Raising Peace – September 16th to 26th in NSW
16 Sep - 26 Sep
Similar to the way IPAN is developing its network of peace-groups nationally, activists in Sydney are working on a local scale. They have arranged a major event that will extend over nine days, centred on the UN’s International Day of Peace (September 21). Their event is called ‘Raising Peace’ and is described as a ‘peace festival’ or a celebration of peace.
An extensive program of events is nearing completion. A large number of peace-oriented organisations will be taking an active part. The intention is that all aspects that come under the broad concept of ‘peace’ can be aired. In a PR coup, Mr Armando Vargas-Araya, the Ambassador of Costa Rica, has agreed to take part. (Costa Rica boasts an absence of any armed forces.)
The Raising Peace idea arose out of conversations between representatives of IPAN, the ‘Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’ (WILPF) and ‘International Volunteers for Peace’ (IVP). The organisers have been delighted by the response to the idea and surprised by the enthusiasm it is generating.
IPAN NSW representative, Nick Deane, says “We are all alarmed by recent, public discussion of the possibility of war. The need to raise the voice of peace has become more urgent than it has been since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Now is the time for all who espouse the cause of peace to rediscover the common ground they share. It is vital that the concept and possibility of peaceful co-existence be brought back into common discourse.”