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Organization: International Day of Peace in Democratic Republic of Congo
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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.


Matadi: 2000 people celebrated Peace Day with a Peace march guided by the music band of the national police and Kimbanguiste Church. A Peace walk to the town hall brought 200 children to ask the government to allow them to live and study in Peace with their family. The Governor declared that Peace is his priority. The day culminated with a series of cultural performances and a soccer match at Stadium Lumumba. It was organized by Service for Peace Congo, Heaven Foundation, many government officials and inspired by Peace One Day’s “One Day One Goal” campaign. Peace One Day assisted in organizing soccer matches in other UN countries this year! A detailed report is available.


ICCHRA and ArtHum (Artists for Humanity) were involved in activities of promoting a culture of tolerance and peace through a world wide human rights campaign run by Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI). They distributed samples of DVD‟s made by YHRI regarding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Presbyterian Church of Socopao Limete in Kinshasa joined with seven other churches to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Delegates from Socopao were sent to all the churches on the 16th of September to prepare them for the day with one message, peace for the world. On the 20th conferences on peace, violence, and abuse were held. On the 21st women met for fasting and prayer at Socopao, and an all day service was held at St. Raphael Catholic Church.

The United Nations and UNICEF organised a day of public activities in Kadutu Stadium in Bukavu. With cultural activities like music and traditional dances War Child Holland showcased its work. Children from local partner organisations created a living peace sign and held a poetry and song-writing competition. Children and youth from the communities where War Child just started a programme - Burhale en Mushinga – came together to play soccer. Many people came to watch the matches and celebrated the day in a joyful atmosphere.

The World Peace Foundation Africa organized a 24-hour Interfaith observation on the International Day of Peace, in Kitwe. The emphasis was peace, love, unity, with the message “Work hard to change the people of the world”.


World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) Celebrations were held at L’Eglise Union des Elus du Christ in Kinshasa, with the cooperation of L’Ecole Complexe Scolaire Le Chandelier. A Peace pole was planted, with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in 4 languages. (2005)

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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