Posted on Sep 06, 2020
 
Since 1981 the United Nations (UN) has observed International Day of Peace to raise awareness, educate people and promote peace through cessation of acts of war and violence over a 24-hour period. On  September 21st, the International Day of Peace will be celebrated under the theme "Shaping Peace Together". Auspiciously, Promoting Peace is one of Rotary's seven areas of focus with Rotarians around the world dedicated to the goals of building international relationships, improving lives and creating a better world.
 
There are a number of UN-recommended activities that our membership in District 7030 can do to commemorate this year's International Day of Peace, including: organizing  a UN75 dialogue; educating yourself about peace; and, engaging in acts of kindness and solidarity. 
 
Today, millions of people including children are displaced due to acts of conflict, violence, persecution and human rights violations. As we continue on our peace-building journey and fight against polio, Rotarians are called upon to help recognize and celebrate peace in our region through events and activities that will resonate around the world.
 
Rotarians and Rotaractors are reminded and encouraged to join the dialogue and discussion on the International Day of  Peace (21st September) when District 7030 will host RI Director Peter Kyle as he addresses us on Rotary's Role As A Peace-Building Organisation.
 
For those interested, "UN75" is in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations which was established in 1945. The UN will mark this milestone 75th anniversary with a one-day, high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday, 21 September 2020 on the theme, 'The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'. They also planned to convene a Youth Plenary related to the 75th anniversary, and to hold observance ceremonies to commemorate the signing of the UN Charter on 26 June 2020 and UN Day on 24 October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event will take place primarily in a virtual format, with pre-recorded statements by heads of state and government. For anyone keen on watching the ceremony, please click here.
 
The relationship between the UN and Rotary is longstanding and has existed since the establishment of the UN in 1945. Even before the official charter of the UN, Rotary was involved. “From Here On”, is the title of the Rotary publication referring to the Charter of the UN in 1945 – the year Tom Warren was the President of Rotary International (FY 1945-1946). The publication was meant to explain and to help Rotarians understand the purposes and goals of the UN. See the attached files for more information.
 
Lastly, if you are planning on attending the 2021 Rotary Pre-Convention in Taipei and have an active interest in Peace-Building, then make sure to register for the Inter-country Committees: Opening Opportunities for Peace event schedule for 11th June.