FWCC has joined 130 other international and domestic peace-building organizations in releasing a statement to mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September. The statement calls on the international community and the UN General Assembly to fully embrace the commitments to peace in the 2030 Agenda; balance national efforts with a focus on regional and international drivers of peace, justice and inclusion; mainstream prevention; and protect and support civil society in fostering sustainable peace.
“While international attention lurches from crisis to crisis, global peace-building organizations focus on long term work to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies,” said Andrew Tomlinson, director of the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO). “On the International Day of Peace, we encourage governments gathering in New York for the start of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly to join us in these efforts to sustainably address the root causes of violent conflict around the world.”
The Quaker United Nations Office, which is accredited to the UN through FWCC, played a key role in drafting and circulating the statement. The signatories include organizations dedicated to peace from throughout the world, including faith-based groups, international development agencies, and policy organizations, and others.
“The International Day of Peace is an opportunity for all to commit to global shared security and to highlight the critical work of our partners around the world promoting nonviolent conflict resolution,” said Kerri Kennedy, who serves as the Associate General Secretary for International Programs at the American Friends Service Committee. “We unite with our partners to call on the United Nations to advance these initiatives, and we will continue our efforts to invest in diplomacy and build a just and lasting peace.”