We need to build sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony

14May 2020
Editor
The Guardian
We need to build sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony

Living together in peace is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognise, respect and appreciate others, as well as living in a peaceful and united way.

The UN General-Assembly, in its resolution , declared 16 May the International Day of Living Together in Peace, as a means of regularly mobilising the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity. The Day aims to uphold the desire to live and act together, united in differences and diversity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony.

The Day invites countries to further promote reconciliation to help to ensure peace and sustainable development, including by working with communities, faith leaders and other relevant actors, through reconciliatory measures and acts of service and by encouraging forgiveness and compassion among individuals.

In a world in which we regularly witness tensions, acts of hatred, rejection of others and discrimination, the pursuit of peace and the will to live together harmoniously is more crucial than ever.  UNESCO, and the United Nations as a whole, is striving on a daily-basis to provide people with the means to achieve peace, not only because peace is one of the major goals of the 2030 Agenda, but also because it is a precondition for sustainable development and for the common good."

16 May 2018 was the first time that the International Day of Living Together in Peace has been celebrated, having only been officially recognised by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 2017.

The International Day of Living Together in Peace is a means of mobilising the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity. The Day aims to uphold the desire to live and act together, united in differences and diversity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony.

This Day is an invitation to states and leaders of all sides to continue to further promote reconciliation, to help to ensure peace and sustainable development, especially collaborating with religious communities, faith leaders, and other relevant actors, through reconciliatory measures and acts of service and by encouraging forgiveness and compassion among individuals and communities.

The celebration of this International Day of Living Together in Peace, in the respect for cultures and others is an opportunity to take educational initiatives and carry out awareness-raising activities, through the organization of events, but especially through an on-going formation to learn to live together in real life.

The purpose of this day is to promote peace through a harmonious living together regardless of nationality, gender, language or religion. It is also an appeal to all governments and all States to promote reconciliation and ensure peace and sustainable development.

A global day of living together does not solve everything, but it is a useful and important step to know and recognize that we are in the circle of human fraternity, in synergy with each other and not in opposition to each other.

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