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Organization: International Day of Peace in Sierra Leone
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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.


Four villages of the Bombali-district organized an event in Makeni city. The event attracted a couple of thousand participants and proved to be a huge success. Both youth and adults formed small groups and created a "peace parade". During the day people could participate in theater performances, sporting activities, and traditional games. A final soccer match decided the overall winner of the day. The teams were mixed in order to promote the integration of children, youth and adults of the four different villages. All these activities were part of the War Child program, with attention for children and youth, more cooperation and respect and less aggression as its main goal.

The United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) in collaboration with the African Youth for Peace and Democrary movement and a coalition of civil society organizations observed the International Day of Peace with a Music and Drama Festival at the Victoria Park in Freetown and other parts of the country. Pan African youths performed peace skits and songs. Members of the newly established Civil Society Transition Committee, representatives from the newly elected Government, activists of non-governmental organizations, media practitioners, and the diplomatic corps and staff of the United Nations agencies all participated to make the Day a powerful demonstration of the joint will to further consolidate peace in the country.


World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) Campaign Against Drug Abuse (CADA), a local non-governmental organization, and WAR CHILD, an international organization, joined in celebrating International Day of Peace in two remote villages in the Rokel community. The activities started in John Thorpe Village with a brief Peace statement by the Village Head. The newly built Peace pole was unveiled and dedicated to the people of the community. Peace songs were sung by children. Later, a procession of school children from both villages started off from John Thorpe to Madina Village. At Madina Village, school children and community people gathered around the Peace pole, where the Village Head addressed the group, calling upon them to live in Peace among themselves.

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?

not reported

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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