Peace is defined as an incidence of harmony characterized by lack of violence, conflict behaviours and the freedom from fear of violence. Frequently understood as the absence of aggression and retribution, peace also suggests sincere attempts of resolution. Understanding on the characteristics, peacefulness is always perceived as an internal sense of tranquil that comes from being still in order to reflect and meditate on the inner insight. Thus, it is said that a peaceful heart is one that is free from qualms and difficulties.
The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on the 21st September. It provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to undertake acts of peace and kindness. People across the globe engage in diverse and meaningful ways: from observing a minute of silence, attending peace education events and writing peace poetry, to participating in peace marches, yoga and meditation.
The year’s theme “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All” honours the spirit of together, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. Together unites the organisations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.
We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), pledge to promote a culture of peace especially amongst the youth. We appreciate that every person has a right to peace and that the achievement of peace is a shared responsibility. In respect with that, WAY support and encourage young people to actively show their input on how to apply the values of patience and mutual esteem in creating the ideal peace that our world and its population need.
We urge everyone to engage young people in peace building by creating space for them to express their opinions and listen to them rather than simply acknowledging them as victims or perpetrators of violence. It’s vital to engage youth as social actors with their own views and contributions. Although most young peace builders create positive impact with minimal resources, it’s important to provide them with the tools they need. By enhancing the peace-building knowledge and skills of young people is another way, they should be given opportunity to become more effective change-makers.
Let us embrace and reflect the value of peace in our hearts and minds and gently nurture it through our actions so it may blossom as a tradition in our societies.
Happy International Day of Peace!