Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Text For Peace

If hearing that the shortest man in the world recently got to hang out with the woman with the longest legs in world didn't excite you today then maybe this announcement will:

"Dear Friends,

With the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE on 21 September just around the corner, the United Nations Office of the National Spiritual Assembly invites you to participate in the campaign for the International Day of Peace.

The UN General Assembly established the Day in 1981, for “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace…”. Twenty years later, the General Assembly declared 21 September as the date to observe annually a “day of global ceasefire and non-violence.” The Day of Peace is observed around the world every year by UN offices and peacekeeping operations, and non-governmental organizations, among others.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will ring the Japanese Peace Bell at UN Headquarters on Friday, 19 September at 9:30 a.m. along with UN Messengers of Peace HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall and Midori Goto.

To mark this Day this year the United Nations just launched its global ‘TXT 4 PEACE’ campaign where EVERYONE can tell WORLD LEADERS how to achieve PEACE via text messaging.

Txt ‘PEACE’ + your message to 69866 (160 characters max, number for the U.S. only) or go to www.peaceday2008.org to view the messages or send a message online from anywhere in the world!

The United Nations Department of Public Information will gather the messages and pass them on to the world’s leaders when they meet for the opening of the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York on 23 September!

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recorded a video message and asked everyone to take part. Have a look and find more information on www.un.org/events/peaceday/2008.

Additional materials such as a poster in six languages and promotional cards for the text messaging campaign in the US are available for your own distribution. Should you need posters or cards in hard copy, please contact Melanie Nolte at nolte@un.org or +1 (917) 367 0262 and they would be happy to send them to you.

You can also join our Txt4Peace' page on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Day-of-Peace/36679489240), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/txt4peace), hi5 ( http://txt4peace. hi5.com/ ) or Twitter (http://twitter. com/TXT4PEACE) to receive immediate news and updates on events.

So, mark your calendar, join the campaign and tell everybody about it! We hope we can deliver as many messages as possible to the world’s leaders on 23 September!"

I've yet to figure out how to send a text message. I know that disqualifies me from running for president but I wasn't interested in the job anyway. I will do my part by blogging about peace before the big day arrives (on Sunday I'll still be living out of boxes).

I encourage all the readers of Baha'i Thought to get your text on for the International Day of Peace. Tell our world leaders to stop goofing around and do what's necessary for world peace!