The International Day Of Peace September 21
By TRP STAFF
People all over the world will gather to make a statement for peace in the world among people. What will you do?
The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981 for “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people”.
Twenty years later, the General Assembly set 21 September as the date to observe the occasion annually as a “day of global ceasefire and non-violence… through education and public awareness and to cooperate in the establishment of a global ceasefire”.
This year, as we commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the anniversary of UN peacekeeping, the day offers an opportunity to spotlight the crucial relationship between peace and human rights, which are increasingly recognized as inseparable. In the aftermath of World War II, world leaders acknowledged that “disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts” and have prevented the “advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy…freedom from fear and want”.
Today, we are still struggling to achieve this vision. Too many conflicts, from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to conflicts in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Darfur, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, cause unnecessary loss of life and have a devastating impact on the structures that maintain societies, such as education, health and justice systems and the maintenance of law and order.
The International Day was established in 1981 by the General Assembly, which called for people around the world to use the Day as an opportunity to promote the resolution of conflict and to observe a cessation of hostilities during it.
Mr. Ban noted that there are places where peace has been restored, adding that “much of this has happened with the help of the United Nations.”
For example, the people of Sierra Leone and Nepal have voted in democratic elections following years of conflict, and societies are rebuilding in Burundi, Liberia and Timor-Leste.
“These experiences show us that real peace is possible, if we work collectively to make it happen,” said Mr. Ban, who urged everyone around the world to begin preparing concrete activities for the Day and beyond.
“On 21 September, let us send a real signal of our universal desire for peace,” he stated.
Your energy and idealism make that future look bright. By participating in this International Day of Peace, you are demonstrating that you already know better than to repeat the mistakes of the past. You will choose to talk rather than fight. You will listen rather than shout. You will cooperate rather than condemn. You will protect our environment rather than over-exploit it.
In this way, you will come to represent not only succeeding generations, but the generation that succeeds in making every day a day of peace.