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  • Laurie will be at the UN United Nations General Assembly on 26th September.     16 September 2018
    Posted by: Stephanie McKee
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    Laurie will be at the UN United Nations General Assembly Promoting the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on the 26th September. She is honoured to be able to support NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Treaty for Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons ceremony.

    The Peace Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand and the United Nations Association NZ have both declared support for Laurie Ross to attend as an NGO observer at this UN event in New York.

    She is with other NZ civil society representatives- Alyn Ware the Peace Foundation and UNA NZ International permanent Rep. and Liz Remmerswaal the NZ Coordinator of 'World Beyond War'

    In addition, this NZ delegation will be contributing to the 'World Beyond War' Conference in Toronto, Canada 21st Sept. which provides a unifying platform for peace and environmental organisations working to stop the culture of warfare.

    Thank you so much for your donations and support for Laurie to represent us at these global events for Peace.

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  • Peace City Ambassador     6 September 2018
    Posted by: Stephanie McKee
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    Dear Friends,

    Many thanks for your kind and generous donation to assist me attending the World Beyond War Conference in Toronto, 21-22 September. I am deeply grateful for your support.

    Can you also please share this link to your networks ? www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-get-Laurie-Ross-to-the-world-beyond-war

    Below is a letter of endorsement I have received recently, the first is from the Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff:

    30 August 2018

    To whom it may concern,

    Laurie Ross – World Beyond War Conference – Toronto 21st September, 2018

    As the Auckland Mayor for Peace I support Laurie Ross as Peace Ambassador of Auckland Peace City to attend the 'World Beyond War' Conference in Toronto, Canada.

    Laurie has dedicated her life to peacework organising Peace City events, peace education and culture in the public domain over 37 years.

    She worked with her father Larry Ross who established the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone Peacemaking Association 1981-2007 that spearheaded the campaign which achieved the goal of the NZ Nuclear Free Zone legislation of 1987. It was based on 105 Local Councils declaration of Nuclear Free Zones which were called for by independent neighbourhood peace groups around the country.

    In 2017 she coordinated the Nuclear Free Zone NZ30th anniversary event with the

    Peace Foundation in Auckland Domain. I was pleased to lead an impressive line up of speakers from all political parties, reinforcing our commitment to nuclear disarmament.

    The public formed a giant human peace symbol as a message of support for the UN Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons agreed to by 122 nations and ratified by New Zealand.

    She is now focussed on work to reduce war and increase global security through demilitarisation, UN Peacekeeping, Peacemaking and Peacebuilding Defence and Foreign policies.

    This requires courage, conviction and endurance to overcome obstacles which stand in the way.

    I encourage others to support Laurie and the success of the 'World Beyond War' Conference around this goal for peace, humanity and the planet.

    Yours sincerely

    Phil Goff

    MAYOR OF AUCKLAND

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  • World Beyond War 2018     26 August 2018
    Posted by: Stephanie McKee
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    Dear Friends,

    Thank you so much for your generous donation to help me attend this significant conference "World Beyond War" in Toronto in September. I really appreciate your support.

    Please share the link with like-minded people!

    https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-get-laurie-ross-to-the-world-beyond-war

    For Peace, Laurie Ross

    Below is a letter of endorsement

    Kia ora, Friends

    I trust you are aware of the life-long devoted peace activism of Laurie Ross and her late father Larry Ross, without whom a nuclear-free New Zealand might still be a goal on a distant horizon.

    I have known Laurie's work since 1983, and have held a steady admiration for her dedication to causes for peace and justice in Aotearoa NZ. She has organised or presented at countless events including schools, church gatherings, music concerts, festivals and civic commemorations. She was the almost sole driving force in convincing Auckland councillors to declare Auckland a "City of Peace" in 2011, joining a network of over 5000 other cities and Mayors for Peace worldwide. Most recently, Laurie coordinated the Auckland celebration of 30 Years of Nuclear Free NZ in 2017.

    She is now being called to represent us at a major event in Toronto this September 21-22 -- ​Designing a World Beyond War: Legalizing Peace. Please assist her with letters of reference and introduction, as well as ​koha toward travel expenses.

    When community well-being and world peace are so intertwined as they are today, and so perilously challenged, Laurie's presence at this event, on our behalf, will magnify New Zealand's record, and mark our continuing generosity toward creating a just and peaceful planet.

    Yours sincerely,

    Michael Fleck

    Ecoversity NZ

    michael@aroha.net

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