International Day of Peace 2009

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Celebrations of the UN International Day of Peace, September 21, 2009, organized by Universal Peace Federation chapters around the world

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International Day of Peace 2009

  1. 1. UNITED NATIONS <br />INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 2009<br />UPF CELEBRATIONS© 2009 Universal Peace Federation <br />
  2. 2. WHAT IS THE IDP?<br />The International Day of Peace is a United Nations Observance held September 21st each year on to call for peace. In some cases there have even been ceasefires to mark that day. <br />But, more often this has not been the case, and wars continue . . . <br />
  3. 3. WHAT IS THE IDP?<br />This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for an international focus on the topic of nuclear disarmament. <br />UPF calls all individuals to lay down enmity and resentments if there is to be peace <br />
  4. 4. UN-IDP LOCATIONS<br />2009: UPF held Day of Peace celebrations in more than 65 cities in 40 nations, with more yet to report<br />
  5. 5. UN-IDP LOCATIONS<br />Partial Listing<br />AfghanistanArgentinaArmeniaAustraliaBarbadosBeninBrazilBulgariaCameroonCanadaChinaColombiaCote D’IvoireCzech RepublicDomincan Rep. D.R. CongoEcuadorEstoniaFranceGeorgiaGermanyGreat BritainIndiaIrelandIsraelMongoliaNepalNetherlandsNorwayPalauParaguayRussiaSan MarinoSt. LuciaSwitzerlandTanzaniaUnited StatesVenezuelaand more ….<br />
  6. 6. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />SWITZERLAND<br />GENEVA: UPF in partnership with United Nations Institute on Disarmament Research, the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the UN and the Geneva Interfaith Intercultural Alliance (GIIA).<br />
  7. 7. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />SWITZERLAND<br />GENEVA: The panel discussion on disarmament, and the Ambassador for Peace Awards<br />
  8. 8. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />INDIA<br />DELHI: Participants at a disarmament symposium held at the UN Conference Hall in partnership with UNIC India<br />
  9. 9. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />INDIA<br />DELHI: The seminar explored the concept of a world without weapons and without national or religious borders.<br />
  10. 10. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />GREAT BRITAIN<br />LONDON: “We Must Disarm” seminar with Vijay Mehta, Chair of the World Disarmament Campaign and Action for UN Renewal<br />
  11. 11. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />GREAT BRITAIN<br />LONDON: Prof. Bhupendra Jasani, Dept. of War Studies at Kings College (R) addresses verification issues. Moeen Yaseen, Global Vision 2000, speaks on “military influence on economy”<br />
  12. 12. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />D. R. CONGO<br />KINSHASA: A disarmament seminar held at the Notre Dame de Fatima Catholic Conference Center<br />
  13. 13. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />D. R. CONGO<br />KINSHASA: The need to disarm is crucial in this African nation, one of the most conflicted countries in the world<br />
  14. 14. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />VENEZUELA<br />CARACAS: A youth Peace Concert at the “El Buen Samaritano” orphanage and senior citizens’ home.<br />
  15. 15. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />VENEZUELA<br />CARACAS: Volunteers of all ages joined in a day of service to beautify the grounds of El Buen Samaritano<br />
  16. 16. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />AUSTRALIA<br />SYDNEY: UPF partnered with the “Ministry of Peace” which has been observing Peace Day for many years.<br />
  17. 17. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />AUSTRALIA<br />SYDNEY: UPF’s Enrique Ledesma reads from selected religious and spiritual messages to open the Festival.<br />
  18. 18. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />AUSTRALIA<br />SYDNEY: The entertainment joyfully reflected Sydney’s diverse, peaceful and multicultural environment.<br />
  19. 19. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />GEORGIA<br />TBILISI: UPF partnered with the Ministry of Health of the Abkhazian region in a program broadcast on TV<br />
  20. 20. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />GEORGIA<br />TBILISI: The theme was rebuilding peace and trust between the peoples of Georgia and Russia<br />
  21. 21. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />ECUADOR<br />QUITO: General Holger Santana and the UPF team gather 240 participants with representatives from the diplomatic community.<br />
  22. 22. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />BARBADOS<br />BRIDGETOWN: At an interfaith prayer service, Rev. Peter Phillips calls all citizens to be “peacemakers.” <br />
  23. 23. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />PALAU<br />KOROR: A friendly soccer match with players from Palau, Korea, Indonesia, Philippines ends in a 6-6 draw.<br />
  24. 24. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />PERU<br />LIMA: UPF program on “Building a Culture of Peace” in the National Congress. Others were held in Trujillo and Puno.<br />
  25. 25. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />PERU<br />LIMA: The traditional interfaith ceremony concluded with the lighting of the peace candles.<br />
  26. 26. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />PERU<br />PUNO: Peace March with colorful floats to promote IDP.TRUJILLO: A full house listen to the UN Declaration<br />
  27. 27. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />DOMINICAN REP<br />SANTIAGO: The audience at National University listens to Ban Ki Moon’s address followed by entertainment.<br />
  28. 28. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />RUSSIA<br />ST. PETERSBURG: Tree planting, and programs with young and old at a local high school, and senior home.<br />
  29. 29. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />RUSSIA<br />TVER: Meeting of the Peace Council PETROZAVODSK: Peace and Disarmament SeminarEKATERINBURG: Rally and Release of Peace Doves<br />
  30. 30. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />RUSSIA<br />MOSCOW: As in other nations around the world, a “Play Soccer Make Peace” program was a popular highlight. <br />
  31. 31. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />AFGHANISTAN<br />KABUL: UPF brings together members of different tribes to discuss how to better work together for the future of the nation.<br />
  32. 32. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />AFGHANISTAN<br />KABUL: The program including entertainment from Afghan Children and a clean up of the neighborhood.<br />
  33. 33. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />COTE D’IVOIRE<br />ABIDJAN: Imam Drame Moussa and Rev. Mambo Luc offer prayers for peace at the City Hall peace seminar.<br />
  34. 34. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />COTE D’IVOIRE<br />ABIDJAN: Everyone present signed the UPF Declaration in honor of the UN International Day of Peace.<br />
  35. 35. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />NETHERLANDS<br />DEN HAAG: A partnership with the Mashriq Student Organization at the Hague University of Applied Sciences<br />
  36. 36. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />NETHERLANDS<br />DEN HAAG: Presentation of Ban Ki Moon’s IDP proclamation on the need for disarmament and conflict reduction.<br />
  37. 37. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />ARGENTINA<br />BUENOS AIRES: Prof. Bertha Richter announces the winners of the poetry competition in support of the UN International Year of Reconciliation. More than 60 poets submitted entries.<br />
  38. 38. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />ARGENTINA<br />BUENOS AIRES: Sounding of the Peace Gong and Interfaith Prayers for Peace to open the Day of Peace.<br />
  39. 39. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />CANADA<br />MONTREAL: St. Laurent Borough Mayor Alan De Souza speaks at the IDP Festival; children release doves. Peace Festival 2009 is also planned for Ottawa. <br />
  40. 40. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />CHINA<br />HONG KONG: Students and Professors celebrate IDP with seminar & tea ceremony at Hong Kong University<br />
  41. 41. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />CHINA<br />HONG KONG: Choosin Ngaotheppitak, Head of Office, UNHCR Hong Kong spoke about “Peace Building in today’s world”<br />
  42. 42. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />SAN MARINO<br />SAN MARINO: Giorgio Gasperoni (L) delivers UN and UPF proclamations followed by a panel discussion.<br />
  43. 43. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />BULGARIA<br />SOFIA: APrayer Service for Peace and a presentation of the UPF Peace Principles<br />
  44. 44. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />NORWAY<br />OSLO: Disarmament seminar with Peace Research Institute, foreign policy representatives of parliament and local NGOs.<br />
  45. 45. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />ESTONIA<br />TALLINN: A gathering of Ambassadors for Peace and local NGO friends, with a discussion of UPF and UN peace principles.<br />
  46. 46. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />BRAZIL<br />SAO PAULO: IDP celebrated as a partnership of United Religion Initiative, Brazilian Army Cultural Foundation, Commercial Ass’n of Sao Paulo, Universalist Forum and UPF.<br />
  47. 47. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />BRAZIL<br />SAO PAULO: Honorees included Cardinal Dom Odilo Scherer, General Antônio Esper, Rabbi Michel Schlegninger and Sheik Jihad from the World Association of Muslim Youth.<br />
  48. 48. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />FRANCE<br />VANNES: The local community collects clothing, bikes furniture, toys and school supplies for a school in Togo<br />
  49. 49. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />GERMANY<br />MUNICH: Reading of UN Proclamation and prayer service with Catholics, Lutherans, Muslims, Sufis & Unificationists<br />
  50. 50. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />ARMENIA<br />YEREVAN: Teaching the children of school No. 194 about the Day of Peace, with dances and an art contest<br />
  51. 51. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />TANZANIA<br />DAR ES SALAAM : Peace Seminar, Awards program<br />
  52. 52. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />CAMEROON<br />YAOUNDÉ: Mrs. Anne NsangNkwain, Director UNIC, responds to challenges that the UN is not doing enough to limit weapons.<br />
  53. 53. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />NEPAL<br />KATHMANDU: Hon. Shanker Pokheral, Minister of Information and Communication speaks at a downtown rally on IDP<br />
  54. 54. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />NEPAL<br />KATHMANDU: UNMIN Chief Ms. Karen Landgren and UNDP Chief Robert Piper on panel with Nepali ministers and judges. <br />
  55. 55. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />CZECH REP.<br />PILSEN: Senator Richard Sequens speaks during the panel on resolution of Czech / German historical conflicts<br />
  56. 56. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />CZECH REP.<br />PILSEN: A busy entertainment program for the IDP featured dancers, choirs and an Aikido demonstration.<br />
  57. 57. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />BENIN<br />COTONOU: Over 350 including several governmental representatives for a seminar on disarmament.<br />
  58. 58. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />ISRAEL<br />JERUSALEM: Native American Healing Ceremony in the ForestHAIFA: Jewish, Muslim women’s program in the Haifa City Hall<br />
  59. 59. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />ST. LUCIA<br />CASTRIES: UPF, the National UNESCO commission and other organizations joined a nationally televised program<br />
  60. 60. UPF Celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace 2009<br />UNITED STATES<br />DENVER: Celebration at St. Catejan Center with Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Baha’i groups.<br />

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