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Event Details

Event Date

13 October 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm


Cantebury Cathedral
The Jesus Gate, Burgate
Cantebury CT1 2HA
United Kingdom

The 2019 United Nations Peace Service will be hosted by Canterbury Cathedral and its Dean on Sunday 13 October 18:30-19:30 to commemorate the annual UN Peace Day. It will be attended by the Lord Mayor and guests from UNA-UK, LaSER and Canterbury City Council. The Canterbury Singers conducted by Adrian Bawtree with soloist, Victoria Rowcroft will perform the World Premiere setting of the UN Preamble. Other performers include the Canterbury Community Gospel Choir and soprano, Angeline Kanagasooriam.

The world is in the midst of a climate crisis – an unprecedented event, which has caused conflict to break out and mass displacements of people.

  • Pascal Sleigh from Langton Grammr School will be speaing on behalf of YouthStrike4Climate.
  • Dr. Carl Wright, Trustee of UNA-UK and Secretary-General Emeritus of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, will deliver a keynote address: Climate Emergency, Zero Carbon & Global Peace.
  • David Wardrop, Chair of UNA Westminster, will commemorate D-DAY.

In the 75th commemoration of D-Day, this Service remembers those who lost their lives in the raging conflict of World War II.  This service also looks forward, appealing to the youth of today to shape the world they will inherit tomorrow, highlighting the urgent need to support and reinvigorate the UN in its efforts to prevent more conflict and prevent any further devastating effects of climate change as well as delivering a safer world order.

The Service is open to the public, without charge.  There will be a voluntary collection to support the UNA’s youth wing in its international efforts to help the disfranchised youth wherever they are affected by the scourge of war. We acknowledge the sponsorship/support from Canterbury City Council, LaSER, UNA-UK, our hosts Canterbury Cathedral and other institutions who have assisted us in putting together this event.

Everyone - local or from further afield - is most welcome to attend. This Service promises a galvanising experience and a practical way forward.  This remarkable Cathedral, hallowed by centuries of pilgrims, and a World Heritage Site, itself makes a unique contribution to this event. As well as inspiring speakers, the Service includes talented musicians and performers as well as the participation by different communities in Canterbury/East Kent, to foster an environment in which to lay the foundations for peace. 

Issued by: The Director, Nigel Gregory. For more information contact The Press officer: Valeria Minisini: 07522728061



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