Day of Peace 2008

2008 Day of Peace: September 21st

Each year, in support of the United Nations International Day of Peace, Roots & Shoots members and friends come together to promote peace. All over the world, young people craft Giant Peace Dove Puppets from reused materials and fly the Doves in their communities. From the high peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro to the low plains of Kansas, Peace Doves fly, held high by hopeful hands.

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  1. Anna said,

    September 20, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Dear Friends,

    This is a time-sensitive message which I encourage you to share with friends
    or forward to your group:

    The United Nations is extending a unique invitation to you – yes, each of
    you – to make your voice heard at the UN. Here is the invitation:

    “If you could talk directly to world leaders to encourage their support for
    peace, what would you say? In the celebration of the International Day of Peace (www.un.org/events/peaceday/2008/index.shtml) on 21 September, send us [the United Nations] a message of peace and we will pass it on to world leaders when they meet at the annual opening of the General Assembly on 23 September 2008.”

    To send a message you have three choices: *text message *online message
    *post card. Look here for directions: http://www.peaceday2008.org.

    TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Remember, only a few days until Sunday, September 21. How often do you get an invitation to speak to world leaders? [Young people can find this info and much more on cyberschoolbus, http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus , a UN page just for them.]

    Want to participate in a Vigil for the International Day of Peace (www.idpvigil.com)? Find out more at this UN site and see what
    others are doing. See International Peace Day photos from past years: http://www.unmultimedia.org/search/photo/?query=.

    “This year, as we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal
    Declaration of Human Rights,” writes the UN office, “as well as the 60th
    anniversary of UN peacekeeping, the Day offers an opportunity to spotlight
    the crucial relationship between peace and human rights, which are increasingly recognized as inseparable. (www.un.org/events/peaceday/2008/background.shtml)”

    In an advance message for this Day UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledges a few brutal statistics of our current lack of peace on the planet:
    *27 million children in conflict-affected areas not in school.
    *More than 25 million people displaced from their homes.
    *Tens of thousands of women brutalized by sexual violence.
    *www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2008/sgsm11576.doc.htm

    He goes on to highlight places where peace has been restored, with UN help,
    and observes, “These experiences show us that real peace is possible, if we
    work collectively to make it happen.”

    To work collectively is an aspect of unity. This real world experience calls
    us to pay attention, to reflect and reconsider what we think we know. Our
    “common-sense” wisdom has said first we must fix this broken piece and mend that broken piece – establish global peace first and then, maybe, we can move toward unity. But our own world experience is showing us a different reality. To achieve peace, we need unity first. In the words of Baha
    ‘u’llah (www.bahai.us/bahaullah):

    “The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless
    and until its unity is firmly established.”

    With blessings and hopes for unity and peace in the VERY near future, Anna


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