Date: August 4, 2004
To: Religious Non-Governmental Organizations with status at the United Nations,Interfaith organizations, and New York City Religious Leadership
From: Chaplain, Church Center for the United Nations
Rev. Kathleen Stone
Re: International Day of Peace, September 21, 2004 , Commemoration in the Chapel of the Church Center for the United Nations, 4-5:00 p.m.
From General Assembly Resolution A/RES/55/282
Reaffirming the contribution that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace makes in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict,
Considering the unique opportunity it offers for a cessation of violence and conflict throughout the world, and the related importance of achieving the broadest possible awareness and observance of the International Day of Peace among the global community,
Desiring to draw attention to the objectives of the International Day of Peace, and therefore to fix a date for its observance each year that is separate from the opening day of the regular sessions of the General Assembly,
1. Decides that, with effect from the fifty-seventh session of the General
Assembly, the International Day of Peace shall be observed on 21 September each year, with this date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace;
2. 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;
3. Invites all Member States , organizations of the United Nations system, regional and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.
In support of the above General Assembly resolution, on September 21, 2004 , from 4:00-5:00p.m. in the Chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations, 777 UN Plaza, at the SW corner of 44 th St. and 1 st Avenue , we will build a multi-religious cry for peace. We are hoping this cry will be so powerful that it will shake the building, and touch the lives of those across the street in General Assembly. In union with voices around the world also spending the day in commemoration of the International Day of Peace, we join the chorus of millions praying earnestly for peace on this earth.
During this time of prayer and song, we will call out to across the earth and into the sky and to whatever gods are listening through drumming, chant and prayer. We will experience a solemn collective act of repentance for the injustices committed which are yet to be rectified. We will experience multiple religions' prayerful chanting behind a reading of the Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations. We will hear a message spoken by a dynamic speaker for peace. And we will pray in sacred unison using our many traditions and symbols, chants and dances.
We would like to invite you and those associated with your religious faith to be the vital part of this time. Through both the leadership which comes forth from this invitation and those who spend this time in prayer on the 21st, we will attempt to express our deeply common desire for a world of peace.
We pray you will be a part.
Rev. Kathleen Stone
777 UN Plaza, 10 th Floor NY , NY 10017