International Day of Peace |21 September 2021
‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world’
“The International Day of Peace has been observed around the world since 1981, after the United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations.
“International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences. Most of us too often take peace for granted. Seychelles is among the lucky countries to be enjoying long-lasting peace!
“However, the Covid-19 pandemic has come together with stigmatization, discrimination, loss of work, uncertainty, stress and hatred, which only cause division instead of bringing peace and togetherness: the virus does not care if you are vaccinated or not, it just attacks without a care in the world. Let us bear in mind that we have to work together to build back better.
“To commemorate the International Day of Peace, which falls on September 21, the Association for Rights Information and Democracy (Arid) calls on all the citizens not to express their anger through violence but to use dialogue as a means of conflict resolution as in so doing, we are in union, with ourselves, and this will ensure peace and stability of our different communities. Arid commemorates peace by standing up against acts of discriminations at work places, shops to name a few: spreading kindness, empathy and hope during this trying time will help us recover quicker and better.
“While everyday should be a day of peace, celebrating the International Day of Peace provides a platform to highlight the work of peace in a co-operative effort so as to build a democratic and violence-free culture in a world where the respect for basic human rights, freedom, and social justice, will sustain peace.
“We will recover better for an equitable and sustainable world if we all respect each other’s views and uphold human rights by standing up against discrimination.”
Association for Rights Information and Democracy (Arid)