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The Bhutanese National Commission has publicized the television and radio spots from UNESCO, and is looking for sponsors to publish the precepts of a "culture of peace" in the telephone directory for the year 2000.
The IYCP and the Manifesto 2000 are supported at the highest government levels of Cambodia. The Manifesto 2000 has been signed by King Norodom Sihanouk. On 14 September a press conference was organized by the Cambodian National Commission and was attended by high government officials as well as Heads of the various UN agencies present in Cambodia. The main objective of the press conference was to diffuse the concept of culture of peace and to present the IYCP and the Manifesto 2000 as the opening of a media campaign to have the strongest possible impact on public opinion.
The presence of important personalities during the event as well as the importance of the event itself attracted members of the media. The ceremony for the launch of the IYCP was covered by journalists from the national TV, radio stations and newspapers.
During the press conference, national authorities announced major activities for the IYCP, including a National Conference on Culture of Peace (10-12 December 1999) involving high ranking personalities and the civil society as well as the "Angkor Wat Festival" to promote cultural diversity which is a basic aspect of a culture of peace.
The President of the People's Republic of China Jiang Zemin wrote to the UNESCO Director-General to support the IYCP and to offer the participation of relevant authorities in China to cooperate on a contribution to international television event that was planned for 14 September. TV Central of China (CCTV) has provided programmes of dance and music set at the Great Wall for use with the television broadcast now planned for later in September by RAI UNO Italy.
The ASP school, Mitiaro, celebrated the "World Day of Peace" on 15 September 1999 as a contribution to the IYCP. Activities included a prayer service, display of posters by all school students, poems by the youngest students, songs and speeches by older students, presentations by clubs and organizations and prizes. All are being recorded in booklet from and the winning contributions will be forwarded to Cook Islands Newspaper for publication. Their greetings to UNESCO closes with the following poem:
Peace is flowing like a river
Flowing out through you and me
Spreading out into the desert
Setting all the captives free.
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