Millions share worldwide minute of silence for UN Day of Peace

Wembley Arena, London
17th September 2006

12,000 people turned up at Wembley Arena on Sunday 17th September to launch 'just-a-minute', a global campaign for inner peace. The highlight of the event, dedicated to the United Nations International Day of Peace, was a simultaneous minute of positive silence for the world at 16.25 BST, when millions of viewers in 118 countries united and linked in to Wembley via TV and webcast.

Sister Jayanti, European Director of the Brahma Kumaris told the audience: "With the contribution of silence and peace from each one of you, for just-a-minute, we move some way towards a world of peace."

'Just-a-minute' is a global initiative to shift consciousness in our busy, noisy world by introducing the idea of regular one-minute pauses and breaks, when individuals can re-connect with their core self, their strengths and their values. The campaign includes multi-media tools such as one minute spoken meditations to download onto computers or podcast, light-hearted animations and events in over 100 countries. The website provides a host of resources to support and inspire. Local just-a-minute programmes are being developed across the UK - and around the world - with special programmes and tools for businesses, schools, prisons and healthcare organisations.

The Wembley event featured Bee Gee Robin Gibb, Ruby Wax, Clarke Peters, Lynne Franks and others from the world of music, theatre and television, all of whom benefit from silence in their personal lives.

Just-a-minute is an initiative of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University (BKWSU), which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

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