Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21st.
The 2020 theme is “Shaping Peace Together”.
It should be within the paramount interest of the global community to contribute towards building the peace, as it represents the basis of prosperity and progress. And it is essential to address the issue at grassroots level, since it is impossible to achieve real peace until the society is prepared and ready for it.
That is why it is important to sustain and expand peace-building activities to the maximum level possible – ensuring wider outreach and impact. Therefore, it is crucial to grant young people with as many opportunities as possible to be involved in dialogues, peace-building and conflict resolution initiatives and actions.
Youth drastically need the platforms where their voices will be heard; their priorities will be taken into account; and where they can elaborate and implement projects that may and will tackle the root causes of conflicts – stereotypes, misunderstanding & lack of trust.
In this period when social distancing is more and more present, when face-to-face meetings are almost impossible at the international level, there are still ways to collaborate and together promote the ideals of the International Day of Peace.
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