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Whanganui/Wanganui UN Peace Day celebration – 21st September 2017

Sep 14 2017

Whanganui/Wanganui UN Peace Day celebration – 21st September 2017


The 2017 theme is: “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”

As in previous years Peace through Unity (PTU) and the Whanganui Branch of United Nations Association of NZ (UNA-NZ ) are preparing a local celebration of the UN international day of peace, and invitations are being sent out to all members of the community to join us:

At 12 Noon at Handspan (Queens Park), and unite with people throughout the world who will also meet at 12 Noon local time, in prayers, invocations and song from different religions and faiths, calling for peace - and for ‘respect, safety and dignity’  between all peoples and nations. (changed text on other draft)

At 5 p.m. to approx. 7 p.m.  We meet again at the Quaker Settlement (in the Quiet Room), 76 Virginia Road.

As in previous years we will begin by mentioning all UN member nations, asking that peace will prevail within and between each one of them.  The flags of all the countries, 193 in all, will once again be displayed, These flags were made by long-time co-worker Meg Hartfield, together with local children.

This will be followed by a panel of four, who will each highlight the UN Peace Day 2017 theme from their perspective and suggest how these can be put into practice as our local  community find ways of realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)       

Our four panel speakers are:

Hamish McDouall, Mayor of Whanganui;                                                                                                                  
Orphee Mickalad, Executive Assistant to Hon Chester Borrows;                                                                           
Sian MacGibbon, Community Education Whanganui, and                                                                        
Jenny Saywood, Restorative Practices Whanganui.

Open discussion will follow with the aim of agreeing on some proposals for practical solutions and cooperation on these urgent issues. Kate Smith, President of UNA-NZ local branch, will facilitate the meeting.

Light refreshment will be offered at the conclusion. Please RSVP to Kate Smith: [email protected] or Gita Brooke: [email protected]  by Monday 15 September

“The very first words of the UN Charter (signed June 1945 and came into force 24 October 1945) are: ‘We the peoples of the United Nations’.  In this lies the hope and the assurance, that all the many resolves and resolutions, agreed among most if not all nations, can be realised – and one day will be realised – by WE, the peoples of all nations.  Who else?” 

“Let us realise that most of today’s ‘leaders’, both near and far, are reflecting what we, all of us, need to do. We are the ones the world is waiting for.”



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