September 21, 2015
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
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.
In answering to the call of the United Nations to commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), the United Religions Initiative – Africa (URI-Africa), the African Union -Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC), United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA),Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA), Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), and the African Media Initiative (AMI) organised in partnership a celebration of the International day of Peace on Monday 21 September, 2015 at the Desmond Tutu Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
During the ceremony, Peace messages from the United Nations, UNESCO, AU-ECOSOCC, African Union Commission, URI-Africa, AMI, PROCMURA, OAIC, and AACC were delivered and highly appreciated by the participants. The celebration was opened by prayers for peace from religious leaders and representatives from – Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i, Sikh and Brahma Kumaris. After the prayers, a moment of silence was honoured to remember the many victims of conflict and violence, including innocent people who are perishing in the seas trying to escape war and misery.
The most moving moment of the celebration was the touching message of children, who wished to see a peaceful world for them to grow in without fear, hunger, violence and discrimination. They publicly committed to be ambassadors of peace for all their lives.
All participants committed to further enhance the working partnership with the UN, AU, Faith-Based and Interfaith Organisations, and all other stakeholders. They all appreciated the work of the UN and AU on the commitment to promote a culture of peace and human dignity.
The celebration concluded by remembering the global framework of African vision framed through the Agenda 2063 document, which is a roadmap formulated by African heads of state during the 50th Golden Jubilee of the African Union which call for all of us toengage to work together for a united, prosperous and peaceful Africa.
May peace prevail on Earth.