21 September is observed annually as the International Day of Peace, a.k.a. World Peace Day. 2016 theme is -The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.
”It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples. In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.” Wikipedia.
”On 16 September 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., the Secretary-General celebrated the Day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. Women Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the United Nations Messengers of Peace were invited to participate in the ceremony. The United Nations Education Outreach Section held a global student videoconference on the same day, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also at United Nations Headquarters.” http://www.un.org
This reminds me of our Naija elegant stallion in the person of Ms. Onyeka Onwenu, whose peace song I knew from childhood days always ring in my heart; it goes thus ‘Peace in our hearts, peace in our homes, peace in our nation everywhere, ha haa’.
In Nigeria and most parts of the world, challenges such as hunger, insecurity (chiefly Boko Haram), corruption, racism, tribalism, poverty, water scarcity, social inequality, threat to the environment, diseases, corruption, among others, have adverse effect to peace and give room for conflict.
We all have a stake and contributions to make in the global structure for peace. This year’s theme of sustainable development goals in building block for peace is very vital, we should implement means of making them happen via financial resources, technological advancement and knowledge sharing.
As a huge believer in Christ Jesus, I leave you with a passage from Apostle Paul in the book of Philippians chapter 4, verse 7 to comfort us all….”And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Amen.
Additional sources: KJV, http://www.un.org, Google search.