Atlanta celebrates International Day of Peace – Georgia – USA

September 21st, 2017

WPPS Peace Representative Andrea Kay Smith from Atlanta, Georgia, USA took part in an International Day of Peace event which took place at the local Atlanta Public Library.  The event was part of the Libraries for Peace initiative which will become an annual project.

Andrea shared a booth to highlight the many peace initiatives in Atlanta including Atlanta Peace Trails, a program that maps Peace Poles and Peace Monuments in Atlanta http://www.atlantapeacetrails.com, World Peace Trails and her own peace program, Partnerships in Peace.  The Peace Pole carries the peace message in  English, Creole, Swahili & Farsi.
 
May peace be in Atlanta

The International Day of Peace Observed at the United Nations, New York – USA

September 21st, 2017

15 September 2017
Report by Rev. Deborah Moldow, Representative to the U.N.

The World Peace Prayer Society celebrated its 20th anniversary of assisting the United Nations Department of Public Information in planning and implementing the U.N. observances of the International Day of Peace.

THE PEACE BELL CEREMONY

Once again, students raised the flags of the U.N. Member States as the Secretary-General, António Guterres, rang the Peace Bell in the Japanese Garden in front of U.N. headquarters in New York. The presence of these young people was acknowledged by the incoming President of the General Assembly, H.E. Miroslav Lajčák, who said:

“As the United Nations works for peace, we will need to collaborate closely with young people. I am happy to see the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth with us today. And I am especially encouraged to see 194 students here – holding the flags of the United Nations and all its Member States. We will work together – across generations, across nationalities, across cultures – to attain our most precious goal – peace for our planet and all of its people.” (See video here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/watch/miroslav-lajčák-general-assembly-president-at-united-nations-peace-bell-ceremony-for-the-international-day-of-peace-2017/5577070626001/?term=)

THE STUDENT OBSERVANCE

Video link: http://webtv.un.org/search/international-day-of-peace-2017-student-observance/5577070642001/?term=&lan=english&cat=Meetings%2FEvents

The annual student observance of the International Day of Peace, with the theme of “TOGETHER FOR PEACE: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All,” was opened by Ms. Alison Smale, the newly-appointed Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, United Nations Department of Public Information, who greeted the 700 high school and college students gathered in Conference Room 4, along with those watching live at the U.N., at the Peacekeeping Mission in Bogota, Colombia and those watching the U.N. webcast around the world.

She introduced Secretary-General Guterres, who delivered a warm greeting to the students. He said, “One thing is clear: the International Day of Peace is of special significance.” He called on the young people to do a better job with peace than his generation and spoke about his ten years serving as U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Guterres enjoyed a lively round of Q&A with the students, asking for their comments and suggestions as well as their questions and replying to them as adults.

Ms. Smale then gave the floor Mr. Maher Nasser, who mentioned that the theme was close to his heart since he was a child of refugees whose parents were forced to flee their homes in 1948. He introduced Peace Messenger Dr. Jane Goodall, who spoke movingly to the students about how everyone can create peace in their lives. She told about refugees in the African countries where the young people were involved in her Roots and Shoots program and how every religion respects the Golden Rule. She said we need to stop the war we are waging on the natural world. She ended on a note of hope in the young people, especially when they are empowered to take action.

Next to speak was Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake of Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. She and Dr. Goodall also engaged with the students.

Two animated films about refugees were shown. Youth Moderator Ms. Malala Waseme introduced the remainder of the program, including the peace projects presented by the young people via satellite at the Peacekeeping Mission in Bogota, followed by music provided by the talented sisters Omnia and Leila Hegazy, to the appreciation of the crowd. Then the students in the conference room whose projects had been selected for presentation. A wide range of inspiring projects were presented from the Mater Dei Prep emerging global leaders program’s Global Education Tool Kit to Breaking Walls arts for peace to the making and sharing Peace Cranes.

At the side of the dais, just beneath one of two giant screens, sat a six-sided Peace Pole and the WPPS peace bell. Just before 12 noon, two young refugee students now living in Vermont came to the front of the room to announce the Minute of Silence and the ringing of the peace bell. Malala Waseme explained that the Minute of Silence on the International Day of Peace would offer the opportunity of a 24-hour peace wave as a shared and practical act of peacebuilding (at 2:17:25 on the video). A young refugee girl from Iraq, Ms. Saja Amongali spoke about the WPPS peace bell being made from recycled weapons of war to introduce the Minute of Silence. The gong was sounded and everyone rose in silence. The message inscribed on the peace bell flashed on the double screens for all to see (at 2:17:12): May Peace Prevail on Earth!

At the close of the conference (2:24:28), Malala thanked the guest speakers, the Department of Public Information, the World Peace Prayer Society, United Religions Initiative, Pathways To Peace, Peace Day Philly, Roots and Shoots, and others. We are grateful for this long-standing partnership in mutual respect and cooperation.

The World Peace Prayer Society U.N. Representation Team:
Lisa Parker, Brandon Perdomo and Deborah Moldow

 

 

South Sudan Plants First Peace Pole!

September 21st, 2017
On the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2017, the Republic of South Sudan planted her first official Peace Pole in the City Council of Juba.  WPPS Peace Representative Mussie Hailu of Ethiopia organized the dedication in the capital city marking the planting of the first Peace Pole in the Republic of South Sudan.
The official ceremony was presided over by the Mayor of Juba City Council Hon. Stephen Wan Michael, religious leaders and other officials and representatives of the communities.

Mussie Hailu, standing to the right of Peace Pole, with South Sudanese officials.

 
Early in the year, Mussie who is also Regional Director of the United Religions Initiative in Africa (URI-Africa) signed an agreement with WPPS to work in partnership to promote a culture of peace in Africa through the universal peace prayer  May Peace Prevail on Earth.
 
The Mayor appreciated the effort of URI-Africa & WPPS in promoting peaceful co-existence and he said that peace initiative of the two organizations is very much needed more than ever in South Sudan. The Mayor also expressed his gratitude to URI-Africa and WPPS for dedicating and planting the first peace pole in the republic of South Sudan.
 
On the same occasion, URI – Africa facilitated the City of Juba to become a member organization of Mayors for Peace International based in Hiroshima and also fostered a working partnership between the City of Juba and the UN-Habitat/UNEP Regional Office for Africa. 
 
May Peace be in South Sudan
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Ketchikan High School plants Peace Pole for the “Kings for Peace” event in honor of the International Day of Peace-Ketchikan, Alaska-USA

September 21st, 2017

Ketchikan High School in Ketchikan, Alaska is pleased to announce Kings for Peace, a celebration of International Peace Day on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in the Kayhi Auditorium.

The entire dedication ceremony can be viewed here.
(Note from WPPS: This is a beautiful tribute – please watch.)

At the ceremony, students and community members will join together for the dedication of Kayhi’s Peace Pole. “May Peace Prevail on Earth” printed on the Peace Pole in six languages reflective of Ketchikan’s traditional and contemporary culture will be a visual reminder of the importance of global understanding.

David Janes of the United States – Japan Foundation will speak to the projects and education that foster a mutual understanding between America and Japan and will bestow the 2017 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award upon Ms. Sarah Campbell.

In addition to generous support from the U.S.-Japan Foundation, Ketchikan’s chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Kayhi Vocational Department, staff, various clubs and groups of students have joined Ms. Campbell in the creation of the first annual Kings for Peace celebration.

Students, staff, and community members will “plant” the first Peace Pole in Ketchikan on September 21, 2017

All students, staff, and special guests are invited to attend and participate in the ceremony. Twitter/Instagram users are encouraged to tweet using #PeacePole, #PeaceDayChallenge, #PeaceDay, #KayhiPride, and #KingsForPeace.

For more information about Kings For Peace, please contact event coordinator, Sarah Campbell.

Peace Pole planted in Columbia Maryland-USA

September 21st, 2017

I first saw a Peace Pole at St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Church in Loveladies, Long Beach Island, NJ years ago; I have wanted one ever since.

My son-in-law, Steve Ritchie, and my husband, Dave Douglass, planted my Peace Pole last evening.
I am thrilled to have it in our front yard, hopefully sharing our message of peace to all who visit or pass by.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Donna Douglass
Columbia, MD USA
Submitted: September 21st, 2017

2017 UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION IN NIGERIA BY WPPS, Peace Representative of NIGERIA-WEST AFRICA

September 21st, 2017

The 2017 world peace day on the theme “TOGETHER FOR PEACE, RESPECT, SAFETY & DIGNITY FOR ALL “ observance in Nigeria was great as it drew participants from all race to meet together to share a common ideology for peace as enshrined in the universal prayer for world peace “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”  Religious leaders, Traditional Rulers, Members from the academia, Political class, Youth group and members of the press, all prayed the universal prayer for world peace.

The event features the reading of the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres message for 2017 International Day of Peace which was read by Chief Eseme Ibans who is a Justice of the Peace, while I “Mojima Etokudo” presented my address and a paper on Peace Through Team Work.  Joseph Boaz anchored the event while Prince Effiong Udoekong who is an ambassador of Peace gives the goodwill message.

The highlights of the 2017 UN Peace Day was the planting of a 7 foot metal ( iron)Peace Pole with the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, French, Japanese and Efik languages in the palace of HRH.  Dr. Sylvester Ibanga who is an ambassador of Peace and a king in the community who was one of our Desktop Peace Pole recipient last year at his country home in Ikot Ekiduk-Midim in Abak, Nigeria. I spoke extensively on the essence of Peace Pole and its history. Three (3) religious leaders namely “Evangelist Ikobong Akpan of Church of Christ,  Bishops Emmanuel Inyang and Charles Ekpott of Mt Zion Light House Church prayed at various times before, during and after planting the Peace Pole.

The Peace song I composed with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was sung by all as I lead the singing.
Stickers with the universal prayer inscription was shared with all participants.

The 2017 UN International Day of Peace received media coverage as we had both an electronic and print media representative in attendance.

Thank you for your prayers and kind thought about me and my work for peace in Nigeria, I need more. God bless you all.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Sincerely,

Mojima Etokudo
Peace Representative in Nigeria
The World Peace Prayer Society
AKWA IBOM STATE,
NIGERIA – WEST AFRICA

A “Celebration of Peace” at Connecticut Valley Hospital, Connecticut – USA

September 19th, 2017
On Tuesday, September 19th, Jim Dugan of WPPS was the Keynote Speaker at two gatherings at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). Other speakers in addition to Jim were Imam Mohammad Hidara, The Reverend Rafael Torres and Rabbi Dr. Marshal Press along with top Hospital Administrators.
CVH is a State run hospital treating individuals with mental illness. Jim’s first address was given in the maximum security Whiting Forensic Division and the second address was delivered in the Yerbury Chapel, both on the Hospital grounds and delivered to the patients that reside at the Hospital. After the two heartfelt gatherings, Jim took part in the Re-dedication of the Hospital’s six sided Peace Pole. This was Jim Dugan’s forth time to be invited to be the Keynote Speaker at CVH’s yearly IDP events for their patients. As a gift from WPPS to CVH, Jim brought a butterfly bush that was in full bloom and it will be planted at the front entrance to Whiting.

Silverton Rotary Peace Pole Dedication, Silverton, Oregon-USA

September 19th, 2017

On September 19, 2017, the newly installed Silverton Peace Pole was dedicated at Silverton’s Town Square Park in Silverton, Oregon by members of the Silverton Rotary Club.

The Peace Pole was planted at Silverton Town Square Park located in the heart of Silverton on the corner of West Main and Fiske Streets. The park is a small 1/4-acre park and is also home to the City’s Holiday Tree, which is the center for winter gatherings.  Silverton Rotary Club held a dedication ceremony and had 50 attendees including our local group of “People for Peace”.

As president of the Silverton Rotary Club, I learned about the Peace Pole Project while attending President Elect Training in February of 2017.

I am enclosing a photo of our club with the Peace Pole the day of our dedication September 19, 2017.

Sincerely,
Cindy Jones, President
Silverton Rotary Club

Al’s Garden Center- Sherwood/Rotary Club of Sherwood, Oregon-USA

September 19th, 2017

Here is the registration information for the Al’s Garden Center Peace Pole and a couple pictures taken the day of the event. We placed some Rotary Peace Pebbles at the Peace Pole.

​Date of the Peace Pole Planting: 9/19/17
Address of the Peace Pole: 16920 SW Roy Rogers Rd, Sherwood, OR 97140
Did we have a Dedication ceremony?  yes
How did we learn of the Peace Pole Project? Sherwood Rotary Club

Attached are pictures of the Peace Pole and dedication.

Sincerely,
Wendy Wells

Children’s Peace Festival at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY – USA

September 17th, 2017

On Sunday, September 17th The World Peace Sanctuary hosted a Children’s Peace Festival for the Trillig Movement and produced by Jim Dugan and Jules Lamore of WPPS. The event brought together the Youth Art Peace Pole Project and other peace art projects, nature, bells with Doug Martin and a World Peace Flag Ceremony. It was a beautiful day to celebrate the IDP with our future leaders and we also released a young Northern Water Snake to the delight of the children present.