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Organization: International Day of Peace in Kenya
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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.


Mombasa: Students of all ages and schools of the physically challenged discussed: “Role of Youth and the Disabled in Leadership and Development”, organized by Rotaract Club.

Nairobi: “World Peace Day Poetry Festival” at Hope Baptist Church Auditorium, hosted by World Hope Academy, which also included Peace art and photography. Coalition for Peace and Development in Kibera led “people trains” through the Kibera slum village to Kibera 42 where a march proceeded to the District Commissioner’s grounds for Art & Culture for Peace. Hundreds attended including representatives from embassies and NGOs attended a conference and screening of “Day After Peace” at US International University.


Africa Peace Point in conjunction with a group of NGOs, including PeaceNet, religious organizations as well as grassroot initiatives working in Nairobi and its environs held the 8th annual Nairobi International Peace March, walking from Kiberia to Uhuru Park on the 15th of September 2007. This year's theme was “Towards a More Inclusive Society”. The national commemorations took place at Uhuru Park on the International Day of Peace, attended by H.E the President and other political leaders. A peace charter was signed and a peace torch lit to be used to advocate for peace throughout the country.

District Peace Committees (DPCs) in Kenya's North Rift Valley Province, consisting of chairpersons, women, youth, and civil society representatives, held processions culminating in tree planting events. Following these, communities were invited to open forums for discussion spearheaded by the District Commissioners. Peace icons were identified and honored by the DPCs from amongst community members. Each district endeavored to light a “peace torch” as a symbol of peace.

The National Council of Churches organized a peacebuilding workshop on September 20th which was attended by Muslim and Christian leaders. On September 21st a Peace Campaign was launched (Choose Peace, Avoid Chaos). The President of the Republic, Mwai Kibaki, was there as the Chief Guest, who launched five doves as a sign of Peace. *


Africa Peace Point and the organizing committee of the Nairobi Peace Rally, an initiative of a group of Peace NGOs in Nairobi, organized the Nairobi International Peace Rally on September 17th at the Uhuru Park Grounds. The theme of the celebrations were “Towards Justice and Equity”, which evoked the idea of different players in the civil society and the public working together with the state to entrench the values of justice and equity at local, regional and international levels.

World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) Representatives of the Kenyan military, and international diplomats stationed in Nairobi joined United Nations staff members at the UN's African headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi, to commemorate the International Day of Peace. The focus of the UN-sponsored celebration of the International Day of Peace in Kenya was the contribution made by the people and Government of Kenya to peace in the region, and for their important role in the UN's peacekeeping work across the globe. Participants in the celebrations included Kenyan military officers, led by Major General Njuki Mwaniki, and civil society representatives from the Peace process which resulted in the cessation of hostilities  between North and South Sudan. Also invited were schoolchildren from the Nairobi area who had written messages of support to Kenyan peacekeepers currently involved in nine different peacekeeping operations around the world. Some of the letters were read out by the children before they presented them to General Mwaniki for forwarding to the peacekeepers.

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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