NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 (IPS) – Amid varied international conflicts within the 1980s and 1990s, the Worldwide Day of Peace (IDOP) was established to commemorate the strengthening of the beliefs of peace globally. In the present day, peace isn’t just the absence of battle, however a key prerequisite for growth. It’s in recognition of the essential linkages between peace, respect for human rights and sustainable growth that greater than 36 indicators for peace had been included throughout the Sustainable Improvement Objectives (SDGs).
Similar to charity, peace begins at house.
March 9, 2018 will go down in Kenya’s historical past books as certainly one of many defining moments when the nation took a step nearer in direction of peace. On at the present time, on the steps of Harambee Home, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Rt Honorable, Raila Odinga, shook arms. This averted a serious political disaster that was characterised by requires regional secession, financial boycotts and mobilization for civil unrest.
The theme of this yr’s IDOP is ‘constructing peace collectively’ which reminds us of what has been achieved, and what stays to be completed to safe a peaceable and simply world. Within the midst of constant conflicts world wide, the UN Secretary-Normal, António Guterres, has appealed for a worldwide ceasefire, urging all fighters to put down their weapons and deal with the battle towards the widespread enemy, the COVID-19 pandemic. This name was in no way directed merely to armed events, however is a name to Member States, regional companions, non-State actors, civil society organizations, to return to the basic values of the UN Constitution.
The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a bunch of inequalities and vulnerabilities in our societies that threaten human progress. For the primary time since 1990, human growth is on the right track to say no, affecting essentially the most marginalized in our societies disproportionately, girls, the aged, unemployed youth, refugees, and different weak teams, particularly these in humanitarian settings. That’s the reason it’s extra necessary than ever to work collectively throughout all sectors and in any respect ranges to “construct ahead higher”.
However with each disaster comes alternative. The UN is working with international locations world wide, together with Kenya, to take speedy daring motion to stem the socio-economic impacts and put in place restoration methods which are sustainable, transformative and modern. Collectively, we’ve an opportunity to take a daring leap ahead to a sustainable, inclusive, peaceable, and resilient future, with the SDGs as our compass.
In its help to the Authorities and folks of Kenya, the UN will not be solely responding to the dire well being and financial wants of COVID-19, we’re additionally partaking intently on the influence of the disaster on stability and social cohesion.
The Nationwide Peacebuilding Technique on Covid-19, being launched throughout IDOP 2020, units out an inclusive and built-in framework for the governance, peace and safety sector to reply to and recuperate from the impacts of COVID-19. The Technique is a good alternative for all Kenyans to form peace collectively and steer the nationwide debate within the route of a united, peaceable and affluent Kenya.
The 17 SDGs present a framework for enhancing the situations which can engender peaceable societies whereas addressing the underlying causes and drivers of battle. Peace permits each particular person to realize their human functionality, dignity and selection. It creates an atmosphere for optimum growth. The mutually reinforcing nexus between peace and growth locations prevention and peacebuilding on the centre of the work of the UN.
This yr’s observance of IDOP is especially particular, coming because the UN celebrates its 75th Anniversary. The UN Normal Meeting will mark the event at a time of huge and unprecedented stress on folks and planet below the theme: “the long run we wish, the United Nations we want: reaffirming our collective dedication to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 by efficient multilateral motion.”
Kenya’s unwavering dedication to the UN and to multilateralism has obtained worldwide recognition, evidenced by the current election to the Safety Council from 2021 to 2023 and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s management as a worldwide youth champion.
As Kenya continues to shine on the worldwide stage, so should she proceed to show her resolve to sustaining peace and social cohesion domestically. The inclusion of ladies and youth in all establishments and decision-making processes as enshrined within the structure, should function the idea for governance, irrespective of how bumpy the highway forward could also be.
Efficient implementation of the Nationwide Peacebuilding Technique is the fitting approach ahead.
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