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Meaningfulworld United Nations International Day of Peace

To celebrate ATOP Meaningfulworld’s 30th anniversary and the United Nations International Day of Peace, Meaningfulworld has planned an exciting program to be held at the majestic and historic Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

The topic of this program is “Forgiveness for Peace: Upholding The Sustainable Development Goals to Heal Our World,” which directly coincides with Sustainable Development Goal #16 “Peace Justice and Strong Institutions,” calling for inclusive societies, access to justice for all, as well as effective and accountable institutions. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals broadly cover all the critical social and economic development issues which continue to be problematic throughout the world. The SDG’s aspire to create a more just and peaceful world by targeting key issues to eradicate poverty, hunger, and disease; ensure education, clean water, sanitation, health care, gender equality and social justice for all; and protect the world from the deleterious impact of climate change.

ATOP/Meaningfulworld is a humanitarian organization affiliated with the United Nations and is committed to helping foster peace and forgiveness through its educational programs, humanitarian relief missions around the world in 46 countries and 25 states in the USA, and establishing Peace and Forgiveness Gardens throughout the world.

Meaningfulworld’s International Day of Peace Celebration will include mindfulness and meditation with Dr. Douglas Scherer, a musical welcome by Sato Moughalian, a musical interlude by Peter Jam, and an historical overview of the International Day of Peace by His Excellency, Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury. The celebration will also host a number of speakers; Dr. Peter Coleman, Professor at Columbia University and Executive Director at The Earth Institute, Reverend Dan Matthews, rector emeritus of historic Trinity Church, Wall Street, and Dr. Ani Kalayjian, founder and President of Meaningfulworld and professor at Columbia Teachers College, with Dean Clifton Daniel of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as discussant.

In addition, Peace Awards will be presented to an NGO, Larisa Hovannisian, Teach for Armenia; Youth, Haile Thomas, Academics, Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Dr. Peter Coleman, of Columbia University, as well as a United Nations Ambassador for the work each has done to help the world move towards Peace and Forgiveness.

Meaningfulworld will also present a photo exhibit demonstrating their 30 years of humanitarian relief efforts around the world in areas including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus, and South America. The exhibit will be shown from September 10-30th.

This event is free and open to the public. For full description of this event, please view this PDF and the Meaningfulworld website.