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NETHERLANDS/Utrecht: UNOY Drums For Peace

On Saturday, March 19th, from 11pm-12am, a "Drumming in One World Beat" event will take place at the Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht Central Station, in Utrecht, Netherlands. Between 15-30 drummers, most affiliated with UNOY--United Network of Young Peacebuilders--a Dutch-based, international youth peace organization, will participate. They are also inviting anyone with a percussion instrument to come join in the drumming. There will be skilled drummers from different parts of the world taking turns in setting their beat. They will also be handing out inspirational peace candles, as well as flyers and postcards about "peacebuilding". Photos and a report about the event will then be posted on the UNOY website ( ).

Drummers will meet at 10:45pm at Utrecht Central Station, and go from there to the Hoog Catharijne, which is right next door. The centrality of the location should make the event highly visible, and will hopefully attract a number of participants. For more about this event, see the UNOY website, or contact organizers Charlotte Meyer at , OWB Africa Coordinator (based in Amsterdam) Patrick Effiboley at , or Bodil Dronkers at .

UNOY is a global network of young people and youth organizations active in the field of peace-building, working mostly in conflict and post-conflict regions. Established in 1989, it has organized a number of international working-group meetings, training seminars, and global and regional conferences. Its main focus until recently has been in Eastern Europe and Africa, where participants at UNOY events have gone on to create effective local and regional organizations, peace-building projects, and capacity-building for local youth. It now intends to expand its work around the globe.

One of UNOY's projects, the "Peace It Together" Campaign for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, is working within the framework of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). They are also developing and carrying out projects through the African Network of Young Peacebuilders, and other continental networks. UNOY has members in Bolivia, Argentina, Morocco, South Africa, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Nepal, India, Russia, Caucacus, Ukraine, and worldwide. Singing and dancing for peace are important aspects of their work, and this drumming event will amply demonstrate their commitment to making a difference, through music and peace-building alike.



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