For those of you "into" text messaging, here's an opportunity to "text for
Mike Abkin, Director of Operations
Peace Partnership International
-- associated with the Department of Public
Information of the United Nations
on.html> Invest in a culture of peace!
The United Nations launched a text messaging for peace campaign today,
urging cell phone users in the United States to compose peace messages to be
published on a website and delivered to world leaders gathered for the
General Assembly later this month.
One of the events promoting the International Day of Peace, held on 21
September to observe "a day of ceasefire and non-violence", encourages US
cell phone users to send 160-character text messages starting with the word
'PEACE' to phone number 69866.
The UN Department of Public information will collect the texts on a website
www.peaceday2008.org as well as send the messages to dignitaries attending
the UN General Assembly on 23 September.
"I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against
conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all,"
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on 29 August.
"Together let us send a powerful signal for peace that will be read, heard
and felt around the world," he added.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the General
Assembly, and this year the Secretary-General will ring the Japanese Peace
Bell at UN Headquarters on Friday, 19 September at noon to signal a minute
Attending the ceremony in New York will be Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein,
Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall and Midori Goto, who are all UN Messengers of
After the ceremony, students from schools around New York will hold a video
conference with their counterparts in Sudan, Afghanistan and Liberia.
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