Messages of support from distinguished peacemakers around the world
Bawa Jain, Secretary General, World Council of Religious Leaders and Chairman of the World Youth Peace Summit
“On behalf of the World Peace Summit, I congratulate you on succeeding in having the World Peace Pathway installed, being inaugurated on 27 April 2004, in front of the Peace Palace, which houses the International Court of Justice, in the city of The Hague.
I hope that this Pathway will serve to remind us all of the aspirations of the children of the world, of all oppressed people, and of all who share a deep commitment to realizing a more peaceful and just world.
The city of The Hague has long been recognized as a place where justice shall prevail. So it is befitting that the World Peace Pathway will be installed outside the historic Peace Palace, whose very name symbolizes its purpose.”
Robert Muller, Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and co-founder of the United Nations University for Peace
“I wholeheartedly applaud the installation of the World Peace Flame in The Hague. May it give birth to peace flames and monuments to known and unknown peacemakers all over the world.
Perhaps the World Peace pathway around the Monument will have the form of a spiral which will progressively embrace the entire world with peace. This is already the case of the walk-way around the peace monument of the United Nations University for Peace in demilitarized Costa Rica.
And a great bravo to the government of the Netherlands and the city of The Hague which have been a model of peace promotion since the end of the last century.”
Governor Ruth Ann Minner, State of Delaware, USA
“As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, 'It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work for it.' The World Peace Pathway is a shining example of people from many nations working together to remind each of us to remain diligent in our efforts to achieve peace worldwide.”
Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, State of Ohio, USA
“I send this message in support of the installation of the World Peace Pathway in the city of The Hague. At a time when violence is more often used to accomplish policy objectives, the World Peace Pathway reminds us that we should all be focusing on achieving change through peaceful means. Congratulations on this important initiative!”
Brian Babington, President of Corporate Good Works and Director of the Aboriginal Leadership Program, Canberra, Australia
“Pathways speak of journeys and destinations. They can be powerful symbols of life's progress. Sometimes they are hard to traverse, and at other times the going is easier. The World Peace Pathway speaks of the progress we are making toward reconciliation and love between peoples of all nations. It is a reminder and an inspiration that we can all tread our own personal pathway of peace in our heart, mind, body, and soul.”
Rodney D. Brennan, Director, Nature Care College, Sydney, Australia
“Having embraced the aims of the World Peace Flame and installed the first permanent World Peace Flame in Australia, our students and staff give special thanks to all who have contributed to the creation of the World Peace Pathway in the city of The Hague. Rarely has the world more sorely needed this timely reminder that it is our personal responsibility to bring into being the peace we all seek.”
Dr. Lawrence Carter, Dean of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
“I applaud the city of The Hague and the Peace Palace for installing this World Peace Pathway. The presence of the World Peace Pathway in this location symbolizes the continuing effort to achieve a more just and peaceful world. This goal requires an ongoing personal commitment which must remain strong even when faced with obstacles.”
Beverly Robertson, Director, National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennesee, USA
“As the World Peace Pathway comes to the city of The Hague, may we all be reminded that it takes people of courage, conviction, and commitment to unite to promote peace. May the vision of lasting peace remain a goal for which we all strive, and may the hope of its realization never die.”
Rev. Canon Sanford Garner, Provost, Washington National Cathedral
(Ret.), Washington DC, USA
“The poignant symbolism of 170 nations providing stones to pave The World Peace Pathway located outside the Peace Palace in the city of The Hague is one of great hope and encouragement. It is a challenging reminder that every person and nation is gifted with the heart, spirit, and power to create peaceful pathways we can all travel together toward the reality of true global peace.”
Jack Healey, Executive Director of the Human Rights Action Committee and Former Executive Director of Amnesty International
“Eleanor Roosevelt said that ‘peace begins in small places’. The World Peace Pathway is such a beginning. It is the place in all of our hearts that seeks peace, justice, and human rights for all. A small light begs the darkness to leave; many small lights demand the darkness to go away. The World Peace Pathway is that stream of light we so badly need now. Join us with your heart, your candle, your peace, and your fondness for decency for all.”
The Right Reverend William E. Swing, Episcopal Bishop of California, and Founder and President of the United Religions Initiative, USA
“I would like to add my voice to the chorus of people who realize the critical importance of striving for world peace, and who appreciate the power of the World Peace Pathway installation at The Hague.
Congratulations to all who envisaged this project and who made it happen. Future generations will take comfort and inspiration from you.”
Savitri MacCuish, Director World Peace Flame Foundation
“Mahatma Gandhi once said, ‘A small body of determined spirits fuelled by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history’. In the months leading up to this day, a small body of men and women, who as ambassadors of the world’s countries represent nearly all of humanity, have reached out for and attained an extraordinary achievement. This unity of purpose will echo throughout history for generations to come'.
The power humanity is discovering lies within the power of cooperation, of unity, of friendship. When we dream alone it is only a dream. But when we dream together, it is the beginning of reality.”