New Songs for Peace2001-2010 INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR A CULTURE OF PEACE AND NON-VIOLENCE FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD
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John Humphrey In 1946, Eleanor Roosevelt asked Canadian John P. Humphrey, a lawyer and diplomat, to draft what has now become the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 1998, the cities of Vancouver and Toronto along with McGill University and Soka Gakkai International (SGI) organized a show based on the life and work of John P. Humphrey. Honey Novick, a Toronto-based singer, songwriter and voice teacher, sang at the opening of the event where she met Marilyn Ashby, Director of the International Campaign for the Earth.

With Ashby's encouragement, Novick attended the Voice of Women (VOW) Culture of Peace training in 1999. During the training session, educator Dr. Anne Goodman asked Novick to commit to the UN Culture of Peace project by collecting songs that promote the culture of peace.

Susan Berry created a booklet of Novick's original songs for the VOW conference entitled "Moving Forward: Women, Peace and Human Rights". Mrs. Cora Weiss, president of the board of directors for the Hague Appeal for Peace, took a copy of this booklet to the United Nations.

Honey NovickThe UN contacted Novick requesting song sheets and recordings for their Peace Education Department at Columbia University. The collective "Let's Sing Together for Peace" was born, becoming the first officially endorsed Canadian partner with UNESCO of the Millennium.

In response to the UN, Honey, through The Creative Vocalization Studio, produced a CD of her work to showcase and fund raise the "New Songs for Peace" initiative, contributing to the overall project funds through CD sales.

When finished, the "New Songs for Peace" will be a book of songs available to teachers, activists, singers and others as a way of promoting both singing and a consciousness for peace.

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