International Day of Peace 21st September 2020
The United Nations International Day of Peace started in 1982 and now occurs each year on 21st September (for more details click here).
The Rotary District 9800 Peacebuilding Committee discussed at its meeting on Monday 17th August 2020 how Rotary could encourage recognition of this day and participation by Rotarians.
It was noted also that Hostelling International has, since 2013, promoted “Sleep for Peace” on this day at its hostels throughout the world.
The Project
Taking account of the current limited ability for many people to freely travel and meet others to conduct events for this day it is proposed that a virtual event be conducted by your Club involving Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, members of Hostelling International globally and the public in an initiative called:
STEP 1 Be at Peace
Peace starts with each of us being at peace with ourselves so each participant would take a minimum of say 15 minutes to sit in silence and calm and contemplate what being at peace means to them.
STEP 2 Speak your Peace
In the current climate many people are limited in who they can physically connect with so this step is to speak to their closest connection and share with them what peace means to them. If there is no one physically close then they can connect with others by phone or other means available to them.
STEP 3    Write of Peace
The next step is to spread the word further by writing a message of peace and sending that or posting it on social media with the #b@peace. You are encouraged to be creative and have fun sharing!
STEP 4    Sleep for Peace
Seeing as how we all need to sleep somewhere and to tie in with the young travellers and other hostellers, this step is to celebrate how peaceful sleep is by sharing “sleep secrets” potentially with a photo such as objects that help to calm in the evening, locations where the best nights sleep was etc. also with the #b@peace.
Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs and Interact Clubs can organise this as a peace project and encourage all members to take part on or before 21st September.  Upon completion of the four steps the club can collate the participation of all their members and friends and inform the District Peacebuilding Committee Chair.
Contacts District 9800