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Peace

Rotary Commonwealth Peace Envoy (RCPE)

Promoting Peace is one of the significant initiatives that Rotary has been pursuing over the
years. Rotarians in London and the Commonwealth Secretariat have come together to form
the RCPE Committee in order to collaborate in promoting peace as follows:

  • Collectively, the committee knows of a number of potential Rotarians who are diplomats
    or who are working for International Organisations and who have vast experience in
    peace promotion initiatives based on their programme of work in various fields.
  •  The committee will aim to draw upon the expertise and experience of these diplomats to
    voluntarily train and support RCPEs. However, the RCPE Committee will sensitively
    manage the use of serving diplomats as diplomats have to abide by their respective
    governmental protocols.

The RCPE initiative will also focus on the following aims:

  •  Raise public awareness of Rotary and the Commonwealth;
  •  Increase sustainable service focused on programs and activities that support youth and
    young leaders;
  •  Increase Rotary membership through outreach to recently retired and young
    professionals;
  •  Increase overall member retention by improving member engagement and club health;
  •  Promote activities and programmes that foster understanding and mutual respect as well as seek to alleviate the underlying causes of conflict which includes poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources;

Projects

London Rotary Resounds - Commonwealth Drumming for Peace

As part of London’s 2018 Commonwealth celebrations, Rotary in London and lots of musicians from The Commonwealth Resounds are collaborating to present a spectacular drumming performance, representing every country in the Commonwealth!

The organisers are putting together a group of enthusiastic drummers of all ages and levels of experience, to make a great sound and represent each of the 52 countries.

This vibrant and energetic drumming programme reflecting the rhythms from all the Commonwealth’s continents is very closely linked to London’s forthcoming Commonwealth celebrations in April 2018. The programme will be called ‘Commonwealth Drumming for Peace’. An exciting composition has already been written for the event by talented young Commonwealth composers at The Purcell School for Young Musicians in Watford, working in close partnership with a brilliant, well-known professional percussion coach called Kevin Hathway.

The drumming performances would be held during the week of 16th-20th April 2018 when Commonwealth leaders meet in London for their bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting(CHOGM). Details of the location of the performances will be announced as soon as they have been confirmed.

Additionally the drummers are also performing in a wonderful concert organised entirely by young people at 7.30 p.m. on Friday April 20th at St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL. This concert is called ‘Sound, Image, Movement – The Commonwealth!’. The young people would be delighted to welcome you to their concert.

 International Rotary Assembly - Children for World Peace

The International Rotary Assembly - Children for World Peace is to be held in August 2019 in the Bulgarian cities of Sofia and Plovdiv. Both cities are the co-hosts.  This Assembly will bring together talented as well as disadvantaged children from all over the world to enable them to participate in a series of events that will promote peace and understanding as well as build lasting relationships. Full details of the events being planned for the Assembly will be made available as soon as they have been finalised.   A Children's Peace Park will be established in each hosting country.

It is envisaged that subsequent Assemblies will be hosted by other cities once every two years. Rotary in London has begun discussions to host the 2021 International Rotary Assembly - Children for World Peace Assembly in London, England.

Rotary International Assembly "Children for World Peace"  Brochure

Peace Park : Pakistan-India Border

This Project entails the establishment of a Peace Park on the border between Lahore, Pakistan, and Amritsar, India. This idea is based on a Peace Park that was established by Rotarians on the Canada-USA border called the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park (WGIPP). This initiative will be spearheaded by a IPDG Kees van der Pol from District 5080 in Canada who is a Director of the WGIPP Association. IPDG Kees will be working in conjunction with DG nominee Tony Sharma of D1130 in London and other DGs from Pakistan and India who have expressed support for the Peace Park. Preliminary discussions have begun and more details will be available as and when progress is made to take this initiative forward.

Stand for Peace

This initiative originated from the Pole for Peace – which is in effect a pole with messages of peace and can have flags and other symbols placed on it. The pole was found to be costly and the idea transformed to a cheaper Pipe for Peace. This has now evolved into a “Stand for Peace” which takes the form of a Post with four sides and carries messages of Peace and Goodwill. Rotary Clubs all over the world can purchase these poles and tailor the messages to meet local needs. A prototype of the “Stand for Peace” is currently being made and the plan is to make a flat pack version and ship this to clubs who can then reconstruct the stands quite easily. The cost of each “Stand for Peace” is envisaged at approximately £50 or less.

Peace Convoy

 This project entails driving a bus painted in Rotary colours, loaded with gifts, travelling from India to Hamburg in Germany, in time for the 2019 RI Convention which will be hosted in that city. The bus will be met at various border outposts along the way by Rotarians of the respective countries and taken to orphanages where gifts and essentials would be distributed. The bus is likely to pass through 42 countries and visit as many orphanages along the way.

Newsletter

Issue 1 - December  2017