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The International Day of Peace: Celebrated Globally on September 21st

The International Day of Peace is a call for global ceasefire; a chance for all regions and nations to lay down weapons for a day.  A chance to consider a world with limited violence, deep respect for individuals and communities, and reverence for ecological gifts.

The Peoples Right to Peace is the focus of this years International Day of Peace.  Conversations range from border disputes, to issues of natural resource sovereignty, to religious freedom, to climate justice, and certainly, political conflicts tied to economic and social unrest.  The issue of our inherent right to peace is as critical as our right to water, to food, to freedom from violence.  A right to peace is effectively a statement on the undesirable state that conflict presents to the average citizen, soldier, or witness.

Past focii include: education for sustainability, violence in the home or workplace, and direct questions like ‘who will you make peace with.’  The day is a chance to be intentional in our vision of a decent world, a vision of abundance.

There is a new report by ‘Vision of Humanity’ entitled Peace and Religion, 5 Key Questions Answered.
The key findings are as follows:

  • Corruption, economic inequality and political instability have a greater impact on countries’ likelihood of conflict than religious differences.
  • The proportion of atheists in a country does not impact levels of peace.
  • Many Muslim-majority countries with Sunni and Shia demographic mixes are relatively peaceful.
  • Only 14% of conflicts in 2013 were motivated by religion alone, however religion was one of multiple causes in 60% of conflicts.
  • Two thirds of the conflicts had as their main cause opposition to a particular government or opposition to the economic, ideological, political or social system of a state.
  • More peaceful countries tend to have fewer restrictions on religious behaviour and less hostility towards religion.

It is our hope that conversation and meditation continue to engage us in the broader issues of peace in the globe, and the individual responses in our everyday lives.

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International Day of Peace

September 21st is the International Day of Peace.  This years theme is THE RIGHT OF PEOPLES TO PEACE.

To the Mountain Peacemakers the International Day of Peace is a stepping stone to invite peaceful dialog and solutions into our everyday experience.

The Mountain Peacemakers are a collective of  Watauga, Ashe, and Avery county citizens, working to build a network of action toward the goals of the United Nations sanctioned, globally celebrated occasion, The International Day of Peace.

The goal, defined by the United Nations, is “a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the day.”  Of course, there is more to it than this.  Peace requires multilateral commitments from all levels of society from the interpersonal to national agendas.  Opportunities are endless; it is truly up to us as global citizens.

Please join us in this year’s International Day of Peace celebration, Sunday September 21st, 2014.  A full list of events is available on the IDP 2014 tab.




The Global Peace Index:   the latest info available at 




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