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UN members observe 21st of September as Int’l Peace Day

KARACHI: Each year on 21st day of September the International Day of Peace (Peace Day) is observed around the world.

International Peace Day was established in 1981 by unanimous UN resolution. It provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. UN invites its members to join its efforts as it struggles for  a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.

In 2021, people are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better from the Pandemic. How to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts, as earlier appealed by the Secretary General. The global ceasefire must continue to be honored, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.

UN noted that 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. UN is convinced that to be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, humans must make peace with one another.

UN also notes that 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.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.