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International Year of Reconciliation

People all over the world are invited to take part in the International Year of Reconciliation, which is in 2009. Various events and activities that focus on the year’s theme “Unity in Diversity” are being held worldwide. The year 2009 is also the International Year of Astronomy, the International Year of Human Rights Learning, and the International Year of Natural Fibres.

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The year 2009 is the International Year of Reconciliation. It aims to promote the concept of reconciliation worldwide.

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What do people do?

The Subjective Experience and Research (SER) Foundation, a non-government organization associated with the UN, invited organizations and communities around the world to participate in the International Year of Reconciliation. Many projects that are registered on the International Year of Reconciliation 2009 list focus on portraying reconciliation as a bridge to many accomplishments worldwide.  These projects include:

Various projects that focus on reconciliation and peace in 2009 come from many countries worldwide, including Burundi, Germany, Nigeria, Pakistan, Switzerland, and the United States.

Background

The UN General Assembly, on November 20, 2006, proclaimed 2009 as the International Year of Reconciliation. The assembly wanted to pursue reconciliation processes in societies affected or divided by conflicts, with the goal of working towards firm and lasting peace. The assembly invited governments and non-governmental organizations to support reconciliation processes in these societies.  It also invited them to implement cultural, educational and social programs to promote reconciliation.

The SER Foundation plays a major role in promoting the International Year of Reconciliation. The foundation has called for a worldwide Reconciliation Week each year since 2005. It believes that reconciliation is the highest form of a dialogue, particularly as an activating principle and as a key to implementing a view in areas such as:

The SER foundation also believes that reconciliation must comprise all levels of society as an indispensable precondition of sustainable development. The SER’s action plan for the International Year of Reconciliation 2009 unites many stakeholders in society. The event focuses on bringing communities closer towards a joint vision of peace, order and justice.

Symbols

The International Year of Reconciliation’s motto is “Unity in Diversity”. This motto is reflected in many projects associated with the observance. These projects focus on portraying reconciliation as a bridge on every level of human endeavors under this motto.

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