The World March for Peace and Nonviolence will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth and the day declared by the U.N. as the “International Day of Nonviolence”, and conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. Throughout the three months, the march will “pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summers of the tropics and deserts to the winter of Siberia. A permanent base of one hundred people of different nationalities will complete the journey”. 

This march has been initiated by World Without Wars, an international organisation that has been working for 15 years in the fields of pacifism and nonviolence. It is calling for “all people to unite efforts and take responsibility for changing the world, to overcome their personal violence and to work in their immediate environments and as far as their influence may reach”. The organisers have invited all people, organisations, collectives, groups, political parties, businesses etc who share their aspiration for awakening a consciousness of nonviolence (that seeks to extinguish violent practices in ALL of their manifestations, whether physical, economic, racial, psychological, religious, sexual etc) to enrich the World March with their own local initiatives. In the material sphere, the World March demands full nuclear disarmament and the progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons. The World March for Peace and Nonviolence has already inspired initiatives for sister marches, forums, conferences and other consciousness-raising events that will occur throughout the 3-month March period. For more information on how you or your organisation can participate, you can visit the website at http://www.theworldmarch.org

 The World March for Peace and Nonviolence has already gathered an impressive list of endorsements from international peace activists, politicians, religious authorities and other public figures. At its heart, however, the World March is a march “by and for the people” and it hopes to reach most of the world’s population. In the words of the organisers, this is “the first time in history an event of this magnitude is being set in motion through the initiative of the people. The true strength of the World March is born from the simple conscious act of those who endorse this dignified cause and share it with others”. True and lasting peace demands the cultivation of a deep feeling of solidarity amongst all the peoples of the world and a shared understanding that through our combined efforts we can demand and create the peaceful world we seek. It also demands that the ethos that animates our institutions, be they political, economic, social etc, be based upon the principle of nonviolence toward all other human beings. The World March specifically sets out to cultivate this solidarity and promote this ethos and we wholeheartedly support its efforts and goals. 

For more information go to: http://www.theworldmarch.org

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