September 21 is the day where the world observes and celebrate a day to promote global solidarity for building a peaceful and sustainable world.
by Nora Ismail
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. In February, the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for the Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts.
Referencing the official website of the UN, the global ceasefire must continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.
THE URGENT APPEAL
Now is the time for a collective new push for peace and reconciliation. And so I appeal for a stepped-up international effort — led by the Security Council — to achieve a global ceasefire by the end of this year. [..] The world needs a global ceasefire to stop all “hot” conflicts. At the same time, we must do everything to avoid a new Cold War.
Secretary-General António Guterres
Marking an urgent appeal on March 23rd 2020, an urgent appeal for a global ceasefire in all corners of the world to focus in solidarity on the “real” fight of the century – which is to defeat COVID-19. Secretary-General António Guterres issued repeated this call again at the 75th UN General Assembly session last September.
Stopping guns and bombs will not only support the fight against COVID-19 but also brings opportunities for life-saving aid, windows for diplomacy and deliver hope to people suffering in conflict zones who are particularly vulnerable to the pandemic.
Since March, 180 countries, the Security Council, regional organizations, civil society groups, peace advocates and millions of global citizens have endorsed the Secretary-General’s ceasefire call.
Watch the video for the message from Secretary-General’s
appeal for a global ceasefire last March
2021 – RECOVERING BETTER FOR AN EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD
In 2021, the world needs to heal! As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to think collectively and focus on how to help in recovery, building resilience, and how to transform our world into one – more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier. As the pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest.
By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People that are caught in conflict are vulnerable due to the lack of access to healthcare.
The clock is ticking and there is no time to waste.
The pandemic brings stigma, discrimination, and hatred in humanity and that only suffers through the loss of lives while we should be focusing on saving them. The virus attacks are relentless and do not care about where we are from or what we believe in.
The only enemy thus far against humankind is the virus, and not amongst us.
Let us also make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, we have to constantly remember that climate change is not on pause. Let us in unison, join our hands [or fist bumb] and stand together in making the future a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.
Let Us Fist Bump and Peace Out!
Be Kind, Be Safe. Happy International Day of Peace!
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