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The Non-Violence Project Foundation unveils a wooden and world’s biggest Knotted Gun replica at the 2020 Expo in Dubai

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The Non-Violence Project Foundation unveils a wooden and world’s biggest Knotted Gun replica at the 2020 Expo in Dubai

The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) is thrilled to announce that, thanks to the support from Ulrich John, Trustee from Original Voice Trust (OVT), the first wooden and biggest replica of the Knotted Gun has been recently unveiled at the Swedish Pavilion of the 2020 Expo in Dubai. The unveiling was attended by Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations. The choice of wood of this 2m size replica also shows the importance of sustainability, a value that both the Foundation and Ulrich John share.

On October 24th, a wooden and world's biggest replica of the Knotted Gun was unveiled to the public at the entrance of the Swedish Pavilion of the 2020 Expo in Dubai. The original piece of art was indeed created by a Swedish artist, Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, to honor John Lennon’s vision of a peaceful world after his death. The original bronze sculpture was placed, in 1988, outside the UN headquarters in New York and recognized as an international symbol of peace including UN Secretary and Peace Nobel Laureate Koffi Annan. To date, more than 30 replicas of the sculpture have been exhibited over five continents (to know more about the Knotted Gun worldwide click here).

“With Dubai, we are taking a step further” says Jan Hellmann, co-founder of NVPF. “We indeed want to show how important it is to stem violence with a specific attention to cyberbullying and all forms of violence impacting kids, teenagers but also adults in their personal or professional lives”. Claes Kalborg, NVPF member and and KNOT OK CEO, an initiative to make the gaming industry a safer place, added; “Together with Original Voice Trust, we want to broaden our work and really focus on digital violence at it is a challenging issue that is now global”. Ulrich John, Trustee from OVT concluded ” we supported this project as we want to add a voice and become part of creating a new regenerative and sustainable world”.


The Non - Violence Project Foundation (NVPF)

Jan Hellman – Co-founder,

Claes Kalborg – KNOT OK, CEO,


The Non-Violence Project Foundation (NVPF) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to inspire, motivate and engage young people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully. NVPF was founded in 1993 in Switzerland and has educated more than 9 million  people, teachers, and sports coaches on five continents. 

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We inspire, motivate and engage people to learn how to solve conflicts peacefully through raising awareness and education.

The Non-Violence Project Foundation empowers people with creative tools and skills to cultivate awareness and understanding of non-violence, enabling them to overcome violence, leading to a virtuous cycle of positive impact. We believe that knowledge is power, and that creativity can help unlock the full potential of this power through skill-based learning and learning tools that are more engaging, impactful, and relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow.

We have educated more than 9 million people on five continents since the organisation was founded in 1993 in Switzerland. Our education programs and outreach initiatives have won several awards for best practise. President Obama awarded NVP the ”President’s Call to Service Award” in 2011. Other awards include the Presidential Daily Light Award, received by President Bill Clinton, the Paul Harris Fellow Award given by Rotary International, the American National Safety Council Award for best practise and the Weed & Seed Award given by US Justice Department in 2009.

It is thanks to our 30-year legacy, symbol of the Knotted Gun, innovative methods, and a growing community of change advocates like you that we can shape a more peaceful and non-violent world.

We are a non-profit based in Geneva, Switzerland, but operating globally, which means you can join us wherever you are.

For more information about us and our initiatives please visit or contact us at

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