International Day of Peace
2020 Theme: Shaping Peace Together
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The 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.
This year, it has been clearer than ever that we are not each other’s enemies. Rather, our common enemy is a tireless virus that threatens our health, security and very way of life. COVID-19 has thrown our world into turmoil and forcibly reminded us that what happens in one part of the planet can impact people everywhere.
In March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and focus on the battle against this unprecedented global pandemic. While the message is intended for armed parties, solidarity and cooperation across borders, sectors and generations are also needed to win this new fight against the worst public health crisis of our time.
Stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. Join us so that we can shape peace together.
– United Nations
Ideas for Workplaces:
To recognise this event…
- Start the day by observing a minute of silence and lighting candles in honour of peace.
- Decorate your workplace with notices & posters that emphasise the need for peace, gender equality, environment preservation, and the implementation of principles of non-violence.
- Communicate with a business associate or an employee, who has rankled or vexed you. World Peace Day presents you with the best opportunity to make amends with him or her.
- Organise a session with co-workers where you discuss different ways to encourage peace with the office premises. Everyone can share their personal experiences and thoughts about “peace” in the session. Find more ideas at ambassadorsforworldpeace.org
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