Saturday, September 22, 2012

Scouts of The Bahamas embrace The International Day of Peace

The United Nations devotes The International Day of Peace to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.  The day also hopes to build sustainable peace throughout the world and promote sustainable development throughout the world to reduce conflict. The day is also set aside for introspection on how every can personally contribute to paving the road to a sustainable peaceful future. 
Scouts around the world took the day a step further and launched a social media campaign to get 10,000 scouts around the world say how they are going to make changes in their own corner of the world. 
Two Bahamas scouts--Queen's Scout and Asst. Leader of the 4th Bahamas troupe and Benjamin Moultrie-Grant--talked to ZNS about how they are embracing the day.

Towards the ideals of peace

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.

Sustainable Peace...

This year, world leaders, together with civil society, local authorities and the private sector, met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to renew political commitment to long term sustainable development.
It is in the context of the Rio+20 Conference that “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future” is the theme chosen for this year's observance of the International day of Peace.
There can be no sustainable future without a sustainable peace. Sustainable peace must be built on sustainable development.

...From Sustainable Development...

The root causes of many conflicts are directly related to or fuelled by valuable natural resources, such as diamonds, gold, oil, timber or water. Addressing the ownership, control and management of natural resources is crucial to maintaining security and restoring the economy in post-conflict countries.
Good natural resource management can play a central role in building sustainable peace in post-conflict societies.

...For a Sustainable Future

The International Day of Peace offers people globally a shared date to think about how, individually, they can contribute to ensuring that natural resources are managed in a sustainable manner, thus reducing  potential for disputes, and paving the road to a sustainable future, the "Future We Want".

                            - From the United Nations Page


Background on The International Day of Peace. 

Global Broadcast on The Day of Peace.

The United Nations & Sustainability. 

UNESCO & Culture of Peace and Non-Violence

Rio +20

Resolution 36/67 of 30 November 1981, which established Peace Day to be held annually on the third Tuesday of September

Resolution 55/282 of 7 September 2001, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire

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