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2021 ICCCC International Day of Peace Program 

Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00 pm online!

Please join us for an online program, where we hear from local and regional peacemakers and their work, sharing some music, and then sharing with one another our own messages of peace. Leaders include: Father Tom Bonacci (IPP), Dr. Erica Bains (I4C & Sukhmanis for Peace, Rev. Will McGarvey, Rev. Lee Cruise (SOJA), Nadia Dhillon (East/West Sikh Women for World Peace), Barbara McGraw and the Interfaith Student Group at St. Mary’s College), Brother Camillus (St. Mary’s College), Lonnie Bristow (IPP), East County Shared Ministry New Way Choir, Sufi music and Zikr (MTO Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism), and more!

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You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 21, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuc-2uqTwrHd2RtiPzUWgyEX19OBHig2Gg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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2021 Theme: Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire.

In 2021, as we heal from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are inspired to think creatively and collectively about how to help everyone recover better, how to build resilience, and how to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

The pandemic is known for hitting the underprivileged and marginalized groups the hardest. By April 2021, over 687 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but over 100 countries have not received a single dose. People caught in conflict are especially vulnerable in terms of lack of access to healthcare.

In line with the Secretary-General’s appeal for a global ceasefire last March, in February 2021 the Security Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Member States to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts. The global ceasefire must continue to be honoured, to ensure people caught in conflict have access to lifesaving vaccinations and treatments.

The pandemic has been accompanied by a surge in stigma, discrimination, and hatred, which only cost more lives instead of saving them: the virus attacks all without caring about where we are from or what we believe in. Confronting this common enemy of humankind, we must be reminded that we are not each other’s enemy. To be able to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, we must make peace with one another.

And we must make peace with nature. Despite the travel restrictions and economic shutdowns, climate change is not on pause. What we need is a green and sustainable global economy that produces jobs, reduces emissions, and builds resilience to climate impacts.

The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world”. We invite you to join the efforts of the United Nations family as we focus on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world. Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.

Background

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.