President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared today Monday, September 21, 2015, as “International Day Of Peace” and to be observed as a Working Holiday throughout Republic.
The Proclamation requests all persons in Government Ministries and Autonomous Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, and Private Businesses, Schools and Colleagues, places of worship, market places and all transport systems and in homes and other dwelling places to cease movement and observe One Minute of complete and total silence at the precise hour of 12 noon ante meridian on that day.
According to the Proclamation, the theme for this year’s Peace Day is “Partnerships for Peace-Dignity For All”, which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society working together to strive for peace as well as to support the Organization in achieving its future goals.
The proclamation further stressed that Liberia, which was among the first fifty(50) countries to sign the Charter establishing the United Nations on 24th October 1945, with the mandate to save further generations from the scourge of war and to promote world peace, is today among those countries benefiting from the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions around the world.
2015 as the year of “Partnerships for Peace-Dignity for All” holds special significance for the Government and Peace of Liberia as the nation reflects on engagement with citizens, communities and development partners in the struggle to free Liberia from the deadly Ebola Virus Disease and the implications these partnerships have for post Ebola Recovery.
The Proclamation also urges Government Ministries and Agencies, Civil Society Organization (national and international), schools places of worship and individuals within the borders of Liberia to commemorate the International Day of Peace with appropriate programs including community service projects, cultural exhibits and performances, ringing of bells and sharing the universal wish “May Peace Prevail on Earth”, religious services and other educational and public awareness activities to help spread peace in our nation and throughout the world.
As the world celebrates this year’s International Day Of Peace ,the proclamation discloses that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has called on all nations including peoples from all spheres from Civil Society groups, Academics, Health Practitioners and Media, to place Partnerships on top of their development agenda to ensure a more peaceful and inclusive society. -Press Release