International Peace Day
Sep 20, 2018
John Lamming
International Peace Day

United Nations International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September the 21st.

The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.

The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

At our meeting on September 20th our club member John Lamming and a guest will talk about some of the work that he has done as a Rotary Peace Scholar in helping to bring Peace to communities in Canada and in other parts of the world.