Peace Events May

At the beginning of each month we gather all the upcoming peace related info and events we can find and start getting excited about how we can get involved. This month we thought we’d share a few of the highlights with you. If you have any major events that you think should be added to this list (or next month’s) please comment on this article, tweet them to us @globpeaceindex or comment on this article.

International Days

World Press Freedom Day – May 3rd

World Press Freedom Day celebrates the fundamental principles of media freedom, as well as recognising journalists who have lost their lives in the pursuit of truth and justice. The United Nations General Assembly instituted the World Press Freedom Day after recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference in December 1993. The day is based on Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 'Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers'.

Take action: #pressfredom #post2015

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War – May 8-9th

Since 22 November 2004, by United Nations General Assembly resolution 59/26, May 8-9th is consecrated as a Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War.

May 8th is the day that officially ended the Second World War in Europe by Germany's signing of an unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It was by 9th May that the German surrender became effective in Russia, and therefore they celebrate that day as the day of peace. Both May 8th and 9th are celebrated as freedom or liberation day/victory day/peace day in many European countries

Take action: #WW2peace on Twitter

World Red Cross and Red Cresent Day – May 8th

To honour the memory of the founder of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant, World Red Cross Day is celebrated on May 8th which marks Mr Dunant's date of birth, 1828.

International Day of Families – May 15th

The International Day of Families' reflects the importance the international community attaches to families. The International Day provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting families'.

The 2014 theme for this International Day is 'Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals; International Year of the Family + 20'.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – May 17th

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) aims at raising awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide. The signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union both took place on 17 May, accordingly, WTISD marks their anniversary.

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – May 21st

On this day the aim is to try to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and we are encouraged to reflect on the importance of inter-cultural dialogue and inclusion so that we can  learn how to better live together. According to the UN, ¾ of the largest conflicts in the world have a cultural dimension, wherefore bridging the gap between cultural differences is a necessity for peace, stability and development. World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers – May 29th

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers serves two purposes; 'to honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace'; and 'to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage'.

On this day the Dag Hammarskjöld medal is also posthumously awarded to members of peacekeeping operations who have lost their lives during service with a peacekeeping operation under the United Nations operational control and authority.  

A selection of peace conferences and talks

Why War? Peace Studies in the 21st Century – May 1-3rd, Peace Studies International Conference  University of Bradford, UK

Peace, Global Health and Sustainability – May 2-4th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

International “Arts for Peace” Festival 2014  - May 4th,Hong Kong

International Conference on Dialogue for Peace, Security and Human Rights – May 17th, Tehran, Iran

Workshop on Just War Theory May 21st, Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, Stockholm, Sweden

Wallenberg Public Lecture on the Ethics of War and PeaceMay 23rd, Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, Stockholm, Sweden

Borders Without Boundaries May 28-29th, Canadian Peace Research Association Annual Conference, Brock University, St. Catharines, Canada

Other Peace activities

Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty Preparatory Committee - 28th April-9th May, New York, USA

Post-2015 Development Orientation and Briefing Programme I Geneva – May 2nd, Geneva, Switzerland

MY World Global Week of Action - 5-11th May, The United Nations Global Survey for a Better World

New York Street Retreat – May 8-11th, Zen Peacemakers, New York, USA

Oslo Business for Peace Award 2014 – May 15th, The Business for Peace Foundation, Oslo City Hall, Norway

Women, Peace and Security Workshop - 15th May, Canberra, ACT, Australia

MTN Kigali Peace MarathonMay 18th, Kigali, Rwanda.


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