Moments of silence are observed as a sign of of respect for those who have died. Every year, a symbolic tradition takes place across the globe where a minute of silence is observed on the International Day of Peace; yesterday. I’d like to think that peace is alive amongst us, living through our mundane daily intentions, celebrated through songs, dances, and laughter. And though the day is often accompanied with festivals and smiles, it’s important not to ignore atrocities and hostilities that persist to shame our endeavours towards peace. The set of news presented brings forth both the positive and negative connotations of today’s peace strife.
This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.
Week of 18.09.2017
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
United Nations: International Peace Day
The United Nations announced the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace to be “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” that focuses on the promotion of what is mentioned for everyone who was forced to flee their homes and those searching for a better life. This is particularly relevant today as refugee influxes from different conflicts around the globe keeps increasing. The TOGETHER campaign launched during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016, where a partnership collaboration between civil society, academic institutions, private sector, NGOs and individual citizens to support diversity and non-discriminatory projects towards the campaign.
Human Rights Violations
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people are being expelled from their homes and lands where they have lived for thousands of years. Rohingya people have become refugees in Bangladesh, distressed and awaiting aid.
It’s quite an important display of what’s going on to place this year’s peace theme with what’s going on in Rohingya as well as other places around the world. Did you witness something significant to peace or lack there-of-this week? Share with us.