United Nations observes 21st September as International Day of Peace. It is a day to highlight and emphasize the importance of peace around the world. It is a day of non violence and ceasefire. It is a day to promote harmony in the world that continues to face the turmoil of major conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Palestine and a regular threat of terrorist attacks in various parts including India.
“Peace and Democracy” is this year’s theme. Stressing the importance of democracy, the Secretary General of UN, Ban Ki-moon considers democracy crucial for human rights and for resolving differences besides empowering people.
Some question the relevance and effectiveness of the UN and International Peace Day but any effort for creating awareness and promoting peace shall be welcome. Achieving non violence and peace is not a onetime endeavor; it is an ongoing task with a clear objective to create an environment of resolving conflicts through political processes without using violent means. Often armed conflicts result in loss of lives of innocent men, women and children - loss of lives of law abiding and hardworking average but unfortunate humans. Any attempt to save lives of innocent citizens shall be received with open arms. As part of the UN Peace Day campaign in Afghanistan, 1.6 million children were vaccinated in 2008 and 1.2 million in 2009. But saving lives of fellow humans is not responsibility of just one organization; probably it is collective responsibility of human race.
May be supporting the initiatives of the UN is a contribution to this great cause.
What do you think?