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World Stands Together For International Peace Day on September 21

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| September 21 , 2018 , 12:16 IST

The United Nation’s International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21 to recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations and governments to end conflict and promote peace.

This year’s theme will focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was drafted and adopted by the United Nations 70 years ago. The document was presented in Paris in December 1948 and it contained the very first fundamental human rights protection act.

John.F Kennedy rightly said, “Peace is a daily, a weekly and a monthly process. It is about gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures”.  

The entire world celebrates this day dedicated to world peace. The International Peace Day was first celebrated in 1982. Every year, the UN Peace Bell is rung at the UN headquarters in New York. In 2018, India moved up to four places to the 137th rank on the global peace index.

The Dove is a symbol often associated with the International Day of Peace. In commemoration of the annual International Day of Peace and in solidarity with the United Nations, the NGO Pathways To Peace inaugurated the Minute of Silence at 12:00 Noon in each time zone, in 1984 resulting in a ‘Peace Wave’ around the world.

As we celebrate Peace Day we can say that right now we have more people thinking about peace than ever before, there are more people coming together saying sorry, understanding and cooperating and standing for peace. 

People took over to their social media accounts to celebrate the spirit of International Peace Day.

“Individuals can make a difference and if each of us do our bit collectively, we will make a major contribution” said,Kofi Annan , UN Secretary- General(1997-2006)

There are thousands of activities taking place around the world on this day from celebrations to humanitarian initiatives in Africa, to football matches in Favelas of Brazil and Peace walks in India to DJ sets in Middle East.

Do what you can, for Peace day today. Get involved, make peace happen and be a part of this global movement.

About 98% of the world’s violence happens in our own communities, at our work place, in our schools, in our homes. So with whom you will make peace today?

Perhaps you know, someone who needs support,  a colleague who deserves an apology or a friendship that could do with the few kind words.

So do it right now. Write a quick email, send a text, take a peace selfie and share it on your social media. Do whatever you want to do and see how many people you can reach out to for peace day.

Frank Sterle Jr

Especially when observing (via the news) what seem to be increasing politics of difference, and growing unrest everywhere caused by intensifying racial divisions—that is, when people are not finding reason to kill each other on a sub-racial or ethnic level, such as with the 1990s Balkans and Rwanda—I’m increasingly convinced that humankind is overdue for an Independence Day type alien invasion. It would need to be one in which all of us sub groups of the human race are essentially forced to unite, attack and defeat the creepy invaders. The latter—who’d be the new (and hopefully last) Them—would have to be unlike our humanoid type, indeed as far as possible from being anything remotely like one of our Team Terra. Unfortunately, though, it has to be asked: What will happen, say some five decades later, after all signs are long gone of the violent ET invasion we had victoriously overcome—when the politics of scale, to which we humans are so collectively prone, returns to the human-race fore? Let’s not delude ourselves: There’s no greater difference amongst human beings than race—remove that entirely and left are less obvious differences over which to clash. From the local municipal, to the regional, provincial or state, the national, international, intercontinental—with the greatest ‘difference’ being that between our religions and races, and especially with the two combined—we, as a whole, can be relied upon to inevitably find reason to irreconcilably differ and seriously conflict … In case my point is missed, we perhaps need a greater foe outside of the human race in order for us to ‘just get along’, at least temporarily. It has to do with the sufficiently great hatred felt by one human being towards a group of other human beings—and for no legitimate moral reason, as he doesn’t even know who they are—in order to viciously run them down with his speeding van. As with the 1996 movie Independence Day, in which (as one example of unusual allegiances) Israeli fighter pilots are seen working alongside otherwise-enemy Iraqi fighter pilots (both nations’ flag signage are visible on the planes), mutually-hating foes can become allies—which is for me quite refreshing—in a fight against a new common adversary, especially when it’s a genocidal alien race.