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Invitation to Peace Forum 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Dear Friends, 

I am happy to tell you that we are going to hold the 5th Peace Forum.

This year, the forum will be held on November 15, 2014. Peace Forum 2913 was a great success and 95% of participants responded to come back the forum 2014.

The website for registration of breakout groups will be ready soon.

Tomiko Nojima
Planning Team


The Right of Peoples to Peace…

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014


As Project Row Houses celebrates its 20th Anniversary, the International Day of Peace observes its 30th year of recognizing and fostering peace around the world. To honor this much needed day and continue its mission, PRH’s September market will run in conjunction with Our House’s A-Fest. The IDP is a day for us all to educate ourselves and each other on respect and understanding.

Join us along with Our House artists to serve and make a difference.
The event starts at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 21st. Vendors are welcome. Call C. Pham at 713.526.7662.



The Parliament of the World’s Religions Comes to Salt Lake City, October 2015

Monday, September 15th, 2014

For those in the United States this is good news…


The Parliament of the World’s Religions Comes to Salt Lake City, October 2015

Salt Lake City, USA – Sept 9, 2014 – The Parliament of the World’s Religions announced today that it will bring the world’s largest and most historic interfaith gathering to Salt Lake City in October 2015, marking its return to the United States for the first time in 22 years.

What: 10,000 attendees from 80 countries and 50 religious and spiritual traditions
When: October 15 – 19, 2015.
Where: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

“The Parliament is the largest summit of interfaith activists around the globe which provides listening, learning and sharing opportunities,” says Imam Malik Mujahid, Chair of the Parliament Board of Trustees. 

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s and Ganga Action Parivar’s Faceboook

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014


Pranams from the divine banks of the Ganges River! I pray you are enjoying a gorgeous day. 

All is going beautifully here. I’ve been travelling quite a bit as of late, but am now back home in Rishikesh. Our Summit of India’s top leaders will be held from 28-30 November. It will be truly a divine opportunity to help bring people together to help preserve our world’s dwindling water resources: the mainstay for any environmental concern.  I’ll keep you updated.

Also, we recently had a very powerful event at the House of Commons in London, bringing together parliamentarians, faith leaders and others, including Kiran Bali, with prayers that all may have access to healthy, sustainable water. It was accompanied by a river clean-up at the Thames River and an MoU signing with Thames-21, an organization that has had much to do with the revitalization of the Thames.

If at all you can, please do be sure to “like” our GIWA and GAP facebook sites, which are listed below. So many photos and great updates there!

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance’s Faceboook:

Ganga Action Parivar’s Faceboook:


With much love,

Swamini Adityananda Saraswati

International Day of Peace

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Dear friends of the UN International Day of Peace,

As September begins, the energy is building toward an extraordinary Peace Day on September 21st. Never before have so many organizations come together to pool our efforts at building global support for this annual focus on peace. For those who are disheartened by the violent conflicts in various parts of the world, the International Day of Peace offers the hope of a new day dawning where people of all nations and cultures work together to build a worldwide culture of peace.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated in his message marking the 100-Day Countdown to the International Day of Peace on June 13, “History has shown that, no matter how fierce, conflict can end, peace can prevail and reconciliation can triumph. […] Over the coming 100 days we need to unite as a human family to deliver the right to peace by encouraging fighters to lay down their arms.” 

Some of the groups that have spearheaded this special spirit of cooperation include Pathways To PeaceThe World Peace Prayer SocietyUnited Religions InitiativeJane Goodall InstituteCercle de PaixInternational Cities of PeaceUnifyWe, The WorldUnity FoundationPeace Day PhillyThe Peace SchoolThe Shift NetworkKosmos Journal, Be The Peacethe Gaiafield ProjectPeaceLink LiveCompassion Gamesand all of those working with the Peace Teams associated with the International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the UN. These groups share a focus on the Minute of Silence observed at 12 Noon in every time zone, creating a wave of peace that circles the globe.

Events may be posted at, which just got a new look. Please see a partial list of the thousands of activities planned for the 2014 International Day of Peace attached, with special thanks to Kosmos and the Shift Network for generously listing many of them on their sites. Be sure to follow the International Day of Peace Facebook page to keep abreast of the news and use @peaceday and #peaceday on Twitter.

The 2014 Peace Day Global Broadcast at will begin at 12 Noon (Pacific Time) on Saturday, September 20 and continue until midnight (Pacific Time) on Sunday, September 21. The broadcast program will then stream in continuous rotation until September 20th and 21st, 2015. Unity Foundation has :30 and :60 PSAs available. If you would like to receive the PSAs to forward to your media contacts, please email Bill McCarthy @

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The Secretary-General also mentioned the power of music: “On 21 September, at concerts around the world — in major cities and small towns, in conflict zones and peaceful communities – people will broadcast this essential message. They will celebrate the value of human diversity and the strength of our unity.” An example is the concert that Peace One Day is organizing at Goma International Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that is expected to unite more than 50,000 people to celebrate the hope for peace on September 21. And MasterPeace is organizing peace concerts for peace and disarmament in over 40 countries on September 21 in The Netherlands, from Kathmandu to Los Angeles, and from Mexico City via Istanbul to Cairo. Remember to ask your local radio station to play a set or a song for peace!

Please note this year’s theme, chosen by the United Nations, is “The Right of Peoples to Peace.” There is information on this vital theme, as well as the beautiful poster, at As this page affirms, “The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.” 

Last, but certainly not least, there is a strong focus at the United Nations this September on the Sustainable Development Goals that will supplant the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. And Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting a major Climate Summit on September 23, which inspired a huge People’s Climate March that will take place in New York City – on the International Day of Peace! So let us all take to heart the vital foundation of peace that is key to all hope for sustainability in an uncertain future.

The time is now – and we are ready! Infinite gratitude to all of you who are putting your passion to work so that future generations may enjoy the Right of Peoples to Peace in the peaceful, joyful, healthy world of our dreams.


May Peace Prevail on Earth!




Deborah, Monica, Michael and Shawn

Co-Chairs, The International Day of Peace NGO Committee at the United Nations



P.S. to those in the NY area: United Nations High Level Forum on The Culture of Peace will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at United Nations Headquarters. Registration closes today at See you there!