Galaxy4Peace unveils the organization International Day of Peace project as they join United Nation to mark 2016 100-DayCountDown to Peace Day.
International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September every year. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
This year’s theme “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace” highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony.
Sharing Banki Moon’s 100-DayCountdown message, “When we all work together, we can make peace possible, starting with 24 hours of peace on September 21. SDG #16 specifically focuses on “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”; yet peace runs like a thread through all 17 of the Goals. When people feel secure in their abilities to provide for their families, when they are given access to the resources they need to live healthy lives, and when they feel truly included in their societies, then they are much less likely to engage in conflict”.
In observance of 2016 International Day of Peace, Galaxy4Peace is organizing peace walk tagged ‘Sweat4Peace’. The over 12 kilometers walk slated for 17th September, kick off by 8am at Oshodi BRT Bus Park and end at National Stadium Surulere; will feature, face-painting, dance, Music, Entertainment, Health tips, and exercise.
The walk will provide the avenue to enlighten participants and the public on the need to be more proactive in sustaining a peaceful environment and achieving a culture of peace focusing on the sustainable development goals unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit in September 2015.
The organization which raises young peace actors and provide them with platform to build their peacebuilding capacities will work hard with her fifteen (15) Peace-Influencers on this year’s project considering the actualization of all SDGs role towards sustainable peace.
Speaking with journalists, Galaxy4Peace Co-Founder, Precious Ajunwa stressed that this year’s peace-day theme demonstrate importance of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals considering its importance in achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.
She further noted that as modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, social inequality, environmental degradation, corruption, racism among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict; our collective effort in achieving Sustainable development contributes decisively to elimination of these causes of conflict and provides the foundation for a lasting peace.
As we countdown to this day, a major value of a “count-down” is to be more thoughtful and engaged in the theme and what it means to us as we get closer to the day of celebration.
We call on everyone, government, media groups, CSOs, political parties to participate in the celebration of this year’s International Peace Day by promoting peace on this very day & beyond.
Considering this year’s Peace Day theme: “Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”, Team Galaxy4Peace couldn’t be happier to receive companies and individuals who will be willing to partner with us for the event.
Galaxy4Peace is a grassroots educational and advocacy organization focused on transforming how individuals, communities respond to conflict and violence, including areas like Teaching Peace in Schools. The prevention and intervention solutions we promote through the peacebuilding programs we champion have proven effective in promoting peace while enhancing cooperation skills and increasing social resilience.