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On The Millennium
Peace Prevail on Earth"
Every year on the third Tuesday of the month, the United Nations celebrates Peace Day. On that day, dignitaries ring the Peace Bell and everyone observes one minute of silence for peace. This officially marks the opening of the UN General Assembly sessions. This year, however, Peace Day was a little more special.
Year 2000 has been proclaimed 'International Year for the Culture of Peace' (IYCP) by the General Assembly. For many countries and many organizations around the world this was a clear signal to create a large variety of programs and events of all forms and colors, to promote peace and its implementation in people's lives. This year, Peace Day was renamed 'Millennium Peace Day' and was also the occasion to celebrate and to present the fruits of some of these projects.
Millennium Peace Day started with special activities directly aimed for the unique gathering for the day of about 250 young children of America and the rest of the world. Signing, dancing, creative drawing, etc were at the agenda producing a beautiful atmosphere of joy and lightness. Everyone was cheerful and hopeful saying: "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in total unison.A total of 60 millions signatures was announced...
At 12:00 noon, there was the ringing of the Peace Bell. Mr. Harri Holkeri - the UN General Assembly President, Mrs. Nane Annan - wife of the Secretary General of the UN, Mrs Nohara Puyana de Pastana - First Lady of Columbia, Mr. Abdalla Balali - Ambassador of Algeria, Mr. Anwarul Karim Chowdury - Ambassador of Bangladesh, Mr. Anthony Garothino - Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Mr Alfath Hamad - Officer-in-charge at the UNESCO, New York and a little girl from Brazil rang the Bell. Immediately after, Deborah Moldow, one of the organizers of the Millennium Peace Day, asked everyone to observe one minute of silence wishing for peace to prevail on all five continents.
Following this beautiful, peaceful silence, three important projects for the IYCP were presented to the dignitaries for the UN. 'The Cloth of Many Colors', a one mile long quilt made of cloth pieces from all corners of the world, was officially presented and symbolically handed over to Mrs. Annan. The 'Peace Poem', a four football fields long roll of peace verses collected from people of all origins, was presented and handed over. Finally, children from India, Brazil, Columbia and Algeria symbolically presented the numerous signatures that their countries have collected for the 'Manifesto 2000' to Mr. Holkeri. A total of 60 millions signatures was announced as having been cumulated up to now.
By far the largest contribution of signatures for 'Manifesto 2000' came from India. With the remarkable participation of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU), over 30 million people from all corners of India signed the Manifesto after agreeing to apply peace in their lives. B.K. Purnimaa Sethi (14 years old), the chosen Indian youth representative, met with Mr. Holkeri of the UN and handed him two reports prepared for the occasion, detailing the substantial work of the BKWSU for the IYCP.
The second largest contribution of signatures for Manifesto came from Columbia. A team of young Colombians presented more than 12 millions signatures collected in their country alone. This means that 1/3 of the Colombian population has agreed to implement peace in their lives. The first Lady of Columbia proudly accompanied the delegation for this special day.
To close the Year 2000 Millennium Peace Day, the Japanese delegation presented 'Peace Boat', very colorful and dynamic dances illustrating one or another point of the 'Manifesto'. 'Peace Boat' has traveled many countries in the last few months to raise the awareness and collect signature for peace. For the last dance, everyone spontaneously joined in, creating a very joyful and vibrant gathering wishing from the heart that "Peace Prevails on Earth".
On the Manifesto 2000
MANIFESTO 2000 is a document drafted by a group of Nobel Prize Laureates for this, the "International Year for the Culture of Peace".
ITS TASK is to a mass 100 million signatures and present them to the United Nations Millennium General Assembly. (Presented over than 60 million signatures on September 19, 2000.)
* Each signature represents a personal pledge by people like you to put aspects of Manifesto 2000 into practice, in daily life.
* Each pledge is a step towards a global
change in values, attitudes and behaviour, from a culture of war and
violence to a culture of peace and non-violence.
MANIFESTO 2000 IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO:
Respect all life; Reject violence; Share with others; Listen to understand; Preserve the planet; Rediscover solidarity.
"Since wars begin in the minds of men, so it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed. "From the UNESCO constitution.
Sign the manifesto today for the tomorrow you wish your child to see.
Please sign at www.unesco.org/manifesto2000 and forward this message on to your family, friends and contacts.
This issue is dedicated to: FM-2030
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