Whanganui UN Peace Day celebration - September 21
The 2017 theme is: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.

As in previous years Peace through Unity (PTU) and the Whanganui Branch of United Nations Association of NZ (UNA-NZ ) are preparing a local celebration of the UN international day of peace, and invitations are being sent out to all members of the community to join in.
- At midday at Handspan (Queens Park) unite with people throughout the world who will also meet at midday local time, in prayers, invocations and song from different religions and faiths, calling for peace - and for 'respect, safety and dignity' between all peoples and nations.
- At 5pm to about 7pm meet again at the Quaker Settlement (in the Quiet Room), 76 Virginia Rd.

As in previous years it will begin by mentioning all UN member nations, asking that peace will prevail within and between each one of them. The flags of all the countries, 193 in all, will once again be displayed. The flags were made by long-time co-worker Meg Hartfield, together with local children.

This will be followed by a panel of four, who will each highlight the UN Peace Day 2017 theme from their perspective and suggest how these can be put into practice as the local community finds ways of realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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The four panel speakers are:
Hamish McDouall, Mayor of Whanganui; Orphee Mickalad, Executive Assistant to Hon Chester Borrows; Sian MacGibbon, Community Education Whanganui, and Jenny Saywood, Restorative Practices Whanganui.

Open discussion will follow with the aim of agreeing on some proposals for practical solutions and co-operation on these urgent issues.

Kate Smith, President of UNA-NZ local branch, will facilitate the meeting.
Light refreshment will be offered at the conclusion.

For catering purposes, please contact Kate Smith: k-smith@clear.net.nz or Gita Brooke: optubrookiana@xtra.co.nz by Monday, September 18.

"The very first words of the UN Charter (signed June 1945 and came into force on October 24, 1945) are: 'We the peoples of the United Nations'. In this lies the hope and the assurance, that all the many resolves and resolutions, agreed among most if not all nations, can be realised - and one day will be realised - by WE, the peoples of all nations. Who else?"
Gita Brooke