Shaping Peace Together in the Age of Covid-19

Did we live up to the commitment we made in 1999 that every one of us needs to consciously make peace and nonviolence a part of our daily existence? I think not, writes Nihal Saad, Chief-of-Cabinet, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
Today, Saad continues, we need to ask ourselves if we had genuinely carried out our moral responsibilities to transition from a culture of hatred and violence to a culture of tolerance and peace. Given the global context, the COVID 19 pandemic has laid bare the world's vulnerabilities, divisions, falsehoods and brutal inequalities. The ugly truth is that there is no such thing as "we are in the same boat". It is never too late to reverse course. Fulfilling goal 16 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development "building peaceful, just and inclusive societies," is more imperative now than ever before, he writes. These remarks come as the world is celebrating the International Day of Peace, which is observed annually on September 21 around the world.

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