The International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21 September, and is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of nonviolence and ceasefire. The United Nations’ General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This day is celebrated by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover. The COVID-19 pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalised groups the hardest. As we heal from this pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about a better recovery, and having our world transform into one that is more equal, just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.
Hence, the 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. Do join us in celebrating this day by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic. We call upon young people to stand together against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred. We should be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, and we should start by making peace with one another and with nature.
We, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), pledge to promote peace and solidarity especially amongst the youth. Young people are stepping up to the challenge, they are taking action on promoting peace in their homes and communities. We also call upon them to embrace and reflect on the value of peace in their hearts and minds, and gently nurture it through the actions so it may blossom as a tradition in our societies.
Every person has the right to live peacefully, and the achievement of peace is a shared responsibly. In respect with that, WAY supports and encourages young people to showcase the projects that promote peace.
Join us as we recover better and shape peace together.