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Zanzibar Peace, Truth and Transparency Association

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The Zanzibar Peace, Truth and Transparency Association (ZPTTA) marked the International Day of Peace with various activities. 

There were conferences and speeches highlighting the challenge of building lasting peace in Zanzibar. They discussed best practices and presented results and achievements to date. 

Together with partner organisation Tanzania Youth Icon they came out with a resolution, composed of the following components:

YES PEACE ( NDIYO AMANI ) 

I WANT PEACE ( NATAKA AMANI )

NO WAR ( VITA HAPANA ) 

I DO NOT WANT WAR ( SITAKI VITA)

 

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Working Group for Peace, Cambodia, celebrates International Day of Peace

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The GPPAC members from Cambodian, coordinated by the Working Group for Peace, had already organised a Round Table Discussion on 17 September about peace education. Additionally they held a five-day Active Non-Violence training from 15-19 September. 

On 21 September itself, they gathered in Phnom Penh together with a thousand people from different backgrounds, beliefs and inter-ethnic groups.They released media advisories, marched to promote awareness about the International Day of Peace, held radio talkshows, released balloons and gave the floor to religious representatives to discuss peacebuilding through their religion.

They snapped some beautiful photographs of the event, to see them all visit their facebook page.

 

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PEPP Church Leaders Call for Resumption of GPH-NDFP Formal Talks in the Phillipines

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On September 21, the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP), the largest ecumenical network of church leaders in the country, marked the United Nations Day of Peace by sponsoring a mass at the Malate Catholic Church in Manila. The mass was led by PEPP co-chair Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, who stated:

 

 On this historic day, when the United Nations declared the right to peace, and as we recall the long war that has raged in our country, we call on the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to return to the negotiating table to address the substantive issues that remain as the root cause of armed conflict in our country.

 

He also said that for Filipinos, September 21 has added significance as “it marks the anniversary of the imposition of martial law which caused many suffering. He said that there “was unpeace during martial law and the challenge of peace building still continues as an element of our national life”.

The statements of the Archbishop show that the roots of dissent are in the deeper social realities of injustice. Peace cannot prosper without justice that restores right relationships.

After the mass, members of the PEPP unfurled a streamer in front of the church calling for the resumption of the formal peace talks and rang bells with the same message while the church’s bells were tolling. They also reiterated the call to both parties to respect the historical agreements that have already been achieved in the peace process such as the Comprehensive Agreement for Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

 

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Iniatives for International Dialogue in the Philippines release a statement

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On the occasion of the International Day of Peace the Initiatives for International Dialogue in the Philippines has released a statement in which they ask for Human Security to be put first.

"Today, we make a stand. Our people have had enough of sufferings. Uphold the right of all peoples to live in freedom and self-worth; free from fear, poverty, want and indignity. Uphold the right of all peoples to peace!

#HumanSecurityFirst!"

 

Read the full statement on their website.

 

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Nansen Dialogue Centres celebrate the International Day of Peace in schools throughout the Western Balkans

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International Day of Peace in the Western Balkans

The Nansen Dialogue Centres are still organising many events for the International Day of Peace in schools throughout the Western Balkans. The activities are simultaneously taking place in many towns and cities in the region such as: Belgrade, Novi Sad, Podgorica, Ulcinj, Nikšić, Prijedor, Sanski Most, Zrenjanin, Vrbas, Inđija, Ruma, Novi Bečej, Niš and many others.

Among their activities is their famed arts competition on the topic "I Like Peace – Peace Is My Choice" for primary and secondary school students in the region. Schools, teachers and students are invited to join the marking of the International Day of Peace by sending in their contribution to arts competition, with the winners gracing the annual calendar. At the GPPAC Global Secretariat, we are already looking forward to receiving our copy of the calendar!

Examples of activities include:

·         Miloje Čiplić primary school in Novi Bečej will mark the International Day of Peace on 19 and 22 September under the following motto: "Let's treat others as we would like others to treat us." Encouraging students to find creative ways in which they as individuals can contribute to peace, security of people and tolerance.

·         Nikola Tesla school in Novi Sad has marked the International Day of Peace with the message “I Like Peace – Peace Is My Choice". During this entire week the school has organised a number of activities, including the making of paper mache doves carrying peace massages and the opening of a mediation club.

·         Schools from Prijedor and Sanski Most in cooperation with Nansen Dialogue Centre Prijedor have organised numerous activities to mark the International Day of Peace on the topic “Peace is Our Choice“, including peace art works and a parade.

·         Marko Miljanov school in Podgorica traditionally celebrates the International Day of Peace this Monday with essays on the topic of peace and the releasing of balloons with peace messages.

·         Maršal Tito school in Ulcinj, marked the day, as in previous years, by putting up messages of peace on lampposts around town.

·         Students and teachers at Učitelj Tasa primary school in Niš are talking about the importance of non-violent conflict resolution and fostering values such as tolerance and by decorating the school lobby with symbols of peace. On the occasion of this date the peer mediation team will officially start to work.

·         Milija Nikčević primary school in Nikšić will mark the International Day of Peace on Monday, 22 september with an exhibition in the school's main lobby where students' artworks and peace quotes will be presented together with a bulletin board made to the topic on the Nobel Peace Prize. 

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Interactive Exhibition launched in Fiji

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The launch of FemLINKPACIFIC’s interactive exhibition, #puttinghumansecurityfirst: #nonukes, at the Toorak Gallery offers a learning space. Using creative mediums, an interactive exhibition space, that raises awareness on the impact of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapon testing on the human security of people in the Pacific.

Listening to presentations during the launch event, it surfaced that there is a need to create many such spaces, especially for women and young women. There is a great need to understand the current situation and its impacts as nuclear weapon production continues.

You can check out some of the videos that were filmed in support of the exhibiton here.  

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West Africa Network for Peace determined to celebrate peace

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Our friends at the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) will not let the International Day of Peace go by unmarked, despite the odds.

Many countries in West Africa are currently suffering from the ebola virus, and as such they cannot host public events. Undeterred, WANEP is determined to celebrate the International Day of Peace in a different way. We look forward to a press release in which they will address the International Day of Peace and Human Security, and they will be hosting some Human Security educational materials on their website.

To keep up-to-date and to celebrate the International Day of Peace with them, visit their website!

UPDATE: Read their press release here!

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IDP 2014 at Miriam College in the Philippines

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A variety of activities will be organised by the Center for Peace Education at Miriam College in Quezon City in the Philippes. The Center has been involved with GPPAC's work on peace education for years.

Check out the below poster for a full overview of their plans!

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Books and Nobel Peace Prize nominations in Timor Leste for the International Day of Peace 2014

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Since the 21st of September falls on a Sunday this year, GPPAC members in Timor-Leste are organizing a book launch on Monday 22nd September. The two books, the ‘Humanity and Ecological Index’ and the ‘Regalo de la Habana’, will be presented at the University of Continental (UNITAL) in Dili.

During the event they will likely also pronounce the nomination of former -President Fidel Castro Cruz of Cuba for the Nobel Peace Prize. Where Indonesia and Timor-Leste managed to overcome 24 years if bitter conflict and violence in just 14 years to become regional partners for peace, the US imposed economic embargo on Cuba has already lasted 55 years. It is hoped the nomination would contribute to re-thinking their relationship. 

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Local people of Moscow celebrate the International Day of Peace together!

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On 21 September GPPAC Eastern Europe, led by Non-Violence International-Moscow together with a local library and several NGOs, will open a Centre for Inter-Cultural Communication in the local library. The Centre will be aimed at the integration of all local people, including migrants.

Part of the programme will be discussions and presentations about integration, done and organised by the local people themselves. There will also be inter-active theatre performances by local people on the theme of integration, as well as the chance to create art together an inter-ethnic panno or large visual display in front of the library, express language courses, group games and activities that make use of ethnic traditions, and master-classes on ethnic food and handicrafts.  

All will be done by local people, instead of professionals, from different parts of Moscow. Keeping to the principal of thinking global and working local.

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FemTALK 1325: International Day of Peace activities in Fiji get underway in rural centres from 10 September

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Rural Women’s Network Puts Human Security First

Events to mark the 2014 International Day of Peace (21 September) are getting underway in Fiji with members of FemLINKPACIFIC’s rural community media network who will gather for a series of local events focusing on the theme “Putting Human Security First” on 10 September.

A series of local interfaith vigils and peacebuilding activities are being organized in Nausori, Nadi, Labasa and at the Ba Seniors Centre and will bring together over 100 leaders of rural clubs and groups who attend monthly network meetings and community radio broadcasts in the rural centres.

This is an opportunity for rural women’s human security priorities to be part of an international campaign coordinated by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) linked to the Human Security First campaign:

“The Human Security First campaign has been adapted in Fiji to focus on the existing gender inequalities and highlights all aspects and considerations related to development and peace for those people facing security challenges on a daily basis. It is essential to listen to those people in the debates related to the post-2015 development agenda,” says FemLINKPACIFIC’s Executive Director, Sharon Bhagwan Rolls,

“This is an opportunity for us to also revisit the findings of our Womens Human Security First report which was launched earlier this year in which rural women spoke about the right to live a life where their economic, political, personal, food and nutrition, health and environment security is assured.”

To hear more about Sharon's thoughts on human security, click here

Watch FemLINKPACIFIC’s Human Security First promo.

For FemLINKPACIFIC which has dedicated its work to promote and integrate UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security) into civil society and government policies and practice the International Day of Peace offers an opportunity to reaffirm that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights it also requires us to address the root causes of violence and conflicts in countries which are not our own:

“We are reminded yet again as a result of the recent events the importance of non-violent resolution is and that all leaders need to ensure that they also put peace first by adopting peacebuilding practice, as well as peace and stability goals policies to avoid or exacerbate human displacement, human insecurity and conflict. This requires partnership with civil society in the promotion of peacebuilding especially at the local level to mediate social tensions, generate early warning and support early action, as well as empower socially excluded groups such as women, youth, minorities, displaced persons and the poor.”

“Women’ participation is vital and in fact the missing link in many peace efforts and we urge Pacific Leaders also at this time to reaffirm the full implementation of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.”

The vigils will also be a time for the rural leaders gather in solidarity with the families and colleagues of the Fijian peacekeepers still held captive in the Golan Heights:

“FemLINKPACIFIC continues to extend our solidarity to the families and colleagues of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers detained  by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights.  and the call for a peaceful, just and safe release. This incident is indeed a reminder of the vulnerability of peace and the peacekeepers who serve in dangerous and hostile situations.” 

“As we look ahead to the International Day of Peace which is observed around the world on 21 September, we hope that the days ahead will be a time when member states of the United Nations will operationalise the General Assembly declaration which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples,” adds Bhagwan Rolls, “21 September is a day when all nations and people are asked to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day. We of course hope that the hostilities will cease sooner to enable the release of those held in captivity.”

This year is the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”.

Follow updates on the activities on FemLINKPACIFIC's Facebook page

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Tokyo will be Partying for Peace during the IDP

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Starting the night before, Parties4Peace will be dancing their way to the International Day of Peace! Their Tokyo party is called "Peace One" and is an event aimed at uniting people to create a culture of peace through dance and music.

The DJ line up of the evening is:

DR SHINGO
RYO TSUTSUI
KUSDA
DANI SAVANT
CONOLEY OSPOVAT
TAMAKI
HIROSE
MOCA

Entrance fee includes organic food by Alishan Organic Centre. 

If you are in Tokyo, and you want to Party for Peace, get in touch for tickets and updates, via their facebook page or website.

 

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SERAPAZ' roundtable on the IDP in Mexico

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Mexican GPPAC member SERAPAZ are organising a roundtable for the International Day of Peace 2014. This roundtable will be televised and broadcast online, on the Rompeviento online tv station. 

Rompeviento is a television project for the internet, focussing on news, investigative journalism and analysis. Their aim is to be both critical and responsible in their treatment of political, social and economic realities in Mexico and the rest of the world. SERAPAZ has a regular slot Mondays at 8 PM, to discuss contemporary social issues and the peace process in Mexico.

Topics of focus for the discussion will be the International Day of Peace, Human Security and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. To tune in to Rompeviento to watch SERAPAZ, click here.

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Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia and Montenegro IDP plans

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Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia and Nansen Dialogue Centre Montenegro, as part of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) for the Western Balkans are marking 21 September, The International Day of Peace. For the fifth time in the Western Balkan region, on the occasion of this important international date, a call for the arts competition "I Like Peace – Peace is My Choice" for primary and secondary school students has been launched. Schools, teachers and students are hereby invited to join the marking of the International Day of Peace by taking part in the arts competition “I Like Peace – Peace is My Choice".

Teachers, principals, psychologists, pedagogues are invited to talk to students about the International Day of Peace and its importance, non-violent conflict resolution, as well as about the ways of preventing digital violence in schools and the whole society. The competition is launched on Monday, 15 September shortly before the International Day of Peace (21 September) and will be open until 31 October 2014.

Primary and secondary school students from the Western Balkan region (Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina) are invited to send in their art works on the topic "I Like Peace – Peace is My Choice" using a technique of their own choice, to Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia.

For more information check out this website or visit their Facebook page!

 

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GPPAC Philippines

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In the Philippines, several events are slated around the International Day of Peace.

On 20 September, Generation Peace/GenPeace and GZO Peace Institute are organizing a forum on Bangsamoro peace process at the Far Eastern University in Manila.

The various Generation Peace/GenPeace chapters in Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Zamboanga and Caraga will also hold their own Peace Week/Day activities.

The Center for Peace Education/Pax Christi Philippines, on the other hand, will hold a Forum on How the Youth can Support the Proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law and Political Entity, followed by the Peace Mandala Workshop.

On September 26, there will be a Musical Concert featuring songs of peace, love and the need for social change.

And more activities might still follow, as Peacemakers are still finalizing how to pull off a Peace Film Fest at EDSA Shangrila.

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Working Group for Peace - Cambodia

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The GPPAC members from Cambodian, coordinated by the Working Group for Peace, are organizing a Round Table Discussion on 17 September about peace education. Simultaneously they will be holding a five-day Active Non-Violence training from 15-19 September. 

On 21 September itself, they are planning to have a gathering in Phnom Penh of approximately 1000 people from different backgrounds, beliefs and inter-ethnic groups.They will release media advisories, do a public-march to promote awareness about the International Day of Peace, do radio talkshows, release flying balloons and give space to religious representatives to provide awareness on peace building concept through their way of religion.

See more updates on what they will exactly do on their Facebook page

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