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Events calender - Sunday, 21/09/2008
PINA Partnership with FemmLink on Pacific Partnership for Peacebuilding
From Fiji & Rotuma, to the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. From Samoa, Tonga Aotearoa/New Zealand to New Caledonia and up north in the Marshall Islands the Pacific
September 21st of every year is declared by the member states of the UN as The International Day of Peace. The UN in 1981 declared a resolution sponsored by Costa Rica that
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) with its local Pacific partners, Pacific People Building Peace (PPBP), once again in 2008 took on this special responsibility to bolster the voice for peace in the Pacific.
According to Mosese Waqa the Interim Chair, Regional Steering Group, Pacific People, the network was delighted that the voice for peace in the Pacific would be amplified this year, with a new partnership initiative with the leading news agency in the region, Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) to promote the principles, mission and purpose of the International Day of Peace through the development, production and distribution of a media toolkit which was offered a link between Pacific Peacebuilders and Pacific Media Professionals, coordinated by the GPPAC/IDP regional media focal point, femLINKPACIFIC
Why? Over the last few years, there has been a concerted effort by Peacebuilders in our region to organise activities for September 21st. From the launching of Peace Gardens, to the staging of Peace Vigils, civic education programmes, as well as Peace Walks and Peace Talks these activities have taken place at every level of Pacific society, from the home to the community to the nation. While many public events have received media coverage, we are also mindful that much of the valuable work for peace remains invisible.
And according to Joseph Ealedona, the President of PINA, this was also an opportunity to consider the need to document efforts of Peacebuilders and journalists and other media professionals, during our region’s recent conflicts: “In our region, civilians, and journalists, members of our own association have faced the worst of times during the conflicts that have plagued countries in our region, yet they have put their lives at risk to bring you the stories of hope and peace.”
2008 International Day of Peace was also an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives but let us also celebrate the peacemakers, those who are determined to continue to persevere in addressing the root causes of conflicts and human insecurities, as a way to build sustainable peace - from the home to the community to the national and regional level.ww
About the International Day of Peace
The UN International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the General Assembly to coincide every year with its opening session in September. In 2001 through resolution 55/282 the day was strengthened to be fixed annually on 21 September and to become a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. Lastly, the resolution invites all Member States, organisations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organisations and individuals to “commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.”
At the most basic level, the day calls for 24 hours of worldwide ceasefire and nonviolence. It exists to give people a chance to call for peace, individually or collectively.
This means different things in different places:
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) is a worldwide civil society network that promotes the importance of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. It was established in 2003 after then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his 2001 report ‘Prevention of Armed Conflict’ said ‘(..) I urge NGOs with an interest in conflict prevention to organize an international conference of local, national and international NGOs on their role in conflict prevention and future interaction with the United Nations in this field.’
GPPAC is structured through fifteen regional networks, which are led by civil society network organisations working on conflict prevention and peacebuilding that believe in the idea of networking and cooperation. Each brought together civil society organisations active in conflict prevention and peacebuilding communities in order to articulate challenges to and recommendations for strengthened conflict prevention practices in their region and eventually on how together to make a difference.
GPPAC has been actively encouraging and documenting the celebration of the International Day of Peace by GPPAC members around the world. Through these celebrations, GPPAC hopes to raise awareness about possibilities for peace and importance of the prevention of conflicts to turn violent.
For updates on both past and future activities, please check out
Pacific Islands News Association
Who & What is PINA?
International News Safety Institute (INSI)
Media Helping Media