Sunday, 21 September 2014 16:46

“Rights of People to Peace”, celebrated today by the UN and the Iraqi Council of Representatives

Baghdad, 21 September 2014 – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the Parliament Speaker, Dr. Salim Al-Juburi today hosted a ceremony to mark the International Day of Peace, which is celebrated each year around the world on 21 September. The ceremony was held at the Council of Representatives in the presence of numerous political dignitaries, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, women’s NGOs and youth organizations.

In his opening remarks, Parliament Speaker Dr. Salim Al-Juburi said “I think, it is time for everyone to raise their voices against the death merchants at all levels and to stop the futile conflicts under any title, whether political, ethnic, sectarian, benefit-based or even tribal”. “Yes, it is time for the world to stand bravely and talk again about weapons’ ban agreements, especially the agreements on the internationally prohibited weapons and to hold accountable governments and terrorist groups who go in for their hobby of genocide against  the innocents everywhere in the world”, he further stated. 

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly. In 2001, the General Assembly designated 21 September as the annual day of non-violence and cease-fire, devoting it to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. 

Addressing the gathering, the Resident Coordinator for Iraq and Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (DSRSG), Ms. Jacqueline Badcock read the UN Secretary-General’s message on the International Day of Peace where Mr. Ban Ki-moon highlighted that “armed conflicts cause untold grief to families, communities and entire countries, and that “too many are suffering today at the brutal hands of warmongers and terrorists”. The Secretary-General called for standing with them in solidarity. 

Using the opportunity, Ms. Badcock further encouraged the Government of Iraq to keep on the commitment the world’s community made on that day, highlighting the importance of establishing a national plan to address the humanitarian situation of those hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis, and reaffirming the United Nations’ readiness to provide the necessary technical support and assistance in improving the coordination and delivery of humanitarian aid. 

“Peace is a long road that we must travel together – step by step, beginning today”, she concluded, quoting the Secretary-General’s message. 

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