International Day of Peace 2018: 7 peace initiatives taken around the world

first_imgHappy International Peace Day! The United Nations declared September 21 to be the International Day of Peace in 1981.Since then, this day has been observed as a reminder to everyone on Earth that we have only one planet – it is our only home and we should progress towards making it even more beautiful than it is already and not do any harm to any individual or group of people.2018 theme of International Peace DayTheme of International Peace Day 2018. (Image: internationaldayofpeace.org)Peace day 2018 celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Right to Peace.You may have heard about several insurgency operations and military initiatives taken by countries over the years, but these few initiatives, taken by the United Nations promote global peace.Here are some steps taken towards global peace:Art for Peace, KabulOn September 7, 2010, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan launched ‘Art for Peace’, an initiative in war-torn Afghanistan. An exhibition of artworks created by young artists was held at Kabul’s famous Queen’s Palace.The exhibition aimed at reminding the upcoming generation of Afghanistan about their 2,500-year-old cultural background.Peace on Wheels, AfghanistanNadir Shah Nangarhari of Afghanistan started a bicycle trip for around 14,000 kilometres around Europe and America to spread the message of peace and global brotherhood.The Afghan government has identified the ace cyclist and his son as peace ambassadors and supports the initiative.Peaceful co-existence, IraqThe youths and children of Kirkuk, Iraq, gathered to take part in several sporting activities in August 2010. The event brought communities together and breathed a new life into the victims of military insurgencies.advertisementThe one-month sporting programme, held under the theme of ‘Love and Peaceful coexistence is the basis for peace in Kirkuk,’ aimed to educate the next generation about love, peace, and tolerance.Play for Peace, GazaEzbet Abed-Rabbo is a small settlement near the border of Israel and Gaza. Israel’s aggressive military actions had left the town devastated.A team of 25 psychologists and counsellors, appointed by the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, took heed of the situation and helped the children and members of the community with psychological treatment.Peace takes a flight, GazaChildren of Gaza fly kites to commemorate the earthquake and the tsunami disasters which hit Japan in 2011 during an event organized by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Gaza City. (Image: Getty Images)Around 7,000 kids made it to the Guinness Book of Records in August 2010 when they flew kites simultaneously on a beach in Northern Gaza to spread the message of togetherness and global peace.Project Amani, KenyaProject Amani is a peace initiative launched in Kenya to educate the people of the African country about the national progressive transformation and welcome them to be an active part of it.The Kenyan youths have been instrumental in the implementation of this initiative.Knowledge for all, SudanSudan is considered one of the most war-affected countries in the world at present. The country is filled with ex-combatants from the civil war that gave birth to South Sudan.In order to rehabilitate these former gunmen into a normal lifestyle, the German Technical Cooperation, an implementing partner of the UNDP Reintegration Programme, offers classes on subjects like maths, general science etc to such ex-combatants.READ| A call for peace: United Nations was set up today, 71 years agoREAD| ‘The World is one family’: Students from around the world extend peace message at international culture festivalInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more