The International Day of Peace: "Right of Peoples to Peace"

Rwanda joined the world in celebrating the International Peace Day on 21st September. Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire. Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries.

“Peace cannot be decreed solely through treaties - it must be nurtured through the dignity, rights and capacities of every man and woman. It is a way of being, of interacting with others, of living on this planet. Peace means access to education, health and essential services – especially for girls and women. It means giving every young woman and man the chance to live as they choose. It also means developing sustainably and protecting the planet’s biodiversity. More than ever, it means living with others on the basis of tolerance, respect and mutual understanding.” -- UN Secretary-General

Rwanda joined the world in celebrating the International Peace Day on 21st September. Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire. Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries. Today, millions of people around the globe are suffering at the brutal hands of warmongers and terrorists. Yet, they have the right to live in a peaceful environment. Countless families in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Somalia, to only name a few, have been displaced and many pushed into exile. 

This International Day of Peace offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the United Nations commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded. As the UN Secretary-General rightly said,” peace cannot be decreed solely through treaties - it must be nurtured through the dignity, rights and capacities of every man and woman. It is a way of being, of interacting with others, of living on this planet. Peace means access to education, health and essential services – especially for girls and women. It means giving every young woman and man the chance to live as they choose. It also means developing sustainably and protecting the planet’s biodiversity. More than ever, it means living with others on the basis of tolerance, respect and mutual understanding”.

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