27 September 2013
The 2013 International Day of Peace was marked on 27 September, in Nigeria by UNIC, Lagos. The event which was held at the UNIC premises, attracted a total of 227 participants.
The event recorded the attendance of thirty-four different organizations, made up of eleven Non-Governmental Organizations, fifteen schools (both private and public); and eight Media organizations.
Activities marking the day included speeches, songs and drama presentations, and a quiz on knowledge of the UN. Prizes, donated by Mr Ocampo, Technical Adviser, SGS scanning Nigeria Limited , were given to students who answered the questions correctly.
25 September 2013
The significance of sustainable tourism development for India as a growing economy was the focus of a convention organized by the Amity Institute of Travel and Tourism on 25 September to mark World Tourism Day which is observed annually on 27 September.
The participants included students of Tourism Management, members of Amity faculty as well as representatives from the tourism industry.
All the speakers highlighted the need to focus on responsible, sustainable tourism. They spoke of the necessity of recycling, waste management, using solar energy, conservation of water through water harvesting and tackling river pollution. Many companies are known to have adopted environment-friendly practices; for example, ITC Maurya uses flowers from its hotel garden to produce organic colors for use during the Holi festival.
The United Nations, through the World Tourism Organization, works to promote responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. “Tourism always conjures a vision of historical monuments, rivers and lakes, beaches and the ocean, new places and people, exploring uncharted territories, new cultures and traditions,” said the Director of UNIC New Delhi in her remarks at the event. “It seems to me that with the wealth of heritage, wildlife, natural beauty and places of cultural and religious importance that India boasts of, tourism is one industry that can only be on the upswing. The need for well-trained, dynamic travel and tourism professionals therefore cannot be underestimated.”
“With its immense expansion and resilience, tourism has become one of the most important economic sectors and social activities of our times. Yet the more relevant one becomes, the more responsibility one holds.” she said quoting the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The way forward, she observed, would be to synchronize efforts of governments, the tourism industry, NGOs and the United Nations. Young people seeking employment in tourism must be made aware, not just of the job opportunities that lie ahead, but also the industry’s ability to further economic growth, social inclusion, peace and the promotion of universal values, she added.
24 September 2013
traditional dancers during the peace walk
The International Day of Peace and International Day of Democracy were celebrated by the UN system and the Network of women’s associations in Madagascar, with a week-long list of activities.
A Press conference was organized on 13 September at the national Library in Anosy Antananarivo. The objective was to inform and invite people to take part in the planned peace walk and to sensitize journalists on their role as mediator.
On 21 September, the Walk for Peace and Democracy took place in the capital city under the theme "Education for Peace and Democracy”. Around 1500 people took part to the walk. Each association carried a sheet of paper on which they wrote their claims such as: “Peace = Human Rights respected”, “Stop violence”, “Peace in my household”, “Stop raping”, “Education for all Malagasy children”, “Hungry people”, etc. The participants, led by the women’s associations’ presidents, the UN System Resident Coordinator, and the Girl scouts, started from the National Library Ampefiloha, walked round Lake Anosy and arrived in front of the Mahamasina Stadium, where advocacy and cultural activities were performed. At 11.30am, all participants blew whistles and all churches rang their bells to mark the end of the event and symbolize the call for peace.
On 23 and 24 September, UNIC Antananarivo held an exhibition on “Peace Culture” at the UN Common House. The exhibition was moved to UNIC Antananarivo for the month of October. A workshop on “Education for Peace” was held at UNIC on 2 October, with a panel made up of the UNIC National Information Officer and the Ministry of National Education Officer.
The workshop trained UN Club monitors and teachers on peace culture and citizenship education. Bird-shaped paper scraps were distributed on which the attendants wrote down their conception of peace and their aspirations. The NIO talked about universal values such as solidarity, brotherhood, tolerance and non-discrimination. The Ministry Officer gave statistics on schooling and projects of instituting subjects on civism.
After their presentations, the audience proposed the organization of exhibitions and group works on peace culture in their respective schools. They are committed to sharing and including the education for peace in their programs. Documents were distributed at the end of the workshop, including General Assembly resolutions on Peace Day, international declarations and the Secretary-General’s message on that occasion, as well as the print versions of the National Information Officer and the Ministry Officer presentations.
All the activities and events had high media coverage.
23 September 2013
On 20-23 September the weather forecast for Ukraine clearly predicted rain, which was very disappointing since thousands of children in schools in different regions of Ukraine were planning to hold a “flashmob” and create a live formation of the white dove of peace in their school yards.
Despite the rain, many schools carried out the activity and more than 5000 school pupils took part in the 2nd All-Ukrainian “Peace Dove” Campaign, initiated by UNO Kyiv, and supported by the Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine.
In the framework of the campaign, Ukrainian schools conducted peace lessons and concerts, drawings exhibitions, and poems readings that value and adhere to the principles of peace and tolerance.
“Our children for the second year are taking part in the campaign, - said Principal of the School №85 in Kyiv Ms. Tetyana Fedunova. – Each class engages in various activities to mark the Day according to their age. In our school children from more than 30 countries study together and for them participation in the campaign is a great opportunity to celebrate friendship and tolerance”.
“What does peace mean to you?” – Tetyana Fedunova asked a 7-year boy in primary school class. “It is when your family is with you, and you can play with your friends and go to school” – responded the boy immediately.