Be a Peace Builder: International Day of Peace
August 26, 2014 Kosmos Community News

International Day of Peace Events

We have gathered a resource list of numerous International Day of Peace events from around the world. Check the websites cited frequently for updates and changes as IDP nears.

Nancy Roof’s address to the UN’s High-Level Forum on the Culture of Peace

This is an edited version of the talk Nancy Roof gave at the High-Level Forum on September 6, 2013 at the UN.

‘Thank you for inviting me to speak on the topic of a culture of peace—the number one concern of all humanity. We are here because we care. We care that people around the globe are in fear, are in pain and suffering. We are motivated by our deep love of humanity and all life.’

The Quest for Human Unity

Dena Merriam is founder of the Global Peace Initiative for Women, a former member of the board of Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. She is co-chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit, the first summit held at the United Nations General Assembly for more than 1,500 of the world’s religious leaders.

“There is no greater need now than cultivating a global understanding of human unity. Faith communities should lead this effort as our spiritual values, such as compassion, love, and peace, are universal and can bring us together as a human community. Why then is this so problematic for many religious leaders today? Why is religious identity more important than human identity at a time when the problems we face, such as climate change and growing economic inequity, are global and can only be solved through collective efforts? “

People’s Climate March in New York City

by Eddie Bautista, for Earth Island Journal

People’s Climate March in New York City aims to mobilize mass action on the climate crisis

Social justice doesn’t often result from spontaneous demonstrations or an impulsive rush to the streets. It comes from long-term investments in organizing, community building, and grassroots campaigns. Activism requires a lot more meetings than marches.

But now and then, it’s the right time for a march. And on the issue of climate justice, we’ve come to such a time. The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance (NYC-EJA), a network of community-based organizations in low-income communities of color throughout NYC, has joined together with organizations around the world to call for a People’s Climate March this September 20-21 right here in NYC. So start lacing up your marching shoes and I’ll explain why now is the time for action.