URI Celebrates Peace Day 2019

18 September 2019, 3:28 PM
AYEPO celebrates Peace Day 2019

Afghanistan Youth Empowerment and Peace-building Organization (AYEPO) celebrates Peace Day 2019.

See the different ways the international URI community celebrated the International Day of Peace (IDP) 2019. IDP, or Peace Day, is designated by the United Nations as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. This year's theme celebrates Climate Action for Peace.

Check back often - we are still adding to this list! Submit your Peace Day 2019 event to be included here.

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AFRICA

Lilongwe CC celebrates Peace Day 2019

Lilongwe CC celebrates Peace Day 2019

Cooperation Circle: Lilongwe CC

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi

Our Peace Day event went well, as it was full of education and sensitizing people about the environment. The event was amazing and more than our imagination, considering the turnout of people. We are very happy to confirm that many people attended with much solidarity and many commitments to work together, to promote peace and to care for the environment. We had a good time to see government officials, faith leaders and business people coming to strengthen our community together. We had many communities get involved. Many participants gave testimonies based on challenges we are facing due to climate change. About 4500 participants and 46 volunteers took part in the event. 

URI Africa - East African Ramgarhia Board - IDP2019

Slideshow: URI Africa and East African Ramgarhia Board celebrate IDP2019 (click the yellow arrows to move through)

URI Africa - East African Ramgarhia Board - IDP2019
Nairobi IDP 2019 invitation

Cooperation Circle: Undugu Family of Hope 

Location: Kiberia, Nairobi, Kenya

Undugu Family of Hope - World Peace Day Celebration - 21st September 2019

Following the ongoing heated political campaigns in Kibera due to the forthcoming by-elections, Undugu Family of Hope Centre, in conjunction with other Kibera Peace stakeholders, are organizing a series of events to celebrate the International Day of Peace day 2019. The first event is scheduled to take place on the 21st of September 2019 at the Kibera Lindi Mosque and will bring on board about 300 Kibera residents drawn from the different sectors of the community.

The activities will begin at 8am, where the 23 candidates vying for the vacant Kibera constituency seat will be hosted by the community members for a breakfast meeting, where they will get an opportunity to listen to the needs and aspirations of the community. They will also be engaged in signing and saying a peace pledge to ensure that their campaigns will not be divisive in any way. Later on, the candidates will join the rest of the community in a community service to clean up the community in line with this year’s International Peace Day theme, “Climate Action for Peace” and conclude the day by gracing the finals of the Kibera inter-base football tournament, whose finals will be played at the Kibera Undugu grounds.

This day is dedicated to helping build relationships, trust and encourage communication amongst Kibera residents. We hope that you will find time to join us and support this initiative, as we celebrate yet another milestone in promoting peaceful co-existence in Kibera and the whole country at large.

By Br Nzomo Edwin Amani

URI Participants: URI West Africa Regional Office

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

The 1st West Africa Peace Dialogue was held at the 400-capacity auditorium of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), Accra, from September 20-21, 2019. The Peace Dialogue was organized by the Ghana-based Africa Centre for Peacebuilding, a URI Cooperation Circle (CC), in partnership with the West Africa Regional Office of United Religions Initiative (URI West Africa), Global Educators for All Initiative (GEFAI) and The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation. The two-day event was very well attended by representatives of Civil Societies, the academia, traditional leaders, the business community and representatives of Government. The Theme of the West Africa Peace Dialogue was: Sustaining Regional Peace to Promote Trade, Investment and Development in West Africa. The event was also to celebrate and honour the 2019 United Nations International Day of Peace (IDP).

The Keynote Address was delivered by Prof. John Gatsi, Dean of School of Business, University of Cape Coast-Ghana. Other distinguished Speakers included:

  • Dr. Raphael Ogar Oko, International Coordinator, Global Educators for All Initiative- Nigeria
  • Lawyer Zakaria Tanko Musah, Senior Lecturer, Ghana Institute of Journalism-Ghana
  • Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, Regional Coordinator, United Religions Initiative-West Africa and Founder, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation
  • Dr. Elias Asiama, Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
  • Mr. Ernesto Yeboah, Leader of the Economic Fighters League (EFL)
  • Mr. Korsi Senyo, Executive Director, Africa Centre for Peace Building - Ghana

Peaceful co-existence among neighboring nations is a key element to promoting trade, investment and human capital development which lead to solving some basic social problems like unemployment, poverty and hunger. These social problems are an influential undertone to conflict and civil unrest. Adherence to national laws without key references to regional laws and treaties signed by states within a region could form a basis for regional conflicts hence defeating the common goals for establishing regional blocs in Africa.

In recent times, Africa has witnessed a new trend of conflict - xenophobic, homophobic and afrophobic attacks in South Africa. The most recent is Ghana and Nigeria and this development if not curbed will become a serious threat to Africa Unity. It is against this the Africa Centre for Peace Building-Ghana, Global Educators for All Initiatives-Nigeria, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation and United Religions Initiatives -West Africa brought together West Africa governments, media, legal practitioners, academic and civil society organizations within the West Africa sub-regions to dialogue on how best to promote sisterhood, peace and trade within the West Africa.

Cooperation Circles: URI Africa, Kenya Interfaith Network on Environment ActionMother Earth Network, Unity Earth

Location: Nairobi

Greetings of peace and blessing from Africa. As you know, the International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The theme for this year is ‘Climate Action for Peace’. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Climate change poses a substantial threat to international peace and security.  

Recognizing the importance of the theme of this year, United Religions Initiative-Africa & East African Ramgarhia Board are organizing the celebration of the 2019 International Day of Peace in partnership with Kenya Interfaith Network on Action for Environment (URI CC), Mother Earth Network (URI cc) , All African Conference of Churches, Baha’i International Community Addis Ababa Office, Unity Earth (URI CC), Global Peace Foundation and African Media Initiative.

  • The Chief Guest will be H.E. Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia, Advisor of the President of Kenya on Cohesion, Peace and Conflict Resolution. 
  • The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, Principal Coordinator, Faith for Earth Initiative, UN Environment.
  • The event will also commemorate the 550th Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
  • On this occasion, URI-Africa will announce the recipients of the 2019 African Peace Award of URI-Africa.

This grand peace event will take place at Dasmesh Hall at Ramgarhia Gurudwara Pangani on Muranga Road on Saturday, September 21st, 2019 at 9:00 am. The event will finish at 12.30, followed by lunch.

Let us be the change we want to see in the world by living according to the Golden Rule, which says, “Treat others and the planet the way you want to be treated.” May Peace Prevail on Earth.

- Amb. Mussie Hailu, Director of Global Partnership & Representative at the UN and Africa Union and URI Regional Director for Africa


Cooperation Circles: URI Malawi

Location: Nkhudzi Bay, Mangochi and Kasinje, Ntcheu Districts, Malawi

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, URI-Malawi interfaith marchers marched under the theme “Interfaith Marching for Peace and Justice, Window of National Solidarity Hope” along with other marchers of various religious beliefs and local leaders. URI member Geoffrey Manasseh is quoted in the news article as saying, "We believe to see positive change and it’s our deep wish to see Malawi taking the right direction in valuing peace and justice at all levels. As interfaith marchers, we are actively seeking like-minded partners who want to push back against extremism, violence and intimidation while promoting the principles of equal justice and religious liberty for all. In totality, we condemn violence at places of work, worship, businesses and city complexes which seem to thrive in our country.” See the full article here.

Wildlife and Natural Resources Conservations and Rehabilitation Trust celebrates Peace Day 2019

Wildlife and Natural Resources Conservations and Rehabilitation Trust celebrates Peace Day 2019

Cooperation Circle: Wildlife and Natural Resources Conservations and Rehabilitation Trust (WNRCRT-CC)

Location: Chinsapo, Lilongwe, Malawi

On Saturday, 21st September 2019, WNRCRT-CC in Malawi joined the rest of the Global Community in commemorating this year's International Day of Peace. The CC has an environmental concern about poor management of plastic wastes in Malawi fueled by lack of proper regulatory polices amidst the influx of plastic products especially juices whereby the cost of production is lesser than that of environmental damages. The common practice for managing plastic wastes is open burning, which contributes a lot of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is one of the major greenhouse gases causing global warming and in turn bringing about climate change. The CC commemorated the day through various activities conducted in Lilongwe under the sub-theme: “Sustainable Plastic Waste Management – Better Malawi – Better World”.

See more in the PDF link below.

West Africa celebrates IDP 2019

West Africa celebrates IDP 2019

URI Participants: URI West Africa

Location: Madina, Ghana

The Africa Centre for Peace Building-Ghana, Global Educators for All Initiatives-Nigeria, The Emmanuel Ivorgba Foundation and United Religions Initiatives -West Africa and their partners wish to announce the 1st West Africa Peace Dialogue on the theme “Sustaining Regional Peace To Promote Trade, Investment and Development in West Africa” scheduled for September 20-21, 2019 at the University of Professional Studies, Accra-Ghana.

Peaceful co-existence among neighboring nations is a key element to promoting trade, investment and human capital development which lead to solving some basic social problems like unemployment, poverty and hunger. These social problems are an influential undertone to conflict and civil unrest. Adherence to national laws without key references to regional laws and treaties signed by states within a region could form a basis for regional conflicts hence defeating the common goals for establishing regional blocs in Africa.

In recent times, Africa is experiencing a new trend of conflict – homophobic attacks. The most recent is Ghana and Nigeria and this development if not curb will become a serious threat to Africa Unity. Against this backdrop, we bring together West Africa governments, media, legal practitioners, academic and civil society organizations within the West Africa Sub-regions to dialogue on how best to promote sisterhood, peace and trade within the West Africa.

THEME: Sustaining Regional Peace To Promote Trade, Investment and Development in West Africa.

The Conference will have four sections: Keynote Addresses; Panel Discussions where speakers and high personalities will be assembled from the business community, law, media, academia and governments to discuss specific areas. This will have the opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers and panelists on the issues.

The conference objectives: To provide a common platform for a peaceful dialogue for the West Africa region; To help provide a solution to potential conflicts situation in the region; To provide a bigger platform for networking; To provide a platform for Regional trade and investment.


Cooperation Circle: House of Hilkiah Foundation

Location: Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria

After meeting at the kick-off venue,We will first give a 10-minute talk on peace, then proceed on a march with peace placards. After 30 minutes,we will bring the major stakeholders from all the religious bodies to plant trees as a sign of tackling climate change together. Partners include:  SDSN Youth Members, and Sughun Beauty Studio. See the Facebook page. 

About 200 volunteers and 8,000 participants are expected. " The activity will help us foster peace in our community by creating more awareness, staying together and tackling the climate challenge irrespective of tribe, religion, race, or age, as climate issues affect both the poor and rich. It can be replicated in another community, ensuring sustainability."

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation celebrates IDP 2019

New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation celebrates IDP 2019

Cooperation Circle: New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation

Location: Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria

As part of activities to mark the 2019 United Nations International Day of Peace (IDP), New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, a URI CC, in partnership with Benue State Ministry of Education, held its first stakeholder’s peacebuilding assembly at Doo Palace Nyiman, Makurdi Benue State on Friday 27 September 2019. The Peace Assembly which is a platform for key stakeholders to promote the spirit of understanding, tolerance, interfaith dialogue, and peaceful co-existence and also an avenue for young ambassadors to interact and learn, was attended by members of civil societies, government officials, individuals and students. A total number of 68 participants were in attendance.

The Hon. Commissioner of Benue State Ministry of Education was represented by Hon. Aniho T. He thanked NEEDSI for the good work of promoting Youth Leadership and Peace through its School-Based Youth Leadership and Peace Education Program and assured NEEDSI of the Ministry’s support always. The President, Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, Dr. Yakubu Mariam gave a goodwill message as well as the Executive Director, Civil Society Action Coalition for Education for All, the President, JNI Women's Wing, Benue State Chapter, Hajiya Hauwa Isah, and other invited guests.

The topic for the day was "Conflict Resolution: A Panacea for Peace." The Guest Speaker, Rev Fr Solomon Mfa was represented by Mr. Ayongu Simon. He shared knowledge on conflict resolution, as it provides a solution to the prevention of ethno-religious conflict and promotes harmonious coexistence. He spoke on the need to solve problems without bloodshed. Inclusiveness of youths was emphasized as key in advancing national peacebuilding processes. Rather than acknowledging the youth as perpetrators of violence, they should be engaged as social actors with their views and contributions.

Contributions from participants were on oneness, unity and promoting positive history. The meeting ended with a closing prayer by the Imam, Benue State Central Mosque, Mallam Haruna Rasheed Muh’d.


 

 

 

 

ASIA

Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019

Slideshow: Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019 (click the yellow arrows to move through pictures) 

Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019
Zero Limits and Karickam International Public School celebrate Peace Day 2019

Cooperation Circle: Zero LimitsKarickam International Public School

Location: Kerala, India

PEACE PROCESSION AT KARICKAM. See more photos on Facebook.

The URI South India region organised a peace rally at Karickam International Public School, on September 21, as the whole world observes this day as UN World Peace Day. Everybody gathered at Karickam International Public School in Kottarakkara between 7:00 and 8:45 am. There were five educational institutions which are connected to URI. Zero Limits CC, URI South India region, participated in the peace rally. Each institution upheld different themes representing UN Peace Day. The rally covered about 8 to 10 Km.

Some of the participants highlighted religious equality and Indian culture in keeping the promise of unity in diversity. A group of students from Kollam presented the role of protecting the environment in keeping peace. They represented five subtle elements (air, earth, fire, water and aether), which are considered the core elements of nature - which is called "Panchabhoothas" in Vedas. They also grabbed the attention of the crowd by carrying plants on their hands, which were connected to oxygen masks, which showed the pathetic situation that every human being is about to face in the nearby future: lack of oxygen. The rate of deforestation is so high that we are intaking polluted air and we know that the trees are the only filter machines we have in nature. We are also aware of the rate of oxygen in this era, and how expensive it will be in the future. "It is unimaginable for me right now," said a Zero Limits CC member. "The thought itself takes my breath away. From where will my fellow sisters and brothers will breath pure air in the future? It gives me more pain than oxygen which I breathe now."

"They also gave us more insight on recycling and reusing things, because their placards were made with waste materials like plastic bottles and useless newspapers and sticks. I am glad to be a part of this team who pointed on the environment protection, which points to this year's theme 'Climate Action for Peace' literally. The whole rally was covered and witnessed by members from the URI Global Support office - The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., URI Executive Director, and Isabelle Ortega-Lockwood, Director of Global Communications and Strategic Planning."

"I would like to borrow the words from the famous album 'Heal the World' by Michael Jackson. 'Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race. There are people dying, if you care enough for the living, make a better place for you and for me.' Yes, we can make this world a better place to live in for you and for me, together. Let's plant, breathe, and live on our mother Earth, together."

Cooperation Circle: Angel Peace Foundation

Location: Rajasthan, India

Members of Angel Peace Foundation made peace themed art with children for the International Day of Peace 2019.

Slideshow: Angel Peace Foundation celebrates Peace Day 2019

Slideshow: Angel Peace Foundation celebrates Peace Day 2019 (click the yellow arrows)

Slideshow: Angel Peace Foundation celebrates Peace Day 2019
Slideshow: Angel Peace Foundation celebrates Peace Day 2019
Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.

Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019. Click through the yellow arrows to see all the photos.

Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.
Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.
Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.
Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.
Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.
Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.
Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.
Smiles4Millions Foundation celebrates IDP 2019.

Cooperation Circles: URI East India, Smiles4millions Foundation, Bitiyaeksaahas FoundationPeace4Dalits FoundationPeace4maasai Foundation

Location: Maranga, Purnea, Bihar, India

We successfully completed our one-week event program on the eve of IDP 2019. As Smiles4millions Foundation (URI East India CC) working with the vision to work for Slums Education, Environment & Empowerment. We are taking great initiatives and working as volunteers on many projects like Gyanodaya4slums, Smiles4millions team working for activities like Tree Plantation, Slums children education, flood relief camps, health and hygiene will be continued in future. Our team members are awarded by certificates by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification- UNCCD. 

URI East India supported our whole initiatives and gave all motivation also encouraged for these noble initiatives. It's all a teamwork.

Special thanks to our collaboration partners:

Bitiya Ek Saahas CC, Peace4dalits CC Nepal, Peace4Maasai CC Tanzania, Kashi Model Youth United Nations- KYMUM, Soumya Bharat Welfare Society-SBWS and Chandigarh University Model United Nations -CUMUN founder Mr. Abhishek Kapoor, RAISED Initiative - Ghana, Saheed Bhai Sukha Singh Mehtab Singh Memorial Hospital-SriGanganagar Rajasthan, Youth Education Network- YEN Kenya, Network of African Advocates for Peace- NAAP Uganda. The Malawi Institution of Engineers - Malawi, Tresor Women Warriors (Uplifting Women and families to financial freedom) - The Gambia. Advocates for Equity and Development- AED, Anglo-Jos Youths with a Purpose- AJYP.

Our collaborations support partners gave us a great message on this day made this day real Global Peace internationally.

15-21 a week program is under progress. A week of activities:

1. Plantation in Gurudwara.

2. Quiz Competition.

3. Debate competition.

4. Poster making Competition.

All on National and International levels. 

5. Slums women Health and Hygiene camp. 

6. Slums meet for Peace.

7. International and National collaborations on the eve of 21 September 2019.

8. Awards and certificate ceremonies. 

9. Meeting with Chancellor Chandigarh University on the eve of IDP-2019.

10. Video conferencing on Peace between URI Indian CCs and Nepali CCs. 

More than targeting to connect with Chandigarh University students, slums women and children, young professionals and professors and more were fullfilled. More than 15 countries participated in this weekend event. They sent peace messages and videos available in links. We have covered more than 1100 + people not only in India but in other parts of the world. Countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Haiti, Nigeria, Nepal, Ghana, etc. participanted in the video competition.

Slums children participated in the Dreaming competition and Quiz competition, based on the theme: Environmental Conservation and Peace in India and the World. Chandigarh University students participated in Sustainable Development Goals meetings and the Hon'ble Chancellor of Chandigarh University inaugurated our Smiles4millions mission. I am sharing few photos and activities directly or through links. Fifteen countries sent peaceful images from their nations as symbols of global peace.

See more stories and videos: 

URI Pakistan celebrates IDP 2019

URI Pakistan celebrates IDP 2019

URI Cooperation Circles: URI Pakistan

Location: Lahore, Pakistan

You are invited to the URI Pakistan celebration of Peace Day 2019, Climate Action for Peace. See postcard above and video below.


Cooperation Circle: Cosmic Community Centre

Location: Kottarakkara, Kerala, India

We are planning a big peace march with around 800 people. Partners include  All Kerala Balajana Sakhyam, YMCA, and other URI CCs. About 800 volunteers and 2,000 participants are expected. 


Cooperation Circle: Atma Darshana-Yoga CC

Location: Bengaluru to New Delhi, India

We will undertake a Padayatra, or journey, from Bengaluru to New Delhi to create awareness about peace, the water shortage, patriotism, interfaith cooperation, and the dangers of nuclear weapons. Starting from 12th Jan, National Youth Day, the journey will continue until it reaches New Delhi on 21st June, 2020. We will be visiting schools and colleges to create awareness, and meeting local leaders and media people with requests to join the PADAYATRA 2020 movement.

We will discuss this project with all URI zones in East, West, North, and South India. We will also discuss it with all other URI CCs who are interested in this work from around the whole world. Anytime or anywhere - they are welcome to join PADAYATRA 2020. Any URI group or members can also arrange for food or lodgings for the Padayatra people along the way.

About 200 volunteers are expected. The journey will continue for 161 days. It is being planned now, for the International Day of Peace.


Cooperation Circle: Understanding Cultural and Religious Values

Location: Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka

We organized a "Peace March" in Trincomalee. Because there are many religions here, people are living together as one diverse nation. But sometimes the political people make problems with a certain group of people. Especially with religion, that is a main cause for problems. During those times of conflict, we as URI leaders and committee members handle the problem and find the solution. That's why we organized this event - for awareness.  We joined with the Sarvodayam Trincomalee team, and expect more than 300 participants. 

Asian Humanity Foundation celebrates Peace Day 2019

Asian Humanity Foundation celebrates Peace Day 2019

Cooperation Circle: Asian Humanity Foundation - AHF

Location: Nuh, India

We held a Peace Day awareness meeting with the school children of the Government School. The talk was held by the Cooperation Circle leader of Asian Humanity Foundation - AHF. Some 150 higher secondary school children participated, along with their teachers. 

URI Pakistan celebrates IDP 2019 with a tree planting.

URI Pakistan celebrates IDP 2019 with a tree planting.

Cooperation Circles: URI Pakistan, Light of Hope CC, ROLE CCSTAR Organization (Sympathy, Treatment, Acceptance and Rehabilitation), Sudanese Community Pak CC, WAKE Women And Kids Education CC

Location: Pakistan

Peace Center Lahore and United Religions Initiative Pakistan organized an event to celebrate International Day of Peace, with the set theme given by the United Nations “Climate Action for Peace” at Peace Center in Lahore, on 21st September, 2019. Read the full report below in the PDF file with more details and photos.

AYEPO Peace Forum 2019

AYEPO celebrates Peace Day 2019 with a Peace Forum. Click through the yellow arrows to see all the photos.

AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019
AYEPO Peace Forum 2019

Cooperation Circle: Afghanistan Youth Empowerment and Peace-building Organization (AYEPO)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghanistan Youth Empowerment and Peace-building Organization initiated the “AYEPO Peace Forum” on the eve of International Peace Day for school students as potential peace-builders in Kabul. It was a three-day program that commenced on 19 September and rounded up on 21 September, the International Peace Day.

The key areas of discovery for participants in this 3-day Peace Forum:

  • Understanding the skills for working together.
  • Understanding their role in peace-building.
  • What does it take to be a peace-builder?
  • Becoming an effective peace-builder.

Read much more about this event here.


Cooperation Circle: Love Care Foundation

Location: Ghaziabad, India

Love Care Foundation (LCF) observed International Peace Day at all centres. Keeping in mind the theme ‘Climate Action for Peace,’ activities were organized at all the centres. The day was devoted to organizing workshops for women to strengthen the ideals of peace. The aim was to throw light on the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace all over the world.

Participants were made aware as to how climate change poses a substantial threat to international peace and security. The only choice we have is that each human being must rely on himself or herself, and must take responsibility and must play a positive role to conserve natural resources to achieve peace. Women can play a big role to bring peace and can teach the generations by changing opinions and slowly eroding old barriers, as women are the backbone of society.

The LCF team will plan continuous activities so that peace can be achieved with understanding and not by force. The actions taken now will definitely start a chain reaction that will result in bringing peace on earth.


 

Dwarka Peace Society students celebrate Peace Day 2019

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Dwarka Peace Society students celebrate Peace Day 2019
Dwarka Peace Society students celebrate Peace Day 2019
Dwarka Peace Society students celebrate Peace Day 2019

Cooperation Circles: Dwarka Peace Society

Location: New Delhi, India

Dwarka Peace Society organized a drawing competition on the theme of peace on  09/21/2019. Seven volunteers facilitated. Participating students worked together and gave a message of peace. There was a strong message about peace and the ability to ground peace and ground hearts this month.

Rural Development Society CC and Helping Hands CC celebrate Peace Day 2019

Slideshow: Rural Development Society CC and Helping Hands CC celebrate Peace Day 2019 (click the yellow arrows)

Rural Development Society CC and Helping Hands CC celebrate Peace Day 2019
Rural Development Society CC and Helping Hands CC celebrate Peace Day 2019
Rural Development Society CC and Helping Hands CC celebrate Peace Day 2019
Rural Development Society CC and Helping Hands CC celebrate Peace Day 2019
Rural Development Society CC and Helping Hands CC celebrate Peace Day 2019
Rural Development Society CC and Helping Hands CC celebrate Peace Day 2019

Cooperation Circles: Rural Development Society CCHelping Hands CC

Location: Bankura, West Bengal, India

On the International Day of Peace, Rural Development Society CC hosted two programs, one in the morning and one in the evening. The theme of the morning program was “Yoga for Peace” in collaboration with Lions Club International Bankura and Helping Hands CC of Kolkata. The program was supported by Jana Shikshan Sansthan (Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India), Bankura PRITI and Yogasan Shiksha Kendra. The program was held in the sylvan surroundings of "Center for Reconciliation and Peace Building", Bankura. The President of Lions Club International, Bankura and other board members were present. The program started with Guru Vandana followed by short speeches by the dignitaries present. The yoga performers demonstrated the basic yoga asanas. Students of Bankura PRITI performed Yoga Dance, which was a fusion of Yoga with Indian Classical Dance. The audience was called upon to learn the basic asanas under the guidance of Yoga gurus. It was a thoroughly enjoyable program and everybody pledged to make Yoga a part of their daily lives so that they have healthy bodies and healthy and peaceful minds which will ultimately help to spread the message of peace all around. The program ended with a vote of thanks and a round of healthy snacks for all.

From 5pm onwards, at Gandhi Bhavan, Gandhi Vichar Parishad, the main program of IDP took place with this year’s theme, "Climate Action for Peace"Religious leaders representing Animists, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and Jains were present. All of them read from their respective Holy Scriptures and offered prayers which emphasised on Inter Religious Harmony. All the Dignitaries paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by making floral offerings. The eminent dignitaries were felicitated and the Peace Lamp was lit. Everyone stood in silence for one minute for World Peace.

Lion Bishnu Bajoria, Past International Director of Lions Club International spoke about 3 E's – Emotional, Economical and Ecological PeaceMr. Pradip Nag, General Sercretary of Anushilan Samity spoke how Greta Thunberg’s lone protest caught the world’s attention last year, and has spread to millions of school children around the world. Other important dignitaries included Mr. Mahaprasad Sengupta, Mayor, Bankura, Dr. Jitenendra Nath Banerjee, eminent physician and President of Satya Sai Seva Samity, Mr. Kalyan Roy, General Secretary of Gandhi Vichar Parisad, Bankura, Dr. Dilip Patra Director Jana Shikshan Santhan, Bankura, Mr. Ashish Patra of Amra Sobai Eksathe, Mr. Gabriel Pani, Principal of Vocational Training Centre, Leprosy Mission Trust India, and Mr. Deepak Ghosh, General Secretary of Jatiya Kriya and Shakti Sangha. All of them gave short messages on religious harmony, the importance of protecting Mother Earth, non-violence and how we can preserve and use our natural resources for sustainable development. Mrs. Dipwanita Banerjee and her team of youngsters performed an excellent skit on inter faith harmony and sang Bhajans appropriate for the occasion. Members of Bankura PRITI performed Yoga Dance based on Tagore Songs. It was a beautiful presentation. Everyone present appreciated the non-use of plastic water bottles and plastic teacups.

Mr. Aatankya Bhanjan Pramanik and Mr. Ujjawal Bhattacharya recited poems especially written by them for IDP on Ahimsha (non-violence), interfaith harmony and protection of Mother Nature. Rural Development Society CC announced that they will be a part of the World Climate Strike which is being held in 150 countries from 20th September to 27th September 2019. "We are joining our hands with young climate strikers. We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart. We are hosting a Solidarity Action Photo and Rally starting from 25-27 September 2019. Following the words of Mahatma Gandhi, 'You must be the change you wish to see in the world.' We are inviting all the students from schools and colleges in Bankura to participate in the event. We are also inviting all the clubs and NGOs working in Bankura to stand in solidarity with the cause."

The program ended with a vote of thanks from the secretary of Rural Development Society CC. He reminded us, "The future depends on what you do today."

For more reports and pictures, visit:

Slideshow: GSO visit India IDP 2019

Slideshow: Members of the URI Global Support Office visit Cooperation Circles in India for Peace Day 2019. Click the yellow arrows for a selection of news articles.

Slideshow: GSO visit India IDP 2019
Slideshow: GSO visit India IDP 2019
Slideshow: GSO visit India IDP 2019
Slideshow: GSO visit India IDP 2019
Slideshow: GSO visit India IDP 2019
Slideshow: GSO visit India IDP 2019

Cooperation Circles: Roshini CC, Safar CC, Ekta Sangathan CC, UDAAN

Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Women members of CC Roshni, CC Ekta, CC Safar, and CC Udaan convened an International Day of Peace event at a heritage site of a Sufi Shrine to send out the universal message of unity and compassion.

Roshini CC, Safar CC, Ekta Sangathan CC, and UDAAN celebrate Peace Day 2019

(Slideshow: click the yellow arrows) Roshini CC, Safar CC, Ekta Sangathan CC, and UDAAN celebrate Peace Day 2019.

Roshini CC, Safar CC, Ekta Sangathan CC, and UDAAN celebrate Peace Day 2019
Roshini CC, Safar CC, Ekta Sangathan CC, and UDAAN celebrate Peace Day 2019
Roshini CC, Safar CC, Ekta Sangathan CC, and UDAAN celebrate Peace Day 2019

 

 

 

 

EUROPE

Cooperation Circle: BRIDGES CC

Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Cleaning for Peace: Part of the initiative Climate Action for Peace.

The initiative was coorganized by young people very much involved in the environmental issues. During the weekend for cleaning Bulgaria, and for the International Day of Peace, young people who were part in the interfaith youth camp BRIDGE-Inter-Cultures together with other young people (from Lions Club and Youth Water Parliament) cleaned in different parts of the country. They decided to deliver a strong message by producing a short video and to include photos. Sylvia (17 years old) is a director and editor of the production. About 70 participants and 30 volunteers took part.

"It is a strong message from young people not only to our CC, but to all Bulgarian society - it is better to safe the planet and to clean it. Keep our countries and nature clean. It is better and more healthy to live clean. CLEAN for PEACE!"

URI Global Chair Speaks at Huddersfield Climate Strike

Cooperation Circle: Faith 2 Faith CC

Location: Huddersfield, United Kingdom

On the 20th of September, adults and young people took to the streets of Huddersfield, striking from their school or workplace, booking a holiday, taking a half-day or walking out over lunch. People from all backgrounds stood together in solidarity to demand immediate action to address the climate crisis and devastating consequences impacting our world. On the stage, Kiran Bali MBE JP, Global Chair said, "As we demand action from governments and policy makers, in parallel we must make personal changes to our lifestyle. We strike globally but we must strike at our individual habits.” Read more.


Cooperation Circle: Interkultureller Kreis URI Bonn CC

Location: Bonn, Germany

We folded more than 1000 Origami Cranes in remembering the atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Marianne Horling will tell the story of the girl Sadako, who died 10 years after this catastrophe by leukemia. Karimah Stauch will speak about URI as an organization, which stands for peace in the world. Peace songs and prayers will build the frame and we'll decorate the "Trinkpavillon" with the cranes and posters of different religions. Information about the work of URI, as well as cranes, will be handed out to the people. The local press will be informed. We worked together also with people of other organizations, like: a singer and presbyter of the evangelic church, who trained us singing the peace songs; a refugee organization (Ausbildung Statt Abschiebung, AsA), which Marianne is working with; a teacher from the elementary school "Andreas-Schule" in Rüngsdorf (Bad Godesberg), who folded cranes with the school-children; the organization "Bürger für Bad Godesberg" (Citizen for Bad Godesberg) as the owner of the "Trinkpavillion". "They are all fond of URI now and voluntarily work with us," reports Marianne Horling.

" It will be a public event on a Saturday afternoon. The location as well as the time is good to reach a lot of people. At the preparation of the event, many people came for the first time in contact with URI and our CC. They helped us because they are convinced to work for a good thing. Every Thursday we offered in the "Trinkpavillon" a workshop for crane-folding, telling people why we do it and introducing them to URI. This action also brought people together who haven't met before. To do something together gives a feeling, not to be alone with their hopes and dreams."

Nine volunteers are expected, and about 100 participants.


 

 

 

 

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Círculo Latinoamericano de Músicos

Círculo Latinoamericano de Músicos celebrates IDP 2019.

Cooperation Circle: URI América Latina y el Caribe, Círculo Latinoamericano de Músicos

Location: Iztapalapa, Ciudad de México, México

Enlace musical en tiempo real en distintos países de latinoamérica. Un minuto de silencio por la paz en unión a la celebración realizada en São Luiz do Paraitinga Acción Ecológica Elencos interdisciplinarios con exposición relacionada a la paz Intercambio de saberes Inclusión social para desarrollo humanitario Filmes sobre cultura de paz Acción lúdica familiar Almuerzo comunitario Y trueque de eco-conciencia.  Incidir directamente en la comunidad afectadas moralmente por índices de violencia y que requiere adentrarse en la Cultura de Paz!

English translation:  Coexistence circles with peace dialogue with the community; Cleaning of green areas, planting trees; Ecological awareness through the re-use of inorganic waste; Construction of a pigeon with pet where our visitors can leave positive messages, purposes, ideas and actions for an ecological and peace culture; Community lunch without disposables with a tendency to vegan; Music in sync with other countries with the intention of creating symbolically a positive energy field through music; Objects created with recycled materials that reflect the interpretation of peace in children; Dialogues with religious leaders to balance the faith; Yoga; Temazcalli; Workshops; Guest casts. One more year we will announce the interreligious work of URI through the Latin American CC of Musicians and create environmental awareness for the care of Mother Earth. About 50 participants and 10 volunteers are expected.

Partners include:  CC Latinoamericano de Músicos, CC latinoamericano de Interreligioso; Asamblea Comunitaria Miravalle; Proyecto Cultural Comunitario “Todos por la Colonia"; Secretaria de Cultura de la Ciudad de México; Playing for Change; URI América Latina y el Caribe.

Coexistence circles with peace dialogue in the community:

On the occasion of the celebration of International Peace Day, the Latinoamericano de Músicos CC carried out the following activities on September 21:

  • Cleaning of green areas, planting trees.
  • Ecological awareness through the reuse of inorganic waste.
  • Construction of a dove as a symbol of peace, where our visitors could leave.
  • Positive messages, purposes, ideas and actions for an ecological and peace culture.
  • Community lunch without disposables with a tendency to vegan food.
  • Music in sync with other countries with the intention of symbolically creating a positive energy field through music.
  • Objects created with recycled materials that reflect the interpretation of peace in children.
  • A circle of dialogue was held with religious leaders to balance the faith.
  • A Yoga class was taught.
  • A Temazcal was shared.

Around 10 volunteers participated. There were about 50 participants during the 6 hours of the event. It was one more year that we successfully unveiled the interreligious work of URI through the interreligious and intercultural work of the members of the Latin American CC of Musicians and created environmental awareness for the care of Mother Earth.

Cooperation Circle: Rio Inter-Religious Movement CC (MIR)

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Terceira Caminhada da Diversividade Religiosa da Zona Oeste da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro

Zona Oeste realizou a terceira edição da CAMINHADA PELA LIBERDADE RELIGIOSA

Religiosos de diversos segmentos e até pessoas que não professam nenhuma forma de fé, se reuniram na caminhada mobilizada pelo MIRZO - Movimento Inter Religioso da Zona Oeste, que reúne vários coletivos. No ato as falas, apresentações e cantigas eram de pedido de amor, compreensão, fé e respeito. Buscando um resultado eficaz na luta contra a intolerância religiosa, foi lançado um manifesto que foi assinado pelos participantes e que continua na coleta de assinaturas para ser enviado aos poderes constituídos.

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Third Walk of Religious Diversity of the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro City

West Zone held the third edition of WALK FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Religious people from various segments, and even people who do not profess any form of faith, gathered in the walk mobilized by MIRZO - Inter-Religious Movement of the West Zone, which brings together various collectives. In the celebration, the speeches, performances and songs were of request of love, understanding, faith and respect. Seeking an effective outcome in the fight against religious intolerance, a manifesto was issued that was signed by the participants and continues to collect signatures to be sent to the constituted powers.

Read the news article linked in the PDF below.

Fundación FEMAS celebrates IDP 2019

Slideshow: Fundación FEMAS celebrates IDP 2019. Click the yellow arrows to see more.

Fundación FEMAS celebrates IDP 2019
Fundación FEMAS celebrates IDP 2019

Cooperation Circle: Fundación FEMAS

Location: Yoloaiquin, El Salvador

The members of the CC FEMAS, with the municipal government, are going to make a day of cleaning a ravine. We will carry out solid waste and recycling. To motivate families, we will give a prize to the one that recycles the most elements.  It will be an interreligious environmental day that will positively impact our rural community because it will generate a commitment in all the inhabitants to be more aware of recycling in their homes daily. About 60 participants and 8 volunteers are expected.

Post-event report: 

Broken cleaning and solid waste recycling: The members of the CC Femas made a day of cleaning a ravine in the Agua Zarca canton, La Montañita hamlet, San Salvador on Monday, September 16. It was an environmental day of approximately 8 hours in which children, youth and adults from the community participated. There were also municipal government officials, and the Mayor of Osicala Morazan, who supported the transportation of the collected rubble. Families were incentivized by awarding a prize to the one that recycled the most items. It was an inter-religious environmental day that had a positive impact on our rural community because it generated a commitment in all the inhabitants to be more aware of recycling in their homes daily.

Flyer for Misiones Unidas CC's celebration of IDP 2019

Flyer for Misiones Unidas CC's celebration of IDP 2019

Misiones Unidas CC celebrates IDP 2019

Misiones Unidas CC celebrates IDP 2019

Cooperation Circle: Misiones Unidas CC

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

On Sunday, September 22 at 3:30 p.m., we will be giving out free hugs at the Rosedal in Palermo, Buenos Aires. You are all welcome to share the love that we are in peace and unity. Come with your posters. The positive impact on the locality will be to provide a hug full of good energy to strangers who travel through the place. See www.consejodepaz.org.ar. Partners include: CC De la Unidad, la reconciliación y la sanación; Consejo de Paz.org; Ronda de Paz; Laura Barrera Couching Cuántico; Humanities Team Argentina. About 60 participants and 10 volunteers are expected.

Post-event report:

Free hugs for peace: On Sunday, September 22 at 3:30 p.m., members of the Misiones Unidas CC were giving free hugs at the Rosedal in Palermo, Buenos Aires. The members of the CC were on the street, about 4 hours with their signs that said, “FREE HUGS” that also illustrated the URI logo. About 10 volunteers participated in the logistics of the activity, the positive impact on the town was to provide a hug full of good energy to strangers who traveled through the place.

Cooperation Circle: Misiones Unidas CCDe la UNIDAD, la Reconciliación y la Sanación

Location: Argentina

Peace Round: As every year, on the International Day of Peace, the members of the CC De la Unidad, la reconciliación y la sanación, organized a meditation: Walking the Labyrinth of Chartres. This meditation seeks for each individual who participates to connect with their creative sensations. Walking along the paths of the Labyrinth of Chartres, and the continuous change of direction, generates an effect on the different hemispheres of the brain that would be stimulating creativity, a sense of direction and generating a reflection on self-knowledge. The meditation was held on the same Saturday as IDP, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

CC De la UNIDAD, la Reconciliación y la Sanación celebrates IDP 2019.

CC De la UNIDAD, la Reconciliación y la Sanación celebrates IDP 2019.

Cooperation Circle: De la UNIDAD, la Reconciliación y la Sanación

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Peace Round - Meditation walking the Labyrinth of Chartres.  Walking along the paths of the Labyrinth of Chartres and the continuous change of direction generates an effect on the different hemispheres of the brain that would be stimulating creativity, a sense of direction, and generating a reflection on self-knowledge. Event partners include:  Consejo de Paz de la República de Argentina. 


Cooperation Circle: Circulo De Cooperación para el Diálogo CC (CC for Dialogue)

Location: Miranda, Venezuela

In a public school in the sector El Chorrito, training sessions for peace and environmental care will be held with students from first to sixth grade. Children will learn the elaboration of human mandalas and crafts with recycled materials. It will be a space of brotherhood and education for children to practice recycling in their homes. About 150 participants are expected.

Post-event report: As actions for peace this year, on Friday, September 20, members of the CC for Dialogue held training sessions for peace and environmental care with students from first to sixth grade, at a public school in the El Chorrito sector, in Los Teques, Miranda state. Children were taught how to make human mandalas and handicrafts with recycled materials. It was a space of brotherhood and education for children to practice recycling in their homes and to educate their parents in the care of the planet. We also performed, in the community of Caurimare, an unconditional love meditation, peace games for children, and three-dimensional mandalas. We made elaborate masks and enjoyed a Reiki healing session.

Aflaiai (Eterno) celebrates IDP 2019

Aflaiai (Eterno) celebrates IDP 2019

Cooperation Circle: Aflaiai (Eterno)Asociación Melirrewe Mogen

Location: Lumaco, Chile

There will be an inter-religious meeting-ceremony led by the Machi of the community, in which offerings will be given to Mother Earth with prayers and songs of peace. This is one more year children and young people will be taught about the importance of peace and the care of Mother Earth. About 30 participants are expected.

Post-event report: On Saturday, September 20, in Lumaco, in southern Chile, members of the Aglaiai and Melirrewe Mogen CCs held an inter-religious meeting-ceremony led by the community's Machi, in which offerings were given to Mother Earth with prayers and songs of peace. It was one more instance of a yearly celebration on this special date, where children and youth were taught about the importance of peace and the care of Mother Earth.


Cooperation Circle: C.O.E.MA.TI (Comunidad Originaria Ecos de la Madre Tierra)

Location: Jujuy, Argentina

The youth of the community prepare a lunch with traditional dishes to honor the local grandparents. That lunch will be shared after carrying out environmental care actions, household waste will be recycled, and the banks of the creek will be cleaned.

Post-event report: Environmental Care Day for grandparents and young people. To celebrate International Peace Day, the youth of the community prepared a lunch with traditional dishes to honor the local grandparents. That lunch was shared after carrying out environmental care actions, household waste was recycled and the banks of the creek were cleaned. This activity connected young people with respect and appreciation for their elders, who with love and compassion have given them all the tools to take care of Mother Nature.

Of the Indigenous People of Argentina CC (CC Pueblos Indígenas de Argentina) celebrates IDP 2019

Of the Indigenous People of Argentina CC (CC Pueblos Indígenas de Argentina) celebrates IDP 2019

Cooperation Circle: Comunidad Cósmica CCQewna Cooperation CircleOf the Indigenous People of Argentina CC (CC Pueblos Indígenas de Argentina)

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

On September 21, we will hold an interreligious and intercultural meeting where we will read the Peace Manifesto so that more brothers join in the construction of interreligious dialogue and the healing of Pachamama.  We believe it is important to spread the Peace Manifesto so that this and every year more wills are added in the construction of peace and the salvation of our Pachamama. About 50 participants are expected.

Post-event report: On September 21, 2019, members of the Cosmic Community CCs, CC Indigenous Peoples of Argentina and CC QEWÑA held an inter-religious and intercultural meeting where the Peace Manifesto was read so that more brothers could join in the construction of inter-religious dialogue and the healing of The Pachamama. We believe it is important to spread the Peace Manifesto so that this and every year, more wills are added in the construction of peace and the salvation of our Pachamama.

CC Quinaroa celebrates IDP 2019

CC Quinaroa celebrates IDP 2019

Cooperation Circle: CC Quinaroa

Location: Lagunillas, Mérida, Venezuela

In Lagunillas, Mérida state we will make an interreligious walk for peace that will culminate with a snack and offering on the banks of our sacred lagoon with all the children, youth and grandparents of the community.  The impact of this walk is the reunion of brotherhood between the different generations of the town of Lagunillas around the care of Mother Nature and peace as a path. About 50 participants are expected.

Post-event report: Walk for peace In Lagunillas, Mérida state. The members of CC Quinaroa organized and carried out, on September 21, an interreligious walk for peace that culminated with a snack and offering on the shores of their Laguna de Urao (sacred place for the Indigenous peoples of that town) with all children, youth and grandparents of the community. The impact of this walk is the reunion of brotherhood between different generations and people of different religions, and of the people of Lagunillas, around the care of Mother Nature and peace as a path.

URI CC Lima celebrates Peace Day 2019

URI CC Lima celebrates Peace Day 2019

Cooperation Circle: CC Lima

Location: Chorrillos, Lima, Peru

Beach cleaning movement:  In the city of Lima, Peru on September 21, young members of the CC URI Lima participated in a movement to clean the beaches of Chorrillos. Young people are very committed to climate responsibility. It is an urgent call for all human beings to join in caring for the planet as a palpable peace action.

Movimiento por la limpieza de playas: En la ciudad de Lima, Perú el pasado 21 de septiembre, miembros jóvenes del CC URI Lima participaron en un movimiento para limpiar las playas de Chorrillos. Los jóvenes están muy comprometidos con la responsabilidad Climática, es un llamado urgente a que todos los seres humanos se sumen a cuidar el planeta como acción palpable de paz.


 

 

 

 

THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco

Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco (Click the yellow arrows to scroll through photos)

Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco
Slideshow: Dialogue for Peace CC celebrates IDP 2019 in Morocco

Cooperation Circle: Dialogue for Peace

Location: Morocco

On the 21st of September 2019, the world journey of peace began with a morning painting activity for the children of a poor neighborhood and children deprived of a family. Drawing a large mural painting (using "nature in the world" as a subject) we celebrated World Peace Day with the theme "Climate Action." We also had a cleaning activity of the area, and we have distributed the certificate of appreciation to the participants. - Kenitra, 21st September 2019.

URI MENA Office, Desert Bloom, Naya, and Mercy CCs celebrate Peace Day 2019.

URI MENA Office, Desert Bloom, Naya, and Mercy CCs celebrate Peace Day 2019.

Cooperation Circles: URI MENA Office, Desert Bloom, Naya, and Mercy

Location: Jordan

URI MENA Office, in cooperation with Desert Bloom, Naya, and Mercy Cooperation Circles in Jordan, honored the International Day of Peace by organizing an interactive workshop on the theme, “Our earth urges you to become a peace-builder - Stories from religious traditions.”

The Muslim Imam highlighted that environmental awareness and protection of natural resources is an integral part of Islamic beliefs: As viceroys of Allah on this earth, we have to utilize natural resources in a sustainable manner in order to ensure that Allah’s bounties to continue. Therefore, Islamic attitude towards the environment and natural resource conservation is not only based on the prohibition of over-exploitation but also on sustainable development. The Holy Quran says:

“O children of Adam! … eat and drink: but waste not by excess, for Allah loves not the wasters.” (Surah 7:31).

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) encouraged the planting of trees and the cultivation of agriculture which are considered as good acts. He said: “There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift for him.”

The Imam explained how Islamic teachings urge us to take care about everything around us, whether it is natural resources (soil, vegetation, animals, air, water, mineral resources...etc.) or man-made things.

The Baha'i speakers presented a paper on “Seizing the Opportunity: Redefining the challenge of climate change,” reviewing the global initiatives and attempts to sustain peace since World War One. They highlighted the failures of global efforts in achieving peace and sustaining resources. Therefore, it is time to seize the opportunity and take the next step in the transition, from a state-centered mode of interacting on the world stage, to one rooted in the unity, which connects us as the inhabitants of one biosphere, the citizens of one world and the members of one human civilization. The nature of this step, its significance, and some of the means for its accomplishment, are the focus of the Baha'i International Community’s contribution to forging a path out of the climate change challenge. To contribute to this important discourse, we assert that the principle of the oneness of humankind must become the ruling principle of international life. This principle does not seek to undermine national autonomy or suppress cultural or intellectual diversity. Rather, it makes it possible to view the climate change challenge through a new lens - one that perceives humanity as a unified whole, not unlike the cells of the human body, infinitely differentiated in form and function yet united in a common purpose which exceeds that of its component parts. This principle constitutes more than a call for cooperation; it seeks to remold anachronistic and unjust patterns of human interaction in a manner that reflects the relationships that bind us as members of one human race, and resources stemming from the belief of the oneness of mankind.

The Christian speaker highlighted the fact that Adam was a special creation of God made from the dust of the earth, and then the breath of God in which the spirit of life and man became a living being. Environmental peacemaking is based on the principle of our shared dependence on natural, environmental and health resources that facilitate cooperation between communities and nations and thus enable us to promote peacemaking.

The concept of environmental peacemaking is based on three pillars of sustainable development: economic sustainability, social and cultural sustainability and environmental sustainability.

As is the case in other religions, the Christian religion stated the religious culture of preserving the environment as follows:

  • The Old Testament of the Bible: The skies of heaven for the Lord and the earth made it for the people of man.
  • Pope John Paul II sent a message in which he said that respect for the environment is a manifestation of human respect for the Creator. Therefore, he considered that the destruction of man to nature is the bullying of the Creator.

In conclusion, one must learn that the earth cannot renew itself with its wealth, riches and tenders forever while consuming it without calculation. Collective action is essential to keep the earth from a religious, social, moral and economic duty.

After the speeches, the participants shared their ideas about how to become a promoter for peace and a protector of nature. As an action plan, the participants agreed to clean a natural rural forest and to visit an Ecovillage to promote ecotourism.

More photos from the event are on our Facebook page.

Mamoun Ahmad

Regional Coordinator, URI Middle East & North Africa

Trust WIN (Women's Interfaith Network) celebrates IDP 2019

Trust WIN (Women's Interfaith Network) celebrates IDP 2019

Cooperation Circles: Trust WIN (Women's Interfaith Network), Women Reborn, MADA (Horizon) CC

Location: Jisr A Zarka, Israel

Christian, Druze, Jewish and Muslim women from neighboring communities were welcomed by the principal and teachers to the Al Sharki school in the village of Jisr A Zarka. We shared with 100 sixth grade students some teachings about Peace and the Environment from our religions as a preparation for the IDP. Many students had never met a Druze or Christian and were eager to find out about our religions. The Principal requested that we return to deepen the students understanding of the multi-faith reality in our land. We were hosted to a meal by the local women and taken on a walking tour to the sea.

For many students, this was their first social encounter with people of other religions and they had many questions. Many had never met a Druze or a Christian and they were filled with curiosity. They asked how we pray and were given examples of prayers from the religions. They wanted to know where we pray and what holidays we celebrate. Some were surprised to learn from the Christian representative that she is an Arab. They were delighted with direct interaction and sharing an educational experience. One student said the best thing that had happened to them was for women of different religions to visit their class. They were encouraged to think deeply about the environment in their own school, community, and their seashore. They responded eagerly with their concerns about the future of the environment and what they can do to improve it.
One woman shared that we all agreed, the principal, the teachers, and the visitors, “This is true education!”

One student said the best thing that had happened to them was for women of different religions to visit their class...“This is true education!”

Thanks to our Coordinators: Rabba Judith Edelman-Green, Hajja Ibtisam Mahamid, Siham Halabi, Faten Jurban Mahamid.
We are grateful to the URI MENA region and Satyagraha Fund of Triskeles Foundation for their support. About 30 volunteers and 200 participants took part.


 

 

 

 

THE URI MULTIREGION

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Cooperation Circle: Contemplative Life

Location: Virtual

"A Day of Practice" - Contemplative Life, in coordination with Transformation365.org, will be hosting a day of practice featuring a number of different practices from different traditions. We will broadcast videos of different practices on Contemplative Life's Facebook page and from the Transformation365.org website. This broadcast will go out to thousands of users interested in contemplative practice and peace. See video:  https://vimeo.com/342771471.

About 10 volunteers and 3,000 participants are expected.


 

 

 

 

NORTH AMERICA

Slideshow: Two Hiroshima Survivor Trees Planted in Japanese Tea Garden

Planting the trees, from left: Deputy Consul General Kazuhiro Iryu, Japan; San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg; President and Founding Trustee of URI, The Right Rev. William E. Swing; San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed; former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz; Dame Charlotte Mailliard Shultz.

Cooperation Circle: Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Two second-generation saplings, descendants of ginkgo trees that survived the nuclear blast on Hiroshima, were planted at the San Francisco Japanese Tea Garden in a ceremony that also honored former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Dame Charlotte Mailliard Shultz for their advocacy around nuclear disarmament. URI held the ceremonial planting in conjunction with the United Nations’ International Day for Peace (Sept. 21) and its International Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons (Sept. 26).

Learn more about the ceremonial planting.

Think Round celebrates the International Day of Peace 2019

Cooperation Circle: Think Round, Inc.

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Think Round's International Peace Day Activity centered on conceptualizing, producing and sharing a short video that both served the messages of Climate Action for Peace and to promote our other International Peace Day activities that included four exhibitions of artwork centered on Families of Abraham (Jews, Christians, and Muslims). Two of these exhibits opened on September 29 at our gallery and Calvary Presbyterian Church and another this past Sunday, October 13, at the Islamic Society of SF. Our final exhibition will open on November 1 at Sherith Israel Temple with a reception on November 15th. These exhibitions run through December 29th, 2019 and are accompanied by a full program of related activities including family art-making classes, salon/suppers, school tours, and meditations.

The impact of preparing this video, and for these exhibitions, receptions, artist talks, art classes and suppers have broadened the community outreach of all three of our collaborating venues, as well as have given our CC members ways to connect with and worship with the members of these several faiths of one father. At each reception, we stress in our powerpoint presentations these messages: "Earth is home. Humans are family." "Healthy Air, Water, & Soil Mean Healthy Plants, Animals & People." We also stress that Think Round's Paradise Projects is in the making to mark the end of marginalizing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the suppression of women and children by male-dominated world religions.

We printed 100 brochures and 250 programs for these events, which are all gone now. We'll print more before our final exhibit opens on November 1.


 

Charlotte Red Bench Garden CC celebrates IDP 2019.

Charlotte Red Bench Garden CC celebrates IDP 2019.

Cooperation Circle: Charlotte Red Bench Garden

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Charlotte Red Bench Garden and Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte came together again to recognize International Day of Peace under the rays of a pecan tree at the Peace Garden of Galilee Ministries. There the 17 United Nations Sustainable Goals hung as beautifully suspended art discs created by Leslie Flanagan of Lemondaisy Designs. Toni Boggess Hagerman, Executive Director, welcomed the community and explained Galilee’s commitment to these goals. "I was honored to be present to offer the charge for orange prayer flags to be added to the already adorned nearby fence. This offering of transformation from the breath of attendees to the winds of change with hopes for our communities to prosper in peace. Thank you Galilee Ministries, artists and attendees," said URI member and CC leader Adeola Fearon. "When individuals share a common desire to bring change to a community, their hearts become encouraged to be and do more. The realization of how solidarity is important to the wellbeing of self, community and the planet becomes evident. We desire to be in communion with each other’s stories; create new possibilities; and, join the journey for roads of discovery. Our templates are forever imprinted anew."

The Oracle Institute celebrates IDP 2019

The Oracle Institute celebrates IDP 2019

Cooperation Circle: The Oracle Institute

Location: Independence, VA, United States of America

On Friday, Oracle and Peace Pentagon staff participated in the Climate Strike in Winston-Salem, NC. For the past 18 years, our staff and supporters have worked hard to spread interfaith unity, promote social justice, and model the Universal Laws of Truth, Love, and LIGHT. The Peace Pentagon is central to this mission, as it is a direct response to the War Pentagon.

University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel celebrates Peace Day 2019

University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel celebrates Peace Day 2019


Cooperation Circle: University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel

Location: Rochester, NY, USA

We held a concert by the Yuval Ron Ensemble, an interfaith musical ensemble that presents music of the Middle East, Hebrew and Arab, Jewish, Christian, Sufi and some Hindu chants, using instruments indigenous to the Middle East. The concert was called "Unity of the Heart" and featured songs of peace. The concert took place on Friday evening, September 20. Then on Saturday morning, September 21 the Yuval Ron ensemble held a workshop "Transforming Consciousness through Sacred Sound, Music and Dance" where participants engaged in various spiritual practices from the Sufi, Kabbalistic, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian traditions. About 50 people participated. See more on Facebook.


 

 

 

 

SOUTHEAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Check back often - we are still adding to this list! Submit your Peace Day 2019 event to be included here.

Cooperation Circles Involved

Mother Earth Network

"Our purpose is to provide an international platform for collective advocacy and information sharing on forest conservation and environmental management issues by motivating people, institutions, and religious groups to participate in the green programs."

BRIDGES CC

"Our purpose is to promote religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence between people of different religious traditions."

UDAAN

“Our purpose is to promote community peace building, religious harmony and revive religious values through interfaith community events such as their Kite Festival.”

Safar CC

“Our purpose is to promote peacebuilding and interfaith unity by connecting different communities through common issues.”

Trust WIN

“Our purpose is to build trust and understanding among Israeli and Palestinian women - Muslim, Christian, and Jewish -- through meeting in each others’ homes, visiting each others communities and performing service projects together, visiting each other's holy places.”

MADA (Horizon) CC

"Our purpose is for women to bring their hearts together, to create peace locally within our community and our religions, to strengthen women religiously and to create cooperation among the religions in our local community."