We have celebrated this year’s International Day of Peace,also called World Peace Day,last September 21,2014,coincides with the 30th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the rights of people to peace.The UN calls the attention of government and all the peoples around the world to observe the event through education and public awareness on issues that would strengthen the ideals of peace,both within among all nations and peoples.The day recognizes the efforts of those who have worked to end conflict and promote peace.
The 2014 theme is “Right of Peoples to Peace” to improve monitoring of human rights abuses.Promoting respect for the rights that was in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the main purpose of the United Nations.A declaration on the rights of people to peace was passed by the UN General Assembly in 1984,which solemnly proclaims that ” the peoples of our planet have a sacred right to peace.
World Peace Day reminds nations of their commitment to the promotion of peace as vital for full enjoyment of all human rights.Worldwide, millions of people participate in activities,programs,festivities ranging from private gatherings to public concerts and forums to mark a global day of nonviolence.Activities may include candle lighting,choir enthusiastic performance,prayer vigils,tree planting for peace,art exhibits and a peace walk.At noon,in every time zone,a moment of silence is observed,sending a peace wave around the globe,there is sharing of thoughts,messages and pictures on social media.Coming together for a day makes a difference and impact for the cause of peace.
Peace is defined as an occurence of harmony characterized by lack of violence and conflict behavior and freedom from fear of violence.It suggests attempts of reconciliation,the existence of healthy interpersonal or international relationships,socio-economic prosperity,equality and a working political order that serves the best interests of all.
An enduring symbol of peace is the white dove flying with an olive branch in its beak.In Judaism,Christianity and Islam a white dove is a sign for peace.The dove also represents “hope for peace” and the olive branch as peace offering from one person to another.It is often represented as still in flight to remind people of its role as a messenger of peace.Individual may wear white peace badges in the shape of a dove to celebrate the day.
Anyone, anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at night,meditate in just a couple of minute or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. You can also share thoughts, messages and pictures to commemorate Peace Day on social media.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.The World Peace Day serves as a day to let others know that peace in the world can indeed be achieved.
Be one of the campaign “I have a right to peace” and “We all have a right to peace”
An enduring symbol of peace is the white dove flying with an olive branch in its beak.In Judaism,Christianity and Islam a white dove is a sign for peace.The dove alsorepresents “hope for peace” and the olive branch as peace offering from one person to another.It is often represented as still in flight to remind people of its role as a messenger of peace.Individual may wear white peace badges in the shape of a dove to celebrate the day.