International Day of Peace will be observed today across the globe to acknowledge and show appreciation for all of those who worked to promote peace and end conflict.
The theme for this year’s observance is “Shaping Peace Together.” The day should be celebrated by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and stand together with the United Nations against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.
Celebrate the day by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic. Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. Join us so that we can shape peace together.
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To read the UN Secretary-General’s 100 Day Countdown Message, CLICK HERE
“Each year, on 21 September, the United Nations calls on everyone, everywhere, to observe 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire. Today, 100 days before the International Day of Peace, it is essential to remember that our common enemy is a virus that causes widespread suffering and risks reversing decades of human progress.
That is why, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, I called on all warring parties to lay down their weapons. These are not normal times, and our responses cannot be routine. The pandemic is not just a health issue. It is having direct and troubling effects on development, peace and security.
Our global ceasefire appeal is resonating in many places and with many different groups. While distrust can make implementation difficult, I have been heartened by the strong support the appeal has received from civil society, which can influence and mobilize people at the grassroots.”
– António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations