In a world often plagued by turmoil and discord, the timeless wisdom that peace is the answer to all, and conflict to none resonates as a universal truth. Though it is not within our reach yet, we all share the same aspiration to live in one harmonious world. To our dismay, attaining global peace is not the only issue we have to face. We humans have collectively contributed to currently profound international issues such as climate change, poverty and inequality, food insecurity, health crises, and natural disasters. These problems are multifaceted and require collaborative efforts at local, national, and international levels to find effective solutions. Addressing these challenges is crucial for a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable world.
Under the present context, The United Nations has named “Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals” as the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace, which is commemorated worldwide on the 21st of September. The UN General Assembly dedicates this day to strengthening peace ideals, by observing 24 hours of non-violence and ceasefire.
International Peace Day isn’t just about the absence of war; it’s about fostering understanding, compassion, and cooperation among nations and individuals. Governments play a significant role in promoting peace, both within their own borders and on the global stage. They ought to take proactive measures to prevent conflicts, resolve disputes peacefully, and contribute to a more peaceful and stable world.
But peace isn’t solely their responsibility. We as individuals have roles to play by spreading kindness, tolerance, and empathy. In our fast-paced lives, we often forget the profound impacts of peace. This day allows us to appreciate the absence of fear, violence, and conflict and envision a world where differences unite, not divide. Furthermore, this day honors the peacemakers dedicated to resolving disputes. Peace is an active state, achievable when we work together with determination and compassion.
Let’s keep in our hearts that peace is the answer to all, but conflict leads to none.
Written by: Yoshini Kumarasinghe
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