Friday, August 22, 2008

Promoting the International Day of Peace 2008

The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) has produced a toolkit in different languages which aims to assist anyone who wishes to start a campaign or organize an activity around issues of peace and conflict.

It focuses on awareness raising activities surrounding the UN International Day of Peace on September 21st. On this day, the world calls for 24 hours of worldwide ceasefire and non-violence.

The toolkit includes campaign basics, facts and figures that can be used in a campaign, strategies in order for a campaign to be successful, and ideas for taking action such as public events that could be organized and ways to engage the media.

Finally, it lists a number of other sources that could be helpful in raising awareness on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The toolkit can be downloaded here

GPPAC are asking organizations to send them information and material on what different groups have planned for the 21st of September. They will put the material on their website in addition to sending out regular e-bulletins to their global network. They are asking groups to use the common slogan ‘People Building Peace’. They hope to reach a global common feeling on the international day of peace and more cohesiveness within the GPPAC campaign. Material should be sent to Annabel Meurs at

GPPAC is a world-wide civil society-led network aiming to build a new international consensus on peacebuilding and the prevention of violent conflict.