International Day of Peace Celebration

UNANZDr Kennedy Graham, Her Worship the Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, the United Nations Association of New Zealand and Operation Peace Through Unity, held a wonderful celebration of the International Day of Peace on the 21st September 2015. The evening concluded with a lively performance by the Multicultural Council of Wellington; highlighting how New Zealand continues to emerge as a kaleidoscope of multiculturalism, peace and unity among nations.

The event included the Keynote Speaker, Dr Kennedy Graham MP, who set the scene by speaking on the ‘invincible power of community spirit’. This was followed by a panel discussion of ideas contributed from various community groups around NZ on actions which can be taken to create a culture of peace locally. The basis for the discussion was the 9 point summary of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – “Transforming the World by 2030 – A New Agenda for Global Action” – which will be presented for adoption at the United Nations at the end of September 2015. The outcome of our discussion will act as a contribution from New Zealand, and will be sent to the NZ Permanent Representative to the UN and the government of NZ. View photographs.

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