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The IYCP was launched officially in New Delhi on 14 September at a function at UNESCO future premises, organized jointly by UNESCO, the United Nations and the Indian National
Commission. The message of UN Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan was read by the Director of United Nations Information Centre and the message of the Director General was read by the Director of UNESCO Office in New Delhi. The inaugural address was given by the Education Secretary, Government of India. Also present were the Secretaries of Department of Science and Technology and Department of Youth Affairs and Sports. Almost 300 people came representing different sectors of the society, i.e. Government, NGOs, diplomatic missions, media, etc. The six points of the Manifesto 2000 were read by the audience, followed by a cultural performance by India's leading dancer Sonal Mansingh, which was both moving and beautiful.
On 15 September 1999, 1500 school children from 25 schools in and around Delhi participated in a Peace March to celebrate the International Peace Day. Setting off from India Gate, the heart of the capital and chanting peace slogans" Where peace fails, war prevails" "Peace for all and all for peace" and "Peace is in our hands" -the children signed and pledged themselves to the 6 points of Manifesto 2000 at Vijay Chowk in front of the Presidential Palace. (photos)
Until now the UNESCO New Delhi Office has been successful in getting 1700 signatures on the Manifesto 2000 and in collaboration with Nehru Yuva kendra (an autonomous organization under Department of Youth Affairs and Sports) they hope to mobilize another 8 million signatures. During the year, various seminars, talk shows, cultural shows, sporting events and other school and community activities are expected to be carried out for the IYCP, and that publicity will be generated through television spots and publicity pages in newspapers.
The confederation of UNESCO Clubs and Associations of India -CUCAI printed and circulated the Manifesto 2000 and requested its over 500 member UNESCO Clubs to sign it, make more copies and distribute to others.
CUCAI together with the Centre of Culture for United Nations has taken initiative in forming an Indian Committee for the Culture of Peace in which top artists, poets, writers, religious leaders and statesmen have jointed hands to work for the Culture of peace.
Although there are no plans to mark the launch of the IYCP on 14 September, there are many initiatives in Indonesia within the framework of culture of peace. Posters and stickers are being distributed in large numbers to schools and the general public via the Youth Ambassadors for Peace, students from Trisakti and Atmajaya Universities and the members of the Inter-School Forum on Non-Violence. Beginning in October an activity called "faces of peace" will be organized in Central Jakarta, including a poetry contest for Senior High Schools and creation of objects contest for Technical Schools. A nation-wide activity for the promotion of peace and non-violence will be organized in December.
The major information agencies and newspapers received a press release on the occasion of the official launching of the lYCP as well as the historical background of this event. Moreover in Kazakhstan some ASP schools conducted different activities at school level such as essays and drawing contests, round tables for students.
In July 1999, the new capital of Kazakhstan -Astana -was awarded with the UNESCO Cities of Peace Prize and the President of Republic sent a message to Mr Mayor expressing his country's great interest in the celebration of the IYCP.
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