After the two World Wars that shook the entire world, 51 nations came together to establish the United Nations to ensure peace and prosperity for the citizens of earth. Since then, the United Nations has worked towards world peace while other nations joined the organization as member states taking the count to 193. In the year 1981, United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to observe International Day of Peace on every third Tuesday of September coinciding with the first session of United Nations. The first International Day of Peace was observed in September 1982, however, in 2001, UNGA adopted another resolution that established the International Day of Peace on 21st September as an annual day of cease-fire and non-violence.
Every year, the United Nations calls upon nations and people to honour the cessation of hostilities for 24 hours while educating the public about issues related to peace and tranquility. As a part of the ceremonial exercise, every year the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters at New York. The United Nations Peace Bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa. It was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan as a reminder of the human costs of war. The inscription on the Bell reads ‘Long Live Absolute World Peace’.
The theme for this year is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All”. Fiinovation comprehends that anyone can join the celebrations of Peace Day, and it can be as simple as observing a minute of silence and lighting a candle at noon. For others, who wish to engage with communities they can do so by sharing knowledge on world peace and creating awareness about issues related to peace. As part of events, even social media campaigns such as Share a Selfie along with #PeaceDay will ensure participation to mark respect for those who laid down their lives so that you and I can lead a life of peace.
Fiinovation has been advocating about peace and development and wishes all conflict zones within India to work together for restoration of peace, non-violence and ceasefire. Let us all dedicate our lives towards world peace.
“Over the next 100 days, let us stand with the millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas and plans for helping and supporting them in their time of dire need.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
By – Rahul Choudhury
Media and Communications,