An Evening To Celebrate International Day Of Peace

International Day of Peace
Event Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
If we want peace, we have to choose peace. Women peacemakers around the world are telling us that we have to do things differently. We have to base all our actions on a respect for human rights.” –Sahana Dharmapuri, senior advisor to Our Secure Future.

Nearly 150 peace advocates, students, and socially active citizens of the greater Denver area joined One Earth Future and the United Nations Association of Denver at the Posner Center for International Development in celebration of this year’s International Day of Peace. Highlights of the evening included a proclamation from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock declaring Sept. 21, 2016 the official “Peace Day” for the people of the city of Denver and a powerful performance in poetry and song on women’s role in peace by spoken word poets from Creative Strategies.

Additionally, Sahana Dharmapuri, senior advisor to Our Secure Future, led a panel discussion on Women, Peace & Global Goals.  Panelists included Mike Williams from 17Accelerator, Louise Maratano an advocate for artists from Redline, Alexis Newton from Cities for the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and Consul General Jeremiah Guzman from the Mexican Consulate participated in the panel.

Below is the press release on the event:

BROOMFIELD, Colorado—According to a recent report from OEF Research and Inclusive Security, women are pressuring governments around the world to include them more in building and maintaining peace in their countries. Sahana Dharmapuri, senior advisor to Our Secure Future, a program of the One Earth Future (OEF) foundation, a U.S.-based NGO focused on creating a more peaceful world, will be featured as lead presenter and will moderate a panel discussion on Women, Peace & Global Goals on Wed., Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Posner Center in Denver. The event is free, but an RSVP is requested as seating is limited.

The event, sponsored by United Nations Association Denver and One Earth Future, will explore the role of women and girls in peace and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 internationally agreed upon SDGs were put in place in 2015 as an action plan to end poverty, protect the planet, and achieve peace and shared prosperity by 2030.

September 21 is International Day of Peace, as established by the UN General Assembly in 2001 to strengthen the ideals of peace among all nations and peoples.

Media Contact: Debra Havins, 303-533-1712 or

About One Earth Future:
OEF is a self-funded, private operating foundation seeking to create a more peaceful world through collaborative, data-driven initiatives. We focus on enhancing maritime cooperation, creating sustainable jobs in fragile economies and our research actively contributes to thought leadership on global issues. As an operating foundation, One Earth Future provides strategic, financial and administrative support allowing our programs to focus deeply on complex problems and to create constructive alternatives to violent conflict.

United Nations Association Denver mission: We are dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter.