UN’s International Day of Peace is celebrated annually on September 21
The International Day of Peace is observed around the world each year on September 21. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace among all states and peoples, both at the national and international levels. The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace is ‘Shaping Peace Together’. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted in his traditional message that in the context of the global spread of COVID-19, the challenge facing the world community is to strive hard to achieve universal harmony.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, this call is more important than ever. That is why I appealed for a global ceasefire in March. Our world faces a common enemy: a deadly virus that is causing immense suffering, destroying livelihoods, contributing to international tensions and exacerbating already formidable peace and security challenges. In that spirit, and to mark our 75th anniversary, the United Nations is bringing people together for global conversation about shaping our future and forging peace in trying times. In these days of physical distancing, we may not be able to stand next to one another. But we must still stand together for peace,” the UN chief said.
Security and peace in the world - this postulate characterizes Kazakhstan as a modern, forward-looking and confident state, capable of responding adequately and in a timely manner to the new challenges of a globalized world. Since gaining independence, Kazakhstan has openly declared to the world that regional and global security is the main priority of the state’s foreign policy. Since then, a sovereign country has not deviated from this path, standing out for its global security initiatives and receiving due recognition for this in the international political arena. Experts say that each of these initiatives fulfills a peacekeeping mission to resolve international conflicts. Examples range from nuclear disarmament to the Astana Process on Syrian peace.
“To mark its 75th anniversary, the UN invited millions of people around the world to join the UN75, the biggest-ever global conversation on building a peaceful and prosperous future we aspire to. Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping initiatives undoubtedly contribute to the strengthening of international security and sustainable development. In these difficult times of new security threats, this International Day of Peace will be devoted to promoting dialogue and gathering of ideas. The world will be invited to come together and share thoughts on how to survive this security challenge, heal our planet and make it a better place. The UN system in Kazakhstan is committed to expanding its support to Kazakhstan in order to better support the country’s ambitious vision of a forward-looking development agenda,” said Elnara Bainazarova, Press and Communications Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator in for Kazakhstan.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly, and has been widely celebrated since 2002. The decision to hold this holiday on September 21 was made by the UN General Assembly at its 55th session. Every year, the organization invites all nations and people to cease all hostilities during this Day, and mark the date by holding educational and public awareness campaigns on issues related to peace.