By Binebai Princewill

As the World gears up to celebrate the 2023 International Day of Peace today, a leading Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), the Shedrack Agediga Foundation (SAF) in collaboration with the Nigerian Union of Journalists, DBS Chapel in Warri will be commemorating the 2023 International Day of Peace in Delta State. The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide can report.

It would be recall that this year’s theme is tagged “Actions for peace: Our ambition for the #GlobalGoals”.
According to the announcers, Pst. Seimode Lakemfa, Director of Programmes, SAF and John Glover, Chairman, NUJ DBS Chapel, the peace walk will commence by 7:am at DBS, Warri, Delta State.

Each year the International Day of Peace (IDP) is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. Never has our world needed peace more.

This year’s theme is Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals. It is a call to action that recognizes our individual and collective responsibility to foster peace. Fostering peace contributes to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will create a culture of peace for all.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Peace is needed today more than ever. War and conflict are unleashing devastation, poverty, and hunger, and driving tens of millions of people from their homes. Climate chaos is all around. And even peaceful countries are gripped by gaping inequalities and political polarization.”

Sustainable Development Goals
2023 marks the mid-point in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. The 2023 observance of the International Day of Peace coincides with the SDG summit (18 – 19 September) to mark the mid-point milestone.

The SDGs aim to bring us closer to having more peaceful, just, and inclusive societies, free from fear and violence. But without the buy-in and contribution of a wide range of actors including the 1.2 billion young people alive, the goals will not be achieved. We invite you to join the United Nations’ call to take action for peace: fight inequality, drive action on climate change, and promote and protect human rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights & the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide
2023 is also the 75th anniversaries of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide. IDP 2023 encourages all youth to be ambitious in their engagement as positive and constructive social agents, to join the movement to reach the SDGs and contribute to building sustainable peace. Together we can help to lead our world towards a greener, more equitable, just, and secure future for all.

Peace begins with me

Premiering September 14, 2023, the “Peace Begins With Me” multimedia poem showcases a creative collaboration between Congolese peacekeeper and musician Pacifique Akilimali and Nigerian peace advocate and poet Maryam Bukar Hassan. See Michael Douglas, Nancy Ajram & others as they join UN Peacekeeping in the fight for peace.