2011 Archive News

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced. Mr Kim, who has led the communist nation since the death of his father in 1994, died on a train while visiting an area outside the capital, the announcement said. He suffered a stroke in 2008 and was absent […]

Tributes have been flooding in from around the world following the death of the Czech Republic’s first President, Vaclav Havel. The former dissident playwright, who was 75, died on Sunday morning after a prolonged period of bad health. US President Barack Obama said Mr Havel had “helped to unleash tides of history that led to […]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the resumption of the European Union-facilitated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, saying he is encouraged by the adoption of the agreement on border controls reached last week.The adoption of the EU’s “Integrated Border Management (IBM) Agreed Conclusions” in Brussels on Friday is expected to pave the way for the normalisation of […]

Late Night Art A new initiative to encourage visitors to experience Belfast’s rich and diverse cultural life is the art gallery scheme whereby many galleries in Belfast will remain open until 9pm on the first Thursday of each month. Many exhibitions, artist talks and promotions are planned during these open evenings and many of Belfast’s […]

Former Libyan rebels are still holding about 7,000 prisoners, the United Nations says. The detainees are being held without access to legal process because the police and courts are not functioning, and some may have been tortured. Many are sub-Saharan Africans suspected of being mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime. The UN said the new […]

Sporadic clashes have continued overnight between demonstrators and security forces in the Egyptian capital as protests enter a fourth day. At least 13 people died and hundreds were injured over the weekend as troops launched a major assault to clear Cairo’s Tahrir Square of protesters. The unrest casts a shadow over elections due to start […]

Organisers of the Confucius Peace Prize – China’s alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize – say they are determined to give the award to Vladimir Putin, despite opposition from Beijing. The Culture Ministry announced earlier that the award would not be given this year and disbanded the prize committee. But committee member Qiao Damo, a […]

UN human rights chief Navi Pillay has called for an investigation into the bombing of a refugee camp in South Sudan, which became independent in July. The UN has accused Sudan of carrying out the attack in oil-rich Unity state, just south of the border. Khartoum, which is fighting pro-southern rebels on its side of […]

The UN cultural organisation has voted strongly in favour of membership for the Palestinians – a move opposed by Israel and the United States. Out of 173 countries voting, 107 were in favour, with 14 opposed and 52 abstentions. Before the vote, the US said it would stop its funding to Unesco if the Palestinians’ […]

Nato’s mission over Libya is due to formally come to an end at one minute to midnight Libyan time on Monday. It follows the unanimous vote last week at the UN Security Council to end internationally military operations after seven months. In March, the council had authorised “all necessary measures” to protect civilians. The UN […]

A new play developed by Springboards New Horizons participants and B-Dramatic is set to have the first official performance this November. This ground breaking play is based on the personal experiences of the Northern Ireland conflict through young peoples eyes. The venue is Farset International, 466 Springfield Road, Belfast at 7pm 17th November. If you […]

Britain has set an early Olympic record by getting all 193 UN member states to sponsor the traditional call for a truce during the London 2012 Games. There was no expectation that any country would vote against the appeal for warring parties around the world to temporarily cease hostilities, but British diplomats wanted to go […]

Former UN chief Kofi Annan will be among senior statesmen attending a conference on Basque separatism, seen as a possible prelude to the dissolution of Eta. The armed Basque separatist group called a ceasefire in January after more than four decades of violence. But Spanish politicians rejected the move, saying Eta remained a potential threat […]

The authorities in Burma have released dozens of prisoners, including political detainees, in an amnesty. They are reported to include Shin Gambira, a monk who led street marches in 2007 that were crushed by the military. A popular comedian, Zarganar, was among the first to be freed. He was arrested in 2008 after publicly criticising […]

Today, 10 October 2011 is World Mental Health Day, a yearly event celebrated around the world. The day was initiated by the World Federation for Mental Health to raise public awareness of mental health issues. It’s thought that around 154 million people around the world suffer from depression, so it’s likely that you or someone […]

The Ministry of Defence has launched a campaign to promote better awareness of the mental health injuries of war. Called “Don’t bottle it up”, it aims to remove the stigma from wounds that cannot be seen – and urges servicemen and women not to ignore warning signs. The charity Combat Stress says 85% of veterans […]

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded jointly to three women – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen. They were recognised for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”. Mrs Sirleaf is Africa’s first female elected […]

The International Red Cross has begun a huge distribution of aid to one million people in famine zones in Somalia controlled by Islamist militants. A continuous operation will transport the food in lorries from the coast deep into areas controlled by al-Shabab. The Red Cross says it is its biggest such operation anywhere in the […]

China and Russia have vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria over its crackdown on anti-government protesters. The European-drafted resolution had been watered down to try to avoid the vetoes, dropping a direct reference to sanctions against Damascus. But Moscow and Beijing said the draft contained no provision against outside military intervention in Syria. […]

Practical Models For Peace: Making a Difference Now October 27-30 , 2011 Wahat Al Salaam/Neve Shalom, Israel In the midst of frustration, impasse, and animosity, there is another story of practical hope and healing…. A new annual multi-disciplinary conference series promoting support for successful peace programs in Israel and Palestine Sponsored by: Common Bond Institute, […]

Yesterday during the International Day of Peace Springboard as part of the Peace Day Campaign events unveiled a new Peace Mural at Northumberland Street in Belfast. Situated between the “peace-line” gates. Measuring an impressive 10ft x 50ft the mural is a mosaic composite of close to 700 images representing peace, conflict and images of the […]

Belfast today celebrated the 30th anniversary of United Nations International Day of Peace on 21st September in a special ceremony in City Hall, led by Belfast’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Niall O’Donnaghaile. “This is a wonderful way for us to celebrate International Day of Peace” remarked the Lord Mayor After leading a minute’s silence at noon, […]

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day, which falls on 21 September. The theme for this year is “Peace and Democracy: Make your voice heard!” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that democracy is a core value of the UN, noting that it is crucial for human rights, provides channels for resolving differences, and […]

Launched in 2010, the second annual Inspiration Awards will be held at Belfast City Hall on the International Day of Peace – 21st September 2011.  The awards were created to celebrate Peace Day by acknowledging positive role models and their inspirational influence on others. The Special Inspiration Award has been especially created this year to […]

Sudan and South Sudan have signed an agreement on border crossings – the first accord between the two countries since the South’s independence in July. The two sides have agreed to open 10 border crossings to ease travel. Last week, South Sudan accused the north of damaging its economy through a cargo embargo, in place […]

If you are down in Belfast today you might have the opportunity to meet Percy the Peace Day Panda. Percy will be in the city centre raising awareness of the International Day of Peace and cannot be missed, as there is a big bunch of balloons trailing behind him for the kids. Percy will be […]

A new gate at an interface barrier – or “peace wall” – which has divided a north Belfast park since 1994 was opened on today. The Alexandra Park fence was put up to try to stop sectarian fighting. It is thought to be the only park in western Europe with a three-metre high fence running […]

Launched in 2010, the second annual Inspiration Awards will be held at Belfast City Hall on the International Day of Peace – 21st September 2011.  The awards were created to celebrate Peace Day by acknowledging positive role models and their inspirational influence on others.   The Celebrity Inspiration Award recognises a public figure who has […]

15 September 2011 – The United Nations today marked the annual International Day of Peace with tributes to those working to build a better future as well as a call to people everywhere to make their voices heard to strengthen peace and democracy. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day, which falls […]

Today marks the opening of the first Making a Difference exhibition, as part of this years celebration of the UN International Day of Peace Springboard Opportunities has took this years theme of “Make Your Voice Heard” and empowered young people to nominate those they felt had made a positive difference to their lives and/or the […]

As part of this years Peace Day celebrations Springboard are honouring six positive role models who have been nominated by young people as making an outstanding contribution to their local community / friends / neighbours or individuals. At the beginning of 2011 approximately 100 young people from Springboard’s Wider Horizons programmes were asked to nominate […]

Have you visited the Peace Day shop recently? If not we are happy to tell you all about the new items added for supporting the campaign. Among our mainstay products such as the Keyrings and Wristbands we have just added the new design of pin badges, luscious apple smelling car air fresheners, new polo shirts […]

As part of the Peace Day events this year Springboard are hosting a 5 a side football tournament at Queens PEC, Belfast. Entry fee is £20 per team and is open to a wide range of teams, all male, all female, mixed gender etc. players must be over 16 years of age. Closing date was […]

Springboard’s Peace Day Campaign is very pleased to announce that Dame Mary Peters has become an ambassador for the campaign. Originally from Liverpool, Dame Mary moved to Northern Ireland as a child and has considered it home ever since. After her success at the 1972 Munich Olympics, she strived to encourage young people in Northern […]

This Saturday saw the 3rd annual sponsored Peace Day Spin, for those of you out there like me who are not in the least bit fitness minded a Spin class is “a form of high-intensity exercise using a stationary exercise bike which uses a flywheel to simulate riding positions including hill climbs, sprints, interval training […]

The Israeli defence minister has said he “regrets” the deaths of Egyptian policemen on the Gaza border after Cairo moved to recall its ambassador. Without confirming Israeli forces had killed the five policemen, Ehud Barak said he had ordered a joint inquiry to be held along with the Egyptian army. He said his forces had […]

Peace Day Campaign is very pleased to announce that Eamonn Holmes, one of the most recognized faces and voices in broadcasting as became an ambassador for for the campaign. Eamonn whose journalistic career spans 30 years currently hosts the 3-hour “Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes” programme on Sky News. Outside of his early starts, Eamonn continues […]

On 11 December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly made history when it adopted the Swedish-sponsored GA Resolution A/63/L.49 on the Strengthening of the Coordination of Emergency Assistance of the United Nations, that amongst other important humanitarian decisions, decided to designate 19 August as World Humanitarian Day (WHD). The Resolution gives, for the first time, […]

The UN is to send a humanitarian mission to Syria on Saturday to assess the situation there after Damascus’ violent crackdown on protesters. The UN humanitarian chief said Damascus had pledged the mission “will have full access to where we want to go”. Earlier, the US and several major EU nations urged Syria’s President Bashar […]

An 11-year-old Ghanaian schoolboy has so far raised more than $500 (£300) for victims of the famine in Somalia. Andrew Andasi launched his campaign last week after watching footage of people walking in search of food. He told the BBC he wanted to raise a total of $13m during his school holidays from private donations. […]

Springboard’s Peace Day Campaign is proud to announce that Patrick Kielty has become an ambassador of our campaign to raise awareness of the UN International Day of Peace. Patrick will be known to most of you as one of the best stand-up comedians from Northern Ireland back from his days at The Empire. He has […]

Thousands of Palestinian refugees have been forced to flee a camp in the Syrian port of Latakia amid shelling by government troops, the UN says. A spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works agency (Unrwa) told the BBC that more than 5,000 of the 10,000 refugees were on the move. He said at least […]

Springboard’s Peace Day Campaign is proud to announce that Ben Clarke has become an ambassador of our campaign to raise awareness of the UN International Day of Peace. Ben who will be known to most of you as a candidate on the BBC show The Apprentice in 2009 shared the following quote for us: “When […]

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has repeated a pledge to reduce reliance on nuclear power, as people mark the 66th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. Thousands gathered at the city’s peace memorial to observe one minute’s silence in memory of the 140,000 killed by the US atomic attack in 1945. Mr Kan used the occasion […]

The former Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri who chaired the Northern Ireland peace talks has died. Mr Holkeri, who was 74, received an honorary knighthood from the Queen for his work. He co-chaired the multi-party talks that led to the historic Good Friday Agreement in 1998 along with former US Senator George Mitchell and retired […]

Thousands of people lined the streets of Belfast city centre for the annual Gay Pride parade on Saturday. Including some of our Peace Day Campaign members to give our support to what is best described as the most colourful parade of the year. Now in its 21st year, the Belfast parade is claimed to be […]

*story from BBC You might have thought the seemingly endless conflict for control of Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, would mean it is a place best avoided if you can help it. But for tens of thousands of Somalis hit by drought and now the threat of widespread famine, that danger is eclipsed by a glimmer of […]

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Kosovo voiced deep concern today about the ongoing situation in northern Kosovo and urged all sides to refrain from taking any actions that could exacerbate the situation. Ethnic Serbs attacked a border post today, according to media reports, while Kosovo police units were also reportedly involved in clashes after […]

We are happy to welcome you to the new, improved and exciting redesign of the Peace Day Campaign website. After becoming very very fond of our original campaign website we came to the conclusion that sadly after all the years going past and the never ending progression of technology it meant that our site looked […]

This resource kit looks at the topic “Communications, media and peacebuilding” from the angle of organizations engaging in peacebuilding and that want to use their communications work for enhancing these efforts. Learning designers, trainers and facilitators are the target audience for this resource kit: those engaging in learning processes with organizations – be they local […]

Israeli commandos have intercepted and boarded a boat trying to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Dignite-al Karama, the sole representative of an initial 10-vessel flotilla, had earlier been warned to change course. The Israeli military said the boat had been boarded peacefully. It was later escorted into the Israeli port of Ashdod. […]

Everybody remembers – and, indeed, needs – an inspirational figure who has played a signal role in their lives. Nelson Mandela has been that role model for countless people around the world. Mr Mandela has been a lawyer and a freedom fighter, a political prisoner, a peacemaker and president. A healer of nations and a mentor to […]

31/03/11 The European Social Network is organising the 19th European Social Services Conference in Warsaw from 6-8 July in partnership with the Polish Presidency of the EU. This year’s theme is “Building an Active and Caring Society: Innovation, Participation, Community”. The European Year of Volunteering 2011 is a challenging time for all those involved in […]

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