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Organization: International Day of Peace in the Netherlands
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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.


Amstelveen: 200 participated in International School of Amsterdam’s Peace Day Assembly. Students dressed in white for peace, viewed “Day After Peace” and other Peace presentations.

Amsterdam: Hundreds attended “Peace On Today” (POT), self-described as a “hippie style event” at “de Dam”, a central Amsterdam landmark. People were invited to talk to passer-bys about Peace, love and happiness and “roll their own” with spontaneous speeches. 200 attended “Night of Peace” at Club Odeon, an annual celebration by Pax Christi including workshops, debates, electronic beats, the No. 1 Reggae artist, politicians and “Peace Guerilla”.

Arnhem: People from various faiths attended rituals, meditations, singing and Dances of Universal Peace at Musis Sacrum Park.

Bergen: A city-wide ceremony took place to connect Bergen to human rights, the UN and its peacekeeping operations. The sound of the Peace Bell in NY was played in four Bergen locations. Organized by UN Association of Norway West.

The Hague: Marked Peace Day with a 2 day event, which included a Peace walk and balloon release for 1200 children, a big Peace event on the Plein, a Peace flag ceremony at the Peace Palace and many musical artists and organizations (War Child, Coolpolitics). The Hague is also known as the International City of Peace and Justice.

Utrecht: Hundreds attended an exhibition of a Peace carpet. Ysselsteyn: 100+ attended a photo exhibition featuring winners of a photo competition with the theme Peace at the German Wargrave Cemetery. Organized by JOC Ysselsteyn.


The Committee for Engaged Buddhism in Amsterdam organized Peace Day celebrations on September 23rd. The program included discussion about Israelis and Palestinians living together, a walk to Maitreya, lunch, speeches and meditation sessions.*

Global Connection Foundation Zonneglossis presented the year-long project “21-a-peace” carpet. Throughout the past year people had sent in their personal statement in a piece of cloth to contribute to the peace carpet. The carpet was on display in Van Houten Church in Weesp.

Haagse Quakers led a workshop titled “Peace and Safety by Encounter” in the Hague. The group designed a game to enable mutual encounter and to teach non-violent conflict resolution.

nstitute of Social Studies in the Hague organized a series of sporting events to mark the International Day of Peace, under the rubric “Sporting for Peace”. Football matches, Tug-of-War, and other games took place.*

Peace Network Zutphen is a network of different religious, political, and other groups, that have held a twenty-four hour vigil for Peace Day since 2002. The program in Zutphen encompassed meditation, prayer, music, dance, poetry, discussion, and several workshops.

Planet Peace volunteers answered peoples' questions and listened to their varying reactions to the wreckage of a car bomb from Baghdad on display on the Domplein in Utrecht. Filmmaker Saleh Hassan Faris spoke in the middle of the wreckage commemorating the victims of the car bomb. Volunteers dressed up as world leaders drew attention as they cycled around on their “peace tank”. There were presentations in the evening, followed by a Planet Peace Party. Planet Peace, Netherlands

United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY), Youth Service Initiative and No Kidding organized an event in The Hague in honor of the International Day of Peace to raise awareness about child-related violence and to give children the freedom to make their voices heard. A small wall was erected at Malieveld on which kids could leave a symbolic handprint to “give peace a helping hand”. UNOY introduced their campaign against Violence Against Children and Youth to the public gathering 131 signatures. The event drew over 300 people young and old.

War Requiem – Bridge to the Future A conference titled “Bridge to the Future: Reality or Dream? About violence and climate” was held in Arnhem. The conference aim was to build bridges between veterans and peace builders.

Zubin Westrik hosted a meeting for International Day of peace on the main square on Arnhem. Silence, song, dance, ritual, prayer were all a part of the all day celebration.*


World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) 24 hours of silent prayer was held in front of the Peace Palace in the Hague. About 100 Peace workers from all over the country gathered for the vigil, to stand up for Peace and justice in the world. A ceremonial fire from the indigenous peoples of North America, called the Seventh Fire, was the center of the ceremony. Participants shared rituals and prayers, affirming Peace for all countries during the world Peace flag ceremony.

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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