2021 Theme: Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world and the Laudato Si’ Movement
Each year the International Day of Peace 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.
In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.
The pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest. By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People caught in conflict are especially vulnerable in terms of lack of access to healthcare.
In line with the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire last March, in February 2021 the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. The global ceasefire must continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.
The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them: the virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.
And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.
Video: The Importance of Women in Peace Process
[ https://youtu.be/KaukupIWOL0 ]
Download: [ UN Day of Peace 21.09 updated.pptx ]
Thanks to Alex Savage from Notre Dame High School, Norwich, UK for preparing and sharing this PowerPoint Presentation with video clips for our Notre Dame Global Network.. [ https://www.ndhs.org.uk ]
Thanks to Joanne Wallace from St. Julie’s Catholic High School, Liverpool for a video called Prayer Pause [ https://tinyurl.com/5bcb6t6c ] to honor the UN International Day of Peace.
The Laudato Si’ Movement
The Laudato Si’ Movements are based on millions of activities (inspired by Laudato Si’) of Christians, the Catholic Church, churches, religions and secular partners around the world.
LaudatoSi.org promotes visibility and exchange of the rich diversity of the Laudato Si’ Movements for the common care for our common home. We are guided by Pope Francis Encyclical Laudato Si’ in ecumenical spirit and interreligious solidarity.
The project is sponsored by the Francis of Assisi Academy for the Protection of the Earth, European Union.
Source: [ https://www.laudatosi.org/about-1/ ]