The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70
As we observe the world, its people and the challenges we all face in our time, a call goes out to all who have within them the seeds of Peace – to all who have an understanding of the One World shared by the One Humanity – knowing that we all have common needs and common goals within a rich diversity of expression – that there is room and sustenance sufficient for us all on this planet – that there is nothing to fight for or against when we know one another within the one body of Humanity. ”
~ Merle Stubbs, Seeds of Peace
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for 2018 is: “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” ~ Secretary-General António Guterres Human rights are everyone’s rights. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” ~Universal Declaration Article 3. These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. For more see: www.internationaldayofpeace.org
On Friday, September 21st, we invite you to take peace into the world. Forgive someone in your life, bring peace into your workplace, or organize a peace project.
Tune in to Peace Wave and Peace Dialogues in Maleny QLD
Cygnet Centre for Peacebuilding and Transformation is hosting a ‘Peace Dialogues’ event in Maleny on International Peace Day, to draw community together around practical peacebuilding strategies and the UN’s theme for this year ‘The Right to Peace.’ The day-long event (9.30am -2.30pm) centred around group dialogue and discussion of peacebuilding themes, will include a minute of silence at 12.00 Noon, as part of a ‘Peace Wave,’ travelling across the global time zones.
The Peace Wave was inaugurated on Peace Day 1984, by the NGO ‘Pathways to Peace,’ and offers individuals, organizations, communities and nations the opportunity to participate in a shared and practical act of peacebuilding on September 21. The potency of a synchronised minute of silence focussed on peace was demonstrated during WWII, when the entire British Nation was encouraged to observe a minute of silence at the time of the chiming of Big Ben at 9.00pm every evening.
We invite you to join us in strengthening the Peace Wave by tuning in for a minute of silence at 12.00 Noon on September 21. We would also welcome your subjective support for our event before or on the day. Further information can be obtained by emailing or phoning Cygnet at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0424 793 095.
24 Hour Global Meditation vigil
using the Great Invocation or another world prayer every 15 minutes.
Registration will be available from the beginning of September.
Choose how you want to create peace in the world.
You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you. You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.
You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, in school and around the dinner table.
You can reflect how each of us can stand up for rights, every day.
70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages – is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.
The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected. Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.
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The Spirit of Peace
The Spirit of Peace will, when the right time comes, vitalise the responsiveness of humanity, via the influence of the Hierarchy, to the will of God which has for basic intent the bringing of peace on earth. What is peace? It is essentially the establishing of right human relations, of synthetic rapport with its resultant cooperation, of correct interplay between the three planetary centres and an illumined, loving understanding of the will of God as it affects humanity and works out divine intent.”
The Externalisation of the Hierarchy page 161-2
When the Christ, the Avatar of Love, makes His reappearance then will the
‘Sons of men who are now the Sons of God withdraw Their faces from the shining light and radiate that light upon the sons of men who know not yet they are the Sons of God. Then shall the Coming One appear, His footsteps hastened through the valley of the shadow by the One of awful power Who stands upon the mountain top, breathing out love eternal, light supernal and peaceful, silent Will.
‘Then will the sons of men respond. Then will a newer light shine forth into the dismal, weary vale of earth. Then will new life course through the veins of men, and then will their vision compass all the ways of what may be.
‘So peace will come again on earth, but a peace unlike aught known before. Then will the will-to-good flower forth as understanding, and understanding blossom as goodwill in men.”
The Reappearance of the Christ page 14
Humanity on the verge of great things
We stand today on the verge of great things. Humanity is on its way with renewed impetus. It stands no longer at the crossroads, but irrevocable decisions have been made, and the race is moving forward along a path which will lead it eventually into light and peace. It will find its way into “the peace which passeth understanding” because it will be a peace which is independent of outer conditions and which is not based upon what present humanity defines as peace. The peace which lies ahead of the race is the peace of serenity and of joy—a serenity, based upon spiritual understanding; and a serenity is not an astral condition but a soul reaction. These qualities are not achieved as the result of disciplining the emotional nature, but demonstrate as a natural, automatic realignment. These two qualities of the soul—serenity and joy—are the indications that the soul, the ego, the One Who stands alone, is controlling or dominating the personality, circumstance, and all environing conditions of life in the three worlds.”
Esoteric Psychology Volume II, page 200
“Peace in our time As we observe the world, its people and the challenges we all face in our time, a call goes out to all who have within them the seeds of Peace – to all who have an understanding of the One World shared by the One Humanity – knowing that we all have common needs and common …” – read more commentary by Merle Stubbs
Discipleship in the New Age Volume I, page 359.