People gathering around Peace Pole

2023 UN International Day of Peace

Community PledgeProgram | Video

We celebrated the 2023 United Nations Day of Peace event on September 16 at Lake Chabot Regional Park. See news article by Tri-City Voice United Nations and East Bay Regional Parks Commemorate International Day of Peace (PDF).

If you joined us for the 2023 United Nations Day of Peace on September 16, or previous Day of Peace events, please fill out this quick 3-minute SURVEY to let us know what you would like to see/hear/experience MORE at future UN Day of Peace events. Thank you.

 Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed around the world on 21 September. This year’s theme is Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace. Fostering peace contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving the SDGs will create a culture of peace for all. Learn more on the United Nations website.

2023 6th UN International Day of Peace

Event Flyer (PDF) | Register for Free Event

UN Global Citizen Award
Saturday, September 16, 2023
10 am to 1:30 pm

Lake Chabot Regional Park
17600 Lake Chabot Rd.
Castro Valley, CA 94546

This is our sixth year celebrating the UN International Day of Peace. At this free event, there will be a host of activities and reflections on the 2023 theme, Actions for Peace. Our active collaboration and empathy is needed in these times to build a world of peace, understanding, respect, equity, and safety for all peoples. After the delivery of the peace messages, there will be a gathering around the Peace Pole – a symbol of hope for Bay Area communities and peace on Earth for the global family. The 12-foot-tall Peace Pole showcases 31 languages, including Chochenyo, Nahuatl, American Sign language, and Braille. 
View highlights from the 2021 event (archived): photos | video
» 2022 UN International Day of Peace (archived)

Activities: Peace messages, singing, arts and crafts, an-hour Peace Walk alongside lake. Light lunch provided. 

Wear and Bring

  • Your favorite multicultural outfit (dress, shirt, vest, a scarf, shawl, hat, accessories)
  • A pen or pencil to write down the Actions for Peace you can take, personally and collectively. We will supply the index cards.
  • Light jacket as temperatures may vary through the day
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Face mask
  • Sunscreen
  • Plenty of water (Bring your own bottle!)

Sponsors: Regional Parks Foundation and East Bay Regional Park District
Community Partners: Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center, UNA East Bay Chapter, GirlTrek, Eden Area Interfaith Council, Samuel Merritt University – Ethnic Health Institute 

Our Community's Pledge for Peace

  • We pledge to build a just, loving, compassionate, and inclusive world that embraces diversity, including age, race, gender, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientation, religions, and political leanings.
  • We pledge to see and respect each other. We welcome and value diverse cultures, faith traditions, and perspectives.
  • We pledge to do more listening to better understand one another - siblings, children, parents, colleagues, neighbors, and community members.
  • We pledge to reject violence including bullying and racism; and we stand in support of anyone or community being targeted.
  • We pledge to protect and heal our life-giving lands, forests, rivers, oceans, wildlife, and habitats.
  • We commit, every day, to do our best to be active peace builders in our schools, workplaces, communities, parks, cities, and our world. 
2023 6th Annual UN International Day of Peace
Saturday, September 16
10:00 am to 1:30 pm 

2023 Theme: Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals

2023 UN International Day of Peace PROGRAM. Saturday, September 16.

9:00 am
to 10 am
Registered attendees check-in.
Young Musicians Choral Orchestra (YMCO) provides Jazz music.
10:00 amWelcome by EBRPD Board Director Dennis Waespi
10:06 amLand acknowledgment read by Community Relations Manager Mona Koh
Introduces co-emcee Jennifer Hernandez, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center
10:08 amRegional Parks Foundation Board Member Keith White 
10:10 amUnited Nations Association-USA, East Bay Chapter, Board Member Sandra Williams
10:12 amSong: Respect Yourself by the Staple Singers.
YMCO with introduction by Music Director Geechi Taylor
10:17 amPeace messages, Marcel Patterson, Jr., 6th grade; Christian Patterson, 2nd grade
10:22 amPeace message, Omar Mejia, 11th grade, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center
10:26 amPeace message, Zuri Wright, 6th grade
10:30 amPeace poems and song: Light a Candle for Peace. Students, 4th to 6th grades,
American International Montessori. Introduction by Akiko Troutman.
10:43 amPeace message, Mufaddal Bohri, 10th grade
10:47 amPeace message - Jonathan Lee, 11th grade
10:51 amPeace message and song: Hold us Together. Joe Ellison, Regeneration
11:56 amPeace message, Sophia Sanchez, 10th grade, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center
11:00 amPeace message, Anye Dios, 11th grade, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center
11:04 amSong: Pure Imagination by Leslie Bricusse (1931-2021), YMCO
11:10 amForm small groups to discuss peace actions we can practice and sustain, personally and collectively
11:40amSharing from groups
11:55 amSong: Choose Love, Joe Ellison
12:00 pmAdjourn to PEACE POLE
12:10 pmDirector  Waespi introduces Lake Chabot park staff
12:12 pmLand acknowledgment read by Mona Koh
12:14 pmReading of Community's Peace Pledge
12:19 pmPeace song: This Little Light of Mine, Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center
As We Leave This PlaceJoe Ellison
12:24 pmGroup Photo
12:30 pmLight lunch* served after Group photo  *provided by Regional Parks Foundation.
12:55 pmPeace Walk led by Director Waespi
1:30 pmMay Peace Prevail on Earth. Peace be with you till we meet again on Day of Peace 2024.


2023 International Day of Peace, Sept 16, 10am at Lake Chabot

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