Youth for Peace Welcomed The World March for Peace and Nonviolenc
(Morocco, October 4, 2009) — The World March for Peace and Nonviolence arrives in Oujda city Morocco on October 4. It is the first worldwide march and involves more than one million people. The marchers have taken their message of peace and nonviolence to some of the past and present zones of conflict: Hiroshima, the Korean Demilitarized zone, the border of Pakistan and India, Israel and Palestine, and the Balkan countries.
Youth for Peace orgnized many activities in this occasion such us a Peace forum for Youth,The programme included a short speech about the World March, a drawing workshop for children on the theme of peace and non-violence,planting a peace pole in oujda Park.
Setting out from New Zealand on October 2nd – the International Day of Nonviolence – this historic 93-day march has already traveled for sixty days through fifty countries on four continents. They have met with presidents of Finland, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and have been blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. An international delegation of the World March participated at the 10th Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Berlin, and the March was entrusted with disseminating their “Charter for a World Without Violence.”
Simultaneously, an unprecedented social mobilization has been taking place in support of the March, with forums, festivals, exhibits, concerts, sport events, and conferences held in more than 350 cities. The youth have been inspired, creating the largest peace sign in the Philippines with 12,000 children, a mile-long “Peace Wall” in Chile and the largest peace flag in Italy.
The March calls for the end of wars and the abolition of nuclear weapons. According to Chris Wells, the US spokesperson, “It aims to create a global consciousness, similar to what has already happened with climate change, that universally condemns all forms of violence.”
There is no shortage of prominent people and newsmakers who have endorsed the March including Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and other Nobel Peace Prize winners, Noam Chomsky, eleven presidents, hundreds of world leaders, celebrities such as Yoko Ono, Penelope Cruz, Cate Blanchett, Martin Sheen and Viggo Mortensen.
The March was initiated by “World Without Wars,” an international organization launched by the Humanist Movement that has been working for 15 years in the field of disarmament and nonviolence.