In its resolution 72/130, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) established May 16 as the International Day of Living Together in Peace. This was done to ensure that the international community’s efforts were regularly mobilized.
The aim was to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding, and solidarity among the international community. The purpose of the day is to encourage people to want to live and act together.
We are all different.
We have different cultures, religions and beliefs.
But our differences make us stronger.
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It attempts to bring people together despite their differences and variety in order to create a world of lasting peace, solidarity, and harmony.
Accepting diversity is essential to peaceful coexistence. It is all about being able to listen, appreciate, respect, and acknowledge others. It is also about living in harmony with one another.
As a result, the International Day of Living in Peace is supposed to symbolize solidarity despite differences and diversity. The day is being observed in light of the aforementioned objectives.
Countries are encouraged to work even more to achieve reconciliation. This contributes to peace and long-term development. It entails working together with communities, religious leaders, and other stakeholders.
This is accomplished via acts of reconciliation and service, as well as by encouraging forgiveness and compassion among individuals.
International Day of living together in Peace: Theme and Significance
According to UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, there is no theme for this day every year. Last year, the Director-General alluded to the fact that tensions, acts of hostility, rejection of others, and discrimination are all too common.
Therefore, the pursuit of peace and the desire to live in harmony is more important than ever. In this context, UNESCO and the UN as a whole are working tirelessly every day to provide people with the tools they need to achieve peace.
This is not because the 2030 Agenda requires it. However, it is because it is a prerequisite for long-term progress and the common good. This was declared by the Director-General of UNESCO.