NO. R-206.  JOINT RESOLUTION recognizing the United Nations International Day of Peace and expressing support for Peace Day activities in Vermont.

(J.R.H. 24)

Offered by:  Representatives Edwards of Brattleboro, Aswad of Burlington, Audette of South Burlington, Baker of West Rutland, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Chen of Mendon, Clark of Vergennes, Cross of Winooski, Darrow of Dummerston, Donovan of Burlington, Emmons of Springfield, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Kainen of Hartford, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kenyon of Bradford, Keogh of Burlington, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McLaughlin of Royalton, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Nease of Johnson, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Parent of St. Albans City, Partridge of Windham, Pelham of Calais, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of South Burlington, Shand of Weathersfield, Sweaney of Windsor, Symington of Jericho and Tracy of Burlington.

Whereas, Vermonters share a common interest with people around the world in promoting a more peaceful way of life for ourselves, our families, communities, and nations, and

Whereas, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 1981 declaring that an International Day of Peace shall be held each year, and so noting that its purpose was “to devote specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of [humankind], to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways,” and

Whereas, the U.N. has further affirmed that the International Day of Peace shall be observed worldwide each year on September 21, with a global ceasefire for one day, so that people and nations everywhere can turn their attention to “strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict,” and

Whereas, it is imperative that Vermonters strive to create a culture of peace in their homes, schools, communities, and workplaces in order that they may enjoy and share the benefits of peaceful coexistence, and

Whereas, the Vermont Peace Academy will work in collaboration with schools, universities and communities throughout the state to recognize and participate in the International Day of Peace, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the importance of the United Nations International Day of Peace, and be it further

Resolved:  That the General Assembly extends its support for Peace Day activities here in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to David Larsen, Vermont Acting Commissioner of Education, and to the Vermont Peace Academy in Plainfield.