JCI Peace Week 2016: From Conflicts to Positive Change

“It is not enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it is not enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

 

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Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq – conflicts have become part of our daily global news coverage. So much so that we have become too accustomed to seeing gruesome details of suicide bombings or violent resistance on TV. With the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe countries seek to shut their borders offering more and more nationalistic policies in a hopeless attempt to counter such developments, not realising that such xenophobic rhetoric only fuels those conflicts.

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a non-profit made up of young people from over 120 countries encouraging members to become responsible citizens and to participate in efforts towards social and economic development.

Seeing the need to raise awareness of the importance of peace even in Europe, 3 years ago JCI London decided to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace with a week’s worth of peace building activities. This year JCI London’s fourth International Peace Conference in collaboration with the JCI Peace Is Possible Campaign will run during JCI Peace Week from 19-26 September 2016 (further info below).

Our vision: To unite stakeholders from all sectors of society toward the mobilisation of young people worldwide to create awareness, advocate, take action and commit to sustainable world peace.

 

The International Peace Conference – “From Conflicts to Positive Change” 


When: Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 18:30 
Where: Thistle Hotel, The Kingsley, 37 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SD
What: Our International Peace Conference will bring together 10 thought leaders, who all make a positive impact at different levels across different sectors, from Nobel Peace Prize Nominees to social entrepreneurs.

Panelist discussions and opportunities to ask these global leaders questions will provide for a thought provoking and inspiring evening.

Advanced tickets from £10 - £20

All profits from ticket sales will be donated to a charity committed to global peace.

 

Check out their website and Facebook. More details here: 

Tickets are available here

Conference event: https://www.facebook.com/events/932265373584066/

Previous years: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8AuaQ_HbOU

JCI London commits for Peace: http://bit.ly/2bvoArG

 

The UN International Day of Peace

When: Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Where: Trafalgar Square, 18:00

Increased awareness of the UN International Day of Peace creates action which can reduce violence and gun crime. In 2008, the UN recorded a 70% reduction of violence in Afghanistan on that day (source: UN Department of Safety and Security).

Our goal is to bring everyone together to celebrate and raise awareness of this day.

A Free Hug Event will therefore take place on Trafalgar Square. This event in the name of Peace and Solidarity will be performed together with other Peace organisations (Peace One Day, JCI’s London2Ghanna and JCI’s Refugees projects amongst others). It is an excellent opportunity to speak about your association and promote your actions about peace in London. Join us! 

This event will be performed together with other Peace organisations (Peace One Day, JCI’s London2Ghanna and JCI’s Refugees projects amongst others). It is an excellent opportunity to speak about your association and promote your actions about peace in London. Join us! 

 

International JCI Peace Photo/Video Challenge

When: 19-26 September 2016

Where: Online – worldwide

We are creating an international video promoting our peace project involving both JCI chambers and people from around the world. We want to showcase what peace means to people. The video will be released on via social media.

Call to action! Take a group picture with the Peace Week & Peace Is Possible logos (attached) or record a video for peace and send it to [email protected]

Please get in touch for any further information about Peace Week or JCI London via [email protected]  or visit our website londonpeaceweek.org for further information.

 

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Peace certainly is a possibility – it is up to us to make it happen.

 

Oliver Rieche - JCI Peace Week Deputy Director, One Young World Ambassador

On behalf of the JCI Peace Week 2016 team Marine Klein, Shahina Jaffer, Sophie Ramusat, Adeline Breton and Laura PB