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The network is growing fast! Thousands of volunteers are finding inspiration in this Association with collaborations between leaders around the world.

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152nd City of Peace: Mathare, Kenya

They know her as "Mama". Dedicated teacher Emily Makokha founded the Motherway Education Center, and now she and colleagues such as Michael Ochieng Nyawino have established Mathare, Kenya: City of Peace. Mathare is a slum area in Nairobi with 180,000 people, many in great poverty and need. "Mama" has followed her passion for delivering education to this at-risk area. The group's objectives are amazing, generous, practical, and will bring much peace to a very needy part of Kenya.


153RD City of Peace: Jenin, Palestine

IN PALESTINE, a gift to us all. We celebrate a city in northern Palestine as our first City of Peace in that part of the world. Jenin is the home base of Youth Initiative for Peace with leader Osama Rbayah saying, "we work to educate young people and all people in the importance of peace in their lives and we announce Palestine state peace to be the peace springboard to all the world... all the world deserve to live in peace." The announcement came on Christmas morning -- Peace, Om Shanti, Salaam, Shalom -- and all of us at International Cities of Peace wish you peace this year and offer good news about a rising grassroots movement to educate rather than retaliate.

154th City of Peace: Durango, Mexico

What better motto could a city of peace envision: "IN THE DEFENSE OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES TRAINING FOR WORK AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT." Generous of spirit and tireless in her work, Francis Francisca Fernandez and her colleagues have now established Durango City, Mexico as the 154th City of Peace. Francis is President at Federacion De Mujeres Trabajadoras De Oficios Varios Ac, an organization that provides food, medical attention and human rights advocacy for adults and children. I'm not sure how she stretches herself so far, but the photos and stories of her work are extensive and heartfelt. Her vision for the future is an example of how to ensure a person-to-person culture of peace.


155th City of Peace: Herat, Afghanistan

Welcome Abdul Bari Zarifi and his colleagues who have established -- through their amazing work in education and human rights -- the 3rd largest city in Afghanistan as a city of peace. Profound news! They have formed the Afghanistan 3rd Generation for Human Rights (AGHRO) and have been working for women's rights, education for children and providing basic necessities. A sophisticated program that might amaze and alter your view of this beleaguered country. Here is their mission in the director's words: "We felt the pain of war and we know the real necessity and meaning of peace. We are living in the middle of a war zone. Every day hundreds of our people are killing and being killed in front of our eyes. We want to put an end to this killing. We want to bring the voice of our people to the world, saying the Afghan nation wants peace. Afghans need constructive help to make peace a reality."


156th City of Peace: Banjul, The GAMBIA

Amidst the recent crisis in Gambia where a President would not give up power, peace prevailed due to the demand of the people for democracy. Welcome to Cheikh Top, who with other citizens of the Gambia have created Banjul: City of Peace. Their initiative Peace December "is our way of shining a more proverbial light into the darkness of winter by creating programming aimed directly at combating the darkness within our society. Instead of the darkness of violence, hatred and intolerance, we hope to promote the light of peace, respect, and diversity."

157th City of Peace: Kasonga-Lunda, D.R. Congo

Welcome to Saki k Jean Claude and his colleagues who have established Kasongo-Lunda, D.R. Congo as a city of peace. “Confronted with conflicts, divisions, regionalism, wars, violence of all kinds, endemic corruption,” said Jean Claude “we decided to create the Cercle des Jeunes Leaders pour la Paix(Circle of Young Leaders for Peace), CJLP in June 2008 in Kinshasa. A non-governmental organization (NGO / NPO involved in various fields PEACE, GENDER, GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT OF CONFLICT PREVENTION AND RECONCILIATION & NON-VIOLENCE, HUMAN RIGHTS AND RURAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (training, education, rehabilitation, supervision, safety food, community development, strengthening the technical and organizational capacity).Our actions for peace are carried out with several other independent, denominational and non-denominational organizations.”


158th City of Peace: Lafia, Nigeria

Free HIV/AIDs testing, dialogues on ethno-religious conflicts, youth training -- extraordinary real, on-the-ground peace work! Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State in Nigeria is now a city of peace due to the work of Emmanuel Peter Dadean and his colleagues. With extensive peace-building program, the Foundation for Peace and Meditation is a non-partisan and non-religious service group that helps adults and youth throughout the community. Dadean has a Masters in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the National Open University of Nigeria. Welcome to Dadean and fellow Nigerians. Build the peace in Africa!

159th City of Peace: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AMSTERDAM, 159! The Netherlands has a long legacy of peacemaking, and now Amsterdam's Mayor and Council has officially declared as an International City of Peace. Thanks to Mayor Eberhard van der Laan (a Mayor for Peace) as well as peace ambassador Catharina van Staveren who facilitated the Proclamation. Self-proclaiming as a city of peace is a powerful way for the large cities of the European Union to elevate their legacies of peace and to prevent the inaction that led to centuries of war. Remember history, yes, but to take action for peace is needed now more than ever. Please welcome and glorify the Netherland's and the City of Amsterdam's great legacy of safety, prosperity and quality of life!


160th City of Peace: Mambasa, D.R. Congo

This movement is definitely changing our future, especially in Africa! We welcome Aimé Waka and the students of the Bankoko Institute as well as the citizens of Mambasa who have established their community in D.R. Congo as a city of peace. Waka is headmaster at the Institute and has a vision to form four peace clubs with 72 schools peace leaders. They hope to train and provide peace education for 1600 students -- what an impact that will make on the Democratic Republic of Congo.

161st City of Peace: Islamabad, Pakistan

Welcome to Ambassador Rubina H. ALi and her colleagues of the Global Learning Trust, a multidisciplinary NGO/Trust which started its operations in Gawadar and later on expanded its operations with headquarters in Islamabad. "Our mission is to help build a vibrant community by providing accessible, Educational and Health Programs in an area that can enhance the quality of life for global citizens. We would foster services and activities that will encourage connections among neighbors and inspire civic involvement." Take a look at the extensive work for peace as they courageously declare Islamabad as a peace city.

162nd City of Peace: Berlin, Germany

 Welcome to Margret Hoffmann, Sandra Schiermeyer and all the citizens of Berlin, Germany, our newest City of Peace. Margret and her colleagues are from Clans of Peace, a movement dedicated to finding common purpose in healing, community, conscious business, and unity. Germany's capital is the second most populous urban area in the European Union. Botanical gardens, Sanssouci, Punk music, 138 museums, Berlin is where John F. Kennedy said "Ich bin ein Berliner!" and 26 years later the Wall came down! Celebrating and emphasizing the rich history and legacy of peacebuilding will inspire Berlin's future generations.


2017 Peace Day Theme

The official theme for International Day of Peace, 2017 has been approved by the United Nations Secretary General: "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All."

We hope all of our 160 Cities of Peace leaders begin to plan a celebration around September 21st this year. Whether it's a musical event or an art exhibit, a dialogue of faiths or teaching peace in schools, a Feast for Peace or a community soccer game, there are many ways to build the peace in your City. Use it to good ends. Keep us posted about your plans. Ever onward and upward!

U.N. Together Campaign Website

Feast for Peace Details

"Imagine" Magazine

Once again, the Cities of Peace Team in Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A. has shown great leadership in creating this new edition of IMAGINE magazine, dedicated to fostering a culture of peace in Sedona and beyond.

This is a brilliant production, elegantly designed, beautifully written and profound in its content. Congratulations to the Sedona International City of Peace Executive Committee. You can read the entire publication here:



Raising the Standard for the Global Peace Movement

Collaborations. Partnerships. Unity. These are the powers of association and cooperation that make all the difference to our pursuit of peace. Grassroots initiatives matched with government cooperation is what turns attempts into successes. Involving every sector of society -- the arts, civic leaders, all faiths, health care, academia, environmentalists, service groups, sports and recreation, business and technology, and safety and security -- unity is essential to achieving the kind of capacity and engagement essential to building the peace.

The objectives of each City of Peace are clear:

1. Grassroots engagement of all parts of the community
2. Effective, on-the-ground programs
3. Partnership with government leaders
4. Formal community Proclamation or Resolution
5. Promote the successes to sustain the work

A new peace movement is rising. The era of frustrating, ineffective, agenda-driven, "my way or highway" polarization is fading quickly. Too much is at stake. It is time to strategize, take action, and engage the entire community in building the peace.

Instead of depending on "absentee" peace building from abroad, leaders "in situ" who know their community's needs and solutions are taking the leading role. Their questions are to the point: "How can we community ensure safety for our children? How can we increase prosperity? How can we add to the quality of life for everyone no matter their circumstances?"

These leaders are utilizing the network's growing power and are, literally, changing the world. Our 162 Cities of Peace are doing important work every single day -- taking care of orphans and widows, building schools and peace parks, teaching nonviolent alternatives, living the Golden Rule. In 2017, we all need to raise the standard for progress. As the American educator Horace Mann said, "Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity." Justly so.

Together, we are succeeding beyond our expectatons. It is very exciting for all of us. Yet our growth will only be as successful as our ability to gain support. Can you help sustain this movement? Your donations are tax exempt. Each dollar helps a great deal.


Thanks to all city of peace leaders, donors, and those who would offer their best wishes for this miraculous movement toward creating a global culture of peace.

Sincerely and with respect,
Fred Arment

Executive Director
International Cities of Peace

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