Global Wave 2015 thanks everyone who was involved in the very successful global campaign we did with Peace and Planet in April/May to encourage governments meeting at the United Nations for the 2015 NPT Review Conference to agree to start a diplomatic process to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.
Global Wave 2015, a series of creative actions to ‘wave goodbye to nuclear weapons’ swept around the world on April 26 and 27 as world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York for a month-long conference on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.
From April 24 – 30, the finals of an international competition for young pianists will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan. 252 young talented players from 43 countries have competed for the final thirty places. Over the seven days of the finals, the young musicians will perform with the Astana Philharmonic Orchestra in an International Festival.
One of the members of the jury - Tolegen Mukhamejanov – will lead a Wave goodbye to nuclear weapons with the young musicians.
April 25 is Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione) in Italy. It marks the fall of Mussolini's Italian Social Republic and the end of the Nazi occupation in Italy in 1945. This national holiday day honors those who served in the Italian Resistance, and celebrates the peace and freedom since 1945.
Mayors for Peace Italy is encouraging its member cities to use the occasion to call for liberation from nuclear weapons and the threat of nuclear war by joining Global Wave 2015 to ‘Wave goodbye to nuclear weapons.’
April 25 in New Zealand and Australia is ANZAC Day, a day for commemorating the First World War. The fighting was mostly in Europe, 18,000 kilometres from New Zealand (15,000 km from Australia). Yet thousands of Kiwis and Aussies, under national conscription, made this long trip by sea to fight, kill and die in the ‘War to end all Wars.’ Some in New Zealand refused to join the slaughter, and were imprisoned for their pacifist stance. Regardless of whether one supports the pacifists or honours those who fought, New Zealanders and Australians stop work on ANZAC Day to remember the war and to recognise the importance of peace.
The New Haven Friends Meeting (Quakers) has taken Global Wave 2015 to heart and is engaging its members, and other peace supporters from New Haven CT (USA), in three different ‘Goodbye nuclear weapons waves’.
Meet Tore Nærland. In 1977 he co-founded Bike for Peace and rode from Seattle on the west coast of the United States to Washington DC on the East coast to promote peace and nuclear disarmament. Since then Bike for Peace has organized peace and friendship rides in more than 104 countries.
On 27 April in Kochi, India, a group of elderly survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be joining all of us to wave goodbye to nuclear weapons. Why from Kochi? Because that happens to be where, on their world tour, they will be on 27 April. They will continue circumnavigating the world until they get back to Japan in time to attend the 70th commemorations of the attacks they remember all too vividly.
Huang Ming is a visionary, dedicated, and passionate entrepreneur and change-maker in the field of solar thermal energy. He set up the Solar Valley in Dezhou as a national and global example for solar as a realistic alternative to fossil and nuclear energy and rising CO2 emissions. Over 2000 students study solar technology, solar energy products, engineering and business.
On April 18, community members from Gainesville – young and old – will gather at Westside Park tennis facility to ‘hit away’ the 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world’s arsenals. They will do this by collectively hitting tennis balls a total of 16,000 times. The event is part of support Global Wave 2015 and the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
On April 6, Alyn Ware from New Zealand will run the Prague Castle steps nine times to commemorate the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development and the sixth anniversary of President Obama’s historic speech in the Hradčany square next to the Prague Castle where he put forward the vision for a nuclear-weapon-free world.
On 26 April, the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem will wave goodbye to nuclear weapons by ringing its bells and calling on people to reflect on the nuclear weapons threat and hope for a nuclear-weapon –free world.
We are happy to announce that Global Wave 2015 website is finally launching! We hope that you will find all the necessary information here and please do not hesitate to ask any questions or contact us for further inquiries.