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Celebrations of the UN International Day of Peace, September 21, 2012, organized by chapters of the Universal Peace Federation. Theme: "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future." Sustainable …

Celebrations of the UN International Day of Peace, September 21, 2012, organized by chapters of the Universal Peace Federation. Theme: "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future." Sustainable Peace...

This year, world leaders, together with civil society, local authorities and the private sector, met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to renew political commitment to long term sustainable development.

It is in the context of the Rio+20 Conference that “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future” is the theme chosen for this year's observance of the International day of Peace.

There can be no sustainable future without a sustainable peace. Sustainable peace must be built on sustainable development.
...From Sustainable Development...

The root causes of many conflicts are directly related to or fuelled by valuable natural resources, such as diamonds, gold, oil, timber or water. Addressing the ownership, control and management of natural resources is crucial to maintaining security and restoring the economy in post-conflict countries.

Good natural resource management can play a central role in building sustainable peace in post-conflict societies.
...For a Sustainable Future

The International Day of Peace offers people globally a shared date to think about how, individually, they can contribute to ensuring that natural resources are managed in a sustainable manner, thus reducing potential for disputes, and paving the road to a sustainable future, the "Future We Want." The United Nations set the theme for this year's observance as Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future. Peace has its foundation in the quality of human character and human relationships. And it has been our shared moral and spiritual traditions that, throughout millennia, have taught us of our common origins, purpose and destiny. Lasting peace and the growth in solidarity among the whole human family comes from the recognition that we are all brothers and sisters. We are to live as one family under God. UPF calls upon the United Nations community, governments, and civil society to consider that the need for sustainable development, environmental stewardship, and social justice are but symptoms of a deeper human problem: we have not learned to live as one family, sharing this planet and caring for the natural world placed at our disposal by a loving Creator;

UPF affirms the value of democracy and free market economies. Corporations have a strong interest in promoting sustainable development and the development of a green economy because this is in everyone’s best interest.

UPF affirms that the family is the primary unit of society, the foundation of moral, spiritual, social, and political education. Families may be great allies in the effort to achieve sustainable development.

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  • 1. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2012 “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future” Commemorations organized by Universal Peace Federation chapters in Afghanistan Argentina Australia Brazil Cambodia Czech Republic Dominican Republic Ecuador Estonia Ethiopia France Georgia Germany India Israel Italy Japan Latvia Macedonia Malaysia Moldova Nepal New Zealand Nigeria Norway Peru Russia Scotland Spain Sri Lanka Taiwan Ukraine United States Zambia
  • 2. KABUL: Speeches, poetry, and drama at the Ghargistan Institute of Higher Education offered a respite from three decades of conflict. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Afghanistan
  • 3. BUENOS AIRES: Prizes were awarded in the annual poetry contest with this year’s theme: “Words of Meeting and Universal Consciousness.” UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Argentina
  • 4. VICTORIA: A seminar at Monash University focused on the principles of peacebuilding and strategies for implementing them. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Australia
  • 5. SAO PAULO: A program at the City Hall included an interfaith water ceremony that included representatives of various religions. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Brazil
  • 6. SAO PAULO: The Sao Paulo Commercial Association hosted an interfaith program featuring speeches, music, and awards. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Brazil
  • 7. CHAMBOK: University students traveled to the Kirirom National Park to learn about sustainable development and help plant trees. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Cambodia
  • 8. PRAGUE: A conference in the European House featured various speakers on the theme of “Sustainable Peace for the Future.” UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Czech Republic
  • 9. SAN JUAN DE LA MAGUANA: The Santo Domingo State University Branch at San Juan hosted a program of music and speeches. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Dominican Republic
  • 10. QUITO: A representative of UN Women addressed an observance in the Hall of the National Union of Journalists. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Ecuador
  • 11. GUAYAQUIL: A program took place in the Simon Bolivar Hall of the Government of Guayas. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Ecuador
  • 12. TOILA: A presentation to students about the International Day of Peace stimulated discussions about peacebuilding. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Estonia
  • 13. VÄIKE-MAARJA: A presentation to students about the International Day of Peace stimulated discussions about peacebuilding. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Estonia
  • 14. ADDIS ABABA: Literature about the role of families in peacebuilding was distributed during a forum at the African Union headquarters. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Ethiopia
  • 15. VANNES: Forum with perspectives from economics, education, development, and feminine values UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 France
  • 16. TBILISI: A conference at the David Aghmashenebeli University explored the potential for peacebuilding in the South Caucasus. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Georgia
  • 17. AKHALTSIKHE: A gathering at the Rabat fortress, a historic multi- religious site, promoted tolerance and interreligious cooperation. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Georgia
  • 18. International Day of Peace Weltfriedenstag 2012 Wildeshausen: Auch der dreijährige Mekke Karaca hatte anlässlich BONN: Peacemaking activities for young and old included songs, poems, prayers, and creating messages of good will. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Germany
  • 19. NEW DELHI: Inauguration of a peace club at Jamia Millia Islamia university and an intercollegiate football tournament UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 India
  • 20. JERUSALEM: An information table on a pedestrian street during the Sukkot festival promoted messages of peace. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Israel
  • 21. MONZA: Participants in an interfaith vigil in front of the Town Hall offered reflections, prayers, and music in support of peace. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Italy
  • 22. TOKYO: Families attended a teach-in about the key role of families in building sustainable peace and then worked together to clean streets. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Japan
  • 23. RIGA: A professor from the military academy addressed a forum on “Prospects for Peace and Security for a Sustainable Future.” UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Latvia
  • 24. SKOPJE: A forum at FON University on Principles and Practices for Lasting Peace and Security in Macedonia and the Wider Balkans UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Macedonia
  • 25. IPOH: A program at the Kinta Riverfront Hotel included speeches, cultural performances, prayers, and an interfaith water UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Malaysia
  • 26. CHISINAU: A training program in the principles of peacebuilding and their application included lectures, discussions, and role playing. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Moldova
  • 27. KATHMANDU: Religious leaders lit lamps at the Buddha Dharma Center, opening a program of speeches and prayers for peace. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 28. BIRATNAGAR: Ambassadors for Peace, women, and youth participated in an interactive program about peacebuilding. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 29. CHITWAN: Food was distributed to senior citizens. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 30. POKHARA: A speech contest on the theme of “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future” took place at the Social Public English School. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 31. DHARAN: Community leaders helped plant trees. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 32. NEPALGUNJ: Students joined a street-cleaning program to raise awareness about the link between peace and a sustainable future. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 33. BHAKTAPUR: Students and Girl Scouts helped clean a park. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 34. JHAPA: Students cleaned a nursery. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 35. HETUADA: Former MP Hon. Prahalad Lamichhane initiated a program of cleaning the streets and walkways. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nepal
  • 36. AUCKLAND: A forum about ways people of different religions can cooperate for peace concluded with an interfaith water ceremony. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 New Zealand
  • 37. Abuja: A two-day conference on Marriage and Family as Instruments for Sustainable Peace, National Development, and Sustainable Future UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Nigeria
  • 38. OSLO: The documentary “Within the Eye of the Storm” featured Palestinians and Israelis from the Parents Circle/Families Forum. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Norway
  • 39. LIMA: A forum in the Peruvian Congress and a march in Tumbes. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Peru
  • 40. KHABAROVSK: At a program in the city’s gymnasium, students made doves to symbolize peace, stability, and prosperity. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 41. KONDOPOGA: Members of the Young Ambassadors for Peace Club and local activists joined students in a rally for peace. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 42. KOSTOMUKSHA: In a week of peacebuilding activities, students drew their visions of peace and distributed paper doves to passersby. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 43. MOSCOW: The Lyublino Children’s Sports Center team won a Play Football for Peace tournament, which promotes a culture of peace. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 44. MOSCOW: Organizers shared stories of peacebuilding during the 100-day campaign that led up to the UN International Day of Peace. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 45. NOVOSIBIRSK: People were given cards with the Day of Peace symbol and encouraged to add a message and send it to relatives or friends. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 46. PERM: Students at the Perm Pedagogical College made paper doves. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 47. RYAZAN: Activists distributed leaflets with information about the International Day of Peace and made plans for future programs. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 48. ST. PETERSBURG: Balloons with messages of peace were released at the close of a program about ways of celebrating the Day of Peace. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 49. YEKATERINBURG: Teaching lessons on peace in schools No. 43 and 163 UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Russia
  • 50. EDINBURGH: Speakers at a conference in the Scottish Parliament addressed the topic: “The Way of Permanent Peace.” UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Scotland
  • 51. MADRID: An interreligious and international forum concluded with a presentation of the annual “Helping Your Neighbor” awards. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Spain
  • 52. COLOMBO: A program at 8th session of the national Youth Parliament focused on “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.” UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Sri Lanka
  • 53. TAIPEI: Scholars and religious leaders participated in a consultation about a proposed interreligious peace council. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Taiwan
  • 54. KIEV: Students at a boarding school heard a presentation about the Day of Peace, joined in peace-building games, and enjoyed presents. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Ukraine
  • 55. WASHINGTON, DC: Speakers at a forum about peace prospects included diplomats and social activists. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 United States
  • 56. LUSAKA: Religious leaders, students, and Ambassadors for Peace attended a program at the Peace Embassy. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2012 Zambia