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"Peace is one of humanity's most precious needs. It is also the United Nations' highest calling."
- U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
Every September 21, people around the world take time to celebrate The International Day of Peace, otherwise known as World Peace Day or Peace Day. United Nations' General Assembly declared this day "devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples."
It was first celebrated in the year 1982 but was established a year earlier along with the opening of the UN General Assembly. Before, the International Day of Peace is celebrated annually on the third Tuesday of September until 2002, when the UN assembly decided to assign a specific date for its celebration. With it, the assembly declared "that the day should be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence."
The theme chosen for this year's observance of The International Day of Peace is "“Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future” and goes with the tagline, "There can be no sustainable future without a sustainable peace. Sustainable peace must be built on sustainable development."
In coordinate to the celebration, the world leaders along with the local authorities and private sectors will meet in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to discuss and renew political commitment and issues for a long term sustainable development. These includes a good natural resource management to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings related to or fuelled by valuable resources like oil, diamonds, minerals and water.
As the assembly meet and discuss these international issues involving countries and their fight over resources and necessities, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has this to say, "I urge everyone, between now and 21 September, to think about how they can contribute. Let us work together to ensure that the Road from Rio leads us to sustainable development, sustainable peace… and a secure future for all."
To keep up with the celebration, here are some thought-provoking quotes shown in International Day of Peace Official Site:
"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." - Albert Einstein
"Simply the absence of war is not peace." - Anam Prem
"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal." - Martin Luther King Jr.
"There is never a good war or a bad peace." - Benjamin Franklin
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Sources: United Nations Organization Official Site
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