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International Day Of Peace

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE was first appointed as a UN Messenger of Peace in a ceremony at the United Nations in September 2002 by then Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Reappointed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, she remains in this important role today. The designated UN Day of Peace is 21st of September each year.

Dr. Goodall established Roots & Shoots International Day of Peace in 2004, in honour of the UN Day of Peace and to encourage Roots & Shoots members and other interested individuals to promote peace in their communities and around the globe.

Marking International Day of Peace

First created by the Roots & Shoots University Students in Wisconsin in honour of Dr. Goodall’s appointment, Giant Peace Dove Puppets have flown in almost 100 countries in past years, in city parks, gardens, convention centres and refugee camps. Held high by young hands, the Doves have spread their wings everywhere, including the Colosseum in Rome, a monastery in Mongolia and the base of Mount Fuji. They’ve been floated down the river in Jackson Hole Wyoming, and even fluttered from the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

“With the Peace Doves, we remind everyone of the truth they sometimes forget – that peace is possible. We celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit. And we celebrate all that so many people have done throughout the year – and will do next year – to create a better world for all,” said Dr. Goodall.

For the thousands of Roots & Shoots members around the world peace is a way of life. With Roots & Shoots, peace is possible.

Do you want to help us celebrate the International Day of Peace this September? Find your local Roots & Shoots branch and see how you can get involved! Visit: Roots & Shoots Global

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