Day: Today, 21 September 2021
2021 Theme: Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World.
The International Day of Peace was instituted in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. In 2001, the same General Assembly gave a unanimous vote on designating the day as a period of non-violence and ceasefire. Every year, 21st September has been the designated day for international peace.
This year’s theme – Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World is centered around rising from the ashes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Surely, the celebration will be watered down because of current realities of restrictions. However, member nations across the world will still mark the day.
Covid-19 virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy.
It is expected that member states will support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. “The global ceasefire must continue to be honored, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.”
The United Nations on its website noted that the pandemic has introduced a new twist to the way the International Day of Peace will be celebrated this year.
“The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them: the virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.
And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.”
Canada joins other nations of the world to uphold the virtues and significance of today – a world where peace reigns. We will celebrate peace by “standing against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.”
It is hoped that provinces across Canada will embark on events and activities to commemorate the day, while following COVID-19 protocol.
The Immigrant Life joins in celebrating the International Day of Peace today. As you celebrate this day, remember to join us at this year’s Thrive Conference.
Written by Yinka Bakare.