The first dialogue meeting “Pathways to Peace and Justice” took place in Gribskov in Denmark 21-22 September. The meeting was focusing on implementation of Development Goal no. 16: Peace, Justice and Inclusive Institutions.
The world faces a number of economic, social and political crisis’s that compel an expansion of empathy over division. Knowing the complexity of these issues, and the challenges ahead, we invited prominent change-leaders from different countries and cultures to participate in two days of mindful walks and deep dialogues. The purpose was to collectively explore how can we apply active conflict transformation skills with inner peace practice to become more effective leaders and peacemakers.
The gathering in Gribskov was woven around the International Day of Peace observed around the world each year on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
In connection with the launch event Gribskov Municipality received a Peace Pole from Japan, displaying the message: ”May Peace prevail on Earth” in 8 different languages. In connection with the Mayors dedication of the monument, The World Peace Prayer Society organised a flag ceremony with 193 flags representing all the nations that have endorsed the 17 Goals. On the following day the Peace Pole was planted at Gilbjerghoved. The favourite spot of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.