As Liberians join the rest of the world to celebrate the International World Peace Day on September 21, 2019, the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) and partners have concluded a one-day ceremony in commemoration of the International Peace Day in Liberia.
Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The United Nations Members States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.
The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres message which was read at the celebration, in central Liberia, Saturday, September 21, 2019, St. Martin’s Catholic High School Student Council President Ms. Hope Freeman quoted the UN SG as saying, this is the battle of our lives, we and a race against time, we can win and we must, solutions are in our hands: tax pollution, not people; stop subsidizing fossil; stop building new coal plants by 2020; focus on a green economy, and not a grey economy.
“I count on your continued support as we strive to build a world where we can live every day in harmony with the environment and with each other, SG Guterres adds” in a special message.
The theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world.
SG Guterres in his message added that Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security, natural disasters displace three times as many people at conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere
“It is possible to achieve our goals, but we need decisions, political will and transformational policies to allow us to still live in peace with our own climate Secretary-General Antonio Geterres noted”.
On behalf of the UN SG, Ms. Freeman narrated that every year on September, the United Nations calls on all Countries and people to put down their weapons and reaffirm their commitment to living in harmony with one another.
According to SG Antonio Guterres, Peace can only be achieved if concrete action is taken to combat climate change and “nature does not negotiate” and emphasized for four key measures that the governments should prioritize in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
Speaking to The People’s News Africa Liberia Correspondent following the program, the region Director of the Justice and Peace Commission for Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties Honorable George Philip Mulbah expressed delights over the successful completion of the Peace Day celebration organized by the JPC.
Mr George Philip Mulbah at the same time stressed the need for Liberians pay key attention to conservation of the environment, adding that the inhabitants of the continent should abide by the rules and regulations governing the environment.
George further urged participants of the International Peace Day celebration to serve as ambassadors of peace in their respective vicinities so as to maintain the fragile peace in the Country.
The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission regional Coordinator reiterated the JPC unwavering support and commitment to the Liberian people and the world at large.
This year World Peace Day Celebration was held under the global theme: “Climate Action for Peace”.