“Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood…”
– Martin Luther King –
The world is a place of life. We, humans have differences. Living together in peace is all about accepting differences and the ability to infuse the qualities of empathy and humanity. This will create an environment to listen to each other, recognize, respect, and appreciate others. Peace remains a goal for introspective individuals around the world. The never-ending pursuit of inner peace pushes us to grow as people and allows us to change. After all, both the past and the present architects concur that achieving peace involves a journey that starts with YOU. Self-realization is the path to peace and a life of controlling emotions. Emotions are very unique to humans and that’s what makes us humans, yet controlling them can lead us to a healthy relationship between our parents, friends, spouses and everyone. We humans take irrational decisions in our bad times to escape reality and to get over the sadness which is untreatable. The root cause is simply that we merely hate the fact that this is reality. But, the most important fact is that, to achieve something great we have to sacrifice. Sacrifice is power.
The International Day of Living Together in Peace was established by the UN General Assembly in resolution 72/130 to routinely galvanize efforts on the part of the global community to advance peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding, and solidarity. In order to create a sustainable world of peace, solidarity, and harmony, the day seeks to uphold the desire to live and act together, united in differences and diversity.
The General Assembly declared the year 2000 to be the “International Year for a Culture of Peace” in 1997 with its resolution 52/15. The year 1998 saw the declaration of the years 2001–2010 as the “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for Children of the World.” The Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, which serves as the universal mandate for the international community, particularly the United Nations system, to promote a culture of peace and non-violence that benefits all of humanity, including future generations, was adopted by the General Assembly in 1999 through resolution 53/243. The Declaration also acknowledges the necessity to eradicate all forms of prejudice and intolerance, including those based on race, color, sex, language, religion, political opinion, national, ethnic or socioeconomic origin, property, disability and birth in order to realize this goal.
The theme of the International Day of Living Together in Peace is to encourage individuals and communities to live together in peace. It is a day to celebrate the diversity of cultures, religions, and languages, and to recognize the importance of respecting one another’s differences. The day is also an opportunity to promote peace, solidarity, and harmony, and to emphasize the importance of working together to build a sustainable world.
Living together in peace is essential for the survival of humanity. It is a critical factor in promoting social and economic development, and it is a foundation for democracy, human rights, and good governance. It is a fundamental human right to live in peace, and this right should be protected and promoted at all times.
The International Day of Living Together in Peace is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to reflect on their role in promoting peace and harmony. It is a day to take action and to promote the values of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance. We are all responsible for creating a culture of peace!
Together, let’s achieve the international goal of peace!