International Day of Peace 2016
New York, NY – Every year on the 21st day of September, the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Peace. It is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace among nations and peoples of the world. On his speech, UN Secretary-General Ban Kim-moon said “You know best of all that peace is not an accident. Peace is not a gift. Peace is something we must all work for, every day, in every country,”. He stressed that peace is about far more than putting weapons aside and that it involves the hard work of mediation, conflict resolution through diplomacy, reconciliation, peacebuilding and sustaining peace.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. The 17 SDGs were unanimously adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations at a world leader’s summit in September 2015 held in New York City. The new 2030 agenda calls on nations to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) USA, in its desire to help build the world of peace, have been working to attain such goals through its many initiatives and programs geared for the same purpose if not more than what the UN strives for. UPF’s guiding principles are that humanity is one family under God and that the highest qualities of each human being are spiritual and moral in nature. The family as the building block of the society and the world is the school of love and peace where living for the sake of other is the ethical norm to reconcile the divided human family.
This month, several UPF local chapters initiated programs such as peace rally, peace forum and peace prayer to engage Ambassadors for Peace and other stakeholders who dream and work for the sake of establishing genuine and lasting peace.
Whether it is September or any other months, UPF USA continue to advance its causes to educate and empower people from all walks of life through its areas of focus, programs and initiatives such as Interfaith Peacebuilding, Religious Youth Service, Ambassadors for Peace, Parliamentarians for Peace, American Leadership Conference, Peace Blessing, and Youth Ambassadors for Peace.
To know more about UPF USA and to be involved, contact the National Office at (212) 819-1999 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our local chapters nationwide.
Contributed by: Emiljun Rapada, UPF USA