Two World Peace Day Events – Dunedin
10th of September 2013
Two World Peace Day Events – Dunedin
1) World Peace Day: Community Affirmation and Celebration
The Organisation for Global Nonviolent Action (OGNA), Students for a Free Tibet, the Dunedin Yoga Studio, OUSA and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (NCPACS) have collaborated to organise Dunedin’s world peace day events as part of events happening globally on the “UN endorsed International Day of Peace” on Saturday the 21st of September.
World peace day is observed annually on 21 September. It’s objective is to institutionalise Peace Day, making it a day that is self-sustaining, an annual day of global unity, and a day of intercultural cooperation on a scale that humanity has never known. It is a day for individuals everywhere to get involved in the peace process and also provides an opportunity for aid agencies to carry out lifesaving work – in 2007 it inspired a 70% recorded reduction in violent incidents on Peace Day in Afghanistan (source: United Nations Department of Safety and Security) in which 1.4 million children in Southern Afghanistan were vaccinated with the monovalent P3 polio vaccine. Beforehand these children could not be reached by aid organisations.
The main event in Dunedin will take place in the Octagon from 11am until 3:30pm. It will include talks by Professor Richard Jackson (NCPACS), Otago university chaplain Greg Hughson, and Joe Llewellyn (OGNA); a yoga mala for world peace consisting of 108 salutations to the sun; Tibetan chanting followed by a talk on “Compassion, Happiness and Freedom for all” by Geshe Jampa Tenzin (Dhargyey Buddhist centre) in his last public appearance before returning to India; a talk/prayer on “Islam and Peace” by Dunedin’s Muslim Community; three “Teach-ins” (Ten minute talk followed by a ten minute question and answer) on “Responding Peacefully to Terrorism”, “How to do Nonviolence” and “Decolonising the Mind”: and to close, students from Arthur Street school who will sing some 1960’s peace songs.
Throughout these events there will be music, food, poetry, stalls from peace orientated groups, banner painting and signing, and face painting for the kids!
Organiser, Bec Llewellyn (OGNA) urged people to “Come and join this special space created in the name of peace: a place to share knowledge, inspiration, and passion for the creation of a community for all – both locally and internationally.” She also stated that “With what is currently happening in Syria, as well as other places around the world, this event couldn’t be more needed. The same could be said about New Zealand which currently has one of the highest levels of domestic violence in the OECD”
Joe Llewellyn (co-founder OGNA and president of SFT NZ) said that “It’s important that we recognise the hugely negative impact that violence has on oneself as well as our local and global communities. In order to have a world where people are free from fear, and where they can reach their full potentials, we must make a commitment to peace, nonviolence and unity. Violence can never break the cycle of violence – only nonviolence can do that.”
Date: Saturday the 21st of September
Time: 11am – 3:30pm
Place: The Octagon
2) Panel Discussion at the University of Otago on "Creating a Culture of Peace in New Zealand".
Hosted by NCPACS and OGNA, this interdisciplinary panel will explore questions such as “What does a culture of peace in New Zealand mean?”, “What would peace look like” and “What steps will we need to take to get there?”
The event will be chaired by Professor Richard Jackson (Deputy Director and Director of Research at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies). The panellists are Professor Peter Crampton (Pro-Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences), Dr Janet Stephenson (Director of the Centre for Sustainability), Dr Katerina Standish (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies), Professor Paul Tapsell (Te Tumu: Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies).
Otago University Chaplain, Greg Hughson, states “It is so important to nurture a culture of peace - locally, nationally and internationally. We are so fortunate to have the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies here in Dunedin. Come and hear from staff from our Centre and other inspiring speakers!”
Bookings are advised. The event will also be streamed live via the web address below.
Date: Friday the 20th of September
Time: 5:15 pm
Place: Owheo Building, AV Studio at the University of Otago
For bookings email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To be live-streamed at: http://www.otago.ac.nz/its/services/teaching/streaming/otago029235.html