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100-day Countdown Message & Invitation to the Summit

United Nations Secretary-General’s 100-day Countdown Message
June 13th 2016

Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on the peoples of the world to remember their common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife. It calls on all of us to observe a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.

This year’s theme – the Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace – highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony.  When we all work together, we can make peace possible, starting with 24 hours of peace on September 21.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit in September 2015. They are universal, applying to all countries. And they are integral to achieving peace.

SDG #16 specifically focuses on “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”.  Yet peace runs like a thread through all 17 of the Goals.

When people feel secure in their abilities to provide for their families, when they are given access to the resources they need to live healthy lives, and when they feel truly included in their societies, then they are much less likely to engage in conflict.

That is why, over the next 100 days, we must recognize that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. We need to work together to help promote and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The leaders of the world have given us a clear blueprint, and by following it, we can help build a future of peace and prosperity.

Ban Ki-moon

www.un.org/peaceday

summerofpeace

FREE Online Series
Summer of Peace
June 13 – September 21

When you hear the word “peace,” what comes to mind?

The good news is that there’s a new (evolutionary even!) definition of peace emerging – one that’s not just about ending wars, but actually making your daily life better. It’s about starting in your heart and relationships and creating a positive ripple through your community and far beyond.

This new peace movement embraces deep spiritual practices as well as grounded, practical actions… and it’s spreading!

Innovative peacebuilding solutions are taking hold across the world — thanks to visionaries who are engaging in global social and political movements and everyday citizens performing great acts of compassion in their homes and communities.

Some of the wisest, most inspiring leaders and passionate activists are guiding the way forward — from The Dalai Lama to Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Jody Williams to Jane Goodall… and more.

Now you can join these esteemed thought leaders and trailblazing agents for change during

Summer of Peace. During this one-of-a-kind gathering, you’ll discover the latest knowledge, science, insights and practices for peace as well as the inspiration and guidance you need to meet conflict with compassion.

Peace International Foundation is excited to invite you to this series, which features 50+ of the world’s leading peacebuilders — including Jane Goodall, Neale Donald Walsch, Ocean Robbins, Sharon Salzberg, Audri Scott Williams, Azim Khamisa and so many more — sharing wisdom for co-creating a new peace narrative and effective methods for putting this vision into inspired action.

PLUS — this year’s Summer of Peace will include recorded peace teachings from  5 Nobel Peace Laureates, including The Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum and Jody Williams.

And the kick-off event will bring guests together from the United Nations and around the world for the 100-Day Countdown to the U.N. International Day of Peace, co-hosted by Philip Hellmich and Deborah Moldow on Monday, June 13 at 12 Noon Eastern time.

Launching the 100-Day Countdown to the U.N. International Day of Peace
Monday, June 13 – 12:00-1:00pm  US Eastern Time (13 hours difference)

Hear guests around the world highlighting the actions of people serving a wide range of causes yet building together a new culture of peace. Each international guest partners with a young person from their region, some of whom will recite a poem or play music.

Register for free https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/sop16MYM/yingm/

Hosts:
- Philip Hellmich, Director of Peace, The Shift Network
- Deborah Moldow, Representative to the United Nations, The World Peace Prayer Society and co-chair, International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the United Nations

Special U.N. Guest:
Kimberly Mann, Chief of the Education Outreach Section, Outreach Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information
-  Message from Dr. Jane Goodall, U.N. Messenger of Peace

International Guests:

  • Dagmar Berkenberg: Office Manager of World Peace Prayer Society (Europe)
    Kaja Imhof: Student at Fachmittelschule Oberwil and Intern at RadioChico, Switzerland
  • Ambassador Mussie Hailu: Director of United Religions Initiative for Africa
  • Fr. James Channan: United Religions Initiative Regional Coordinator for Pakistan and Executive Director of Peace Center, Lahore, Pakistan
    Zara Pervaiz: Student at Kinnaird College in Pakistan and Coordinator of Light of Hope Cooperation Circle
  • Maria Ying-Matthews: Founder and Chairman of Peace International Foundation, HK
    Sharon Yuen: Student Peace Clubs  Youth Leader & Head Coordinator
    Athena Wong: Peace International Youth Orchestra Youth Leader and Vice-Principal Cellist
  • Angelina Gabaitse: Founder at Lemon & Vinegar, Coordinator at We, The World & The WE Campaign
    Mpho Sebina: Singer-Songwriter, Botswana

 

100 Day Countdown Replays  Tuesday 14 June, 2016  12 am-1 am  US Eastern Standard Time,
and more information of speakers http://summerofpeace.net/program/238

We hope you’ll participate in this extraordinary FREE online event presented by
The Shift Network.

RSVP for Summer of Peace — at no charge!
https://shiftnetwork.isrefer.com/go/sop16MYM/yingm/

This year’s Summer of Peace, includes 4 extraordinary peace summits:
Everyday Peace Summit (Tuesdays: June 28-September 6)
Global Compassion Summit (July 13-14)
Countering Violent Extremism Summit (August 10-11)
11 Days of Global Unity (September 11-21)

Join tens of thousands of other global citizens who are excited to co-create a more peaceful life and accelerate this wave of peacebuilding.

Together we can create a legacy of good for generations to come!

P.S. Here are just a few quotes from past Summer of Peace participants:

This summit has literally changed my life. I had reached the point where I wouldn’t listen to any news anymore. This summit has given me renewed hope, and the understanding that there are MANY people who are doing phenomenal good work in this world. — Pam

I can’t think of any other educational forum that touches on so many issues with such depth, looking at how we build peace. Some of the smartest and most inspiring thinkers are sharing their wisdom. It’s an opportunity not to miss. — Matthew Albracht, The Peace Alliance

Life changing. Life altering. Life affirming. — Jude

Such a generous offering. Truly a way to bring about real peace by showing so many methods through which personal and planetary harmony can be reached. And all is backed by the latest science.
I experienced aha! Moments. — Akasha