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Universal Peace Federation chapters organized celebrations of the International Day of Peace, September 21. The theme was Education for Peace. "It is not enough to teach children how to read, write …

Universal Peace Federation chapters organized celebrations of the International Day of Peace, September 21. The theme was Education for Peace. "It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies." - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UPF offers the following recommendations in support of the theme "Education for Peace":
The family is the original primary school. It is in the family, in relation to our parents, grandparents, siblings, and extended familial network, that we learn language, cultural values, ethics, religion, essential information related to survival, and basic attitudes toward others, including those who exist outside "the tribe." If within the family, centered on the parents and grandparents, there is an affirmation of education and, more importantly, an emphasis on moral education or character education, then the family becomes a school of peace. It is very important that we come to understand, value, and support the family as the primary school of peace.
While formal systems of education are naturally focused on development of professional capacities and skills that are necessary for employment and economic success, education must also give emphasis to moral education or character education. In this sense, education must consider the whole person. Traditionally, education comprises both the "arts" and the "sciences." The "arts" refer to the "liberal arts" or the "humanities" as a curriculum which introduces students to the great ideas of history and the moral and spiritual guidance that comes from classic literature, including sacred scriptures. Peace cannot be achieved by technology alone but requires ultimately a transformation of persons from selfishness, greed, and viciousness to benevolence, generosity, and self-discipline.
Interfaith dialogue, understanding, and cooperation are essential to peace. As long as beliefs within one religious tradition hold prejudicial attitudes toward people of other faiths, or even of people of divergent perspectives within one's own faith, peace cannot be achieved. Both the family system and the school system should cultivate interfaith awareness and mutual respect. Religious and interfaith illiteracy should not be tolerated, knowing that it contributes to bigotry, discrimination and, eventually, to violence. The curricula of the school system, from primary school to university, should include courses that respectfully and objectively teach about the great religious ideas and practitioners of history, just as we study the great art and literature of the major civilizations.
Issues of peace and security are enormously complex. Simplistic and ill-informed perspectives should not be encouraged. Forums, symposia, and publications that include various well-informed perspectives, contribute to balance and reasonable solutions.

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  • 1. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 “Education for Peace” Commemorations organized by Universal Peace Federation chapters in Afghanistan Albania Argentina Australia Austria Bolivia Brazil Burkina Faso Cambodia Canada Central African Republic Colombia Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Czech Republic Dominican Republic Ecuador Estonia Finland France Gabon Georgia Germany Ghana Guyana India Israel Italy Japan Latvia Liberia Malaysia Marshall Is. Moldova Nepal Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Norway Paraguay Peru Philippines Russia Sri Lanka St. Lucia Taiwan UK Ukraine Zambia
  • 2. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 Each year on September 21, the United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities and commemorate the International Day of Peace through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. In the quest for peace, the Universal Peace Federation and its Ambassadors for Peace around the world organize commemorations of the International Day of Peace each year.
  • 3. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 Message for the International Day of Peace 2013: "It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies." - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
  • 4. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 AFGHANISTAN KABUL: A forum and cultural program at Ibn-e-Sina University
  • 5. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ALBANIA TIRANA: A forum at the International Hotel on “Education for Peace”
  • 6. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES: Presenting prizes to the winners of the fifth annual poetry contest
  • 7. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES: Planting an olive tree as a symbol of peace in Parque de los Patricios
  • 8. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 AUSTRALIA SYDNEY: A Peace and Harmony Concert at the Peace Embassy
  • 9. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 AUSTRALIA BRISBANE: A forum on “Education for Peace”
  • 10. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 AUSTRIA VIENNA: Forum with Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú at the International Centre
  • 11. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 BOLIVIA LA PAZ: Lighting candles for peace at a forum on the theme of “Education for Peace”
  • 12. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 BOLIVIA COCHABAMBA: Forum organized by the Youth Federation for World Peace.
  • 13. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 BRAZIL SAO PAULO: Peace awards were presented during a ceremony at the Peace Park.
  • 14. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 BURKINA FASO OUAGADOUGOU: A forum was addressed by speakers.
  • 15. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 BURKINA FASO OUAGADOUGOU: Programs for women (above) and youth (below)
  • 16. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 CAMBODIA PHNOM PENH: Education for peace at the Pannasastra International School
  • 17. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 CANADA MONTREAL: A review of recent UPF developments
  • 18. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC BANGUI: The First Lady at a program in the chamber of the National Transition Council
  • 19. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC BANGUI: A Peace March
  • 20. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 COLOMBIA BOGOTA: An interfaith forum
  • 21. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 COSTA RICA GRAND-BASSAM: A celebration attended by Traditional Chiefs and the Governor of Grand-Bassam
  • 22. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 COTE D’IVOIRE GRAND-BASSAM: A celebration attended by Traditional Chiefs and the Governor of Grand-Bassam
  • 23. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE: A conference explored various aspects of “Education for Peace.”
  • 24. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC BONAU: A forum on “Education for Peace”
  • 25. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ECUADOR QUITO: Religious leaders speak at a program in the former Senate Hall.
  • 26. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ESTONIA TALLINN: A forum about ways to promote peace, playing a board game about peace
  • 27. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ESTONIA KEHRA: An educational program at a school
  • 28. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 FINLAND HELSINKI: A program about ways to improve the integration of African immigrants in Finland
  • 29. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 FRANCE PARIS: A forum exploring various aspects of the theme “Education for Peace”
  • 30. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GABON LIBREVILLE: A forum on “Education for Peace”
  • 31. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GEORGIA TBILISI: Training peacebuilders
  • 32. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GEORGIA TBILISI: Planting a peace tree at a school
  • 33. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GEORGIA TBILISI: A program for disabled children
  • 34. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GERMANY BONN: Participants in a forum on “Education for Peace”
  • 35. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GERMANY DUSSELDORF: Exploring ways to educate for peace in program with the MIHR Foundation
  • 36. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GERMANY FRANKFURT: A forum about “The Arab Spring and How Do We Continue from Here?”
  • 37. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GERMANY HAMBURG: Discussing ways for people of different religions to work together locally
  • 38. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GERMANY MUNICH: An interreligious prayer breakfast
  • 39. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GERMANY STUTTGART: At an interfaith gathering, offering prayers for peace in Syria
  • 40. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GHANA ACCRA: Interviewing people for their opinions about peace and reciting poems about peace
  • 41. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 GUYANA GEORGETOWN: Prime Minister Samuel Hinds (center) leads a Peace Walk down Main Street.
  • 42. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 INDIA KOLKUTA: Prayers offered at the tomb of Mother Teresa.
  • 43. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 INDIA .KOLKATA: Forum on the Revival of Tourism for Poverty Alleviation and Sustainable Development
  • 44. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 INDIA MALDA: International guests join villagers in singing and dancing.
  • 45. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 INDIA NEW DELHI: Conference on “Education for Peace” at the UN Conference Hall
  • 46. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 INDIA GANGTOK: Observing a Minute of Silence with professors and students at Sikkim University
  • 47. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 INDIA GANGTOK: A candlelight vigil at the Gangtok Bazaar
  • 48. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 INDIA LUCKNOW, UTTAR PREADESH: Conference on “Education for Peace”
  • 49. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ISRAEL HAIFA: A forum on the Role of Interfaith Activity in Educating People for Peace
  • 50. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ITALY MILAN: Prayers for peace from various faith traditions
  • 51. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ITALY MONZA: Songs and prayers for peace
  • 52. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ITALY BERGAMO: Interfaith water ceremony at the “Tree of Peace,” which was planted in 2008
  • 53. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 JAPAN Cleaning restrooms at the Wada-Nahama beach on Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture
  • 54. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 LATVIA RIGA: An educational presentation to school students
  • 55. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 LIBERIA HARPER: Considering peace education as part of Liberia’s national reconciliation program
  • 56. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 MALAYSIA KUALA LUMPUR: A forum on the theme “Education for Peace”
  • 57. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 MARSHALL ISLANDS MAJURO: A forum on the theme “Education for Peace”
  • 58. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 MOLDOVA CHISINAU: Youth and teachers address a forum at the Academy of Sciences High School.
  • 59. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 MOLDOVA CHISINAU: Students made pinwheels, marched for peace, and formed a dove-shaped flash mob.
  • 60. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 MOLDOVA CHISINAU: Explaining about UPF and the International Day of Peace on national television
  • 61. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 MOLDOVA TRANSNISTRIA: A program for survivors of conflict on the theme “Say Yes to Peace”
  • 62. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NEPAL KATHMANDU: A Play Football for Peace and Reconciliation tournament
  • 63. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NEPAL KATHMANDU: Participants in a Tongil Moo-Do martial arts competition
  • 64. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NEPAL KATHMANDU: Students meditate in silence to honor the International Day of Peace.
  • 65. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NETHERLANDS THE HAGUE: A gathering of religious leaders and former government officials
  • 66. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NETHERLANDS NIJMEGEN: A multicultural program promoting peace through a variety of activities
  • 67. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NEW ZEALAND AUCKLAND: An interfaith program
  • 68. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NICARAGUA MANAGUA: Forum speakers included a religious leader, former government official, and lawyer.
  • 69. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NIGER NIAMEY: A conference on the theme of Education for Peace at the Hotel Ténéré
  • 70. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NIGERIA ABUJA: A National Peacebuilding Convocation at the Merit Award House
  • 71. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 NORWAY OSLO: A forum at a Lutheran church on “Education for Peace”
  • 72. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 PARAGUAY ASUNCION: A seminar on the theme of “Education for Peace”
  • 73. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 PERU LIMA: A forum in the Peruvian Congress sponsored by Congressman Yonhy Lescano
  • 74. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 PERU TRUJILLO: A peace vigil with participation by the mayor
  • 75. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 PERU LA ESPERANZA: A march and rally against drug and alcohol abuse
  • 76. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 PHILIPPINES SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO: Dedicating a Peace Pole in front of the Provincial Capitol Building
  • 77. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 PHILIPPINES SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO: Speakers at a university forum on “Education for Peace”
  • 78. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 PHILIPPINES SULTAN KUDARAT, MINDANAO: A poster-making contest on the theme “Education for Peace”
  • 79. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 RUSSIA MOSCOW: Officials address a ceremony at a monument commemorating UN Peacekeepers.
  • 80. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 RUSSIA MOSCOW: New Ambassadors for Peace appointed
  • 81. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 RUSSIA MOSCOW: A youth gathering at the Peace Embassy to report on peacebuilding activities
  • 82. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 RUSSIA MOSCOW: A gathering to view the movie “The Interrupted Song”
  • 83. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 RUSSIA NOVOSIBIRSK: A forum on “Education for Peace”
  • 84. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 RUSSIA RYAZAN: A round table on “Education for Peace” at the House of Public Organizations
  • 85. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 RUSSIA SEROV: Students hold a celebration of the Day of Peace in the city square.
  • 86. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 RUSSIA VOLGOGRAD: A Play Football Make Peace tournament
  • 87. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 SRI LANKA KALUAGGALA: Peace march
  • 88. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 SRI LANKA KALUAGGALA: A UN representative addresses students at St. John Bosco’s Central College.
  • 89. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 SRI LANKA KALUAGGALA: A program for teachers conducted by the Zonal Peace Education Coordinator
  • 90. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ST. LUCIA CASTRIES: A march for peace by students at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
  • 91. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ST. LUCIA CASTRIES: A rally for peace under a 400-year-old saman tree
  • 92. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 TAIWAN TAIPEI: An interreligious panel offers insights on “Education for Peace.”
  • 93. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 UNITED KINGDOM LONDON: A charity concert featuring Israeli, Palestinian, and Iranian musicians
  • 94. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 UKRAINE KIEV: An assembly for students in the auditorium of the Gymnasium of Oriental Languages
  • 95. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 UKRAINE KIEV: A football match for peace at the Kiev University of Law
  • 96. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 ZAMBIA LUSAKA: A forum at the House of Egypt hosted by the Ambassador of Egypt to Zambia
  • 97. UN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE September 21, 2013 For more information about the Universal Peace Federation and its programs promoting peace, see www.upf.org