International Day of Peace: Partnership for Peace- Dignity for all

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

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Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace.

As we celebrate International Day of Peace today, the UN has called on nations and all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire to avoid killing and destruction.

Citizens’ Constitutional Forum’s (CCF), Chief Executive Officer, Sara Bulutani Mataitawakilai, says “In Fiji, we are lucky to enjoy a peaceful nation.  To protect and maintain this peace it is very important that different sectors of society work together to protect our peace and recognise the vital role it plays in nation building,”

CCF strongly values democracy, open society, respect for human rights, and equality as core elements to maintaining peace in any country.

“Last September’s general elections introduced a new democracy in Fiji and this now gives a greater possibility to citizens of the country to be heard, represented and valued in society, which is very important in maintaining peace. Not only does this add to the peaceful resolution of conflict within a nation and society, but it promotes a diverse and vibrant society,” says Mataitawakilai.

For peace to flourish, human rights must be promoted and protected as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and in the Constitution.

Mataitawakilai says the responsibility in working for peaces rests equally with every citizen and our State representatives.

Providing for equality under law, the UDHR states that everyone is entitled to equal rights and freedoms without discrimination of any kind. Peace and stability can be strengthened if diversity is celebrated and fundamental human rights are protected and promoted.

“In Fiji, we are fortunate to share a diverse range of cultures and traditions.  There is strength in this diversity, and while we should nurture this, it is equally important to remember what we have in common. We are all part of humanity and we all deserve to live with dignity in a peaceful and prosperous nation, free from violence, suppression and discrimination.” says Mataitawakilai.

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For interviews, further information or enquiries, please contact CCF’s Communications Officer on phone (679) 3308 379.

 

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