When we last caught up with Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff, the founders of the homegrown PeaceJam, they were on their way to Guatamela, to spend December 21, 2012 -- that important date on the Mayan calendar -- with Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Mayan elders and hundreds of indigenous youth leaders.
Next stop: The United Nations.
At noon Wednesday, February 20, the U.N.'s Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action will host a brown-bag lunch event at which Engle will discuss "The Global Call to Action Campaign -- a Billion Simple Acts of Peace."
That's the campaign that PeaceJam announced when it held its tenth anniversary celebration in 2006, an event that brought thirteen Nobel laureates and thousands of kids to Denver for a weekend of workshops, speeches and concerts. And at the close of the festivities, PeaceJam and the Nobels announced that they were committed to inspiring a billion acts of peace over the next dozen years.
Six years later, Engle's ready to give a progress report. Here's the description of the U.N. program:
The PeaceJam Foundation's Global Call to Action Campaign began as a dialogue between thirteen leading Nobel Peace Laureates who came together to consider the root causes of the many problems facing humanity and the steps they would recommend be taken in order to create a better world. This dialogue began during the tenth anniversary of the PeaceJam Foundation, which was the largest gathering of Nobel Peace Laureates ever held in U.S. history. The PeaceJam Foundation launched this ambitious campaign in 2008 with the Nobel Peace Laureates calling for ONE BILLION acts of service and peace by the year 2018.
This session will explore the development of The Global Call to Action as a unique and international movement authentically engaging young people in the process of working together to solve the most pressing issues of our time. In small groups and clubs, in cities and in villages, Global Call to Action groups are tackling important problems facing our planet - and they are making a difference. This campaign and the efforts of the PeaceJam Foundation have already resulted in nearly two million service projects being implemented by over one million youth across the globe. The campaign is now being expanded, and an international coalition is being invited to join in.
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