the nursery to the Basic Vocational Training students, through the entire primary and secondary school, went down to the patio to form a giant symbol of peace built by students, teachers, PAS and sisters. Our goal was for this symbol to be seen from the sky and in this way encourage everyone to live in peace and put peace within ourselves in order to spread peace around us. (See photo above)


GENEVA: This 11th edition of PeaceTalks will take place on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2023, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. A hybrid event, it will welcome an audience in person and will be broadcast live online. Through short conferences, speakers from different backgrounds will bring their points of view and explain their actions for peace through a series of inspiring discussions. . . Special video screening of “Peace Begins with Me,” a creative collaboration between Congolese peacekeeper and musician Pacifique Akilimali and Nigerian poet and peace advocate Maryam Bukar Hassan, is planned as well as Special video screening of “1.5 Degrees of Peace” by Kasha Sequoia Slavner, director and Gen Z activist.


BELFAST: On International Day of Peace today (21 September) a special event was held in City Hall to celebrate the achievements of the Belfast PEACE IV Programme over the five years. Over 12,000 residents across the city, of all ages and backgrounds, have been involved in peace building projects through the PEACE IV Local Action Plan. With a budget of £14.5m, the programme has supported the delivery of 18 project elements across three core themes – Children and Young People, Building Positive Relations and Shared Spaces and Services. . . . The programme also resulted in the creation of a new urban greenway, Forth Meadow Community Greenway, connecting existing open spaces in north and west Belfast along a 12km route from Clarendon Playing Fields to the new Transport Hub in the city centre.

DERBY: We will be supporting International Peace day at Artcore Gallery: Between 10:00-11:30 artist Caroline Ainsworth will deliver a creative arts workshop with Peace at its heart, open to all to get involved. At 11:45 we will be visiting the Derby City Council House where we will unveil the ‘375 Squares For Peace’ blankets from Derby’s twinned city of Osnabruck. . . . At 12:30 we will return to Artcore Gallery to share food together and to discuss and reflect upon the ideas of peace.

ENHAM ALAMEIN: Once again, Andover Trees United is proud to celebrate JGI Roots & Shoots International Day of Peace with a procession in Harmony Woods. Thursday 21 September 2023, 9;45-11:30. Augusta Park. Write personal messages, hang doves, plant a tree, photographs, light refreshments.

HARPENDEN: Harpenden Churches Together invite you to join us in praying for peace in the world at the Harpenden War Memorial at 6 pm on Thursday 21 September 2023, UN International Day of Peace. All are welcome.

HENLEY: September 21 is a day designated by the United Nations to recognise the importance of peace, so Henley Quakers will mark the day by doing two things. We will be placing a wreath at the Peace Tree in Mill Meadows, which is the rowan in front of the River & Rowing Museum. We will also be handing out free white poppies in Market Place in the morning to anyone who would like one. White poppies are worn in memory of all those across the world who suffered and are suffering now as a result of war, wherever they may be. . . . A white poppy is a way to say: “Let’s work for peace”.

LONDON LIBRARY: International day of peace craft at Wood Street Library, 21 September 2023, 4pm to 5pm, Cost: Free, just turn up

LONDON GLOBE THEATRE: In celebration of the International Day of Peace, Words of Peace is a one-night summit of non-violence, hosted by Mark Rylance in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. A gathering of actors, artists, and musicians, for an evening of song, poetry and prose. . . . The performers will also be joined by members from Intermission Youth, the London youth theatre company which has been transforming young lives through theatre and performance since 2008.

LONDON UPF: Celebrating the International Day of Peace with Universal Peace Federation UK and Duchess Nivin El_Gamal of Lamberton. 21st of September, 5 PM, 43 Lancaster Gate, W2 3NA, London.

NORTHERN IRELAND: Tobermore Primary School. Today we celebrated, ‘International Day of Peace’. We took time to think of all the children in war torn countries throughout our world and how we can help them in any way. We watched the story of ‘This is our house’ by Michael Rosen and afterwards discussed how we could make sure that our class is a safe and peaceful place for everyone. Then we looked at the Bible to see what God said about peace and how Abram solved the arguing between the servants. God wants us to be generous and not fight with people, ‘Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me’ Genesis 13:8. Enjoy our video.

SHAFTESBURY: We’re celebrating the International Day of Peace, which is on the 21st September. These 24 hours are devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, with the UN calling for non-violence and cease-fire around the world. Day of Peace Giveaway. We want to raise awareness for this important day, so we’re giving away some hand carved mother-of-pearl doves. These will be finished off as sterling silver earrings or pendants a on chain. Sign in below.

WARRINGTON: Penketh South CP School. The whole school celebrated ‘International Day of Peace’ We looked at what is meant by peace and how can we achieve it. Every child decorated a pebble to represent peace and we now how a Peace sculpture in our school garden. (With photos)


SAINT EGIDIO: On the eve of the International Day of Peace, proclaimed by the United Nations, and the international week of mobilization for peace in Ukraine, the Community of Sant’Egidio, together with important leaders, makes an emphatic call to repudiate the ongoing war on Ukrainian territory . The public event entitled “Italy repudiates war” will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 20, 2023, in Rome. The main concern is that the war in Ukraine will continue indefinitely, losing prominence in the news, while the conflict takes a high toll in human lives and generates suffering among civilians. This includes forced conscription, persecution of deserters, conscientious objectors and war opponents, as well as the disruption of food supplies, which leads to famine on a global scale. The founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, Andrea Riccardi, and the General Secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, will be present at the event, moderated by renowned journalist and writer Marco Damilano. They will emphasize that just and lasting peace is the central objective, with the first step being the establishment of an immediate ceasefire and the resumption of negotiations as the only viable solution to end the conflict. . . . The event in Rome is part of an initiative in continuity with the Europe for Peace coalition platform, which aims to mobilize international efforts to bring peace back to Ukraine. The meeting will be broadcast live from 10am on santegidio.org and collettiva.it, allowing people from around the world to follow discussions on the urgent need to end the conflict in Ukraine and work towards peace sustainable.

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In addition to the events listed above, there were 12 new events in Europe to celebrate the International Day of Peace on the website of the Montessori Schools, i.e. events that were not listed last year:

Czech Republic: Brno (2)
Hungary: Budapest
Ireland: Dublin, Meath, Monaghan
Italy: Rome
Poland: Kedzierzyn-Kozle, Nadarzyn
Sweden: Lund, Malmo, Stockholm

Latin America and the Caribbean: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

The following 85 actions in 17 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”

About 50 actions are listed in One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but except for 4 actions listed here because they were new this year, there is no indication which events took place this year and which took place only in previous years.

The children of Santa Rita, Brazil

Here are excerpts from the articles.


BUENOS AIRES: The Montessori School, Sunrise Jardín Oficial Trilingüe 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!

BELLVILLE: This Thursday is the International Day of Peace and the Casa del Niño began with the celebrations. . . Young people from Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, who were joined by the host entity to 4th, 6th and 7th year students, together with their vice principal Elisa Gassman and different teachers, shared a breakfast and then games. In addition, foreign visitors gave souvenirs and tasted with the children some typical foods from their countries, as well as typical dances from the countries they represented.

CORDOBA: REDIPAZ and the Open Chair Right to Peace and Coexistence in Diversity of the Provincial University of Córdoba, invite you to join the events and activities that we will organize within the framework of the UPC Peace Month. Every September 21, the International Day of Peace is celebrated , which is why, from the Provincial University of Córdoba, we will develop a series of events aimed at promoting the culture of peace. On Monday , September 25, from 4 p.m. we will hold the meeting of “Young Builders of Coexistence” in the Sala Mayor of the Ciudad de las Artes Theater. The meeting seeks to generate a space for the exchange of experiences by young people, related to the construction of peaceful, inclusive, democratic, safe and resilient coexistence. The event will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the Provincial University of Córdoba .

ESQUEL: September 21 is the International Day of Peace, a date established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. This morning an event was held in front of the Esquel peace post. Present were the mayor of Esquel, Sergio Ongarato, the president of the Deliberative Council of Esquel, Gerardo Filippini, councilor Rubén Álvarez, representatives of Rotaratc, National Gendarmerie, Regiment 3, Communities of Esquel, the president of Rotary, Cecilia López Castaño, and the president of the HZE Cooperator, María Cecilia Guitart.

MENDOZA: The City raised the Flag of Peace on the municipal esplanade. The event was held within the framework of the International Day of Peace. The president of the Honorable Deliberative Council, Horacio Migliozzi, was present at this event, along with the Secretaries of Government, Rodrigo Olmedo, of Tourism and Culture, Felipe Rinaldo and other municipal authorities. Also, members of the Mil Milenios de Paz Foundation and guests from the foundation and the municipality participated in this event.

PUERTO GENERAL SAN MARTÍN: The Niño Jesús School together with the Municipality of Puerto General San Martín, organized this morning the event for the International Day of Peace with an emotional meeting in Plaza San Martín, to reaffirm once again the commitment to work together in fraternity and solidarity building a peace that guarantees justice, leaving aside differences, to work on them and make them tools that lead to growth and strengthening of people. The event was attended by the president of the Municipal Council, Juan Manuel De Grandis, the director of the Niño Jesús School, Susana Petrocelli, the secretary of Education, Culture and Sports, Sebastián Lezcano, the illustrious citizen, Elsa Patterer, representatives of educational establishments, teachers and students, and neighbors in general. Father Gerardo Iachini expressed some allusive words in front of everyone present.

PUERTO MADRYN: Within the framework of the International Day of Peace that is commemorated every September 21, this Friday morning, authorities from the Foundation Mil Milenios de Paz met with the head of the Puerto Madryn Addiction Prevention Directorate , Claudia Ricciotti , and members of the School of Social Psychology “Building Alternatives”, in order to begin projecting the different actions that will be carried out during the current month. The agenda will include soccer teams framed in the municipal “Football Night” program, and recreational and exchange activities with those present, “in order to re-educate about the importance of good treatment, non-violence, peaceful coexistence and solidarity.” , which will allow us to project a better Madryn every day,” the Foundation highlighted.

PUERTO MADRYN – SCHOOL 84: The creation of a mural began to make visible the different actions we carry out each year in commemoration of the International Day of Peace. This year it takes place at school No. 84 “Manuel Belgrano” in the city of Puerto Madryn. It will be the closing of a joint program that we will integrate during this week with directors, teachers, assistants and 6th grade students from school No. 84, and Social Psychologists from the Construyendo Alternativas School, with the aim of educating the importance of good treatment, solidarity, empathy, equality, and love as fundamental points to be able to “build a better world together.”

SAN JUAN: On September 21, International Peace Day, a release of origami doves and messages of peace will be held as a way to raise awareness about the need for human beings to live in harmony. We will work together with schools and the general public to make doves out of recycled paper using the origami technique. These doves will be exhibited in different sectors of the museum along with messages referring to the importance of peace for each person. The community is invited to participate in this activity and exchange a message for a dove or vice versa.

SAN NICOLAS: The Ambassador of Peace designated by the Mil Milenios de Paz Foundation, Graciela Esquilino, and the president of the San Nicolás War Veterans Center, MGV Luis Feldmann, invite the community to participate in the second event for the International Day of Peace, to be held on Thursday, September 21.

SANTA FE: Colegio de Abogados. The International Day of Peace and the day of the Santafesino Prejudicial Mediator. We invite you to participate in the activity by registering in the following form: Organized by: Mediation Center – Institute of Conflict Resolution Means – Training Institution No. 25

SUNCHALES: Within the framework of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, which is commemorated every September 21 throughout the world, an activity alluding to the theme will be carried out from the Space for Interreligious Dialogue next to the House of Pax Culture. You are especially invited to participate in this initiative that aims to be a moment to share a time of reflection together, understanding that all people have a role to play in the promotion and construction of Peace. The event will last an estimated 45 minutes and will feature at the closing with the boys’ and girls’ choir from the Crearte Cultural Space in Sunchales.

USHUAIA: The Secretary of Culture and Education, Belén Molina, and the Secretary of Parliamentary Relations Omar Becerra, participated in the event for the International Day of Peace that took place in the Plaza Campana de la Paz, together with representatives of the Mil Milenios de Paz Foundation, Armed Forces and Security and neighbors.

VILLA MARIA: The Internationalization Secretariat of the National University of Villa María, the English Language Faculty of the Academic Pedagogical Institute of Human Sciences of the National University of Villa María (UNVM) and the Speakeasy Bookstore invite you to participate in the “Pequeñas great actions for peace between peoples”, leaving a message in English or Spanish of affection and optimism for adults and older adults, young people and children from all over the world.


EL ALTO: El Alto, September 1, 2023.- The institutions part of the EIRENE program reaffirmed this Friday their commitment to work for peaceful coexistence, and launched the “Build peace. Give love” with Sumankaña, a vizcacha that promotes good treatment. The campaign was presented within the framework of the celebration activities for the “International Day of Peace”, which is commemorated on September 21. The institutions that are part of the EIRENE program, in the city of El Alto, are the Civil Service for Peace, CCC Chaqui, Focapaci, OMAK, Sepamos and Pueblo Diferente, which work through spaces for dialogue and violence prevention actions, promoting the culture of peace in the population of El Alto and other municipalities of the department of La Paz. Among the activities will be an art festival for peace, the symposiums “Communication for Peace”, “Mediation and conciliation”, “Peaceful and harmonious coexistence” and the XIV Festival Fair for the International Day of Peace.


SENADO: This Thursday (21/9), the International Day of Peace is celebrated. In celebration of the date, the Embassy of Peace brought together authorities from different sectors of society in the Petrônio Portela auditorium, in the Senate, with the aim of promoting dialogues on peace. The event was led by actress, presenter and peace ambassador, Maria Paula Fidalgo. The moment was attended by humanitarian leaders, authorities, artists, medal-winning Paralympic athletes, activists and monks, who gave moving speeches. A Hiroshima survivor was also present. . . . The moment also included a performance organized by instrumentalist Isabel Nabuco, together with the band PestaLovers, from the Associação Pestalozzi de Brasília.

BLUMENAU: The International Day of Peace is celebrated every year by students from the Family Secretariat (Pró-Família), with some action. This year, it was circular dancing. The collective dance is performed with the aim of integrating groups and strengthening values ​​of empathy, understanding and belonging. And that’s what the students felt. “It was really good, I loved it, I felt a lot of unity,” said Luiza Roth, 70 years old, a student at Pró-Família. Her colleague, Vanil Terres, 82, agreed: “I felt a lot of peace, love in my heart.”

CAMPINAS: Tree Day and International Peace Day, both celebrated on September 21, are the object of the special program that will be developed this Thursday morning, at the Joaquim Egídio Environmental Station, with the participation of community residents, students from the Francisco Barreto Leme State School, the Mata Ciliar Association, and members of the Municipal Council of the Culture of Peace of Campinas (Compaz). The program goes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with live music, sowing, planting, walking and various environmental education activities. The opening of the event will be made by the secretary of SVDS, Rogério Menezes. “The act of tree planting, on Tree Day, is a reflection on the importance of forests, the importance of urban afforestation and the dependence on individual and society actions to achieve a result. So, it’s acting locally and thinking globally,” says Menezes.

CAMPO GRANDE: Councilor Ronilço Guerreiro is the new Ambassador of Peace in Brazil. He received the title in today’s ordinary session at the Campo Grande City Council and the certificate was delivered by the universal ambassador for peace, Delasnieve Miranda Daspet de Souza, who used the Tribune of the Casa de Leis to speak about the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated today.

CAMPO LIMPO: This Thursday (21), the Unified Education Centers (CEUs) promote a series of actions to celebrate the International Day of Peace established by the United Nations. The actions take place in seven CEUs in the DRE Campo Limpo region, south of São Paulo, and include activities with student groups, peace walks, cultural presentations, lectures and conversation circles.

CARAVANA DA PAZ: The Brazil Peace Caravan was created by a group of people who aim to build a better world guided by a Culture of Peace Participate by sending a video answering what is Peace for you and what is fundamental for our Planet to achieve Peace? Our invitation is for you, and people in your network or institution who are interested, to record a short video answering the question: What is Peace for you and what is fundamental for Planet Earth to achieve Peace?We will use these videos in the caravan media and at the end of our meeting. Our intention is to generate a great collective vibration so that Peace is a path of regeneration for the entire Planet Earth

CASCAVEL: On International Day of Peace, a special message. All municipal departments, Transitar and the Public Ministry form a social protection network to carry out awareness-raising and combating violence actions. Today, with balloons, banners and leaflets, they spoke to drivers in front of the main church. Traffic violence is one of the areas of concern. And drivers recognize that more calm is needed on the streets and roads.

FRANCISCO BELTRÃO: Chanting “A Paz”, by the band Roupa Nova”, the students of Colégio Glória unveiled, yesterday afternoon, the 21st, a mantle of peace. With 72 m², the material was made by all the institution’s students – from kindergarten to high school – and is displayed on the facade, facing Rua Tenente Camargo, in Francisco Beltrão. The initiative is part of an action in honor of the International Day of Peace, celebrated this Thursday. “We are a school associated with the Pea Unesco Network, so every year we promote a culture of peace inside and outside the school. Each one made their own scrap, representing what they want to convey in this cream and we put it together, transforming it into a cloak”, explained the coordinator of primary education at Colégio Glória, Edileide Kielba.

GUARULHOS: This Thursday (21), International Day of Peace, the City Hall is promoting the third edition of Guarulhos de Mãos Dadas pela Paz in the main tent of Bosque Maia, from 8am to 11am. At 8:30 am, those present will be able to explore the harmony of peace through the circular dance workshop, promoted by the Guarulhos focalizers. At 10am, an emblematic action will be carried out by the artist and also participant in the circular dances, Renate Sewing Hammer, who proposes a collective work, a unique human mandala, made with knitted threads, symbolizing the union of the community in the search for peace.

IGARASSU : Maos Promovendo A Paz. · Today, 21/09, for Peace Day, I have been to the Sacred Heart of Jesus convent in Igarassu, which runs a school with 106 girls and boys. So I have taken 120 Hearts that will be given away at lunch.

JUAZEIRO: In order to reflect on the culture of peace, schools in the municipal education network of Juazeiro, carried out on the morning of this Wednesday (06), the traditional walk commemorating the International Day of Peace, celebrated in the month of September. The action is also part of the municipality’s calendar of pedagogical activities related to September 7th, and receives full support from Juazeiro City Hall, through the Department of Education and Youth (Seduc). In total, six municipal schools participated in the walk, bringing together students, families, managers, the school community and the local community.

LAJEADO: Pacto Lajeado pela Paz organizes, on this date, Peace Day, a moment to celebrate the project’s actions and share new ideas and philosophies through lectures in the Ceat Auditorium.

MANAUS: This morning, students from the Municipal Education Network carried out the first walk for Peace, in Manaus. The action took place in commemoration of the International Day of Peace, celebrated this Thursday 21/09. The journey was taken by approximately 1,200 students from the Gilberto Rodrigues dos Santos Municipal School, located in Viver Melhor 2, in the north of the city.

MATO GROSSO DO SUL: The OAB/MS Culture Commission celebrated the International Day of Peace on the 21st, with the “Primavera da Paz” event, which included the participation of the Lyric Singing group Cant’Arte. The event was organized by the President of the Commission Deslanieve Daspet, who is also an Ambassador and Peace Activist. The night of celebration ended with the performance of the Coro Lírico Cantarte, currently made up of 25 members including choristers and soloists, made up of singing students and classical music lovers.

MINAS GERAIS: In such confusing times in the four corners of the world, reflecting on peace is a most urgent task. With this in mind, the Minas Gerais State Public Library hosts the exhibition “Peace in all languages”, presented by the Brahma Kumaris organization. The opening will take place at 10 am this Thursday, September 21st, the date on which International Day of Peace is celebrated. The exhibition will be on display at the Cultural Passarela, in the Professor Francisco Iglesias Annex building, until October 27th.

MUZAMBINHO: On September 21st, designated by the UN as International Day of Peace, school students and society as a whole will join together for a Silent Walk for Peace. The Event should last an hour and a half, with gatherings starting at 7:30 am, in front of City Hall. The walk goes to Cruzeiro da Matriz, returning to Muzambódromo for a moment of celebration, art and reflections for Peace.

OURINHOS: Senac Ourinhos will hold a free event, this Thursday, 21/9, in celebration of the International Day of Peace. , A Servant Leader will be presented by actor João Signorelli, starting at 4pm, at Concha Acústica Sérgio Nunes, located in Rua Treze de Maio, Vila Perino. With text based on original speeches and writings by spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi, the play will address reflections on leadership, non-violence and ethical and philosophical principles applied to human relationships. The activity is organized by the Senac Ourinhos Culture of Peace Committee and has the support of the Municipal Secretariat for Economic Development, Labor and Tourism of Ourinhos.

PICOS: On the eve of the International Day of Peace, the Monsenhor Hipólito Institute (IMH) held a lecture on the morning of this Wednesday, September 20th, with the theme “Peace, Everyone’s Commitment”, aimed at high school students. The event had as speaker Lieutenant Colonel Felipe, commander of the 4th BPM of Picos, who had the collaboration of the 2nd Sergeant, Sahila. The program began with a moment of reflection and prayer, followed by a lecture given by the lieutenant colonel. During the lecture, the commander addressed the importance of the relationship between the Military Police and peace, highlighting the need to promote the culture of peace in different contexts, from family life to interactions in society in general.

PORTO ALEGRE: Peace breaks down the walls of separation. It gives us the happiest moments of our lives. It is equal to equity, respect for people’s rights, justice, empathy. Help everyone who needs it. It’s a world where everyone respects each other. And the union brings peace. These are some of the ideals expressed in the Mantle of Peace produced by the students of Colégio Santa Inês, in Porto Alegre – now linked to the Project of the Network of Associated Schools of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). Throughout the month, all the classes of the school participated. The final adjustments were made on Thursday (21), the date on which the International Day of Peace is celebrated, in an activity in which students were able to reflect on the result, in addition to singing and dancing with live music.

RIO DE JANEIRO, CURITIBA, SALVADOR AND SÃO PAULO-MAOS PARA PAZ: From September 21 to 27, the organization Maos para Paz holds the 1st International Congress of Education for Peace and Nonviolence. Registration is free for all online lectures. The event brings together a wide range of participants, including organizations, public and private institutions, academics, educators, therapists, activists and students from various countries. In addition, its objective is to discuss strategies to combat hatred, xenophobia and violence, especially generated by the discourse of the ideology of fear. The Congress is a hybrid event, combining virtual lectures and face-to-face workshops in four Brazilian cities: Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and São Paulo. During the 22nd and 23rd, there will be six online sessions, with national and international speakers sharing their work and experiences, stimulating debates and reflections on various types of conflicts and how education can play a key role in reconciliation and problem solving.

SALVADOR: On the 21st, International Day of Peace the opening will take place at 7pm, in person, in Salvador, and online, with performances by the artistic groups Quabales and Sumermo Music – and the singer Tito Bahiense, all from Bahia. An interreligious act will also be held in honor of Mother Bernardete (Maria Bernardete Pacifico, ialorixá, activist and quilombola leader, born in 1951 and murdered on August 17th) and all the people killed due to their color, race, religion and gender . On Sunday, the 24th, the Walk of maos para Paz will be held, also in honor of Mother Bernardete and against Violence, starting at 9am, starting at Farol da Barra.

SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS: A whole day to celebrate peace! This was the theme developed during the month of September in all units of Fundhas (Fundação Hélio Augusto de Souza) and which culminated in an event on Thursday (21), International Day of Peace.
The main celebration took place at the headquarters of the institution, with and execution of the National Anthem and the raising of flags.
One of the highlights was a large panel with drawings of the children of the Industrial Park unit.
Those served at the South Innovation Center developed activities with the Portuguese teacher, such as a Tangram (folds that assemble words within the theme), made the origami and an acrostic (poetic composition in which a letter of each verse forms, vertically, another word).
In the Alto da Ponte unit, the students created posters and wrote notes in order to transmit peace.
The action for Peace in the Putim Unit began with the reception of those served with music A Paz. Then there was an exhibition of the legend of Tsuru in the courtyard. The action ended with tree planting. In the Center unit, the children held an art exhibition to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

SAN LUIS: Next Thursday, September 21, the Upaon-Açu School, famous for its Montessori educational approach, will celebrate World Peace Day in a remarkable way, with the symbolic delivery of the Mantle of Peace to Unesco. The Mantle of Peace, a handmade piece full of symbolism and messages produced by the school community, will be delivered during a special ceremony that will bring together students, teachers and families.

SANTA RITA: “Love is the force of peace.” This phrase echoed at the Hospital Metropolitano Dom José Maria Pires, through the songs of more than 50 children and their caregivers, who walked from Associação Casa dos Sonhos, to the hospital complex, in order to pay homage to the workers and users, for through a moment of reflection and prayers. The initiative is part of a series of actions by the Association in reference to the International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21st.

SAO PAULO: As a PEA/UNESCO associated school, Colégio Benjamin Constant joined the “O Manto da Paz” project, which symbolizes the union of all nations under the same ideal: the search for peace, tolerance and respect. The Mantle was made collaboratively. Students from Kindergarten to High School participated actively and interestedly. This project represents UNESCO’s belief that, through cooperation and mutual understanding, we can build a more peaceful and harmonious world and also serve as a beacon of hope, reminding us that despite our differences, we are all the parts of a single human family.

SAO VICENTE: Celebrated on Thursday (21), the International Day of Peace was celebrated in several schools of the municipal network of São Vicente. The initiative of the Center for Culture of Peace and Nonviolence, of the Secretariat of Education (Seduc), proposed a collective embrace involving students and professionals who work in schools and kindergartens. The idea was to dedicate 15 minutes to an activity related to the date, aiming to unite all employees and members of the school community in a welcoming moment, in addition to inspiring those involved in Education to combat intolerance, violence and disrespect. With a lot of creativity, the students participated in actions with music, games, dance, drawings, among others, ending the dynamics always with a hug.

TOCATINS: The state schools of Tocantins that are participants in the Associated Schools Program of the United Nations Educational, Science and Technology Organization (Unesco) will carry out, this Saturday, 23rd, from 8 am to 12 pm, actions aimed at International Day of Peace. Among the activities planned by the schools, we highlight the creation of the Mantle and the Flag of Peace, which will serve as symbols of the school community’s commitment to promoting peace and harmony; lectures and cultural presentations with the active participation of the school community and local community.

VIDEIRA: The International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21st, with the aim of spreading peace, the Colégio Salvatoriano Imaculada Conceição held an action in favor of peace on Monday, the 18th, an international project that combines art and literacy called “Pinwheels for Peace”. At this event, weather vanes with messages of peace were planted in the area in front of our school, material produced by the students themselves mediated by their teachers.

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PARRAL: The State Center for Alternative Mechanisms for the Resolution of Disputes in Criminal Matters (CEMASC) held a talk with students from the Miguel Hidalgo Experimental Normal School, in Parral, to commemorate the International Day of Peace. CEMASC reaffirms its commitment to fostering a culture of peace in society, promoting peaceful societies and facilitating access to the administration of justice through mediation and conciliation.


CHAPARRAL: This September 21, the Sustaining Peace project was launched. The meeting brought together representatives of international cooperation, national government, local authorities, and local farmers, youth, women, indigenous people, Afro people and leaders of Tolima, who, from this initiative, will continue working for the collective desire to consolidate peace in the territory. Within the framework of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, the launch event took place in the municipality of Chaparral, Tolima, which with music, dance, and spirituality opened its doors to the implementation of the project. Sustaining Peace seeks to strengthen the territorial leadership that survives in these municipalities, so today’s activities had the active participation of some of the representatives of the communities of Ataco, Planadas, Chaparral and Rioblanco.

MEDELLIN: On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, Medellín also celebrated the Month for Peace, which was celebrated between August and September, where social organizations, collectives and victims developed an entire territorial and citizen agenda with key programming on the importance of union and the gathering of knowledge in favor of local pacification, supported by the Secretariat of Non-Violence and the House of Memory Museum. . . . With forums, conversations, sit-ins, cultural, artistic and academic activities, the administration has supported scenarios of peaceful resistance created by citizens, which have favored the exchange of experiences and knowledge of the communities that defend life. . . . the Secretariat of Non-Violence led the conversation in the Month for Peace: Women in the construction of territorial peace with the Women’s Peaceful Route, a conversation on Peace as a fundamental right. In addition, the event Cometas por la paz territorial was supported to commemorate with the community the importance of the tutelary hill Cuchillón la Loma Hermosa, since nature, too, is a living actor impacted in the conflict, which requires restorative actions of memory and truth.

POPAYAN: On September 21, the Municipal Council of Peace, Reconciliation and Coexistence of Popayán was installed, recognizing 21 people from the different social sectors of the civil population, who assume and make up this consultative and advisory body. It is made up of members and representatives of the academy, social organizations, Afro-Colombian communities, protectors and defenders of the rights of children, girls and adolescents; artistic, cultural, LGBTI collectives and business sectors. In addition, the International Day of Peace was commemorated.


CARTAGO: The Cartago Concert Band invites you to its “Special Concert for the International Day of Peace”. Date
September 22, 2023, 6:30 pm, Municipal Amphitheater of Cartago. Cost: free

GARABITO: With the aim of celebrating the International Day of Peace , the Civic Center for Peace in Garabito (CCP) , dresses up and celebrates this Thursday, September 21 , a day full of artistic presentations that have been generated as a result of the learning of the participants of processes and workshops that are taught at their facilities. This cultural celebration will have its programming from 9 am to 2 pm , admission is free

UNIVERSIDAD ESTATAL A DISTANCIA: International Day of Peace. Activities: Collaborative games, Peace Infographic Exhibition, Infographic contest award, Conference with Nobel Peace Laureate Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez: “Through education, a culture of peace is possible”

UNIVERSITY OF COSTA RICA: September 21: International Day of Peace. A Student Initiatives project helps create a culture of peace in the children of La Carpio. The fifth grade boys and girls of La Carpio develop various recreational activities to learn to form a true culture of peace in their community. . . . The work of this university group in La Carpio began with a diagnosis of what the group of children thought about violence, which gave material to know how to intervene in the realities that many of these people lived. Once this preliminary step was completed, they began to develop the methodology to work with the infants, so that they have fun while developing a critical mentality; all from a horizontal treatment with the students who are in the fifth grade of La Carpio. . . . But this whole project of Student Initiatives would not have been possible if before the Bien de Mujer Foundation had not dared to found Casa Ilori in La Carpio. This instance began to operate in this town for 15 years through mathematics and Spanish reinforcement centers for the students of the school.


HAVANA: The Day for the International Day of Peace begins this September 12 at the Manuel Fajardo Medical Faculty of the University of Cuba with a video tribute to Commander Juan Almeida Bosque who bequeathed us music and revolution, in the voice of his son Juan Guillermo Almeida with his song “Mi querido Viejo”. . .. . In the voice of Taimí Dianet López Cruz, the “World March for Peace and Nonviolence” was heard and at the closing with the outstanding participation of students, workers and directors of the entity, the FEU and the FEEM with the Ernesto Che Guevara Honorary Chair, they presented the call “For a culture of peace, non-violence and sustainable development.”

HOLGUIN: The Plaza Camilo Cienfuegos cultural complex, in the municipality of Holguín, hosted the celebrations for the International Day of Peace in the northeastern territory. Political-cultural activities and dialogues around the anniversary were developed by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) with the participation of students from the Máximo Gómez Báez, Luis Peña Martínez, Augusto César Sandino and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes educational centers.

ICAP: The headquarters of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples (ICAP) hosted today, the celebration of the International Day of Peace, which this year calls for the recognition of the individual and collective responsibility to promote peace.
As part of the day, the brochures Open Letter to President Joe Biden and Open Letter to the leaders of the European Union, from the Venezuelan professor and researcher, Carlos Méndez Tovar, were presented. . . . He interactively explained to a group of students from the capital’s pre-university Saúl Delgado, the importance of knowing our history and checking the veracity of the news, especially the information circulating on social networks. The meeting was attended by members of the Russian diplomatic corps, the Palestinian ambassador in Havana, Akram Samhan, and members of the network of collaborators and peace activists.


LA ALTAGRACIA PROVINCE: In a commemorative event for the International Day of Peace , the authorities of the province of La Altagracia met to reflect on the importance of peace in the current context, after the situation that surrounds the country with the Haitian nation. At the event, Senator Virgilio Cedano explained that the Dominican Republic, historically, since 1844, the year in which independence was declared, is a country of peace. He highlighted that the Dominican Republic has never attacked any foreign country and that the internal conflicts that have occurred, as a State, as a nation, have been resolved here . . . The provincial governor Martina Pepén Santana stated that the occasion invites us to continue cultivating the values, which are so necessary in the nation. . . . For his part, the representative of the evangelical churches in the province, Pastor Ruddy Hidalgo, argued that there is a peace that comes to human beings as a result of a sustained policy thinking about values ​​and principles; thinking about the freedom of the human being in what it means to live together.


LOJA: The Judiciary Council, within the framework of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace that is celebrated every September 21, since 2020, has institutionalized September as the Month of Peace, and one of the main activities it carried out The institution is the “Caravan for Peace”, an activity that left a significant mark in the Vilcabamba parish, on Saturday, September 9, 2023, through an “Open House”. This event brought together producers and entrepreneurs from the surrounding parishes, including Malacatos, Vilcabamba, San Pedro de Vilcabamba, Quinara and Yangana, the event became an epicenter of activities that celebrated cultural diversity and promoted the importance of peace in society. , attendees had the opportunity to enjoy a varied display of the region’s cultural wealth through various traditional dances and artistic performances that delighted the public, transmitting a clear message of unity and a culture of peace.

QUITO: As part of the program that promotes a Culture of Peace, the Secretariat of Education, Recreation and Sports, together with the Pan American Round Table, hold reflection days with municipal high school students. The sessions were held in the municipal educational institutions: Quitumbe, Sebastián de Benalcázar, Eugenio Espejo, Rafael Alvarado, Antonio José de Sucre, Calderón and Fernández Madrid. The goal is to reach 20 municipal educational establishments.

QUITO: The students of the Nueve de Octubre Municipal Educational Unit participated in a day of reflection, in a symbolic event for the International Day of Peace, organized by the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports together with the Members of the Pan American Round Table, within the framework of the Program to Promote and Foster the Culture of Peace. . . . Students received buttons with the mission of promoting a culture of peace, not only among their classmates, but in other spaces of daily coexistence.


PORT-AU-PRINCE: Young people of both sexes from precarious neighborhoods described in theatrical performances the multifaceted violence in Haiti on the occasion of the commemoration of the International Day of Peace in Port-au-Prince. au-Prince on September 21, 2023. Despite everything, they raised awareness among young people to act to promote lasting peace in Haiti. Other young people promoted this peace in songs, slams and discussions. “The culture of peace is a necessity for a stable, just and committed Haiti on the road to economic and social progress,” said the Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action, Raymonde Rival. The Minister invited young people to continue to get involved in various citizen initiatives in favor of peace. . . . Plus de 150 jeunes ont participé à cette commémoration.

UN MISSION: This year, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) emphasizes the creativity of the ideas inherent to the International Day of Peace by organizing with the Haiti Jazz Foundation a concert open to all, on Saturday, September 27 at Place Boyer, in the metropolitan area of ​​Port-au-Prince. According to a press release from the UN mission, Haitian musicians and artists BeethovaObas, James Germain, Misty Jean and Rutshelle Guillaume and the Congolese LokuaKanza who lives and works in France, star of world music, defender of peace and women’s rights , will together sing peace.


CANCUN: For the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated on September 21 around the world, the first edition of the 5 kilometer race “All for Peace” will be held in Cancun. This athletic event will take place on Saturday, September 23, with a scheduled start at 6:30 p.m. on the Malecón Tajamar and a quota of one thousand runners.

CHIAPAS: Olinka School; Within the framework of the International Day of Peace, it is a pleasure to invite you to an exciting children’s meeting focused on exploring and promoting the Culture of Peace and the Prevention of Violence in its 2023 edition. . . . Participating students must carry out the following activities during the first 4 weeks of the start of the 2023-2024 school cycle and these must be sent to the link that will be provided after registration.

CHETUMAL: More than 1,000 thousand high school students marched in the Parade for Peace this afternoon on Héroes Avenue, in the center of the state capital. With the presence of school authorities, educational center authorities and more than a thousand students, they commemorated the International Day of Peace with a parade to demand a culture of peace in the state, specifically in the city.

GUADALAJARA: The Casa Yinu Montessori 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!

GUANAJUATO: San Francisco del Rincón, September 21, 2023. Before more than two thousand young people who witnessed, within the framework of the International Day of Peace, municipal instances of youth care from across the state of Guanajuato signed the Youth Peace Alliance that will promote actions in favor of peace, led by JuventudEsGTO. In addition, the projects “Newspaper for Peace” and “Comics for Peace” were presented, created by young members of the Multipliers of Peace program. . . . The “Newspaper for Peace” and “Comics for Peace” are two projects that promote the practice of values, the application of which generates a healthy coexistence in society and the formation of good citizens.

HUEJUTLA DE REYES: Within the framework of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, personnel from the State Center for Alternative Justice of the Judicial Branch of Hidalgo in the municipality, together with other invited institutions, carried out various activities in the facilities of the Municipal Kiosk of this city. In addition to personnel from the State Center for Alternative Justice of the Judiciary in Hidalgo in Huejutla, personnel from CAMI, INPI, Lawyers, Human Rights, among others, also gathered there.

MÉRIDA: In commemoration of the International Day of Peace, the Secretariat of Education of the Government of the State of Yucatán (Segey), through the Coordination for the Prevention of Violence in Basic Education ( CPREVI) held a day of activities to raise awareness about the importance of having healthy school spaces that promote good actions among children and youth. For the development of the day called “Peace to the Voice”, which took place at the Gonzalo Navarro Báez Secondary School, there was support from various areas of Segey, who together developed dynamics with the participation of more than 300 students. . . . As part of the activities, the students from the morning and afternoon shift participated, who through dance and body expression performed a dance demonstration titled “The face of peace through break dancing.”

MEXICO CITY: Within the framework of the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated on September 21 of each year, the head of the Secretariat of Government of Mexico City (SECGOB), Ricardo Ruiz Suárez, led the installation of a “Yes” module to Disarmament, Yes to Peace”, in the Chapel of the Conception, located in Plaza Tlaxcoaque, Cuauhtémoc Mayor’s Office. From this emblematic site of the Historic Center, the Secretary of Government explained that peace must be built every day through dialogue and teaching, with the aim of avoiding a “culture of war and violence.” . . . During the first hours of operation of this disarmament module, a 16-caliber shotgun and a 22-caliber revolver were delivered for destruction, for which 10,400 pesos were delivered. Since January 2019, “Yes to Disarmament, Yes to Peace” has removed more than 8 thousand firearms, nearly a thousand grenades, as well as more than a million cartridges from homes.

PUEBLA: The present government of Sergio Salomón, through the Ministry of Education, invites students of basic education (preschool, primary and secondary), as well as high school, to commemorate the “International Day of Peace” (September 21) . . . Through exercises that strengthen the ideals of the New Mexican School (NEM), which aims to create peaceful, safe and healthy school environments, students must carry out activities during the month of September such as: murals, music for peace, poetry contest , digital awareness campaign, letter for peace, yoga and meditation, ecological cleaning, collaborative art, photography contest, among others.

QUERETERO: The president of the Education and Culture Commission and member of the Legislative Group of the National Action Party in the LX State Legislature, Ana Paola López Birlain, inaugurated the Peace Festival ” Paz Fest”, which will be held on September 21, 22 and 23 of the current year, where there will be the participation of civil society organizations, schools and associations of professionals, universities and public institutions, among others.

QUINTANA ROO: International Day of Peace, a utopia: students of José Maria Morelos, Mayan Intercultural University of Quintana Roo (Uimqroo) concerned about world peace due to the current violence. The university students held an event (a peace wall) at the campus facilities to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY OF JALISCO: The Technological University of Jalisco commemorated the International Day of Peace on September 21, wearing the white badge to emphasize that the university community carries out actions in favor of peace, through respect, equity, equality and inclusion. We are all parts of this community and together we take action in order to commit to promoting and maintaining peace.

VERACRUZ: The First Meeting “Thinking interdisciplinary about peace” of the National Network for Peace, of the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education : Jaqueline Jongitud Zamora, Secretary of Institutional Development of the University of Veracruz (UV), inaugurated the event in the Blue Hall of the Humanities Unit, and in her message highlighted that the UV seeks to advance the agenda of global interest through the Plan for Culture of Peace and Nonviolence 2023-2031, a document that will surely be enriched from the results of this first meeting that takes place from September 7 to 9 within the framework of the International Day of Peace.

UNITED WORLD SCHOOLS: On September 21, the International Day of Peace is celebrated. For this reason, the movement has adopted that day as “UWC Day”, a day to reflect and strengthen the ideals of peace in favor of a better world. This year “UWC Day” focuses on “Forging a sustainable future” . At a time when the effects of the climate crisis are being felt every day, particularly in the most vulnerable communities around the world, and when floods, fires, droughts, and loss of biodiversity are increasingly more frequent, we must all act to stop environmental deterioration. Thus, we hope that this topic gives us all the opportunity to take a step back to dream and, why not, re-imagine a better world in which human beings live sustainably.

YUCATAN: Women’s clothing items made by Yucatecan hands were presented on a catwalk in New York, United States within the framework of the International Day of Peace, organized by the United Nations Organization (UN). These “Mazehual” brand garments are manufactured in the “Hacienda Montecristo” (HMC) maquiladora in this Yucatecan municipality. About the exhibition, Roger Alcocer Cetina, manager of the maquiladora, shared on his social networks: “After analyzing the work carried out in our maquiladora, we were invited to present a clothing collection on the catwalk held in the city of New York, within the framework of the celebration of the International Day of Peace”. He indicated that 150 artisans work in the maquiladora who, in addition to dresses, handcraft leather bags for women, among other products that they export to several foreign countries.


DON BOSCO: This Thursday, September 21, which commemorates the international day of peace in many countries, Panama, under the coordination of Doctor Guerra, has planned countless activities that include a Mass at the Don Bosco Church in Calidonia, visits to educational centers for celebrate with the children, visit the peace monument in the town of Don Bosco and conferences and decorations at the University of Panama (6:pm). . . . Dr. Emelda Guerra is Supervisor of the Youth and Adult Program of the Ministry of Education and is also a member for Panama of the Organization of America for Educational Excellence and Peace since 2008.

MINISTRY: The Minister of Culture, (MiCultura) Giselle González Villarrué, representing the national government, participated together with the French ambassador in Panama, HE Aude De Amorim, in the cultural events and the planting of an olive tree that symbolizes fraternity, Peace , renewal and is also capable of withstanding adverse conditions. This activity, which was organized in the Plaza de Francia, is part of the celebration of different initiatives to be carried out on September 21 in order to strengthen the ideals of peace between nations and peoples, as a celebration that is celebrated in each country world level; . . . The special guests were the boys and girls from the United States of America, Simón Bolívar, Manuel José Hurtado and Republic of Mexico schools who were able to participate with songs and oratory dedicated to Peace. In his speech, González Villarrué highlighted that, “we must commit to teaching and putting into practice the value of tolerance and mutual respect to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.” He added that “more must be invested in a culture for peace, which will build a just and inclusive world that embraces diversity and inclusion.”


NATIONAL CONGRESS: The office of Congressman Freddy Franco (PLRA-Central) is engaged in the organization of an “International Leadership Conference in commemoration of the International Day of Peace”, an event to be held next Friday, September 20, at 7 a.m. :00 to 12:00 hours. The activity, to be carried out in the Bicameral Chamber of the National Congress, has the support of the Federation for Universal Peace-Paraguay Chapter, which is part of a global network of organizations that seek to build a world of peace.


CHIMBOTE: Engineer Luis Gamarra Alor, mayor of the province of Santa, led the emotional Sunday raising ceremony and the massive walk in Chimbote, in commemoration of the International Day of Peace. Accompanied by municipal authorities, councilors, officials and employees of the Provincial Municipality of Santa, the tour was carried out along Pardo Avenue to the front of the provincial commune, where they joined the residents of the towns in the flag-raising ceremony. This walk was established as a preamble to the International Day of Peace, designated by the United Nations in 1981, and celebrated every September 21. During the event, the inhabitants of Chimbote wore white t-shirts and released balloons of the same color, symbolizing the desire for peace.

LIMA: The International Day of Peace was celebrated at Markham College on September 22.


PONCE: The CEscuela Flor de Loto Montessori 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!

VEGA ALTA: The Antonio Paoli 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!


PARLIAMENT: This afternoon in the Acuña de Figueroa Room, in the José Artigas building, the meeting “ The challenge of establishing Peace in a Globalized World” was held , within the framework of September 21 declared by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace. In this instance, the following spoke: the President of the Foundation for Peace, Raúl Rey; the President of Youth and Students for Peace, Valeria Pellejero; the Secretary General of ALADI, Dr. Sergio Abreu; the Anthropologist and President of the 21st Century Oriental Ladies Association, Mag. Virginia Rial; the President of the District Public Image Committee of Rotary Uruguay, Cono Rossi; the President of the Women’s Federation for World Peace, Marisa Machado. In the second instance they stated: the founder of the ATABAQUE Group, Mae Susana Andrade de Oxun; for the Baha”I Community of Uruguay, Sima Baher; Ahmadia Muslim Community Missionary, Yousaf Khan; the President of the Costa Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Adolfo Ferrari and the President of the Federation of Families for World Peace, Kazuhiro Tsusaka.


CEPAZ: We are very happy to be able to share that on September 21, 2023 we will begin the seventh edition of the 12 Actions for Peace. We want to invite you from the Justice and Peace Center (Cepaz) to be part of this collective activism, which last year managed to add hundreds of people taking actions and 124 organizations promoting the campaign. On this occasion we want to make visible the pillars of the women’s peace and security agenda (Resolution 1325) and the work of women and organizations that support other women affected by the complex humanitarian emergency.

PRESIDENT: The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, remembered today the International Day of Peace and affirmed that it is built from respect, recognition and coexistence. That is the path of the Bolivarian Republic and “we will always insist on building a world without hatred or violence, where human solidarity and social justice prevail,” the head of state wrote on his X account, formerly Twitter.

Africa: International Day of Peace

A survey by CPNN

The following 59 actions in 26 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 and the website of Campaign Nonviolence.

About 52 events are listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but with the exception of 14 listed below, 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 actions in the Arab States .

Planting trees in Kenya

Here are excerpts from the articles.

Statement from the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye: On the occasion of International Day of Peace, I join our Leaders in wishing all the world of peaceful coexistence in which differences are resolved through dialogue without resorting to violence; a world in which the strength of our differences is harnessed as a rich tapestry of resources; a world of sustainable resource management that inclusively serves the needs of the present generation and ensures a legacy for future generations; and for our African continent, a world of good governance that enables us to use our rich endowments for the benefit of our people. . . .

ANGOLA: The Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace, also known as the Biennial, returns to Luanda for the third time. The state of preparation for this edition, which aims to educate for a culture of peace, was presented today in Luanda, at a time when the international day of peace is celebrated. The third edition will highlight youth as promoters of peace. Young people will have the opportunity to speak directly with the Heads of State and government. Women’s participation will also be analyzed.

BURKINA FASO: This is a message from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, responsible for relations with institutions, Keeper of the Seals, on the occasion of the joint commemoration of the International Days of Peace and Tolerance (JIPT) 2023 edition. . . . I am taking the opportunity of these days which is offered to me to launch a vibrant appeal to all Burkinabè, whatever their age, their profession, their religion, their rite and their political affiliation to become aware of the situation we are experiencing, taking a step back from the events we are experiencing, experiencing a moment of awakening together and realizing that our only salvation is peace. . . As is the spirit of these days, in Burkina Faso, the joint commemoration of the International Days of Peace and Tolerance will be marked by a series of activities for the benefit of populations in general and young people and women in particular in the Central-East region. These will include conferences in schools, exchange meetings with local communities, slam and poetry competitions, awareness sessions followed by a women’s cycling race, radio broadcasts, parenting days joke and the official commemoration ceremony followed by a panel.

BURUNDI EU TEAM: The European Union team in Burundi celebrated the International Day of Peace on Thursday September 21, 2023 in Bujumbura. These ceremonies saw the participation of different executives from Burundi from different ministries. In her speech for the occasion, Elisabetta Pietrobon, delegate of the European Union to Burundi, said that the latter and its member states are sparing no effort in the fight for peace.

BURUNDI PROJECT INSIDE-OUT: On the occasion of the International Day of Peace this September 21, Mr. Jérémie BLIN, Ambassador of France to Burundi, and Ms. Elisabetta PIETROBON, new ambassador of the European Union (EU) inaugurated the exhibition “United for peace “. Created by French photographer Jean René (JR) as part of the “Inside Out Project”, this work is made of portraits, affixed to the facades of the Old East building in Bujumbura. As the French Ambassador indicated: “These 289 portraits bring together refugees, returnees and people involved in welcoming these communities in the different neighborhoods of Bujumbura. Choosing to treat this subject through the prism of art demonstrates our desire to highlight our common desire to live in a peaceful world. This work makes it possible to democratize culture and make it accessible to all. »

CAMEROON, GAROUA: The Alliance Francaise of Garuoua proposes to children to celebrate the International Day of Peace in workshops to design a dove of peace and to construct a wall of peace

CAMEROON HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION: The Cameroon Human Rights Commission (CHRC) appeals to separatist fighters in Ambazonia to lay down their weapons for 24 hours to commemorate the International Day of Peace, celebrated every September 21. On its official Facebook page, the CHRC asked the combatants to “respect twenty-four hours of non-violence and to refrain from any exaction” and to “make a significant gesture in favor of lasting peace, a vector of development”

CAMEROON, YAOUNDE: Festival International Ecran Slam, Friday Sept 15, a hybrid event online and live to promote peace on the International Day of Peace.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: The Minister of Humanitarian Action and National Reconciliation, Virginie Baikoua, and the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Mohamed Ag Ayoya, chaired the celebration of the International Day of Peace in Bouboui, 45 km from Bangui. It was an opportunity to discuss the benefits of peace resulting from the signing of good neighborly agreements and the consolidation of intercommunity cohesion, initiated with the support of local Peace and Reconciliation Committees as well as MINUSCA. . . . To close the ceremony, the participants and officials present were invited to plant trees to symbolize the peaceful resolution of conflicts (palaver tree) and sustainable development.

CHAD, MOUNDOU: It is through the theme “Action in favor of peace: our ambitions for the global goals”, that the Ministry of National Reconciliation and Social Cohesion and the United Nations system in Chad, celebrated the 2023 edition of the international day of peace. In his speech, the acting United Nations resident coordinator in Chad, Ouattara Yafflo , emphasizes that the path to peace requires patience, vigilance and Chad needs peace and this is the wish of the Chadian people. . . . For the Minister of National Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Abdramane Koulamallah , Chad engaged in the process of returning to constitutional order needs the effort of its children in favor of peace. The minister calls on administrative and political authorities, civil society and associations to increase collective peace actions in favor of Chadians.

CHAD, SALAMA PEACE INITIATIVE: The president of the Salama peace initiative association, Josiane Djikoloum Darwatoye launched, this Saturday, September 16, 2023, through a press briefing, the first edition of World Peace Week in Chad. As part of its activities, explains Josiane Djikoloum Darwatoye, Salama Peace Initiative is organizing World Peace Week for the first time in Chad, from September 16 to 23, 2023 under the theme “Actions for peace: our ambition for the objectives of sustainable development with a view to contributing to national, regional and international efforts aimed at strengthening lasting peace in Chad”. The general objective of this first edition of World Peace Week is to strengthen the commitment of young people and their role as leaders in the promotion of lasting peace, dialogue and social cohesion in their communities and in the world.

COMORES: The International Day of Peace was also celebrated in Moroni yesterday, September 21. On this occasion, a peaceful march was organized in the capital to warn of the dangers of conflicts and violence of all forms. Organizations such as Youth and Women Leaders for Peace, the non-governmental organization CAP and Respir-Comoros celebrated World Peace Day yesterday morning. . . . Akim Saïd Mchangama, coordinator of the NGO CAP, showed that the fight against violence against women and children is a fight that our organizations are committed to leading.

COTE D’IVOIRE: Côte d’Ivoire commemorated Thursday, September 21, 2023, in Abidjan the celebration of the International Day of Peace (IPD 2023), around the theme: “Youth, peace and sustainable development”. . . . The Minister of the Interior and Security, Vagondo Diomandé, who represented Prime Minister Patrick Achi at this ceremony, indicated that peace is a noble aspiration, in addition to being the guarantor of the march of States towards development. He noted that peace is not a given and that we must continue to build and consolidate it, through reconciliation and the strengthening of national cohesion.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, KINSHASA YOUTH: Like every year, the world celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21. This day is particularly dedicated to a ceasefire in conflict zones. On this occasion, former scholarship holders from YALI/RDC, an active network of young African leaders, organized, in Kinshasa, for young people working in digital technology, an online seminar on the impact of speeches of hatred on national cohesion in the DRC.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, KINSHASA FORUM: Every year, the International Day of Peace is celebrated around the world on September 21. On this occasion, the National Forum of Positive Youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo, organized on September 21, 2023, the African Youth Dialogue for Peace #2023, in the third level master building of the Kinshasa Higher Institute of Commerce ( ISC-Kin), under the main theme “Youth, lasting peace and peaceful elections in Africa-DRC”.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, NORTH KIVU: The ASBL Young Patriots Consolidators of Peace (JPCP), which expressed itself in a declaration made public this Thursday, September 21, invites the various actors of peace, including the population and the authorities to live together . Its coordinator, Benjamin Asimoni, remains convinced that the peaceful resolution of conflicts is one of the avenues for the return of peace to Beni. Still on the sidelines of this day, Samuel-Don Katembo Sekanabo, president of the Youth Parliament in the town of Beni, who spoke, remains confident that unity and good collaboration between different peace actors will facilitate the return of peace. peace, which until then remains a utopia in the Beni region. . . . In Lubero territory, the active participation of women in the search for peace in the east of the DRC is very important. Message from Madame Mbambu Nzavake Mwamini, woman leader in Lubero territory on the occasion of World Peace Day this Thursday, September 21, 2023. For her, it is absurd to talk about the search for peace without involving the woman who is the first victim of insecurity.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, SOUTH KIVU: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) officially launched the Young Peace Ambassadors program in South Kivu this Thursday, September 21 to mark the celebration of the International Day of Peace. This program consists of making around 400 young people ambassadors of local peace committees installed in all the communes, neighborhoods and avenues of the city of Bukavu and the territories of South Kivu.

GABON: The whole world celebrated the International Day of Peace. Gabon was not left out of this celebration. The women leaders of this country came together to show their attachment to the values ​​of peace, sharing and above all Love. The event took place in the Lumière Chrétienne Church, in Libreville, on September 21, 2023. It was organized by CSOs: Women of FIRE; Gabon Group R. 1325; Cry of Women; Women’s Democracy Challenge. . . . In her presentation, the Peace Mediator, Caleopie Elloue, continued to recall the importance of peace and its necessity in a country like Gabon. While saluting the genius of the army which, without bloodshed, liberated the Gabonese as a whole, this women’s rights lawyer defined peace as “a relationship of well-being, of living well, of living together , living together based on respect for others, living in harmony, promoting peace. Promoting peace is being human.”

GUINEA BISSAU: Under the theme “Peace Begins with Me”, the Peace Observatory project – Nô Cudji Paz, in partnership with the National Popular Assembly and the Coordination of the United Nations System in Guinea-Bissau, celebrates the International Day of Peace – September 21st , with a special session alluding to the anniversary. This initiative aims to contribute to social cohesion and consolidation of peace, through debate and reflection on the role, by all national actors, in preventing radicalism and violent extremism in Guinea-Bissau. It is also intended to call on Guineans to the importance of recognizing the individual and collective responsibility of the Guinean people in promoting the values of national cohesion and peace. The event will bring together the worthy deputies, representatives of sovereign bodies, members of the Government, Defense and Security Forces, Diplomatic Corps, Traditional and Religious Leaders and civil society organizations.

KENYA: In a remarkable display of commitment to environmental sustainability and the celebration of peace, the Global Peace Foundation Kenya, in collaboration with the Chandaria Foundation, the Standard Group, and the Nairobi Primary, spearheaded a tree planting campaign to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Under the theme “Action for Peace; Ambitions for Global Goals,” the 2023 celebrations witnessed the planting of over 2000 trees at Alliance High School and Alliance Girls High School. The event also marked the official launch of Chandaria Tree Nurseries, each with a capacity of 100,000 seedlings, at both institutions. Highlighting the significance of this initiative, Ms. Beverly Moss, Secretary of Peace Building and Conflict Management in the Office of the President, commended the Global Peace Foundation and the Chandaria Foundation for their invaluable support in government-led efforts to mitigate climate change through tree planting. The creation of the tree nurseries aligns with the Million Tree Growing campaign, a joint effort between the Global Peace Foundation Kenya and the Chandaria Foundation. As part of this campaign, nine tree nurseries have been established in primary schools, secondary schools, and universities. With the aim of growing 15 billion trees by 2032, as called for by President William Ruto, this campaign serves to enhance Kenya’s forest cover and contribute to environmental sustainability

LAKE CHAD: Hello and welcome to your weekly radio show Kura Bari. We will exchange peace this week. Indeed, every year around the world we celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21. . . . The culture of peace is a culture of dialogue and prevention and, in this context, the role of the United Nations has never been so crucial. . . . But what does this day mean for the countries of the lake basin which have jointly faced insecurity for more than a decade? In any case, this is the question that will be the subject of discussions today. We are talking about it with Nodjigoto CHARBONNEL, President of the youth association for peace and non-violence and Désiré Oubadjimdehba, Independent Consultant, program manager and coordinator of activities of the YOUTHCONNEKT-CHAD program.

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MALAWI: Center for Enlightenment and Development. Action for Campaign Nonviolence. September 30, 2023 – October 04, 2023. We will hold workshops to empower female youth in decision-making in their lives and teach them ways to counter harassment. . . . These trainings will be geared towards female youth who are currently married. We will teach skills that they can demonstrate at family and community levels. The issues of property grabbing, date-rape, and various relationship dynamics will be addressed.

MALI NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK: “Meeting the challenges of an inclusive and lasting peace” is the theme of the 2nd edition of the National Week of Reconciliation (Senare) launched last Friday by the Minister of Reconciliation, Peace and National Cohesion, in charge of the Agreement for Peace and National Reconciliation, Colonel-Major, Ismaël Wagué. It was during a press briefing held on the premises of his department. . . . The Senare began on Friday with the reading of the Koran at the Great Mosque of Bamako, followed by the purchase of oxen for the benefit of the needy. A conference on security was hosted last Saturday at the Alioune Blondin Bèye peacekeeping school by the authorities of the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection in collaboration with those of the Ministry in charge of Reconciliation. Sports activities at the sports palace followed Sunday’s masses. The rest of the program will be devoted to a women’s day of reflection, a youth conference, the delivery of various donations and a conference of economic operators.

MALI CONFERENCE DEBATE: On the occasion of this International Day of Peace, a conference debate was organized on the theme “Digital technology, disinformation and peace: the role of African youth”. According to the speakers, the aim was to understand and address the challenges posed by the interaction between digital technology, disinformation and peace. Abdoulaye Guindo, Coordinator of Benbere is one of the speakers.

MAURITIUS: Global Peace Chain Mauritius, an organization aiming to promote living together and social inclusion, organized an event this Thursday which highlighted Mauritius as an example of peace in the world. . . . . Precisely, during this ceremony, several personalities were present, including the Vice-President of the Republic, Eddy Boissézon. Click here for video.

NAMIBIA: This past week the Windhoek International School celebrated our Namibian Heritage Week alongside the International Day of Peace (IDP) on 21 September. . . . So on this International Day of Peace and during our Namibian Heritage Week, let’s all do our part – within our families, within our school, within our social/religious groups, and within our countries–to build peace.

NIGER: In Niger, particularly in Agadez, several actors in the social life of the region, inspired by the declaration of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the International Day of Peace, spoke out on the occasion of this day. . . . In his address, His Highness Oumarou Ibrahim Oumarou reiteated the commitment of the Sultanate and all the Ulemas of Air to continue the initiatives for peace. . . . the group of young ambassadors for peace from Agadez in collaboration with the Youth Action Movemet made a donation and a tree planting session. “The message that we wish to leave through these actions is that of promoting the values of peace and solidarity.”

NIGERIA, ABEOKUTA: A group, Aviary Association Worldwide, has called on parents to revive the norms and value system in the training of their children. The group said the incessant cult clashes were due to lack of peaceful orientation from home. This form part of the group’s communiqué, while marking the 2023 International Peace Day held at the NUJ secretariat, Iwe Iroyin, Abeokuta. The vice president of the group, Adebayo Oniyide, noted that once Nigerians internalise the virtue of patience, cultivating peace will be simple. . . . Meanwhile, the Ogun state president of Gateway AVIARY, Abiodun Abiodu, expressed concern over the negative reports on cultism clashes that led to the killing of scores in Sagamu area of the state.

NIGERIA, ABUJA: Rotary International District 9125 and Peace Corps of Nigeria have stressed the need for peaceful co-existence among people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds in the country. They said this at a peace awareness walk, organised to commemorate the 2023 International Day of Peace on Thursday in Abuja. National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Dr Dickson Akoh, called on Nigerians to live in peace with one another and shun social vices that might make the country ungovernable. “In Nigeria today, we have a couple of challenges, leading to needless loss of lives and property, but the fact that we still remain united as a nation deserves celebration. We want to use this day to call on some of the youth who have taken up arms against one other or the state to stop it in the interest of development.”

NIGERIA, ASABA: Delta State Government has said it would continue to strengthen the ideals of peace among the ethnic nationalities in the state by ensuring equity, fairness and justice for all Deltans. Special Adviser to the Governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Edwin Uzor, stated this in Asaba, when be briefed newsmen on the commemoration of the 2023 International Peace Day, Uzor said government was conscious of the fact that only peace and security could engender growth and development in the communities and the state at large, pointing out that the Governor Sheriff Oborevwori administration was keen on resolving lingering intra and inter communal crisis in the state, including the one between Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh.

NIGERIA, IBADAN: As part of its activities to mark the year 2023 World Peace Day, the Rotary Club of Ibadan engaged stakeholders across the geo-political zones of Oyo State on the need to sustain the peaceful coexistence enjoyed among all and sundry in the State. Stakeholders that gathered at the House of Chiefs Parliament Building, Agodi Secretariat Ibadan for the year 2023 World Peace Day organized by Rotary Club of Ibadan include the representative of the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, CP Adebola Hamzat, the representative of Myyetti Allah Cattle Dealers and Breeders Association Oyo State chapter,, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, a representative from the state Ministry of Judiciary, representative of Amotekun Corps, the religion leader, Transport Unions and workers, among others.

NIGERIA, KADUNA: Government agencies and non- governmental organizations involved in working for Peace and harmony in Kaduna state have commenced celebration of the International Day of Peace with dialogue ahead of the September 21st 2023, UN World Peace Day (WPD). Representatives of the various bodies which cut across different faith based organizations and religious leaders commenced the celebration with opening addresses and interactive session on ways to achieved peace in Kaduna state and Nigeria in general at the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMF), Kaduna. Speaking, Kaduna State Peace Commission representative, Didam Bobby Swam, expanded that activities line up for the September 21st 2023 international day of Peace, includes IDPs education at Maraban rido concert, football March final, symposium, cultural dancer. . . . Stakeholders in attendants includes Action Aid, Kaduna Network for Peace, Doma Peace Devt. IMC- host, CIPP structures, religious leaders. Christian and Muslims among others.

NIGERIA, KANO: Kano state government is planning big for this year’s International Peace Day holding on September 21. The state Commissioner of Information and Internal Affairs, Baba Halilu Dantiye has also reiterated Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s determination towards ensuring peace, order, and security of lives and property of residents in the state. Dantiye made this known when he received members of the Committee for International Peace Day and launch of Peace Magazine headed by the Managing Director of Radio Kano, Comrade Hisham Habib.

REUNION: Festival for Peace from September 22 to 24, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Verger de Mahavel at Ravine des Cabris. Every year, around the world, we celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21. It is within the framework of this day that Zétinsèl is organizing its first edition in Reunion this year. It will be celebrated in the form of a Festival from September 22 to 24, 2023 at the Verger de Mahavel.

SEYCHELLES UNIVERSITY: The International Day of Peace Committee (Seychelles) has organized two events September 21 under the United Nations’ chosen theme: ‘Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals.”
1) “My Sustainable Tree” Planting Venue: Playing Field, Mont Fleuri
2) Peace Day Ceremony. Venue: Peace Park, Victoria

SEYCHELLES ISIS: The International School Seychelles (ISS) came alive with the spirit of unity and peace as students and staff enthusiastically celebrated International Peace Day. Primary activities: As the sun rose on this special day, primary pupils wrote a peace message on a heart-shaped template and lovingly affixed it to a vibrant peace banner, which adorned the school’s lobby. . . .Year 3 and Year 4 students showcased their musical talents by learning and performing ‘Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream’ by Simon and Garfunkel. . . . The grand culmination of the primary activities was when the entire school gathered in the main play area, each class assembled with a letter drawn to spell out ‘Peace Day’. Secondary activities: The secondary students at ISS engaged in creative activities that reflected their commitment to peace. They crafted beautiful peace doves, symbolising hope and unity. Additionally, they created intricate paper plate wreaths, showcasing their artistic talents while embodying the spirit of harmony.

SIERRA LEONE-ICPC: In commemorations of the World Peace Day, the Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion (ICPNC) in partnership with Talking Drum Studio, UNESCO and Agiamondo has on Thursday 21st September 2023 commemorated the World Peace Day, with the theme: “Action for Peace; Our Ambition for the Global Goals, Ensuring the Right”

SIERRA LEONE – CARITAS: In his message to mark the International Day of Peace, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown commended Sierra Leoneans for recovering from the ravages of civil war, noting that the West African nation has a room for maneuver to ensure lasting cohesion. In a message sent to ACI Africa on Thursday, September 21, when the entire world observed Peace Day, Father Peter Konteh said the commemoration was particularly important for Sierra Leone, which experienced a 20-year civil war. 11 years which ended in 2002, leaving behind much destruction. He adds: “While progress has been made in healing, justice and reconciliation after the war, challenges remain. It is essential to tackle poverty, inequality and governance issues, to promote a inclusive development and encourage social cohesion to ensure lasting peace.” In his message, the clergyman from the Archdiocese of Freetown highlights the need for continued efforts “to build a future where peace and stability are firmly established, allowing Sierra Leone and its people to prosper.”

SOUTH SUDAN, JUBA: Stirring speeches and cultural performances were aplenty as South Sudan marked International Day of Peace at the Nyakuron Cultural Center in the capital city, Juba, in the presence of communities, government officials, and international partners. Click here for the video.

SOUTH SUDAN-UNMISS: In the bustling capital of South Sudan, a symphony of voices converged, setting the stage for this year’s commemoration of the International Day of Peace. . . . Organized by the Central Equatoria State’s Ministry of Peace Building in collaboration with the Community Outreach and Advocacy Unit of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the forum was attended by state Minister of Peacebuilding, Francis Gerald, religious leaders, academia, civil society, state government officials, businessmen, students, the media, and senior representatives from the UN Peacekeeping mission. Speaking at the event, Professor Julia Duany, an educator from the University of Juba’s College of Education, called on South Sudanese citizens to embrace a shared national identity. . . Reverend Martin Ocaya, the Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese in Juba, added his voice to this chorus of hope, underscoring the pivotal role played by faith-based groups in South Sudan’s journey towards peace, advocating for a method rooted in inclusivity, consultation, and grassroots engagement.

TANZANIA: Zanzibar Peace,Truth & Transparency Association. INTERNATIONAL WORLD PEACE DAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2023. Our actions support the values of True Culture of Peace (Positive Peace), possible to achieve the level of trust, and cooperation, Empowerment and Poverty reduction in Zanzibar Community and Tanzania.

TOGO WILPF: Each year, September 21 is celebrated as the International Day of Peace. The Togolese section of WILPF commemorated September 21, this day by declaiming poems in favor of peace. It was in the conference room of the national commission to combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Lomé. Several members of this association therefore read various poems in order to call on the world to safeguard this rare commodity that is peace.

TOGO, DAPAONG: The celebration of the International Day of Peace was marked by the animation of socio-cultural events in support of municipal and regional initiatives for social cohesion and peace. It is an awareness caravan and a football match coupled with the presentation of honorary prizes. . . . The participants in this celebration started this demonstration with a caravan in the arteries of the town of Dapaong. On motorcycles and cars, dressed in t-shirts, equipped with banners and accompanied by a brass band, they drew the attention of the populations to the merits of peace, living together and social cohesion without which there is no development. This caravan went to the municipal field of Dapaong, where a gala football match pitted the team – made up of members of the project team and CSOs – and that of the media from the Savanes region.

TOGO-UNIC: The whole world celebrated World Peace Day on September 21, 2023, with the theme: “Action in favor of peace: our ambitions for the Global Goals”. To mark this edition in Togo, the United Nations Information Center (UNIC-Togo) organized a public health activity in collaboration with the neighborhood development committees (CDQ) of the tokoin Tame, Wuiti and Aviation districts in the Gulf 2 commune.

UGANDA: Video September 21.·Kangulumira Kayunga district Uganda feast day, International Cities of Peace.

***** MONTESSORI *****

In addition to the events listed above, there were 14 new events in Africa to celebrate the International Day of Peace on the website of the Montessori Schools, i.e. events that were not listed last year:

Namibia : Walvis Bay
South Africa : Cape Town (2), Eastern Cape, Gonubie, Johannesburg, Northern Cape, Pretoria (2), Radioikop, Senekai, Western Cape (2)
Reunion: Saint-Andre

Asia and Pacific: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

We have found 82 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) 国際平和デ (Japanese) and अंतर्राष्ट्रीय शांति दिवस (Hindi, new this year). 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 140 events listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but, with the exception of 14 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.

Fukuyama City, Japan, dedicated calligraphy for peace

Here are excerpts from the articles.


BRISBANE: On the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Association of Australia Queensland and St John’s Cathedral Brisbane are proud to present International Day of Peace 2023. . . This year’s event will be a celebration of local agents of peace, and will feature a lecture to be delivered by Craig Foster AM: Human Rights Activist, Agent for Peace, Former Socceroo, Broadcaster, Adjunct Professor, Author. Craig is a tireless campaigner for refugee and humanitarian rights, and uses his platform and the power of sport to advocate for the fair treatment of all.

COWRA: Cowra’s Peace Day Program will be held on Tuesday 19 September 2023 and includes: Cowra Community World Peace Bell Ceremony, Cowra Youth Peace Forum and Cowra Peace Day Dinner. Alongside this year’s exciting program of events, Cowra Council is collaborating with the Cowra Youth Council and World Peace Bell Association to hold a Peace Day Public Speaking Competition for school students. Local primary school students have also been invited to take part in the Postcards for Peace project, where their messages of peace will be sent to the United Nations Secretary General.

MELBOURNE: Join us for a special silent UN Peace Day online vigil and offer your peaceful thoughts, intentions, meditations and prayers.There will be three intentions around peace (7:30 – 7:40am), hope (7:40 – 7:50am), and compassion (7:50 – 8:00am), held around a beautiful visual of our world with gentle music. Whether you come for 3 minutes or for the full half an hour, it would be lovely to have your contribution to a wave of peace for the day rippling across our world.

MONASH: Join the Women’s Federation for World Peace for the UN International Day of Peace Conference at Mount Waverley Community Centre on Saturday 16 September, 10am to 4pm. The seminar is part of an interactive series developed by the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) and the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) based on the research of Dr John Bellavance’s 12 Pillars of Meaning and Connection Course Syllabus. The series fosters the values and abilities that underpin personal growth and positive relationships.

SYDNEY: Join us for a candle pouring workshop with CandleXchange to celebrate this International Day of Peace.
When: 8am Thursday 21 September 2023
Where: Tower 3 South Lobby, International Towers
To book a candle pouring session please click below to sign in to the Partner Portal, and click “Book now”.


DHAKA: The United Nations-declared ‘World Peace Day-2023’ was celebrated in the capital Dhaka with colorful arrangements. JMI Group, one of the leading companies in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment manufacturing sector of the country, celebrated the day with due dignity like every year, keeping the theme of “ACTIONS FOR PEACE – Our Ambition for the #Globalgoals” with the objective to establish united peace. On this occasion, the Founder and Managing Director of JMI Group Md. Abdur Razzaq announced the inauguration of the World Peace Day parade by flying balloons and white doves as a symbol of peace in front of the “Shantir Stomvo – Pillar of Peace” established at the Curzon Hall of Dhaka University on Thursday.

EASTWEST UNIVERSITY : Similar to past years, the Department of Information Studies, in collaboration with Dr. S. R. Lasker Library will commemorate “International Day of Peace 2023” on 21 September 2023. In honor of the occasion, we’ll disseminate a range of topics tied to this year’s theme via our social media channels, raising awareness within our university community about the vital role of peace in our existence.

NORTHSOUTH UNIVERSITY: The Centre for Peace Studies of the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance on Thursday collaborated with the office of external affairs at North South University to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

UN IN BANGLADESH: The United Nations in Bangladesh has teamed up with influencers and the Bangladesh Community Radio Association to mark the International Day of Peace, stated a press release. On 21 and 22 September, 19 community radio stations reaching 28 districts across Bangladesh will broadcast inspiring messages on the link about peace and sustainable development. The messages were recorded by the UN resident coordinator’s office and feature various voices from Bangladesh including educational platform 10 Minute School teacher Sakib Rashid, cricketer Jahanara Alam, ActionAid country director Farah Kabir, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum general secretary Sanjeeb Drong and development coordination officer at the UN RCO Halima Neyamat.


THIMPHU:The resilient Rover scouts of the Faculty of Traditional Medicine gracefully celebrated the International Day of Peace on 21st September with an act performance fostering sensitization on the emerging issues of LGBT stigma and Drug abuse. Along with the act a short advocacy on climate action was presented. Coinciding with the day, scarf ceremony for the new Rover scout members were also conducted. May peace and prosperity prevail globally. Happy International Peace Day.


CAMBODIAN PRIME MINISTER: Prime Minister Hun Manet released a statement marking the International Day of Peace. “On behalf of the Cambodian government, I congratulate and join the international community in observing this occasion, and raising awareness of the precious value of peace. I reiterate the strong will of the Cambodian people to protect and join in building peace and stability in the country, regionally and globally, in a sustainable manner,” he said.

PHNOM PENH: Minister of Cults and Religions Chay Borin instructed all municipal and provincial departments to cooperate with the chief monks and religious leaders to organise a Buddha teaching event at pagodas, spreading compassion to all people on the 21st International Day of Peace. “The capital and provincial departments of cults and religions are instructed to collaborate with chief monks and religious leaders to celebrate the 21st International Day of Peace. They are to conduct Buddhist functions in pagodas, spreading Buddha’s teachings to promote compassion among humans and call for global peace,” announced the ministry in a September 15 statement. “All pagodas must raise national flags, religious flags, banners, slogans and coloured lights to celebrate this day,” the ministry said.


BEIJING: On International Peace Day this year, Western Academy of Beijing is offering students across the whole school the opportunity to learn the many different ways we can make a difference and work towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One of the highlights of the day will be the leading role student clubs will be taking in running workshops on the day for other students. Throughout the day, students from High School, Middle School, and Elementary School will participate in a variety of workshops and activities centered around the theme of “promoting peace in ourselves, the community, and the world”. Over 20 community partners will be welcomed on campus to deliver spark talks. During these short talks, they will discuss their organization’s missions, goals, background stories, and inspirations. The purpose is to share the amazing work they are doing to further SDG goals as well as motivate our students by sharing what inspired them to “make a difference”.

MACAO: The first “World Bay Area Chorus Bridge” program specially invited the top youth choirs from the two major bay areas in China and the United States – the Guangdong Experimental Middle School Choir from the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the New York Youth Chorus from the New York Bay Area to sing through the “cloud” for the first time. Chorus” and jointly performed the original theme song “Wish to Walk on the Sea” .The song “Wish to Walk on the Sea” was composed by Chen Si’ang, a young Guangdong composer and associate professor of the Composition Department of Xinghai Conservatory of Music. The lyrics were written by young lyricist Chen Yang. It was performed with two major choirs and took half a year to create. The energetic lyrics and music are full of fairy tale colors and express the good wishes of world peace.

NANJING: September 21st is the International Day of Peace. Nearly 300 foreign students from 34 countries around the world gathered at the Memorial Hall of the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by the Japanese Invaders to get closer to history and pray for peace. Nearly 300 international students pray for peace. The international students come from 34 countries including Egypt, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Belarus, India, Jordan, and Vietnam. They are currently studying at universities in Nanjing such as Southeast University, Hohai University, and Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology. Some of them are international volunteers of the Memorial Hall Zijincao. .


ALMORA: International Peace Day was celebrated with enthusiasm at Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Paparshaili, Almora. The chief guest of this program was Advocate Bhavna Joshi Bar Association, Almora and Mahila Samiti, Almora (Vice President). The students of the school presented a song of world peace and presented a short drama explaining the importance of collective transcendental meditation. Peace Volunteers Vandana Tiwari and Aditya Negi talked about the Transcendental Meditation inspired by Maharishi Ji and their responsibilities and inspired all the people to do Transcendental Meditation and Siddhi program regularly, The program was concluded with distribution of Prasad.

ASANSOL: International Peace Day was celebrated on Thursday at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Do Mohani Railway Colony, Asansol. A large number of students including all the Bharat Scout Guide teachers and female teachers of the school participated in the program organized under this. At the beginning of the program, school in-charge Principal Sanjay Narayan shared his thoughts with everyone, after that school student Arpita Sharma gave a speech and class V student Rishita Das presented a very beautiful poem in front of everyone. All the students and teachers associated with the Scout Guide Movement took out a Prabhat Pheri from the school premises to create awareness among the people through slogans and tried to create awareness among the people to establish peace.

ASSAM: International Peace Day was celebrated at The Assam Royal Global University today, by the University Peace Club. Rev Father Clement Raj Kumar, Former Vice-Principal, St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, the Speaker for the day, joined Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Prof. (Dr) S. P. Singh in disseminating the message of peace, non-violence, and ceasefire.

AZAMGARH: .International Peace Day was organized on Thursday at Mokima Biwi Hall of Shibli National College. . . . Dr BK Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, who organized the program, said that peace and brotherhood should prevail in the country and the world. Our country India has always wished for world peace since ancient times and has always maintained world brotherhood, . . . In the program, former Head of Hindi Department, Professor Altaf Ahmed, Shagufta Khanum, Shaheen Bano, Dr. Javed Ahmed, Dr. Anita Rai, Mohammad Adam, Rajlakshmi Jaiswal, Shivangini Gupta, Sumaiya Parveen, Nidhi Yadav, Aakriti Chauhan, Rashid Khan, Suraj Kumar Yadav, Sarvesh Maurya, Sujeet Kumar, Praveen Kumar Anand, Tooba, Hina Akmal Shaikh Anushka Singh Mohammad Atif Sneha Gupta Alishba and all the students and teachers were present.

GONDPUR BULLAN: Nehru Yuva Kendra Una organized a program under the Meri Mati Mera Desh Swachhta Hi Seva and Nutrition Awareness Campaign dedicated to International Peace Day in Gram Panchayat Gondpur Bullan. . . . On this occasion, District Program Manager of National Rural Livelihood Mission Jyoti Sharma, Akash Bhardwaj from Nehru Yuva Kendra and Master Trainer Surbhi Sharma, Principal Neha Dutta, Anita and others were present.

GURUGRAM: International Peace Day and World Gratitude Day were celebrated with the courtesy of Sweat and Manthan Club of Dronacharya Post Graduate College, Raith. The program was started by BBA Department Head Mukesh Sharma. He welcomed Executive Director Dr. Balbinder Singh Pathania as a resource person.

JAMSHEDPUR: A leading private school of the city, Narbheram Hansraj English School (NHES), observed the International Peace Day (IPD) here on Thursday in partnership with the Times of India. . . Keeping in line with this year’s theme of IPD ‘Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for Global Goal’, the NHES organised an intra-school festival named Serenity-Samanam — an array of events revolving around peace.

MEDININAGAR: Unemployed Sangharsh Morcha organized a symposium on International Peace Day. It was presided over by Morcha President Ram and conducted by Sanjay Kumar. Morcha President Uday Ram said that the United Nations had started celebrating International Peace Day in 1981.

PRESIDIUM SCHOOLS: With a mission to give rise to conscientious global citizens with granules of peace, harmony, empathy, and non-violence ingrained in them, Presidium organized a special assembly on the occasion of International Day of Peace. The students celebrated the Day with an informative narration of quotes on peace by well-known preachers of non-violence like Nelson Mandela and Dalai Lama and highlighted the theme of this year, “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world.” Presidians also shared their ideas of what peace means with powerful speeches. The assembly ended with the students taking on messengers’ roles of peace and pledging to spread love and harmony in the world.

PUNE: Ahead of 21st September which is globally recognized as International Peace Day, residents of Kalyani Nagar in Pune have called for a day of unity and ceasefire.

RAMGARH: On the occasion of International Peace Day, an oath ceremony was organized by the Lions Club Bhurkunda on Thursday in the premises of E’La Anglais School, Bhurkunda. In which students from first class to eighth class of the school were present. . . . On the occasion, Mala Sharma, President of Lions Club Bhurkunda said that in today’s era, we all should follow life with peace and should always help our nature and the helpless people around us. If we are useful to even one person in our life then it will definitely be a definite initiative in the betterment of humanity. Said that human welfare and progress can be possible only through peace in the world.

SAMASTIPUR: Samastipur Kendriya Vidyalaya program was organized on Thursday on the occasion of International Peace Day. On the occasion, students of the school’s Scouts and Guides participated in full costumes. The children gave the message of world peace by shouting slogans and holding pictures of great men who were messengers of peace. Sanskrit teacher Anil Kumar Gupta recited peace song and peace mantra by the students. On this occasion, school principal Shripati Ram told the children in detail about International Peace Day

SINDHAULI: On the occasion of International Peace Day, at MA Public School located at Mudiya Mod in the area, teachers expressed their views and congratulated International Peace Day. School Manager Mohammad Asif Ali Mansoori, while addressing the seminar, said that in order to maintain peace in the world, all the teachers, elite citizens and enlightened people should keep spreading inspirational words to the people around them. The elected members of the world should come together on the world stage and brainstorm extensively for the pursuit of peace. Keeping away from communal tensions based on religion-caste, high-ranking, untouchability, we should prepare a plan for the welfare of all mankind.

SURAJGARH: A meeting was organized under the chairmanship of Dharampal Gandhi to celebrate International Peace Day at Gandhi Agricultural Farm Surajgarh. . . India has always shown the world the path of peace. The principles of Mahatma Buddha and the path of truth, non-violence and justice of Mahatma Gandhi have taught human society how to achieve its objectives peacefully even in situations of conflict. This path has been paved. This peaceful conduct has always been visible in the behavior of Indian policy makers. The country’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru also gave the message of peace to the world through the Panchsheel principle. With everyone’s consent in the meeting, it was decided to give the message of peace to the world through yoga, music and prayer.


FUJI CITY: Ahead of the International Day of Peace, elementary school students in Fuji City rang the bell on the roof of City Hall in hopes of peace. . . . At the outset, Mayor Yoshimasa Konagai announced that Fuji City, as a “city that has declared peace and abolished nuclear weapons,” aims for a world free of nuclear weapons.Next, two children gave presentations about peace, and one of them, Akari Sunagawa, said, “I think peace will come if everyone is considerate, follows rules, and is kind to others.” Afterwards, three children’s representatives rang a bell together with the mayor at a special observatory to pray for peace.

FUKUYAMA CITY: The calligraphy club of Seinokan High School in Kinosho-cho, Fukuyama City dedicated calligraphy filled with thoughts of peace to Bingo Gokoku Shrine (Marunouchi, Fukuyama City). An initiative commemorating the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

HAMADA CITY: Before the International Day of Peace (21st), six calligraphy clubs of Hamada High School and Gotsu High School wrote up and dedicated peace letters and four-character idioms at Hamada Gokoku Shrine in Tono-cho, Hamada City on September 16th.

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What has happened this year (2023) for the International Day of Peace?

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HOKUTO: Today, September 21st, is a day designated by the United Nations as the Day of Nonviolence and World Ceasefire, which calls on countries and peoples around the world to cease hostilities. Our Hokuto UFC 4th year students and above participated in an event with a soccer match held at the Ikoinomori Community Park in Akeno-cho, Hokuto City. . . A bonfire event was also held, where participants wrote down their thoughts for peace. As the sun began to set, the atmosphere at the venue suddenly became magical as the members of the Hokuto High School guitar club performed wonderfully. And then there was the spectacular performance by the Hokuto High School calligraphy club

HYODOSAN: The Mt. Hyodo Peace Bell will be rung at noon to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, which calls for an end to conflicts around the world. Anyone can join.

KANAZAWA: At a shrine in Kanazawa, high school students and others dedicated books praying for world peace. This ceremony is held simultaneously at Gokoku Shrines and other locations across the country to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. Calligrapher Toyohisa Abe created two calligraphies to accompany the flute performance. This year, the calligraphy club of Japan Airlines High School Ishikawa wrote calligraphy.

KOBOJI TEMPLE: On September 21st (Thursday), which is International Peace Day, we will hold a special International Peace Day Goma Prayer Puja and International Peace Day Mini Concert at Koboji Temple.

KUNAMOTO: Eleven members of our school’s calligraphy club participated in the 7th September 21st World Peace Prayer Dedicatory Calligraphy. In commemoration of September 21st, the International Day of Peace designated by the United Nations, these festivals are held mainly at Gokoku Shrines across the country. Although the preparation period was short, we were able to come up with the words, paper decorations, sound source, etc. and write them ourselves. Continuing from last year, we had the cooperation of the Kumamoto Prefecture Junior Chamber, and we were able to proceed with the meeting without any problems. Parents were also able to watch the event, and they were happy that it was a good opportunity.

KYOTO: Kyoto Bunkyo Jr. College Elementary School. Tomorrow is the International Day of Peace. We spent time wishing for peace and thinking about peace through talks by the Educational Volunteer Team and the principal. Through studying the SDGs, I would like to continue to look at the world and think about what we can do with a kind heart.

MATSUMOTO CITY: On the 19th, the calligraphy club of Matsumoto Misugaoka High School performed a dedicatory calligraphy at the Prefectural Gokoku Shrine in Misusu, Matsumoto City, in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Peace (21st). Under the sunny autumn sky, five second-year club members said words such as “Japanese style Keiun” (Japanese-style Keiun), which refers to people with a gentle personality, and prayed for world peace.

MIE PREFECTURE: Bridge International Co., Ltd. will hold “World Peace Festival 2023” on September 23rd at Tsu Country Club in Mie Prefecture. This event is held in conjunction with September 21st, the International Day of Peace, and is an event where you can have fun and think about peace and happiness in the open atmosphere of a golf course.

MIHARA: September 21st is International Day of Peace. This day is designated as World Day of Armistice and Nonviolence. On this International Day of Peace, Radio FM Mihara will be presenting a special program titled “Hoko Nakaoka’s Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Experience.” This is the personal experience of Hoko Nakaoka, who arrived in Hiroshima as an apprentice nurse shortly after the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. Hoko Nakaoka, now 94 years old, will talk about what she experienced and saw with her own eyes in Hiroshima immediately after the atomic bomb was dropped. These are the words of the person who experienced it. This is valuable historical testimony. I hope you will listen to it.

MORIOKA CITY: In conjunction with the International Day of Peace on the 21st, high school students in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, dedicated a calligraphy containing their wishes for peace to a shrine. This event was planned by “Wa Project TAISHI,” which engages in peace activities through calligraphy, and 50 high school calligraphy clubs across the country are participating. Eight members of Morioka 2’s calligraphy club participated from within the prefecture, and they wrote each letter powerfully, one stroke at a time, on a piece of paper measuring 1.6 meters in length and 3 meters in width. The words he wrote are “Taihei Tenka.” It contains the hope that the world will be in peace and that everyone will be able to smile. The work will be displayed inside the main building of Iwate Gokoku Shrine.

NAGASAKI: Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum Circular Pavilion. Exhibition of works wishing for peace. The municipal nursery school and certified children’s garden will conduct peace learning and display the feelings for peace felt there as works.

NAGOYA: On the 17th, local high school students dedicated a calligraphic message praying for world peace at Gokoku Shrine in Nagoya. The event was planned by a Nagoya-based organization called “Wa Project TAISHI,” which dedicates calligraphy to 51 locations around the country, including Gokoku Shrine and Peace Parks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, every year on International Day of Peace. 14 calligraphy club members from Aichi Commercial High School participated in the event in Nagoya. I used a brush to fill a sheet of paper approximately 3 meters square. The message written by the club members is “heart of love.” He appealed for world peace and harmony. “We performed this performance with the feeling that we wish for peace in the world with a heart of love, for peace now and peace in the future.” (Aichi Commercial High School Calligraphy Club Director Hise Kanamori)

NIGATA: On September 21st, the International Day of Peace designated by the United Nations, an event was held at Gokoku Shrine in Niigata City’s Chuo Ward to write messages of peace with calligraphy. Calligraphers and high school students from across the prefecture prayed for world peace by powerfully inscribing words such as “Eternal Peace” on large sheets of paper.

NUMATA: Eight second-year students from Numata High School’s calligraphy club performed calligraphy at Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine. Ahead of September 21st, the International Day of Peace designated by the United Nations, I wrote a message wishing for peace on a piece of paper measuring 2 meters high and 1 meter wide. This event is sponsored by an organization that spreads peace through calligraphy, and by September 28th, 50 high school calligraphy clubs across the country will deliver their works to shrines around the country.

OKINAWA: On the 21st, the International Day of Peace designated by the United Nations, six students from Oroku High School’s calligraphy club expressed their feelings for peace in calligraphy in Naha City. The words written on the paper, which is 4 meters long and 5 meters wide, include “Keep smiling forever” and “Lucky comes to the door that smiles.” He chose this because he believed that peace begins with a smile.

OMOTEMACHI: 9/21 (Thursday) International Day of Peace. The Peace Parade is celebrating its 50th anniversary✨The parade was started by Mr. Ohashi. . . Everyone will parade through Omotemachi while praying for peace for people living around the world. If you have time, please come to Ishiyama Park at 15:00 ✨There is no politics, religion, or ideology, just a gathering to simply love and pray for peace. Let’s spread prayers of peace from Okayama✨

OSAKA: Festival / MATSURI Festival in Osaka Expo Commemorative Park / Bell-ringing ceremony to protect the United Nations Peace Bell September 21st (Thursday) “International Day of Peace”.A new type of festival where you can listen to the peace bell and pray for peace through the sound together with many people.

TAKASAKI CITY: Ahead of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace on the 21st of this month, high school students dedicated calligraphy works to pray for world peace at Gokoku Shrine in Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture. At the venue, three students from Maebashi Nishi High School’s calligraphy club waved their brushes in prayer for world peace. The three people wrote the four words, “Taihei,” with each stroke they wrote, expressing their desire for peace. It was stored on a sheet of paper 5 meters wide. In addition, before the dedication by the three high school students, soprano singer Yumie Shinagawa from Takasaki City and chanson singer Shintaro Nakano from Kanra Town performed four songs wishing for peace.

TAKAYAMA: On the 21st, which is the International Day of Peace designated by the United Nations, Rakugan, a Japanese confectionery shop in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, handed out rakugan in the shape of the character “wa” to customers. This day was also “Takayama City Peace Day,” and they casually conveyed their wish for peace to tourists and local guests. . . . This year, we have about 200 heart-shaped rakugan and 3-piece sets. For three days until the 21st, we handed them out at stores along with pieces of paper announcing Peace Day. Her wife Tomiko (62) said, “I hope this day becomes a day where everyone becomes conscious of world peace once again.” Takayama City has also been handing out Japanese rakugan for free every year since 2013, when it designated Peace Day. On this day, in front of City Hall, Mayor Akira Tanaka and other city officials read out the Peace City Declaration and then struck the gong of the Bonds for Peace monument with a wooden mallet. 

TOKYO FILM FESTIVAL: The UNITED FOR PEACE FILM FESTIVAL (UFPFF) is a short film festival for students with the themes of “peace” and “SDGs” held every year in conjunction with Peace Day, and this will be the 13th time . This year, for the first time , the event will be co-sponsored with PEACE DAY, a general incorporated foundation , and will be held from September 15th (Friday) to September 21st (Thursday) at Human Trust Cinema Shibuya in Tokyo, starting September 18th (Monday/holiday). It will be held as one of the main actions of “PEACE DAY WEEK”. Part 1, the PEACE DAY special program, will feature a historical dialogue between two Nobel Peace Prize winners, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, titled Mission Joy, which is scheduled to be released in theaters in January. The second part of the International Peace Film Festival (UFPFF) 2023 will feature screenings of this year’s 10 finalists, a judging panel, and an award ceremony.

TOKYO YOYOGI:  PEACE DAY2023@Yoyogi Park, an outdoor festival held at Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on Peace Day (September 21st), will feature singers Yo Yoyogi and AI, as well as children with hearing and visual disabilities. The White Hand Chorus NIPPON choir will perform. The artistic director of this choir is Erica Colon, a soprano singer from Venezuela. The choir consists of a “voice corps” made up of visually impaired children and a “sign corps” made up of deaf children who express their “songs” through body language and facial expressions. “I want to express a world of joy and freedom that connects divided things,” says Colon. While working to popularize El Sistema, a music education program that originated in Venezuela, in Japan, she came across the White Hand Chorus. El Sistema was started in 1975 to raise the self-esteem and sociability of children against the backdrop of poverty and drug crime.

UNIQLO COMPANY: September 21st is International Peace Day. Uniqlo’s charity T-shirt project “PEACE FOR ALL”, which prays for a peaceful future where all people can live in peace, has exceeded 690 million yen in donations. To date, PEACE FOR ALL has received volunteer participation from collaborators with ties to UNIQLO, including architect Tadao Ando, ​​novelist Haruki Murakami, film director Wim Wenders, and artist KAWS. All profits (equivalent to 20% of the sales amount per shirt) will be donated to three organizations: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) , Save the Children, and Plan International) through their respective Japan contact points.

UTSUNOMIYA: Ahead of the 21st International Day of Peace designated by the United Nations, the Sakushin Gakuin High School Calligraphy Club performed a dedication calligraphy to pray for peace on the 18th at Gokoku Shrine in Yozai-cho, Utsunomiya City. 10 first and second year students participated. Wearing a hakama and wielding a large brush, they wrote messages such as “peace” and prayers for peace on a piece of paper 3.5 meters long and 4 meters wide. “The world is unstable, including the war in Ukraine. I prayed for peace for everyone,” said Kenta Kitsunezuka, 16.

YANAGAWA: September 21st every year is the International Day of Peace, commonly known as Peace Day, designated by the United Nations. In Yanagawa City, a Koppori concert and a Wish Tree workshop will be held at Shintomachi Ryokuchi Hiroba, a place associated with Yoko Ono.


TERENGGANU: Let’s join our International Day of Peace Run 2023 – Terengganu! 4Km or 8 Km. RACE PACK COLLECTION
Date: 8 September 2023 (Friday)
Time: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Kompleks Sukan Negeri Terengganu


NEPAL: 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 programes to assert global peace.

KATHMANDU: The Human Rights and Peace Society (HURPES), Kathmandu has staged a sit-in in front of the Bouddhanath Stupa, a world heritage site, wishing for the prevail of sustainable peace. The protest has been launched to create an atmosphere to maintain peace in Nepal for world peace on the occasion of the International Day of Peace, said Bhagawan Pudasaini, the Society, Kathmandu President. The program was attended by over five dozen of activists working for human rights and peace. The participants called for maintaining peace in the country with placards in their hands. People from various walks of life including the Society’s former presidents Uttam Pudasaini and Homkanta Chaulagain, former chair of Kathmandu Metropolitan City-6 Dipendra Lama, former chair of Gokarnesheor Municipality-6 Ramesh Aryal and the municipality-8 chair Manoj Kumar Dhungana participated in the protest.

NEPAL ROTARY: The Rotaract Club of Pashupati-Kathmandu cordially invites you to our heartfelt event, the Peace Lantern Lighting Ceremony. Join us on September 21, 2023, at Dasharath Stadium, Kathmandu.


AOTEAROA: Peace Movement Aotearoa. Tomorrow on International #PeaceDay, join our lunchtime ‘Election 2023: Let’s get disarmament on the agenda!’ forum to discuss party positions on: • disarmament and arms control policy • space launches • military spending • use of explosive weapons in populated areas • women, peace and security agenda • climate change and military activity • autonomous weapon systems • AUKUS


HYDERABAD: The Department of Social Work, University of Sindh Jamshoro orchestrated an enlightening seminar on the occasion of International Peace Day, being observed every year globally. The event unfolded at the Local Hotel Hyderabad, with a primary objective of stimulating dialogues and awareness concerning the paramount importance of peace in contemporary society. . . . The event reached its zenith with the closing remarks delivered by the chief guest renowned social activist and senior civil citizen advocate Om Parkash who shared his invaluable insights on the imperative task of nurturing peace and unity within society.


VISAYAS: International Day of Peace 2023 – Boy Scouts of the Philippines Western Visayas Region. I am Scouter Dulce Canata of Iloilo Confesor Council and this International Day of Peace, September 21, 2023, I am with the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Western Visayas Region as we proudly join the global movement as Messenger of Peace.


SOLOMON ISLANDS: The Ministry of Traditional Governance, Peace and Ecclesiastical Affairs each year marked and celebrated International Peace Day (IPD) and this year 2023 Ministry is celebrating on the theme “Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #Global Goals”. In a statement marking the IPD Minister Hon Samuel Manetoali thanked the Ministry and its peace-building stakeholders for the commitments and effort rendered forwards maintaining sustainable, peace and unity in the country. . . . Permanent Secretary Peter Mae also thanked and acknowledged Ministry staff for their continuous efforts and commitments in delivering peace-building programs and activities in the Country. . . . Due to financial constrain, the IPD was marked and celebrated at the Ministry head office with food and cutting of IPD cake.


KYUNG HEE: In celebration of the 42nd United Nations International Day of Peace, Kyung Hee University System is holding its annual Peace BAR Festival (PBF) on Sept. 21. To commemorate the UN’s seminal day, the annual PBF discussion sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., deliberating how to create a new path for a transitional civilization.


BANGKOK UNPKFC: This is the 7th year celebrating the UN International Day of Peace by the United Peace Keepers Federal Council. At this free event, there will be a host of activities and reflections on the 2023 theme, Actions for Peace. After the delivery of the peace messages, there will be a gathering around the Peace Pole – a symbol of hope for Bay Area communities and peace on Earth for the global family.

BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL: This year, the theme of the United Nations International Day of Peace is “Actions for Peace”. One of the themes of our International School Bangkok (ISB) Peace Day Assembly on September 20th will be the concept of sustainability as an action for peace. The elementary students will lead the singing of “The Three R’s” by Jack Johnson. They have been working on it in music class and would be happy to teach you the three movements for “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Feel free to play the song in your classroom!

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In addition to the events listed above, there were 14 new events in Asia-Pacific to celebrate the International Day of Peace on the website of the Montessori Schools, i.e. events that were not listed last year:

Australia: Bentleigh, Kensington, Melbourne
Cambodia: Phnom Penh
China: Liaoning
Laos: Vientiane
Malaysia: Puchong
New Zealand: Beachlands, Palmerston
Philippines: Angeles City (2), Nabuq Camarines, Silano Cavite
Thailand: Kalasin Khonkaen

Arab and Middle Eastern States: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

The following 15 actions in 8 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 20 events are listed on the maps of One Day One Choir and Montessori schools singing for peace, but, except for one new entry shown below in United Arab Emirates, there is no indication which took place this year and which took place only in previous years.

Kurdistan Women’s Union in the city of Qamishlo, Syria

Here are excerpts from the articles.

ARAB LEAGUE: In a statement on Wednesday to mark the International Day of Peace that coincides with Sept. 21 each year, Arab League said this year celebration comes under the theme of: ‘Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the GlobalGoals’ within the framework of the United Nations’ call for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2023. The,statement added that this day offers a joint occasion for world peoples to organize events and carry out works that glorify the importance of peace and democracy through beneficial and realistic methods.

ISESCO: On the occasion of the world’s celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21 every year, The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) called for concerted called on everyone to assume their individual and collective responsibilities to consolidate the values ​​of coexistence and civilizational dialogue, and to invest in cultural diversity in promoting peace. It also called for optimism and work to spread a culture of peace among all segments of society, and to raise the level of psychological support as an important tool for achieving social cohesion and enhancing the ability to withstand challenges. The organization praised the hard work and innovative initiatives implemented by ISESCO’s Young Ambassadors for Peace, who graduated from the ISESCO Leadership Training Program for Peace and Security, and belong to 50 countries from the Islamic world and beyond, where they are playing their roles to contribute to building more peaceful societies.


ALEXANDRIA: The Alexandria National Museum announced today that, on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Peace, the Scientific Research Department of the Alexandria National Museum, in cooperation with the “Long Live Egypt” Student Union, will organize an event entitled “Mental Health” presented by Dahab Ahmed, a specialist in psychological disorders and addiction. The event will be held in the lecture hall of the Alexandria National Museum. Next Wednesday at two o’clock in the afternoon.

CAIRO: On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, The Institute of Arab Manuscripts will hold a live lecture on its YouTube channel under the title: Linguistic and Literary Manifestations of Peace in Our Arab Heritage, delivered by Professor Dr. Nadia Al-Azzawi, on Thursday (September 21, 2023 AD). You can follow the live broadcast on this link

The Museums Sector of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities celebrated the International Day of Peace, which falls on September 21 every year, under the title: “Peace does not flourish without planting its fruits. The museum sector said: “Today, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace, with the aim of promoting the ideals of peace, as peaceful coexistence is the strong rope that connects human societies and countries. Egypt’s history is full of establishing the values ​​of truth, justice, and tolerance. Since the dawn of history, all messages of goodness and peace have spread from its land, as many treaties were concluded between Egypt and the Assyrians, Babylonians, and Hittites, who followed a policy of peace to gain satisfaction from the Egyptian side. The Egyptian Museums Sector pointed out the most prominent and important peace treaties that Egypt concluded throughout its history, the first of which was in 1258 BC, with the signing of the Treaty of Kadesh between Egypt and the Hittites. It is considered the oldest and most important peace agreement known to humanity, as King Ramesses II signed it with his Hittite counterpart, Khatushili III. .

ISMAILIA : Today, Wednesday, Major General Yassin Taher, Governor of Ismailia, and a number of local leaders in the region witnessed the celebration held by the branch of the National Council for Women in the city of Ismailia, under the title: Women, Peacemakers, Together Against Terrorism, within the framework of celebrating the International Day of Peace.

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What has happened this year (2023) for the International Day of Peace?

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SHARM EL SHEIKH: THE LEBANESE STAR, NANCY AJRAM , recently arrived in Sharm El-Sheikh, in preparation for her concert scheduled to be held there on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. Nancy had participated in the International Day of Peace campaign and published a video clip that had been published by the United Nations page on YouTube, during which she appeared directing her speech to spread peace alongside international artist Michael Douglas. NANCY AJRAM re -published the video on her page on the social networking site Twitter, commenting on it: “Before Peace Day, I was honored to add my voice to inspiring artists, community members, and peacekeepers in calling for peace.”


BERGHOF FOUNDATION: To mark this year’s Peace Day, the Berghof Foundation asked colleagues working on Iraq and Somalia to share why it is important to promote climate awareness for peace. Here is the video from Peshtiwan AlDawoudi, their local consultant in Iraq.


(KUNA) – The Women’s Institute for Development and Peace announced that Kuwait will host the eighth edition of the International Peace Day celebration on the 25th of this month under the slogan (Working for Peace… Our ambition to achieve global goals) and the first meeting of the Arab Women’s Network for Peace. The head of the Institute, Kawthar Al-Jawaan, said in a press conference today. On Tuesday, the Institute annually celebrates the International Day of Peace, which falls on the 21st of this month, as a confirmation of the Institute’s path and a choice of the nation’s approach towards peace and “the national role carried out by our good, peaceful people” and an affirmation of the message Kuwait carries towards the entire world, which is the message of peace and humanity.


UNAFIL: Uniformed peacekeepers from 49 different countries expressed their commitment to peace and stability as they celebrated the International Day of Peace today in Naqoura, southern Lebanon. The ceremony, which was hosted by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) at its headquarters, was attended by Lebanese political figures, including Deputy Speaker of Parliament Elias Bou Saab, representatives of local authorities, clerics, the Lebanese Armed Forces and security forces, as well as United Nations officials, from Among them are the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Joanna Wronecka, and members of the international community.


BERGHOF FOUDATION: To mark this year’s Peace Day, the Berghof Foundation asked colleagues working on Iraq and Somalia to share why it is important to promote climate awareness for peace. Here is the video from Janel B. Galvanek, the Head of their Regional Peace Support Department.


QAMISHLO : On Friday, September 22, 2023, the office of the Kurdistan Women’s Union – Syria in the city of Qamishlo held a dialogue session on the occasion of the International Day of Peace. Civil society organizations and independent figures participated in the symposium. Arya Jumaa spoke about this international day, which is dedicated to “promoting peace and understanding between nations and peoples.” The attendees stressed the need to support efforts to end the war, which has caused great suffering to the people from “all conflicting parties,” and to end manifestations of violence and armament in Syria. Calling for work to “find a comprehensive and just political solution that satisfies all parties in Syria.”


ABU DHABI: Global Montessori Nursery 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! 

DUBAI: Kindergarteners of JSSPS celebrated International Peace day with great zeal and zest to spread words and thoughts about peace. The learners had a special assembly on Peace, wherein they were enlightened about the importance of Peace day and sang a beautiful song.They enjoyed doing various craft activities on this special day. The learners of KG2 wrote personalized handwritten messages about peace on paper doves ,which they later hanged on a tree in the school garden.They all pledged to preach and spread peace, love and harmony with one and all.


In conjunction with the International Day of Peace, which the world celebrates as a dedicated day to promote the ideals of peace, the Aden Again Cultural Foundation, within its Cultural Forum project and with funding from the Cultural Attaché of the American Embassy to Yemen, held a poetry event entitled (Dialogue and Poem). The event was hosted by both poets: the poet and the writer Amr. Aqeel Al-Eryani, the writer Duaa Al-Ahdal, and the poet-engineer Naji Attiya. During the event, several topics were discussed, including poetry and its essence. During the event, the poets recited their poems that express the aspirations and desires of achieving peace. The event included interventions from the distinguished audience, which included poets, writers, and those interested in literature.

United States and Canada: International Day of Peace


A survey by CPNN

Here are 257 actions for the International Day of Peace located in 43 of the 50 United States, as well as 19 events in Canada in 6 provinces. In order to save space, only one event is given in detail for each state of the USA 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 2023 from events in previous years, except for those Montessori schools that were new this year, as listed below.


Here are excerpts from the articles.

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“To be lasting, peace requires effort, ambition and dedication on the part of those who wish to leave a better future for future generations. Today, on the International Day of Peace , we highlight the importance of promoting a more peaceful and inclusive world and we renew our commitment to working with a range of partners around the world to build it. . . . In the face of significant global challenges, such as Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine and its far-reaching repercussions, we continue to stand up for peace, democracy, human rights and of the rule of law. . . In accordance with our Feminist International Assistance Policy , we also continue to promote the full participation of women in peace and security operations, for example through the Elsie Initiative , led by Canada . On this International Day of Peace, I encourage Canadians and our friends around the world to reflect on our shared values ​​of tolerance, compassion and cooperation. Only by working together now can we deliver a peaceful future to the world tomorrow.”


WESTMAN: The annual event will showcase an amazing line-up of activities, one of which is Kites for Peace. . . . “This year it’s really highlighted by a few things including Kites for Peace. It’s an initiative that goes world-wide. We were at the Boissevain Streetfest this past weekend and we were helping kids build their kites that they can fly at the Garden on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-4:00 pm. For those who haven’t made their kites yet, decorating starts at 11:00 am here at the Peace Garden.”


LONDON: On International Day of Peace, Fanshawe students are invited to guided yoga sessions with discussion of the importance of slowing down/meditation. There will also be free snacks.

MIDLAND: We invite you to join us to celebrate the International Day of Peace, bringing your thoughts and ideas to share. Let’s be part of the solution. Actions for Peace, presented by Ed Milewski, Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., Midland Public Library, 320 King St., Midland.

ST. CATHERINES: The lives of those who resisted Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany will take centre stage at an upcoming public lecture hosted by Brock University. It will feature esteemed scholar Kristin Semmens, Associate Professor of History at the University of Victoria and author of Under the Swastika in Nazi Germany.
The event coincides with the United Nations International Day of Peace.

THUNDER BAY: VIDEO: International Day of Peace Ceremony takes place at Waverly Park

TIMMINS: Peace Day Reception, Thursday, Sept. 21, noon, Schumacher International Peace Park. Celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace in the park located near the McIntyre Community Centre. This year’s theme is actions for peace. Lunch will be served and all are welcome.

WATERLOO: We invite you to be in community with us during #PeaceWeek2023, which runs from the international Day of Peace on September 21st to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. Be sure to check back regularly to see which events you might want to attend and help promote:
The Urgency of Social Justice Event
Transformative Mediation Training
Speak Your Peace
Grebel Gallery Exhibit: Trinity Atomic Bomb Test


NDG stories
Peaceful and fun booklet
Comic book on Peace and Harmonious Relationships
Everyday Non-Violence: Participatory Theater
Pensees et Splendeurs de la Colombie Autochone
Queer Futurism
L’Egalite et la Paix
Le Dialogue Interconfessionnel

Montreal Centre de Services de Justice Reparatrice: The CSJR will organize two activities:
A workshop After violence, is it possible to find peace? offered by Geneviève Chenard.
A workshop for Truth-Reconciliation Day Miro Pimatisiwin – Wishing each other a good life with Atikamekw artist Marie-Claude Nequado and in collaboration with the McCord Steward Museum

Consulate of Colombia in Montreal: Sign up for the painting workshop to commemorate the International Day of PEACE. The Consulate of Colombia in Montreal invites, within the framework of the International Day of PEACE to be celebrated next Thursday, September 21, to register for the act of dignity, called: “Canvas of Resilience” to experience the healing power of painting as victims of the armed conflict and builders of peace. The activity will be led by the Colombian artist Camilo Arias.

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TROY: TROY students will gather at Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus at 6:30 p.m. and, beginning at 7 p.m., will march, bearing international flags, to the Peace Dove statue, created by the artist Nall, on the Daniel Foundation of Alabama Plaza, located behind the International Arts Center. The march will be followed by a program, featuring student speakers and music.



MESA: In recognition of International Peace Day and in celebration of the first anniversary of the City of Mesa becoming an International City of Peace, a Peace Pole Rededication Ceremony is being held in the Mesa Community College Rose Garden. Sponsors include Mesa Community College, the City of Mesa, Rotary International, City of Mesa Police Department, The Children’s Benefit Foundation Inc. and St. Matthew United Methodist Church. . . . The finale will be “May peace prevail on Earth” communicated in Sign Language by Karen Palmieri, Chinese by Dr. Ruth Tan Lim, Hebrew by Dr. Mittman, Spanish by Zarco Guerrero, Greek by Christos Chronis, German and Luganda by Dame Precious Namazzi, and Arabic by Aeda Alkindi. All will join in the statement in English to close the ceremony.



LITTLE ROCK: On Sept 18th, 375 students at Washington Magnet Elementary School assembled in the schoolyard. Holding aloft peace art they created, they marched for peace through the neighborhood as part of Arkansas Peace Week. Ms. Aleta Posey, school principal, led the students in a chant: P-E-A-C-E, Wildcats Walk for Peace! Community groups like Pax Christi Little Rock joined in solidarity.



TIBURON: United Nations Association, Marin Chapter invites you to join us in celebrating the UN International Day of Peace. “An Evening with Peace Leaders.” Community Congregational Church of Tiburon
Be inspired, hear from everyday peacebuilders. Learn how we can model, support, and expand peacebuilding.
Honored Speakers
Tezikiah Gabriel, Executive Director, Pathways To Peace, Entrepreneur, Ordained Minister
RJ Jennings, Social Justice Advocate, Peace Alliance Board member, Executive Coach
Matthew Albrecht, Former Executive Director, The Peace Alliance, Author
Kimberly Weichel, Peacebuilder, Educator, Author, Non-profit leader/advisor (Moderator)



TOWAOC: The 15th annual Week of Unity and Peace will be held from Sept. 16 – 24 with a kickoff Community Drum Circle event on Saturday, Sept. 16. Culture Fest happens on Saturday, Sept. 23, sponsored by the Hispanic Project and the Ute Indian Museum on the museum grounds. A Peace Gathering at the Peace Pole in Ute Indian Park will be held at noon during Culture Fest with a Flags of All Nations ceremony to pray for peace around the world. . . The Western Colorado Friends of the Himalayas are sponsoring the Annual Peace Dinner again this year. The buffet dinner will be held at Guru’s Restaurant, 438 Main St., with the 2023 peace awards given out, followed by a program. Saturday, Sept. 23, Culture Fest begins at 10 a.m. celebrating our cultural diversity, with booths, food, music, dance, and displays until 4 p.m. This event is at the Ute Indian Museum.



NEW HAVEN: A new symbol of peace is taking root at the Sound School. To celebrate International Day of Peace on Thursday, the school held a ceremony next to a newly planted tree and peace plaque, featuring remarks by an “atomic veteran” who grew up in New Haven. . . . To commemorate the day, the City of New Haven Peace Commission plants a peace tree in a different neighborhood every year. . . . The event comes as the city has experienced several high-profile instances of violent crime. Goode said the commission is not naive about what planting a tree will do, but he thinks it’s a step toward creating a culture of peace.



Peace Week Delaware 2023 will run from October 7–15. This will be our eighth year of organizing this statewide series of events. Event organizers can create their own web listings and attendees may register for individual events and receive reminders as the week unfolds.



ARMS BAZAAR PROTEST: Art Laffin of Dorothy Day Catholic Worker in Washington, DC reports: Tuesday September 12 from Noon-1:00 PM, members of the DDCW, Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, and other peacemakers, held a prayer service and nonviolent witness outside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD which once again is hosting the annual Air Force Association (AFA) “Air-Space-Cyber Conference and Technology Exposition,” what we call an “Arms Bazaar.” There are some 180 exhibitor booths at this year’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, which began on September 11th and ended on September 13th. This witness was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.



SARASOTA: The United Nations designated September 21 as International Day of Peace. In Nuestra Musica, we are celebrating it with Latinx Singers and Songwriters who dedicated their artistry to the causes of Peace and Social Justice. The songs presented are not necessarily protest songs, even though, some are. But the singers and songwriters are artist who struggled and fought with poetry, music and actions against totalitarian regimes, and some pay the high price of been censored, exiled and death. We are presenting songs from Argentina, Urugay, Chile, Spain, Brazil, Puerto Rico, US, Nicaragua and Cuba. Horacio Guarany, Pedro y Pablo, Leon Gieco, Joan Manuel Serrat, Rolando Alarcon, Jairo, Juan Carlos Baglietto, Chico Buarque, Patxi Andion, Paco Ibanez, Daniel Biglietti, Mercedes Sosa, Roy Brown, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Piero, Cuarteto Zupay, Jose Alfonso, Duo Guardabarranco and Pablo Milanes.

FT MYERS Peace Day Block Party (announcement since removed)


SANDY SPRINGS PAX CHRISTI: On September 24 at the main family mass at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Atlanta, we will start a monthly prayer vigil. We will pray for an end to gun violence and lift up the souls of those killed in mass shootings in the month as well as lifting up the names of the shooters. After all, like Cain they are our brothers and Jesus told us to forgive our brothers and especially these who are disordered or misguided.


HONOKA: Peace Day Parade & Festival with six days of peace-themed events. These include the Peace Day Parade and Festival (back after a three year pandemic pause), Honoka’a Business Association’s Peace Out Saturday street fair, and Katsu Goto Legacy Week in honor of the 19th Century “Hāmakuā Hero” and martyred Labor leader. The Parade will step off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, with an eclectic and colorful fusion of bands and dancers, street performers, floats and more. . . . Following the Parade, the Festival kicks off in the park’s football “oval,” with more music on stage, vendor booths, and peace displays. Proclamation, certificates and other activities begin at 12:30 p.m. Meanwhile, back on Mamane Street, “Peace Out Saturday” is happening, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. as people come to town dressed in their best tie dye and love beads. Throughout the day, peaceniks will find food trucks, pop-up vendors, music and groovy things to do for the keiki, like origami and giant bubbles.



CHICAGO Hundreds gathered at Daley Plaza on Monday for an afternoon of music and dancing as part of the 45th annual Peace Day Chicago celebration. . . . “As we continue to witness war and strife in places like Ukraine, and so many other nations, we need to be reminded that we play a part in our global communities,” Mayor Brandon Johnson said at Monday’s celebration. The free event included live music and performances along with a call-and-response for peace in every country of the world.

BATAVIA Second Annual Peace Day Celebration (announcement since removed)
LAKE ZURICH Ela Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony (announcement since removed)


NOTRE DAME: Join the Kroc Institute for lunch and various responses to the United Nations’ new agenda for peace. This event will take place in person, with a recording to be posted following the event to the Kroc Institute’s YouTube page.



DUBUQUE: Loras College Alumni Campus Center. “Making Peace in Our Polarized Society” presented by International Day of Peace Speaker, Dr. Peter Coleman. This year’s Peace Festival invites us to explore constructive conflict resolution and sustainable peace. We will learn how families, companies, communities and nations have found resolution beyond their once polarized viewpoints. Sponsored by the Dubuque International Day of Peace Committee



WIND HILLS: International Day of Peace, Thursday, Sept 21, Tibetan Buddhist prayer and readings from peacemakers to set us on a solid path.
Morning Practice for Nonviolence, Daily from 7:30-8am – Set a ground for awareness of nonharm with these morning meditations led by local peacemakers.
Peacemaker Conversation – Join us for a conversation with nationally known author, catalyst, and activist, Rivera Sun.
Monday, Sept 25, Noon, via Zoom and Facebook LIVE. Join us for a conversation with author Roxy Manning to explore a lived application of the Beloved Community.



LAFAYETTE: Lafayette Compassion Center.
September 21: International Peace Day Event
Sept. 23: We will have a labyrinth walk for International Peace Days of Action.


MADAWASKA: Skylandia Organic Farm in Northern Maine will engage in mutual aid with seniors, community members, and the Little Free Pantry at our local library


FREDERICK Peace Through Action USA will discuss how its capstone Calvert Peace Project works to build and nourish a culture of peace through an emphasis on social and civic engagements


Question for this article

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BOSTON: This year’s event features a unique program of Music, Song, Arts & Peace Education led by emcee Dawn Duncan, including brief presentations by peacemakers such a Nichol Brewer-Lowry, Rev. Cindy Davidson, Isabella Fuentes, Dr. Ira Helmand, Dr. Jonathan King, David Shane Lowry, and Rev. Vernon Walker about their work. There will be art activities for children as well as musical performances by Miranda Henne, Toussaint Liberator, Alastair Moock, and Split Feather Singers. The day will conclude with the reading of a list of recent local victims of violence. We will walk to the nearby Garden of Peace to pray for peace among stones engraved with the names of these victims.

WESTON Council on Aging and Weston Public Library (announcement since removed)


SOUTHFIELD: The city of Southfield, in collaboration with May Peace Prevail on Earth International™ Foundation, will host an International Day of Peace on Thursday, September 21 from 5–6 p.m. at the City’s Peace Poles located in front of City Hall.The event will begin with a presentation of colors by the Southfield Police and Fire Honor Guard followed by opening remarks from Councilman Lloyd Crews and a reading of the City’s International Day of Peace Joint Resolution by Mayor Siver. The event will also include presentation of the United Nation’s 2023 Theme for the International Day of Peace “Act Now!” by President of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force Faira Glenn followed by a rendition of “Let there be Peace on Earth” by MLK Task Force International Relations Committee Co-Chair Barbara Seldon. The event will conclude with a Call for Peace in All Nations led by Hope United Methodist Church Youth Representative Remington DeVaull.



SUPERIOR: Superior recognized the United Nations International Day of Peace on Thursday. Community members gathered at Superior’s Sister City Park where Superior Mayor Jim Paine issued a proclamation in observance of Peace Day. The event also served to honor and remember Jan Provost of Superior. She was a local peace activist and founded Northland Grandmothers for Peace in 1983. Provost served as president of Northland Grandmothers for Peace until her passing in April 2020. The mission of Grandmothers for Peace is to work for peace and social justice and strive to eliminate the nuclear threat.



KANSAS CITY: September 23 – 24. PeaceWorks will be holding its annual Art Fair for artists local to Kansas City. Beginning artists and diverse artists are encouraged to apply. We also are inviting many local peace and Justice organizations to have booths. We will have a tent for these organizations to give a short presentation about the issues they address and also for poets, musicians, singers and street theater pieces. Location: Theis Park.


GRAND ISLAND: Nebraskans For Peace Focus on DEI & Sustainability: Holding their event at the Hub Cafe, Nebraskans For Peace had great turnout for their Community Conversation on Food and Sustainability, featuring guest speakers who are farmers, cafe owners, and sustainability coordinators. Nebraskans For Peace also held their first in-person board meeting since before the pandemic, using some of the time together to work through a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training with Dr. Stephanie Bondi. On Sept 24, NFP board member Tom Genung was among those honored for their work over 15 years in a sustained nonviolent resistance to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. The ceremony was part of the 10th annual harvest of the Ponca Sacred Corn and took place on Ponca Nation land.


RENO: Life, Peace & Justice Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Reno, September 23 – We will hold our 3rd annual Day of Reflection. This year the title is Day of Reflection: “Why so Many Immigrants?” Moving from Sympathy to Empathy.


PRINCETON: Celebrate Peace Day with the West Windsor Human Relations Council. Theme: Actions for Peace – Peace starts with ME. It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace



SANTA FE: StopForeverWIPP (our website)
1.Nuclear Disarmament Now! Join Us For Our Weekly Picket Fridays @ Noon To 1pm (Corners Of Guadalupe & Alameda St.)
2.New Mexico Environment Department
In-Person And Virtual Listening Session On Wipp’s Permit. September 22 2023 @ 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Larrazolo Auditorium. Harold Runnels Bldg.


BROOKLYN PROSPECT PARK: In celebration of International Day of Peace, join Prospect Park Alliance and The Peace Studio for a book reading and signing of The First Day of Peace, a new children’s picture book by two of The Peace Studio’s co-founders, Maya Soetoro-Ng and Todd Shuster with illustration by Tatiana Gardel. The book offers a moving and modern take on the wondrous power of kindness and sharing.The event will include a reading of the book by Maya and Todd, alongside discussion and a fun peace-focused craft activity for kids and adults as well as a kids illustration workshop led by Tatiana. A light reception and the opportunity for book purchasing and signing will follow the reading.



MESSAGE OF SECRETARY-GENERAL GUTTERES: As we mark this International Day of Peace, people and our planet are in crisis.
Conflicts driving record numbers of people from their homes.
Deadly fires, raging floods and soaring temperatures.
Poverty, inequalities and injustices.
Mistrust, division and prejudice.
This year’s theme reminds us that peace is not automatic.
Peace is the result of action.
Action to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and ensure that no one is left behind.
Action to end the war on our planet and its natural gifts.
Action to uphold and protect the human rights and dignity of every person — especially as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Action to use the timeless tools of diplomacy, dialogue and collaboration to defuse tensions and end conflict.
And action for those millions of people living through the horrors of war.
Peace is not only a noble vision for humanity.
Peace is a call to action.
Let us commit to build, drive and sustain peace for all.

YOUTH PROGRAM: Video of Youth Event Programme, 14 September 2023, UN Headquarters



William Peace University (WPU) will celebrate its shared name and values with a series of on-campus events to mark the International Day of Peace. The day will start out with a gathering on the main lawn of the university at 3:20, featuring student art and an open-mic event. At 4 p.m. in Kenan Hall, a guest panel will participate in a live podcast discussing peacebuilding both internationally and locally. The panelists are worship leader, writer, and justice activist Angie Hong; development professional and peace activist Mustafa Rezaie; and cultural heritage and museum professional Alex Rose.



AKRON: Join the North Hill Community Development Corporation to celebrate the third annual International Day of Peace. Walk for Little Amal. Little Amal is a 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl who has traveled across 13 countries meeting more than a million people. This fall, between 7 September and 5 November 2023, she will journey 6,000 miles across the United States in one of the largest free public festivals ever created. Amal Walks Across America comes to Akron on September 23rd, starting at Waters Park and proceeding to People’s Park on North Main Street.



TULSA: The Mother Earth String Band and Choir will perform Thursday, September 21 (International Day of Peace) at Park Grove Creative Community, 4241 S. 37th West Avenue, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. After performing at Earth Day observances on Guthrie Green last year, McCulloch got the idea of forming the band with some of the many talented women she’s worked with, or wanted to work with, over the years. Music, she says, is the tool that can help unite us in these divisive times, and reduce the stress and anger which divide us. “When you sing with people, and you remind them of how it feels to sing together – and the songs they heard when they were younger that they know – some of that falls away,” she said. “We’re trying to just sort of soothe the waters with music, because music heals. Music unites.”



PORTLAND: Join CODEPINK and other anti-war, anti-imperialist and peace organizations in marking International Peace Day in Portland! Hear from anti-war speakers and performers, talk with like-minded peace-wagers and build connections for future organizin



PHILADELPHIA PEACE DAY: Now in its 13th year, Peace Day Philly is helping to organize more than a dozen activities, some of which, including a meditation session and a workshop on grief, were held this past weekend. Hundreds of students are expected to participate in “Footballs Not Firearms,” a march and rally taking place Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fairhill Square. PDP is collaborating with the Philadelphia Police Department on the event, and the Eagles are donating 150 footballs to give away to young people. Food, music and an art activity are also included. On Thursday, the day itself, PDP is organizing speakers and bringing drummers to the north side of City Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. At noon, attendees will participate in a worldwide minute of silence. Among the other activities planned for the week are an immigrant and refugee job fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at 801 Market St.; a communication workshop at the Peace Center in Langhorne; and a virtual panel discussion about water access beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, visit peacedayphilly.org.



SOUTH KINGSTOWN; Sunday, Sept 24, 2023 – We welcome you to our 2nd Annual Intention Fest celebrating peace and wellness with over 50 peace makers and healing practitioners, meditation tent, drum circles, yoga, reflexology, massage sanctuary, peace rocks and peace flags. FREE EVENT



ABERDEEN: Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed around the world on September 21. The International Presentation Association works collaboratively with other groups to realize our priority Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Achieving the SDGs will create a culture of peace for all. Please join the Presentation Sisters and others around the world at Noon local time to observe a minute of silence and then to pray for peace.


MEMPHIS: Campaign Nonviolence Memphis. Join us on Thursday, September 21, 8 PM Eastern, for our quarterly PAX Mass, celebrated on the International Day of Peace and the first day of the Catholic Nonviolence Days of Action.


AUSTIN: The Second Annual Austin Peace Fest will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 2505 Princeton Dr., Austin, TX 78741.
Please invite your friends to bring a lawn chair, their refreshment of choice, and an eclectic musical taste.Donations support Nonviolent Austin. Other community partners include Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry, Texas Poor People’s Campaign, and Indivisible Austin.



SALT LAKE CITY: Utah Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. September 27, 6pm, Walk (as part of Defuse Nuclear War) from the Federal Building, 100 South and State Street, to Washington Square, 400 South and State Street, and then back to the Federal Building. We will carry our banner, “Nuclear Weapons are Illegal” and pass out flyers.


LINCOLN: Sunray Meditation Society. September 21, 2023: UN International Day of Peace Celebration -October 1 & 14, 2023: Join us for two online workshops nurturing Mother Earth this fall. On October 1st, Dr. Orest Pelechaty will offer teachings on bio-Dynamics. Then October 14th, Jose Rodriguez and Yulia Klimento bring their permaculture wisdom to the Sunray Peace Village.


CHARLOTTESVILLE: World Beyond War & Just World Educational. Time for a Ceasefire in Ukraine? – A public discussion featuring Medea Benjamin, Helena Cobban, Ray McGovern, and David Swanson.


LOPEZ ISLAND: Join us for the Lopez Library 2nd annual International Day of Peace sing-in. Each year, around the world in a consecutive time zone, thousands of children gather to “Sing for Peace” in their respective groups and share a peaceful story. Imagine, children singing a unified song for a 24 hour period! It’s simple AND Powerful!


MILWAUKEE: September 21, 2023. Peace Action Wisconsin Teach-In. We’ll discuss how to achieve peace in the time of heightened global conflict and tension. ​We’re part of the Global ​Week of ​Action to ​End the ​War in Ukraine Sept. 30-October 8, 2023. September 30 — Stand for Peace at Noon At 12:30 PM we will gather on the grassy spot kitty-corner from Collectivo for a rally


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In addition to the events listed above, there were 107 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:

Alberta: High River
Arizona: Flagstaff, Litchfield Park, Phoenix (4), Sedona
British Columbia: Courtney, Lantzville,
California: Antioch, Carmel Huntington Beach, Oceanside, Valencia
Colorado: Aurora (2), Littleton
Connecticut: Avon, West Hartford
District of Columbia, Acton Academy
Florida: Fernandina Beach (2), Gainsville, Jupliter, Kissimmee, Miami, Middleburg, Naples, Palm Bay, Plantation, Rockledge, Stuart, Wellington
Georgia: Atlanta, Marietta
Hawaii: Kihei
Illinois: Chicago (2), Elburn, Elmhurst, Kildeer, Wheaton
Kansas: Lawrence
Maine: Auburn, Kingfield
Massachusetts: Newton, Quincy, Shrewbury
Michigan: Detroit
Minnesota: Lakeville, Prior Lake
Missouri: Jefferson City
New Hampshire: Manchester
New Jersey: Cherry Hill, Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Moorestown
New York: Cold Spring, Copenhagen, East Aurora, Glen Spey, Southampton
North Carolina: Charlotte, Henderson, Holly Springs, Old Fort, Pinehurst, Washington, Winterville
Ontario: Aurora, Caledon, Cambridge, Innisfil, Milton
Oregon: Newport, Portland
Pennsylvania: Bethlehem, Merion Station, State College, West Chester
South Carolina: Elgin, Fort Mill
Tennessee: Cordova, Knoxville (2)
Texas: Houston, Plano, Prosper, Round Rock, San Antonio, Sugar Land
Utah: Mantua, Riverton, Salt Lake City, Santa Clara, South Jordan
Virginia: Alexandria, Lexington, Lynchburg, Sterling, Virginia Beach, Woodbridge
Washington: Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, Northbend, Spokane Valley, Seattle
Wisconsin: Racine

‘End Fossil Fuels’ Protests Kick Off Worldwide Ahead of UN Climate Ambition Summit


An article by Jessica Corbett from Common Dreams (licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Hundreds of demonstrations around the world demanding “rapid, just, and equitable phaseout from fossil fuels in favor of sustainable renewables” began Friday ahead of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ Climate Ambition Summit in New York City next week.

The Fridays for Future movement and other activists march in Berlin, Germany on September 15, 2023. (Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images)

“From Pacific nations, heavily affected by sea-level rise and storms, through Mumbai to Manila, London to Nairobi, over 650 actions are planned in 60 countries, culminating in a march in New York City on September 17,” according to protest organizers.

The Global Fight to End Fossil Fuels “opposes the fossil fuel industry, which has made obscene profits at the expense of the world’s people, biodiversity, and a safe and livable climate,” added organizers, who expect millions to join the protests over the coming days. “It calls on governments and companies to immediately end fossil fuel expansion and subsidies.”

Demonstrators, journalists, and supporters shared footage from Friday’s actions on social media with the hashtag #EndFossilFuels.

Protest in Pakistan

Protest in Philippines

The actions come amid the hottest  summer on record and as experts continue to sound the alarm over unwavering environmental destruction, especially by the fossil fuel industry and its political and financial backers.

International scientists revealed  this week that six of nine barriers that ensure Earth is a “safe operating space for humanity” have been breached, which followed recent findings  that greenhouse gas concentrations, global sea level, and ocean heat content hit record highs last year.

Climate chaos—fueled by oil and gas giants that have spent decades lying about their planet-heating pollution along with rich governments and institutions that continue to break their promises and pump billions of dollars into the fossil fuel industry—is already killing people. The death toll from flooding in Libya this week has climbed to 11,300.

Protest in Uganda

Protest in Berlin

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Despite the vested interests of companies and governments, Can we make progress toward sustainable development?

Are we seeing the dawn of a global youth movement?

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“The world is at a tipping point,” said Tyrone Scott of the War on Want and the Climate Justice Coalition in the United Kingdom ahead of protests this weekend. “Climate catastrophe is already devastating the lives and livelihoods of people across the world and primarily those in the Global South, who are least responsible for causing it.”

“We must uproot the systems of exploitation and oppression which keep the majority of the world’s population in poverty while lining the pockets of corporates and rich shareholders. This is a watershed moment. How we respond will determine how the world is shaped for generations,” Scott stressed. “We demand an end to fossil fuels. We demand a fast and fair transition. We demand climate justice.”

Protest in Manchester, UK

Protest in Stockholm

Tens of thousands of activists from across the United States are expected to join the March to End Fossil Fuels in New York City on Sunday. Marchers—backed by hundreds of organizations and scientists—have four key demands for President Joe Biden:

° Stop federal approval for new fossil fuel projects and repeal permits for climate bombs like the Willow project  and the Mountain Valley Pipeline;

° Phase out fossil drilling on our public lands and waters;

° Declare a climate emergency to halt fossil fuel exports and investments abroad, and turbocharge the buildout of more just, resilient distributed energy (like rooftop and community solar); and

° Provide a just transition to a renewable energy future that generates millions of jobs while supporting workers’ and community rights, job security, and employment equity.

“Despite his numerous and explicit pledges to the contrary, President Biden has turned out to be a strong supporter of fossil fuels,” Food & Water Watch  Northeast region director Alex Beauchamp, an organizer of the NYC march, said in a statement Friday.

“With each passing day, Biden’s failure to lead on clean energy drives the planet deeper into the abyss of irrevocable climate chaos,” he added. “We’re marching to send a message that true climate leadership means halting new oil and gas drilling and fracking, and rejecting new fossil fuel infrastructure like pipelines and export terminals—beginning now.”

Betamia Coronel, senior national organizer for climate justice at the Center for Popular Democracy, highlighted  in a Friday opinion piece for Common Dreams that “BIPOC communities have always lived at the intersection of wealth disparity and the climate crisis,” and “it is Black, Indigenous, immigrant, working-class people of color who have been leading the efforts in the lead up to this historic march in NYC.”

Dozens of actors, activists, and climate leaders—including Bill McKibben, Blair Imani, Cornel West, Jameela Jamil, Jane Fonda, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Klein, Rosario Dawson, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Rebecca Solnit, and Vanessa Nakate—joined more than 700 groups on Friday in sending a pre-march letter to the U.S. president.

“The U.S. is the top global oil and gas producer and the largest historic greenhouse gas emitter. It is imperative that the U.S. change course and become a true global climate leader by ending the extraction and use of fossil fuels,” they wrote, urging Biden to commit to phasing out fossil fuels at the U.N. summit on September 20. “The world is watching.”

Biden has also faced mounting pressure to declare a climate emergency this year, as the United States has endured a record-setting number of billion-dollar disasters, from a deadly fire in Hawaii to Hurricane Idalia. Since last week, eight campaigners have been arrested outside the White House for a series of protests demanding a climate emergency declaration and other executive action to end the era of fossil fuels.

Protest in Standing Rock, USA

Organizers planned to continue the nonviolent civil disobedience campaign in Washington, D.C. on Friday, and warned that “each day Biden delays in taking this step is precious time lost to save lives and secure a livable future for humankind and countless other species.”

Africa Climate Summit Issues Nairobi Declaration


An article by Abayomi Azikiwe (editor of Pan-African News Wire) published by the Transcend Media Service

Despite statements of intent, western industrialized countries have not yet provided the resources needed for the transition to renewable energy production which benefits the majority of people on the continent

Nairobi, Kenya, the commercial center for the East Africa region, hosted the Africa Climate Summit which attracted thousands of delegates, investors and observers to discuss the worsening plight of the continent as it relates to environmental degradation.

Head of states and delegates pose for a group photo, during the official opening of the Africa Climate Summit at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, Sept. 4, 2023.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

The meeting was scheduled from September 4-8 at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) where registered delegates from governments and non-governmental organizations articulated their views on what is needed in the present period to avert an even larger climate disaster for Africa’s 1.3 billion people.

This summit was held under the theme, “Africa Climate Summit 2023: Driving Green Growth & Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World.” The governmental leaders met for three days while the entire week was dedicated to the current situation and potential solutions.

Outside the ACS, there were thousands more representing coalitions, traditional communities and mass groupings, many of which were critical of the gathering and the way in which western governments, multi-national corporations and international financial institutions are seeking to dominate the dialogue on Africa climate issues and economic development. A host of delegates were present from the United States and the European Union (EU) making pledges to assist the AU member-states in halting the impact of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

In the language for the summit overview, it states that:

“The inaugural Africa Climate Summit, championed by HE President [William] Ruto, aims to address the increasing exposure to climate change and its associated costs, both globally and particularly in Africa. With the expectation of escalating climate crises in terms of frequency and intensity, urgent action is required to mitigate these challenges. The Summit will serve as a platform to inform, frame, and influence commitments, pledges, and outcomes, ultimately leading to the development of the Nairobi Declaration.”

However, the previous commitments made by western states and multinational corporations have not yet been honored. The purpose of the ACS 2023 was to reach a consensus among African governments on a program to be taken to the United Nations Climate Summit (COP28) which will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in December.

The adoption of the Nairobi Declaration was designed to position the AU member-states in their negotiations within the broader international community. Nonetheless, it remains to be seen how the AU can either convince or force the industrialized capitalist states to provide the necessary reforms that will turn the tide towards green and sustainable energy.

During the ACS it was acknowledged by the AU member-states and some corporations that Africa is one of the least responsible regions for the rise in global warming. Consequently, the continent requires assistance in preventing further extreme weather events, droughts and the subsequent food deficits which are plaguing various regions of East Africa.

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Can the African Union help bring a culture of peace to Africa?

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An article published  in the French newspaper Le Monde on the ACS noted:

“The declaration called for ‘concrete action’ on reforms that lead to ‘a new financing architecture that is responsive to Africa’s needs’, including debt restructuring and relief.

Ruto said it was time to overhaul global financial systems that ‘perpetually place African nations on the backfoot. We demand a fair playing ground for our countries to access the investment needed to unlock the potential and translate it into opportunities,’ he said. Leaders also pressed the world’s wealthy polluters to honor their pledges, including to provide $100 billion a year for clean energy and to help them brace for climate disasters.”

Defeating Climate Change Requires a Struggle Against the Current World Order

As long as the multinational corporations and banks can earn enormous profits under the existing economic system, the realization of change will require organized pressure from the AU member-states and their constituencies. This ACS gathering was not the first time that these demands have been put forward to the leading imperialist states.

When Republic of South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a state visit to the U.S. nearly one year ago, he emphasized that his country along with others on the continent would need billions of dollars to address the goals set by the annual United Nations Climate Summit. Every year, the U.S., U.K. and the EU are able to veto significant resolutions at the COP meetings which would place definite responsibilities on the imperialist states.

During 2022, when the COP27 Summit was held in Egypt, a host of promises were made by the imperialist states which have yet to be fulfilled. Yet one year later, these same economic and political interests continue to pretend that they will make amends for their industrial and agricultural policies which are the main contributors to the rise in pollutants.

The New York Times wrote a report  on the ACS pointing out that there are serious questions being raised by people in Kenya about the effectiveness of the Nairobi Declaration:

“Outside the halls of the convention center, Kenyans were asking tougher questions about whom the conference and its lofty goals really served. ‘The energy discussion masks our economic crisis,’ said Mordecai Ogada, an author and a leading Kenyan voice on environmental issues. ‘Yes, we get most of our electricity from renewables. But we pay foreign companies to generate that power exorbitantly in foreign currency,’ he said. ‘Manufacturing has become expensive, which drives inflation. As far as the lives of Kenyans are concerned, the source of energy is completely immaterial.’”

In Kenya over recent months, the government of President Ruto has lifted fuel subsidies and raised taxes on essential goods. The hardships caused by these measures sparked demonstrations which were organized by the political opposition in the country. In real terms, the Kenyan national currency has lost one-third of its value over the last two years.

The overall global crisis prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences are largely to blame for the sharp rise in prices. Therefore, to insulate the people of Africa from external shocks, there must be a radical shift in the international division of labor and economic power which has reinforced the dependency inherited from the colonial system.

Africa News quoted a participant  in the demonstrations involving thousands outside the ACS 2023 meeting. This activist called Babawale from the Friends of the Earth Africa said:

“We are here to demand that Africa’s energy system must be de-colonized, it must be brought out from the hands of the culprits, it is time for the African people to stand together and make a demand, that what we need now is systems change, not climate change, what we need now is that Africa’s energy systemic must be de-colonized. It should be put in the hands of people, this is not the time that we should promote carbon markets it is not going to put to an end the different climate crisis that Africa is facing.”

During the demonstrations by civil society and mass organizations surrounding the Kenyatta International Convention Center, people carried banners which read: “Stop the neo-colonial scramble for oil and gas in Africa.” In Kenya alone, the government would need approximately $US62 billion to address the necessity of reducing emissions which contribute to climate change.

AU member-states overall would require an estimated $US290 billion to $US440 billion to achieve the same objectives. These resources will not be given by the imperialist states absent of a protracted campaign for climate justice and a sweeping redistribution of wealth on a global scale.

2023 United Nations High-Level Forum on The Culture of Peace



Every year CPNN carries articles about the United Nations High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace that has been convened annually by the President of the UN General Assembly since 2012. This year it took place at UN headquarters on August 31.

Scene at beginning of Forum, taken from UN video. (Note that in previous years, the room was filled with representatives of civil society and Member States)

A concept note with background about the culture of peace was published this year prior to the forum by the President of the General assembly saying that it would be dedicated to the theme “Promoting Culture of Peace in the Digital Era.”

As was the case in 2022, the United Nations did not publish a general article about the forum. The order of the programme was published in the UN Journal along with links to statements from 22 Member States, but a summary of the event was not published in the UN websites for meetings or press releases.

A three-hour video of the forum is available from the UN media center and a separate video of the presentation by Sri Lanka is available on YouTube.

In this article we have sought excerpts from other articles, including speeches delivered at the forum.

The following description of the event was published in Bangladesh

“Convened by President of the General Assembly Csaba Korosi, the forum’s inaugural session featured addresses from distinguished speakers, including the Under-Secretary General for Policy, Director of UNESCO’s New York Office, and the Head of UN Affairs of ITU.

“Later a panel discussion was held under the theme, “Promoting Culture of Peace in the Digital Era,” which was chaired by Ambassador Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar, and participated by member states, observers and the civil society.

“Apart from Member States, expert speakers including the Secretary General’s Tech Envoy, Rector of the University for Peace and representative of Google presented remarks in the panel discussion.

“Applauding Bangladesh’s leadership in promoting culture of peace, the President of the General Assembly highlighted that sustaining a culture of peace in the digital age entails nurturing an inclusive online space that encourages respect and tolerance.

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“This involves countering online hate speech and discrimination and addressing the risks of misusing new technologies without depriving those who require them,” he said stressing the importance of collective involvement, he underscored that success hinges on robust multilateral cooperation.”

Since there was not other news coverage of the event, one needs to listen to the UN video to learn more.

The Director of UNESCO’s New York Office spoke from minutes 25-30. He did not mention UNESCO’s history with the culture of peace, such as its responsibility for the UN International Year for the Culture of Peace (2000) and the succeeding Culture of Peace Decade, nor the fact that it prepared and submitted the Draft Declaration and Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace eventually adopted by the General Assembly in 1999.

A prominent place was given to Google. The representative of Google, Zoe Darme, was one of the five presenters in the panel discussion, her presentation taking place from minutes 80 to 87 in the video. She also took an active role in the general discussion that followed, being the final speaker of the day. Curiously, a search by the Google Search Engine reveals photos of her at the forum, but no mention of the content of her remarks.

There was much less participation of the civil society this year. Unlike in previous years, the civil society organizations affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information were not allowed to participate. And Ambassador Chowdhury, who had mobilized civil society participation in previous years was not included in the planning. Back in 1999, when he was Ambassdor from Bangladesh, Chowdhury resisted opposition by the EU and United States and chaired the nine-month negotiations that led to the adoption of the above-mentioned Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace.

According to a recent article written by Chowdhury, the “cold-shoulder” given to the culture of peace for this forum this year is part of a more general rejection of the culture of peace by the current United Nations administration. Neither of the two general agendas for action – “Our Common Agenda” (OCA), and “New Agenda for Peace” (NAP) – mention “culture of peace” at all.

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Here are texts of some of the speeches submitted to this year’s Forum that are available on the Internet:

President of the General Assembly

Representative of the Vatican

Representative of the European Union

Representative of the United States

Representative of Bangladesh

Representative of the University for Peace

Submitted speeches from 17 other countries, as well as the International Telecommunication Union, are available online from the UN Journal.