Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected. The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.
Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
A peaceful society is one where there is justice and equality for everyone. Peace will enable a sustainable environment to take shape and a sustainable environment will help promote peace.
The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2018 is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The Universal Declaration – the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages – is as relevant today as it was on the day that it was adopted.
“It is time all nations and all people live up to the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that landmark document.” — Secretary-General António Guterres
The Universal Declaration states in Article 3. “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” These elements build the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
Yet, the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on “Right to Peace”. This is why we ask you this year:
What does “The Right to Peace” mean to you? Share your ideas with us through #peaceday and #standup4humanright.
In the lead up to the International Day of Peace on 21 September, we call upon all to take action.
You can support SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions by seeking peaceful resolution of conflict when disagreements arise around you. You can be part of the solution by taking small steps. You can prevent an injustice at school or in your community by adopting a non-violent approach to problem solving and reporting potential crimes, including online bullying.
You can promote human rights by collecting and promoting videos of as many articles as possible in as many languages as possible. Record yourself reading one of the 30 articles of the Declaration in any of the 135 languages currently available and share your video with your friends.
You can engage by speaking up when others are at risk and stand with others’ human rights at work, in school and around the dinner table.
You can reflect how each of us can stand up for rights, every day.
Human rights are everyone’s rights.
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WHAT DOES “PEACE” MEANS TO YOU?
Member Stephanie Phillips arranges for Member Henry Oster to speak to the entire student body at Rim of the World High School in Lake Arrowhead on the Holocaust.
“Is peace a state of mind? Or dream worth dreaming for?
In my belief peace is actually something you DO. Living peacefully means involving oneself into this world’s matters, inspiring others to spread peace by being a blueprint of peaceful behavior.”
“Peace, Shalom, Paz, Paix is the notion of “being whole”, “being complete”. For me it’s about the thinking, being, doing of our “I” transforming itself into “We” to transcend our ego and separation and reach to a state of Oneness. Let’s Be Peace in Action!”.
“ One of the biggest issues in finding a way for all the world peace organizations to stop competition and all teach humans about world peace. Humans learning how to deal with immigration,disasters, supporting each country…. how to deal with globalisation, political setbacks. teach decency,toleranceand good sence to every person and to learn from animals.. learn about social safety,values,and to remain reassuringingly level headed virtues spring fromhistory… make a way for the rich countries to create manufacturing jobs change the stagnant incomes and change the rising inequality and grow the middle class..show humans how to stop the fear rhetoric…Welcome newcomersand integrate them…teach countries to fuse diversity and national identity.
“Peace is the a state in which it is acknowledged, understood and accepted that everything is exactly just as it should be. it is the blissful feeling found in the Now that allows the flow of Well-Being to run through us and that liberates us from our minds and its false preconceptions. It it a place of complete Trust. “
Dr. Henry Oster, Member and Holocaust Survivor speaks in April in Sweden
Inhumanities — past and present
27 & 28 April 2017
The Program will provide a multi-dimensional perspective on genocide by: (a) a Holocaust survivor, who can provide a personal, first hand account of persecution under Nazi rule (b) a social anthropologist who has done extensive field research in the Middle East and Asia, interviewing Al-Qaeda and Islamic State and other combatants and thus can provide a contemporary perspective — he has “Talked with the Enemy” and (c) by an academic who has researched and written extensively about violence and genocide in The Balkans.
Scott Atran, French National Center for Scientific Research and Atris Director of Research.
Henry Oster (retired)
Tomislav Dulić, Director of the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University.
Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Uppsala University
YBC gymnasium, Nacka
The term “genocide” did not exist before 1944. It is a very specific term, referring to violent crimes committed against groups with the intent to destroy the existence of the group. Human rights, as laid out in the US Bill of Rights or the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, concern the rights of individuals.
Why did the twentieth century witness unprecedented organized genocide? Can we learn why genocide is perpetrated by comparing different cases of genocide? Is the Holocaust unique, or does it share causes and features with other cases of state-sponsored mass murder? Can genocide be prevented? The panel will explain the prevalence of genocide in the twentieth century–and show how and why it became so systematic and deadly.
The searing brutality of each genocide traces its origins back to those most powerful categories of the modern world: race and nation. The Program will explain how a strong state pursuing utopia promoted a particular mix of extreme national and racial ideologies. In moments of intense crisis, these states targeted certain national and racial groups, believing that only the annihilation of these “enemies” would enable the dominant group to flourish. And in each instance, large segments of the population were enticed to join in the often ritualistic actions that destroyed their neighbors.
Violent Political Extremism — in modern times.
Violent political action, often involving attempts at mass murder of civilian noncombatants, continues to grow in many regions. Significant numbers of immigrant and native born youth from Western countries (including Sweden) volunteer to fight and die with The Islamic State, which is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya.
At the root of this turbulent state of affairs is the interaction of sacred values and a brotherhood-like bonding that produces unconditional commitment to fight and die, which also provides moral virtue for otherwise marginalized youth and petty criminal elements, and is not well understood by the general public.
The Panel will also address whether contemporary violent political extremism can trace its roots back to genocides of the 20th century. Are there similarities in motivation, features, causation and method?
This will focus on the human experience and the relationship between macro-level decision-making and individual experiences that are ”close to home” for a Swedish audience. In particular, about the 4,300 Yugoslav prisoners that were sent to Norway on slave labour during the Second World War.
This talk would begin with a police report from Jokkmokk by a local police officer about a group of ”foreigners” that had been found by members of a Sami community near the lake Tarrajaure. Their fate and the fate of so many others will then be traced back to the Balkans, where it will show that the make-up of the prisoners can be used to illustrate the difference between security-oriented and exterminatory violence. It will then trace the men from their capture and incarceration at Semlin concentration camp, over their transportation in northern Norway to their life their and flight.
Surviving the Holocaust — a personal testimony.
This program is timely. Most survivors of the Holocaust are dead and the few remaining are aged or infirm. Soon they all will have passed and we will loose the opportunity for personal testimony. Although will still be able to read accounts of the tragedy, a personal account is compelling and powerful, especially as for many (especially the youth) the Holocaust is in the distant past.
Fortunately, Henry Oster is healthy and vibrant. He also is intellectual and unique as he is a German Jew. His family was murdered by the Nazis and their bodies reduced to ash, resulting in him emerging from the concentration camps without a flicker of faith, as did many survivors.
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