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Organization: International Day of Peace in Finland
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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.


Joensuu: A charity concert, "Trees Rock For Peace", provided tree seedlings to ENO (Environment Online) schools in Africa.


Environment Online (ENO) organized an international tree-planting event for children and youth from schools in 104 countries, including children from schools in Joensuu, who planted trees for the environment and peace on the International Day of Peace.

International Early Education Center with the help of high school students organized playschool and kindergarten students into a peace parade around their neighborhood in Tampere.

United Religions Initiative (URI) Forum of Religions in Helsinki organized a celebration called “Reflections of Peace” in the International Cultural Center in Helsinki. There was music, poetry, and prayer from several different religions and world views.


World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) A school in Espoo held a Peace celebration on September 21, with 400 students attending. A big Peace Dove was flown by the students, as they repeated “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages. Information about the importance of Peace and justice was given to the students in the form of slides from Africa. Also on Peace Day, the interfaith group Religious Forum in Helsinki URI visited a Shia mosque for a Peace event. People from different faith groups read sacred texts and poems that inspire them to walk the path of Peace. The event ended with a prayer.

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?

On a global level, 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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