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OAS Celebrates Peace Week September 20-26

  September 18, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS) is organizing a series of events from September 20 - 26 in celebration of 2010's Peace Week. The annual event highlights the role of the Organization as well as its predecessor agencies in the development of peace instruments, peace building and conflict resolution efforts over the past decades.

Peace Week will begin on Monday, September 20, with the inauguration of the OAS Virtual Library of Peace Initiatives that includes various electronic resources compiled by Columbus Memorial Library, as well as the launching of the book, "Peace, Democracy and Conflict Resolution," prepared by the OAS Department of Democratic Sustainability and Special Missions. To access the virtual library, visit here.

International Peace Day will be celebrated September 21st with a forum that will feature a debate on the Peace missions held by the OAS over the last two decades. Forum speakers include the Chiefs of Mission of Nicaragua, Suriname, Haiti, Colombia, and Belize-Guatemala, among others. The half-day forum will be held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC. The forum's agenda is available here.

On September 22 and 23 in Washington, DC, the OAS is holding a course titled, "Peace, Democracy, and Conflict Revolution," that will feature the organization's experts in those areas. They will analyze case studies and will debate their interrelation with other subject matters, such as human rights, gender equality, security and confidence-building measures. The program for this conference is available here.

Finally, the OAS will hold an activity focused on helping children become conscious of the importance of peace. Chalk4Peace will take place on September 25 at the OAS Main Building. This event incentivizes young artists of all ages to create messages and images to materialize their visions of peace.

For additional information about Peace Week celebrations, please visit here

WHAT: OAS celebrates Peace Week

WHEN: Monday, September 20 to Saturday, September 25

WHERE: OAS Main Building

17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Reference: AVI-238/10