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Crowdfunding Appeal Reaches Milestone at 26% of Objective

added March 22nd, 2015

We have reached $6460 for 26% of our goal with 26 days remaining, so we are redoubling our effort to reach $25000 by the mid-April deadline. Every donation is welcome and we are offering some fine incentives. It comes as no surprise, but the government will extend and expand the mission against ISIS, exposing our men and women and spending unlimited tax dollars to a further misadventure with unclear goals. The Canadian people are supposed to live in fear of an attack on our shores and accept suppression of our freedoms in the name of security. A Department of Peace would serve to counterbalance this approach, consistent with our heritage that prefers to project a peaceful face to the world and to reduce violence both at home and abroad. Please share on line and with your lists. Gratitude to all who have donated.

Puppets for Peace Parade and Other Events for the international Day of Peace, Sunday, September 21.

added September 18th, 2014

Sunday,   September 21st 2014,

Celebrate the UN International Day of Peace

 

10am – 12:30 PM

Craigdarroch Castle  

PUPPET SHOWS inside & out of the castle:

• Fountain of Peace (bring a small stone to place in the fountain)

• Info table: Dept. of Peace/World Children’s Summit on Peace and Nature …

• The Puppet Booth – Louise Booth (Victoria)

• Tragic Symphony – Theatre Inconnu (Victoria)

 

ACTIVITIES:

• Paper-folding Table – Wendy Passmore (Calgary)

• Butterfly-making & Peace Doves

 

WALK ABOUTS & GIANT PUPPETS:

• including Ray Turner, Maxwell Dowie, Viktor Barkar

 

12:30 pm

Opening Ceremony:

• Harmony Peace Runners bring peace torch to …

• Butch Dick – First Nations Welcome

• Morgan Purvis – Victoria’s Youth Poet Laureate 

• Department of Peace Initiative 

• Peace Proclamation from The Mayor’s Office

 

1:00 pm

Puppets for Peace Parade

 EVERYBODY WELCOME TO WALK IN THE PEACE PARADE! (more…)

“Peacing Together the Canada We Want” At the 8th Ottawa Peace Festival

added August 30th, 2014

OTTAWA, Aug. 30, 2014. — This year 19 organizations will host 29 programs about peace, health and environment for the annual Ottawa Peace Festival. Events include films, music, dance, forums, panels, photo exhibits, walks, vigils, and peace awards.      (more…)

One Billion Signatures for Peace and Access to a Remarkable Film

added June 10th, 2014

Peace Now!

A Billion Signatures for Peace!

Go to www.PeaceNow.com to participate.

Imagine how far we can progress to a peaceful world beyond war with ONE BILLIION signatures calling upon the UN and governments worldwide to establish ministries, departments and infrastructures of peace that support the global culture of peace!

PeaceNow , in partnership with GAMIP, is seeking ONE BILLION people to join together to create the cultural, economic and governmental framework for a new era of lasting peace. With the ambitious goal of uniting ONE BILLION Peace Ambassadors, PeaceNow intends to generate a transformative force that creates powerful and lasting change for the betterment of humankind and future generations. (more…)

World Childrens’ Summit on Peace and Nature, May 19-25, 2015, Victoria BC

added June 10th, 2014

ABOUT THE SUMMIT — On May 19-22, 2015, 340 young people from Canada will gather in Victoria, British Columbia, for four days of exploring, learning and sharing their experiences about finding their own peace in a chaotic world.

The Summit will be live streamed and we are excited to be able to connect with children from around the world. Invariably, children’s visions of a peaceful world include their connections to nature. While these connections can take many forms, and can be expressed in many ways, it is clear that the natural world provides solace and a nurturing sense of well-being for so many. (more…)

Liberal Convention Passes Motion calling for a Governmental Institution for Peace

added April 6th, 2014

We are very encouraged by the passage of the following motion at the Liberal National Convention, Feb.20-23, 2014 and will encourage its implementation, consistent with our goal of creating a national infrastructure for peace in Canada, including a cabinet-level Minister of Peace and a well-resourced Department. of Peace.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada urge the next Liberal government of Canada to establish a governmental institution for peace with a mandate that includes the creation of a permanent Canadian Civilian Service of professionally trained men and women working for i) the prevention of violent conflict and war, and ii) the non-violent resolution of conflict at every level of society, both within Canada and overseas, through such means as:

  • detection of early warning signs
  • structured mediation
  • non-violent intervention
  • protection of human rights
  • humanitarian and development assistance
  • citizen diplomacy.

 

 

Heads of 31 Nations Declare a Zone of Peace in Latin America and the Caribbean and Commit to Eliminating the Threat of Force

added February 17th, 2014

Proclamation of Latin America and Caribbean as a Zone of Peace

(Original signed by the Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbeans States)

The Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) gathered in Havana, Cuba on January 28 and 29, 2014 at the Second Summit, on behalf of their peoples and faithfully interpreting their hopes and aspirations,

(more…)

Global Alliance Summits Reflects Growing Importance and Reach of the Organization

added October 12th, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Saul Arbess, saul.arbess@departmentofpeace.ca

www.departmentofpeace.ca

55 Countries Represented at Geneva Peace Summit

Victoria, BC, Oct. 3, 2013. Three delegates from Canada, Saul Arbess, Penelope Joy and Furquan Gehlen, attended the Sixth Global Summit of the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace, held in Geneva, Switzerland, September 16-20, to call for the establishment of civil society and government institutions supporting a culture of peace. www.gamip.org. The Summit represented a collaboration with the International Civil Society Network for Infrastructures for Peace.

Four countries already have national government ministries of peace: Solomon Islands, Nepal, Costa Rica, and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Many more have networks of local and regional peace councils and other systems in civil society and government dedicated to transforming conflict and preventing violence.

In Canada, the Canadian Peace Initiative (CPI) is working toward establishing a department of peace in the federal government. —The Geneva Summit significantly moved our initative forward in concert with other countries,? Dr. Arbess indicated.

The Summit welcomed over 160 participants representing 55 countries, from all corners of the globe, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Costa Rica, Ghana, Pakistan, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Canada, Nigeria, USA, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Nepal, Lesotho, Uganda, United Kingdom, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Georgia, South Africa, Columbia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Romania, and Denmark.

Key Summit outcomes included:

  1. A proposed United Nations Resolution and associated petition drive calling on the UN to support infrastructures for peace in governments and countries around the world;
  2. Establishment of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace as a regional affiliate of GAMIP, joining the already existing African Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace in support of the creation of and strengthening of infrastructures for peace throughout their regions.
  3. Representatives from the United Nations Development Program and Summit sponsor the City of Geneva expressed their support for infrastructures for peace in contributing to building a global culture of peace.
  4. Summit attendees expressed ways in which they will create and support infrastructures for peace in their work around the world, including restorative systems of justice and conflict transformation, nonviolent communication, sustainable cities— networks and practices for peace in military and security forces.
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