Thursday, 23 November 2017

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21.9.2015 - “Although it may seem hopelessly distant, the dream of peace pulses in the lives of people everywhere.” – UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

The UN Secretary-General calls on the international community to stand together and demand an end to the violence with the message, “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.”

Since 1945, the United Nations has strived for peace to fulfill its founding purpose: “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”. Today, the UN’s message for peace is as important as it was 70 years ago. Conflicts, such as the ongoing crisis in Syria continue and according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and 59.5 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide.

ELYX UN PEACE DAY 2015In honor of all who have suffered from war, the UN declared the 21st of September as the International Day of Peace. On this day, we commemorate the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. This year’s theme Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All, underlines the importance of all segments of society working together for peace. The UN has called on governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organizations to join in the effort.

Everyone can participate in Peace Day celebrations. Various NGOs and religious groups organize events on this day, including peace vigils, peace prayers and peace walks. You can even participate at home by lighting candles or holding a toast for peace. The Peace Day official Facebook page has an overview of all peace celebrations happening in the world and allows people to add their own celebrations to the list. You can also show your support for peace on social media by using #PeaceDay.

Later today the UN will officially inaugurate Peace Day by ringing the Peace Bell at UN Headquarters in New York. The Bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents and was given to the UN as a reminder of the human cost of war. The inscription on the Bell reads: “Long live absolute world peace”. A message that will hopefully still ring true long after this day has passed.

Peace Day

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Related Links:

•   UNHCR: Official Website
•   UN International Observances: International Day of Peace
•   UN Secretary General: International Day of Peace Message
•   Peace Day Events: Facebook Page

 

Photo Credits:

•   Cover: International Day of Peace Materials ©United Nations
•   Second:©United Nations/Yacine Ait Kaci
•   Third: International Day of Peace Materials ©United Nations

 

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