International Day of Peace 2020: Shaping peace together

New Delhi (NVI): International Day of Peace is dedicated to observing non-violence and cease-fire across the world and is celebrated on September 21 annually.

The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

This Day was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

Furthermore, in order to commemorate the Day, UN encourages countries to educate and create public awareness among its people in matters and issues related to peace.

The theme of the International Day of Peace 2020 is “Shaping Peace Together.” The main idea behind this theme is to spread hope, kindness and compassion amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.

The global organisation also urges people on this day to stand with it against those who attempt to use the novel coronavirus to promote any kind or type of discrimination, hatred etc.

For the United Nations, 2020 was already meant to be a year of listening and learning. To mark its 75th anniversary, the UN has invited millions of people worldwide to join UN75, the largest and furthest-reaching global conversation on building the peaceful and prosperous future that we want.

However, the UN75 meeting will be held virtually due to the widespread of the ongoing pandemic.

In a tweet, the United Nations mentioned how the global coronavirus pandemic has reminded and shown the world the ways in which it is interconnected. The pandemic has also worked as a reminder that any kind or sort of a global challenge can only be overcome by working together.

In another tweet, the organization wrote, “A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. We can all be part of the solution. #StandUp4HumanRights on Monday’s #PeaceDay & every day.”

-CHK