MADRID, (C.M. Paul) – The city of Kolkata, the Missionaries of Charity Sisters and the Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) have been chosen for International Peace Awards, 2010.
“I have the pleasure to inform you that the International Committee of 100 CITIES FOR PEACE, chaired by Her Majesty Princess Nora of Liechtenstein and the Foundation Messengers of Peace (Award Prince of Asturias of Concordia and advisory member of the UN), have declared Calcutta (India), as an INTERNATIONAL CITY FOR PEACE, acknowledging its collective efforts to promote peace and harmony,” wrote its International Director Mr. Pablo Marcet Bonel last week.Marcet further wrote, “in this candidature, the celebration of the centenary of the birth of Mother Teresa of Calcutta has been valued, and especially the fact that this city has witnessed the coexistence between civilizations, cultures and religions, of extraordinary intercultural wealth.”
“The reasons for the prize 100 Cities for Peace to Calcutta is the contribution of Mother Teresa in the world, example of her work with the poor in this city. We want to use her birth centenary to make this social action of the Church in Calcutta relevant. At the same time we wish to award to Mother Teresa Sisters for their work in the city and to SIGNIS INDIA for its work in favor of peace and communal harmony through media and the film festival, says the 100 cities for peace media coordinator Irene Marcet from Barcelona, Spain.The International Award “PAX URBIS” will be conferred on the city of Calcutta on the concluding day of the four day MTIFF 2010 on 29 August.
The MTIFF director and Signis-Bengal president Mr. Sunil Lucas will meet Kolkata Mayor to brief him on the award and its implications, 11 August.
“100 cities for Peace” is a social and civic movement without political side or economic interest which unifies local associations which would like to head a movement for obtaining the main objectives of the UN for the Millennium on the 5 continentsThe movement proposes to work together with a very special attention on issues like respect between cultures, removal of violence, promotion of the dignity of life, eradication of abject poverty, and to boost the full development of the human being, focusing on the education.
Main objectives of this international movement are to harness and support the experience and initiatives of public and private organizations focused on facing the social challenges in the millennium. They would also like to mobilize public opinion on a network of cities that hold social development as top priority. We want to be the spokesperson of theMost successful cities in this regard are show cased as an example of good practices for real projects on places with conflicts and human needs.