Jane as UN Peace messenger
In April 2002, Dr. Jane Goodall earned the prestigious honor of becoming a United Nations Messenger for Peace by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for her work with the Roots&Shoots program. Jane Goodall’s Roots&Shoots groups around the world have shown their commitment to creating a better life for people, animals, and the environment and thus contribute to a better world.
The United Nations Messengers of Peace are distinguished individuals who are selected for their contribution to peace and who have agreed to help focus worldwide attention on the work of the United Nations. Becoming a United Nations Messenger of Peace is the highest honor the Secretary-General can bestow on a global citizen for an initial period of two years. Other notable Messengers of Peace include: Muhammad Ali, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Yo-Yo Ma, and Stevie Wonder among others. Dr. Jane Goodall’s appointment has since been renewed several times and also by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.
“Every year, the United Nations International Day of Peace is held on September 21, when people around the world express their desire for peace. So that the majority of Roots&Shoots groups and JGI friends can be involved, I have chosen to have the “Roots&Shoots Day of Peace” take place in late September in support of the United Nation’s peace endeavors.I do hope that you and your friends and families will join groups around the world to fly Peace Doves and celebrate the desire for peace in the human spirit! The Giant Peace Dove puppets—”flown” by young people and the young at heart in cities, towns, and villages near and far—are a symbol and celebration of peace and peace work. Last year, peace doves flew in cities and countries around the world. In 2013, we hope once again to see doves flying all around the globe.With these humble creations made out of recycled materials, we remind everyone that peace is possible. We celebrate all that is free and noble in the human spirit. And we celebrate all that so many people have done throughout the year—and will do next year—to create a better world.Please join us in September, your participation will mean so much to me. Together we will celebrate peace within ourselves, peace within our communities and peace around the world!
Love, Dr. Jane”
Giant Peace Dove Campaign
Jane Goodall’s Roots&Shoots groups around the world celebrate peace and “fly” their Giant Peace Dove Puppets every year around International Peace Day in September. In Belgium, we added a second occasion to fly your Giant Peace Dove: at the annual UN Day celebrations at the end of October, gathering all the Belgian R&S groups on the Grand Place/Grote Markt in the centre of Brussels at the “UN Village”.
Don’t forget to register so you can become a part of the global Giant Peace Dove flock in September.
Please send us your pictures of how you celebrate peace with your Giant Peace Dove and we will post them on the website!
Consider joining the Giant Peace Dove Parade at UN Day on the Grand Place/Grote Markt in Brussels at the end of October.
How to contribute to peace?
You can also support one of our Projects Of Hope for peace in DRC or get involved in our Mobile Phone Collection Campaign.
Have a look at our educators page to get more ideas on how to get involved with your class.
Peace day messages from Jane