President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declaredWednesday, September 21, as International Day of the Peace to beobserved as a “Working Holiday” throughout Liberia.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, this year’s commemorationwill be held under the theme: “Sustainable Development Goals:Building Blocks for Peace,” which highlights the responsibility toprovide the opportunity for prosperity, peace and partnership through the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.
The observance of the day will also include the call for globalceasefire in situations of conflict and violence in order to enhancethe culture of peace and stability around the world. A Foreign Ministry release quotes the Proclamation as urging allcitizens, government ministries and autonomous agencies, civil societyorganizations and private businesses, schools and colleges, places ofworship to cease movement and observe a minute of silence at the precise hour of 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21.
It further indicated that Liberia – a signatory to the chapterestablishing the United Nations on October 24th 1945 with the mandateto save future generations from the scourge of war and promote peace,has benefited from a peacekeeping mission of the world body which has the necessary conditions for sustainable development and economicprosperity.The 57th session of the General Assembly of the United Nationsunanimously adopted Resolution 55/282, declarin the 21stday ofSeptember of each year as the International Day of Peace to commemorate and strengthen the ideas of peace both within and amongall nations and people of the world to enhance the culture of peaceand stability.
-Edited by George Barpeen