21 September 2002

IDP Vigil in Central Park

About the International Day of Peace Vigil
Last year, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed resolution (A/RES/55/282) designating September 21st of each year as an International Day of Peace.  The intention of the resolution is to have the entire world observe a day of  peace and nonviolence.  All peoples and organizations were invited to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner.

A small group representing a wide variety of religious and spiritual traditions has committed to the task of working with other like-minded individuals and groups for an International  Day of Peace Vigil with the following objective:

"To encourage the observation of a worldwide, 24-hour vigil for peace and nonviolence on the International Day of Peace, Saturday, 21 September 2002 in every house of  worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals, and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world."
This global 24-hour Vigil is meant to demonstrate the power of prayer and other spiritual observations in promoting peace and preventing violent conflict. These worldwide spiritual vigils will also help raise public awareness of the International Day of Peace and directly support the establishment of a peace. Individuals and groups are invited to support this worldwide initiative by committing to hold a 24-hour vigil on 21 September 2002.

Please visit www.idpvigil.com for more about the International Day of Peace Vigil.

About the IDP Vigil Observance in Central Park
New York City, like many other cities throughout the world, will observe the International Day of Peace (IDP) Vigil on September 21.  The IDP Vigil, established to encourage the observation of a worldwide, 24-hour vigil for peace and non-violence in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, will be observed by a special event in Central Park on that date.  The organizers, a consortium of individuals and Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), invite all men, women, and children to join in this momentous event.  Central Park, the heart of New York City’s bustling metropolis and diverse population, provides the ideal venue for the IDP Vigil to assemble and gather peoples from different religions, ethnicities, and cultures.

The International Day of Peace Vigil seeks to emphasize the spiritual dimension of peace and has the support of numerous interfaith, religious, spiritual and peace-based organizations throughout the world.  In addition to demonstrating the power of prayer and other spiritual observations in promoting peace and preventing violent conflict, these worldwide spiritual vigils will also help raise public awareness of the International Day of Peace and directly support the establishment of a global ceasefire.

Many peace-based NGO’s and individuals, representing a wide variety of religious and spiritual traditions, support this event.  The event will feature representatives and leaders from a variety of local, national, and international organizations.

Location
Central Park Bandshell, which may be accessed from the Park’s East 72nd Street entrance.
Click here to see a map of Central Park.

Schedule of Events
6:00 – 7:00 AM Bandshell and area setup and preparation (volunteers needed)
7:00 – 9:00 AM Musical observances, including choral singers and  bagpipes
Dance performances
Healing arts, such as meditation, yoga, and chi-gong
Religious blessing and prayers
Martial art performances
9:00 – 11:30 AM Formal presentations and speeches by distinguished guests
World Peace Prayer Ceremony
Additional music and dance performances
Ongoing youth activities
11:30 AM – noon Clean-up activities (volunteers needed)

Volunteers
The IDP Vigil Central Park event is actively seeking volunteers to assist with the day’s activities and events.  If you are interested in contributing your time and effort to this event, please send your name, phone number, and email address to the contact person listed below.  Submit a brief description of how you would like to participate, including any professional, organizational, technical, or other skills that you can provide.  Please also include the best time to contact you.

Important Information for Presenters and Performers
A public announcement system will be available for use at the Central Park Bandshell only between 9:00 and 11:30 AM.  The bandshell is designed to maximize sound acoustics without the use of a public announcement system.  Performers on stage between 7:00 and 9:00 AM will not need the P.A. system.  All presenters and performers are responsible for the transportation, set-up, and security of their own equipment.  All volunteers, performers, and presenters are not covered by event insurance; the organizers of the IDP Vigil event in Central Park will not be held liable.

Contact
Susana Bastarrica, bastarrica@un.org
Karen Serota, kks36@aol.com
Steven Huang, stevenphuang@yahoo.com

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