For 2013, the CITIES Peace Team has put together a GLOBAL FRAMEWORK GUIDE with ideas for observing Peace Day as well as many links for further information. The three activity themes are REFLECTION – EDUCATION – CELEBRATION. Your organization/community/city can create an activity related to one of these areas, or offer different activities that touch all 3.
A GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR PEACE DAY: OBSERVE A MINUTE OF SILENCE AT NOON:
(For more initiatives please go to Global Initiatives in our “About” section)
In 1983, in commemoration of the annual International Day of Peace and in solidarity with the United Nations, Pathways To Peace inaugurated a “Peace Wave” of a Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace at 12:00 Noon in each time zone. This observation of a Noon Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace has grown throughout the world, not only on the International Day of Peace, but on every day. The International Day of Peace, and the noon Minute of Silence/Moment of Peace, is a shared and practical act of peace building in which all individuals, organizations and nations can participate.
This minute can be used to meditate, pray, envision a nuclear free world or envision peace in a way that is meaningful for you.
“As everyone knows who takes a moment of silence from time to time, it is what remains that really counts as the moment progresses. And what really counts is life and love and our responsibility to each other. We are connected to all life throughout time and space, shaped by generations past, connected today around the globe, shaping our generations to come. A shared moment of silence to honor this connectedness is a simple and elegant statement of connection to life.” — Nasa Astronaut Rusty Schweickart