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7.3 September 2009
International Day of Peace
the General Assembly decided that 21 September would be observed annually as a “day of global ceasefire and non-violence” and invited all Member States, organizations and individuals to commemorate the day, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of a global ceasefire.
Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
he International Day of Peace, observed each year on 21 September, is a global call for ceasefire and non-violence. This year the Secretary-General is calling on governments and citizens to focus on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation. On 13 June 2009, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a multiplatform campaign under the slogan WMD—“We Must Disarm” to mark the 100-day countdown leading up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September. During the 100 days of the campaign, the United Nations raised awareness of the dangers and costs of nuclear weapons by issuing a reason a day on why nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are so crucial, via Twitter and the social networking sites Facebook and MySpace. The Secretary-General had been joined in the campaign by United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas, who has championed the cause of disarmament for the United Nations since 1998, and American actor Rainn Wilson, featured in the TV series The Office. Everyone can take action by signing a Declaration to support the Secretary-General’s drive to rid the world of nuclear weapons, and by submitting their own reasons why “We Must Disarm”. The International Day of Peace was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 for “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people.” Twenty years later,
Sydney’s Celebrations for UN International Day of Peace
artin Place played host to a 14 hour peace vigil as Sydneysiders, city workers, school children and tourists came together to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, Monday 21 September 2009. Coordinated by the Ministry for Peace for the fourth year in a row, the vigil marked the United Nations’ global call for ceasefire and non-violence, with Sydney displaying the city’s desire for a peaceful existence on the day. The event was telecast for the first time to the city of Assisi, known worldwide as the ‘city of peace.’ Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia presented a Peace Concert at 9:30 am. The peace concert featured various artists of diverse heritages living in Australia.
Peace Concert performed by Mahmood Khan and band presented by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Australia 22 September 2009, Martin Place, Sydney 2
7.3 September 2009
September the Month for Peace Nine Eleven
While in the recent times September eleven is remembered for the dreadful and ghastly New York attacks we remember it as day of hope for the long lasting peace. It was 11 September 1893 when Swami Vivekananda delivered his famous speech at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago invoking the inherent unity in the messages of all the religions of the world: “As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.” Mahatma Gandhi taught that non-violence was inseparable from all other aspects of living. His argument about the unity of all things emphasized that opportunities to explore principles of non-violence existed even in the smallest details of life, from the practice of one’s own religion to the tolerance of religious differences, from due courtesy to one’s opponents to careful attention to hygiene and sanitation. It was September 11, 1906 when Satyagraha was launched by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi). Nearly...
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