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Organization: International Day of Peace in Switzerland
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PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity

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

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ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.


Decade Overcoming Violence A two-hour vigil service of prayer and text reading took place on the International Day of Prayer at St. Francis Church in Lausanne.

St. Francois Church in Lausanne held a prayer service for the International Day of Peace that included a time of meditation and silent prayer.

Voice for Peace organized a vigil titled “World Peace Begins With Peace Within Yourself”. A DVD conference of Prem Rawat was held at the “University of Peace” at Florianopolis – Bresil, followed by a shared meal at the Domaine de Penthes.

World Council of Churches held a special service at the chapel of the Ecumenical Center in Geneva to commemorate the International Day of Peace.


World Council of Churches (WCC) is a fellowship of churches in more than 120 countries from virtually all Christian traditions. For the second year running, WCC invited churches representing over 560 million Christians worldwide, to mark September 21 as an International Day of Prayer for Peace. This was done in the framework of the initiative “Decade to Overcome Violence: Churches seeking Reconciliation and Peace (2001-2010)” that was launched in 2004. The theme for 2005 was “Building communities of Peace for all” and focused on Asia. Christian churches worldwide were invited to especially include faith communities in that vast and diverse continent in their prayers of intercession.

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

Reported events for the International Day of Peace continue to grow year after year (see the website listed above):

In the 2005 Report, 155 Peace Day events in 47 countries are presented.

The 2007 records show that:
* We had 623 commitments across the world
* 70 countries
* 225 cities (outside of the USA)
* 42 US states
* An estimate of nearly 500,000 participants
* An average of 500 people per event

2009 annual report listed 700+ events

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

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PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

The International Day of Peace is an annual event

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

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