World Peace Volunteers have urged Ghanaians to use the International Peace Day to reflect on how best to dissolve the sequence of violent behaviour created by conflicts and conscientiously commit to world peace.
In 2001, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly by unanimous vote, adopted a resolution, which established 21st September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.
A statement signed by Mr. Seth Osei Acheampong, President of the Ghana-based civil service organisation, said peace was secured by hard work, dedication and commitment and the world needed lasting and sustainable peace.
“We shouldn’t forget that peace does not occur by chance. It is a product of conscious and consistent effort of people of goodwill, acting together for a common good. Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.”
The statement, therefore, urged political leaders to be circumspect in their utterances and called for national unity since it is critical to national development.
The statement also urged the media to efficiently propagate the message of peace across the country.
The UN General Assembly declared the International Peace Day as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
An official UN statement said the theme of this year’s International Day of Peace is the “Right of Peoples to Peace”.
The UN said this anniversary offered a unique opportunity to reaffirm the world body’s commitment to the purposes and principles upon which the Organization was founded.
“The Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights,” it said.
“The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace,” said the statement.