For the last 36 years, UNA-Canterbury has held an annual UN Service for World Peace in Canterbury Cathedral on the nearest Sunday evening to UN Day (which is the 24th October).
The 2017 United Nations Peace Service will be hosted by Canterbury Cathedral and its Dean on Sunday 29 October 1830-1930 hours to commemorate the annual UN Peace Day. It will be attended by the Cllr Rosemary Doyle, Lord Mayor of Canterbury, other dignitaries, local and civil society leaders and a community gospel choir. Michelle Harris Mezzo-Soprano sings Handel and Elgar.
A special guest this year is Rt Hon Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme 2009-2017 and Prime Minister, New Zealand 1999-2008, currently visiting the UK, who will deliver an address on ‘Forced Displacement: Responding to a Global Crisis’.
At a time of acute global crisis- in Korea, Myanmar, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, as well as violent terrorism and turbulence over Brexit nearer home, the peace-keeping work of the UN and especially its support for refugees and displaced persons is more relevant than ever.
The UN Peace Service represents an affirmation of the fundamental values and principles set out in the UN’s Charter and will highlight the need to combat xenophobia and narrow national self-interest which has been growing in the UK and globally.
The Service is open to the public; there is no entry charge but there will a collection to support the UNHCR’s work on behalf of refugees.