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Organization: International Day of Peace in the United Kingdom
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

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OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

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ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

For Progress and Obstacles, see international report by Pathways to Peace which makes an annual report of Peace Day activities, from which the following is taken:

A Day For Peace has a website that gathers names and countries in support of the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, and translates its messages into many languages. A summary of responses is to be posted on the site. (2004)

Campaign Against Arms Trade (CATT) organized a peaceful demonstration and rally at Ministry of Defence’s Defence Export Services Organisation (DESO), London, to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace, followed by a procession to Downing Street to hand in CAAT’s Fanning the Flames petition to call on the government to stop fanning the flames of the international arms trade. (2004)

Peace One Day sponsored a Peace Concert at Brixton Academy, London, from 8pm - 3am on the eve of the International Day of Peace. As well as many live performers and DJ sets Joseph Fiennes read a message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mo Mowlam gave a speech and a video address from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was broadcast. Their film "Peace One Day" also premiered in New York City on IDP, 2004.

The Sundial House, Tunbridge Wells, promoted and organized a 24-hour Vigil of meditation and prayer for the IDP, inviting participants to sign up and link in thought at precise times for 15 minute periods, to connect to the global community meditating and praying for peace on that day and to use the Great Invocation or the world prayer, "May Peace Prevail on Earth."(2003)

World Centre Of Service: Peace through Ethical and Spiritual values in Governance. The Baroness Edmee Di Pauli is initiating a video series on 21 September on a variety of issues, with the goal of educating voters who will, in turn, elect government officials with ethical and spiritual values who will apply these in the decision making of their legislation. (2003) In 2004, IDP was celebrated in the evening with a ceremony at Centre-Link for several spiritual groups, thanking the Earth for carrying us in spite of all the pain we inflict on her and blessing her with our love. (2004)

World Light Circle and New Life Healing Center Care Clinic, Walsall, promoted the IDP with a mailing and wish to enhance the spirit of value for Human Life, Mother Nature, and World Peace. (2004)

Brahma Kumaris Wolverhampton organized a public programme on the IDP to explore the true meaning of peace and how we achieve it personally and then globally. (2004)

York University student Ben Macpherson, 20, walked 500 miles from Edinburgh Castle to London, arriving on Sept. 21, to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Peace. He received BBC News coverage, as he carried a white flag to symbolize his message for peace: "I am walking to London to raise awareness of the annual International Day of Peace. " His initial steps were joined by local religious leaders. (2004)

World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) Information about the International Day of peace went out from the government Education Department to every school in Scotland, and several local schools observed this day with a moment of silence or an activity of their own devising. (2004)

Action Network Magazine, a free distribution, 70,000-circulation magazine in the UK, published a special edition "Countdown to Peace" for its September/October 2004 issue. The front cover photograph featured young people holding flowers and a sign "World Peace", and the editorial invited readers to "Join the Countdown to the International Day of Peace-September 21" and explained the "WE THE PEOPLES" INITIATIVE, highlighted several international events, and listed the website. (2004)

Brahma Kumaris World Spirituality University and the United Nations Association Wales co-sponsored an International Day of Peace event in Cardiff at the Temple of Peace and Health,

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

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