New York, 21 September 2022 (TDI): All over the world the International Day of Peace is marked on September 21. This day has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as a time to enhance the values of peace by engaging in nonviolence and a cease-fire.

The theme of Peace Day 2022

“End racism. Build peace” is the theme for the International Day of Peace in 2022. United Nations cordially encourages the world to join the UN in its efforts to eradicate racism and racial prejudice from the world.

This will give birth to a society where empathy and compassion may prevail over prejudice and hostility along with a world that delivers pride.

History of Peace Day

In 1981, the UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace.
Almost two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously resolved to declare the day a period of non-violence and a cease-fire.

The United Nations Peace Bell is rung at the New York City in its headquarters every year to mark the International Day of Peace. The United Nations Association of Japan donated the Bell in June 1954.

It was made from coins and medals that the Pope, member state representatives, and the general public donated.

United Nations Peace Bell is rung at the New York City
United Nations Peace Bell is rung at the New York City

In order to bring about peace and harmony among societies, the International Day of Peace encourages inclusivity, trust, and cooperation.

Adding to that, the major reason for celebrating the International Day of Peace is to promote human coexistence. The day also commemorates all the efforts that have been made in order to create a culture of peace.

Actions to be taken 

Achieving peace in a true sense demands far more than laying down arms. It entails the building of communities where every member feels that he/she can become successful.

It requires creating a world where people can be treated in equity, despite the race they belong to.

On this occasion, United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres said, “Racism continues to poison institutions, social structures, and everyday life in every society.

It continues to be a driver of persistent inequality. And it continues to deny people their fundamental human rights. It destabilizes societies, undermines democracies, erodes the legitimacy of governments, and the linkages between racism and gender inequality are unmistakable.”

He also tweeted, “Peace is the only practical pathway to a better world for all. Yet in too many places we are failing the cause of peace.”

The special message of Antonio Guterres has been shared widely to create awareness and commemorate International Peace Day.

It is noteworthy that there has been racial discrimination observed at borders as wars continue to flare around the world and force people to flee.

Similarly, some racial groups have been struck considerably harder than others as COVID-19 continues to strike the neighboring countries. As economies struggle, racial minorities have been the target of hate speech, slurs, and acts of violence.

Hence, in order to promote peace, the whole world needs to play a part and one meaningful way to participate in peace is to combat racism.

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Along these lines, it is necessary to fight institutionalized racism on Earth. All across the world, movements for equality and human rights have to be carried out.

Also, there should be the power to condemn hate speech, both online and offline. Education and restitution for past wrongs are two ways we may advance anti-racism.

The United Nations Women in the Asia Pacific also joined the world to celebrate the day. They urged to make “racial justice is a priority for women & girls, & a key to achieving peace.

Say NO to Hate  

Hate speech has weakened social harmony and tolerance along with inciting violence. Unfortunately, there is nothing new about how destructive hatred can be.

To the point, that hate speech, even online, has become one of the most common ways to spread divisive language and beliefs globally and endanger peace.

Additionally, to safeguard human rights and advance the rule of law, the UN has a long history of organizing the world against hatred of all types.

The effects of hate speech are felt across the UN including safeguarding human rights and preventing atrocity crimes. These are in addition to maintaining peace, attaining gender equality, and helping children and youth.

Therefore, the United Nations has been working to counter hate speech at every turn since it is at the core of its principles and mission to combat hatred. It also aims to combat discrimination, racism, and injustice.

The United Nations Charter, the International Human Rights Framework, and the Global Drive to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all uphold this notion.