Written by Tharushan Fernando
21 Sep, 2016 | 12:52 pm
Today marks the International Day of Peace.
The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people
The day’s theme for 2016 is The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.
The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015.
The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
Commenting on the UN Secretary General calls the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a “shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people. He also stated that they are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”
In line with the International Peace Day on September 16, 2016 United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon celebrated the day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence.
On the International world Peace day Pope Francis and leaders of other world religions said “No to War!” vowing to oppose terrorism in God’s name and appealing to politicians to listen to “the anguished cry of so many innocents.”
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