September 21, 2019 marks the International Day of Peace. As the world comes together for the opening of the UN General Assembly and High-Level Debate, Cordaid together with 100 peace-building organizations from across the globe have lent their voices to a statement urging governments to move from commitments to action on peace.
(The Central African Republic’s ongoing conflict has claimed thousands of lives and has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Image: Elorry Mahou)
The statement calls on governments and the international community to:
- Move from commitments to action on peace in the 2030 Agenda and across the three UN pillars;
- Align crisis response with longer term prevention and peacebuilding efforts;
- Protect and support civil society in fostering sustainable peace;
- Think local and act global: recommit to multilateralism as a safeguard for the most vulnerable.
The Quaker United Nations Office – an organization that represents Quaker concerns for global peace and justice at the United Nations – played a key role in drafting and circulating the statement. The signatories include organizations dedicated to peace from throughout the world, including faithbased groups, international development agencies, policy organizations, and others.