Peace Day - September 21, 2008 - 82
There is a Peace Pole in the lobby of the United Nations headquarters in New York, by the tour desk. UN personnel, NGO representatives and visitors alike are invited to place their prayer or message of peace inside the Deborah Moldow, hollow Pole, which UN Representative for WPPS, performs on Peace Day in NYC features the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the six official UN languages. Peace Poles can be found in many parts of the UN system, including the UN Office in Nairobi, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the United Nations in New York, the offices of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in New York, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in New York, the World Bank in Washington, DC, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) in Vienna, and many more. In 2000, a desktop Peace Pole was presented to the Ambassador of every Member State of the UN on their country’s national holiday. Mayors in many parts of the world have planted Peace Poles to dedicate their cities and towns to world peace. Both political leaders, such as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and religious leaders, such as Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama, have dedicated Peace Poles. The World Peace Prayer Society brings their ceremonies of prayer and intent for world peace to institutions, government and organizations around the world. Deborah Muldow, as UN Representative for WPPS, helps plan the UN’s Peace Day activities and prepares the children’s flag ceremony at the UN’s New York headquarters. She is full of life and laughter and brings a joyous spirit to the growing community of peace organizations in New York. She is also very involved with the United Religions Initiative which works to create inter-religious gatherings and talks, and strives to end religious based violence. The two organizations share many goals and Deborah is very active in helping the two collaborate. Peace Day is an opportunity to bring both agendas to the forefront. The flag ceremony at the United Nations features children from every nation on earth, each holding their country’s flag, in a beautiful procession with music from around the world. As each child presents their flag, the audience will bless their nation with prayers for peace. As all assembled voice their prayers, the national flag of each country is gracefully presented, acting as a spiritual symbol through which the loving wishes for all life on earth are expressed toward every region of the world. Celebrating Peace in Malaysia A crowd assembles in Cameroon to celebrate Peace Day 82 Peace Day 2008
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