A reminder to all that The Vigil for International Peace is being held tomorrow, September 19, from 9AM to 6PM at the Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park. (The World Peace Prayer Society will be holding an event all day tomorrow, too; theirs is in Amenia, NY. For more information, see the posting below.)
From the All About Jazz website:
The Vigil for International Peace is a transformational, grassroots effort dedicated to promulgate peace through participation in art, song, dance, music, prayer and ceremony. The purpose of this Vigil is to awaken humanity to harmony and peace through the power of intent and celebration. Our vision is to heal and bridge our lives and communities to achieve divinity alignment and recognize the oneness in all.
Susana Bastarrica, founder organizer, has been instrumental in expanding the vision of the Peace Vigil each year, this being reflected in the sheer number of international artists participating to make each event unique and vibrant.
In its 7th year, The Vigil for International Peace was inspired by The United Nations 2001 resolution 55/282 designating September 21st of each year as an “International Day of Peace” and to have the entire World observe a full day of “global ceasefire and nonviolence.”
In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 36/67 declaring an International Day of Peace.
Through the efforts of Jeremy Gilley of UK, in 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution 55/282 stating that starting in 2002, the International Day of Peace should be observed on 21 September each year.
United Nations Resolution 55/282 was sponsored in the UN by the UK Government and seconded by the Government of Costa Rica.
Resolution 55/282: “Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day. The Assembly invited all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate the Day in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in establishing a global ceasefire.