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Although Norway did not plan a special event for 14 September, the Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik has written to the UNESCO Director-General indicating his support for the IYCP and the Manifesto 2000, and that there will be a number of activities planned in Norway during the Year 2000 to mark the IYCP.
Le Président de la république, Jorge Sampaio, a été le premier signataire du Manifeste 2000, suivi par de nombreuses personnalités réunies à l'occasion du lancement de l'AICP à Belem. M. Sampaio a longuement commenté le texte du Manifeste, traduit en portugais par la Commission nationale, et a rappelé l'importance d'un engagement personnel pour la paix et la tolérance quand les souffrances de la population de Timor Est son à la une de l'actualité internationale. La presse nationale a consacré divers articles à cet événement et certains quotidiens ont publié les messages de M. Federico Mayor et de M. Kofi Annan.
The opening day of the IYCP, in Kazan, capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, on 14 September, was marked by a solemn procession through the central streets of the city and a concert at the central square, bringing together representatives of Muslim and Orthodox confessions. This also marked the official opening of the Institute of the Culture of Peace, which is sponsored by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic in agreement with the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. The institute will be one of the first in the world to specialize in the training of peace promoters.
In Moscow, a "Week for the Culture of Peace" was launched for more than 1400 schools, including gathering of signatures on the Manifesto 2000 by more than 25 schools of the Associated Schools Project in the region and involving Young peace-makers teams in more than 17 schools.
A major mobilization of the media is underway with live television presentations by the Director of the UNESCO Office to both the "ORT", the Russian central TV channel, and the "Culture" Channel. Interviews have been given as well to "Moscow News" (circulation 118,000), "Obtchaya" weekly (100,000), "Today" newspaper (60,000), and the "Independent" newspaper (50,000).
A conference on "Peace and consent in the North-Caucasian region: way to reach" was organized by the Grozny Center of the Culture of Peace and Non-violence located in Moscow. It brought together intellectuals from Daghestan and Chechnya, areas of conflict in that region.
A celebration ceremony and presentation of the Manifesto 2000 were held by the Moscow Office, the National Commission and the Inter-regional Library Cooperation Center in Moscow.
On September 14, the International Institute "Youth for the Culture of Peace and Democracy" and the Youth Institute (Moscow), launched a widescale campaign in the framework of preparation and realization of the IYCP. Their working day at the institute began by reading the Appeal of the Nobel Peace Prize winner M. Gorbachev to the students of the Youth Institute and YCPDII. In his Appeal Mikhail Gorbachev focused on particular importance of the Culture of Peace for the future of mankind and called on young people to master it. A press conference was convened in Moscow on this occasion. The tragic events of the recent days in Buinaksk and Moscow have stressed the urgent need to replace the culture of war with the culture of peace.
On the eve of the start of the IYCP "The International East European University" of Izhevsk, region of Ural, specialised in the humanities sciences, expressed the desire for cooperation with UNESCO. The University launched the promotional campaign for the support of the Manifesto 2000.
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