Trauma Center celebrates International Peace Day
By Theodore M. Ndze
The Trauma Center Cameroon last Thursday September 21, 2016 celebrated the International Day for Peace through prayers, drama, songs, speeches and lectures.
The event that held at the Yaoundé City Council Hall was chaired by the Centre’s Board Chairman, Peter Essoka who is also President of the National Communication Council. Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the World on September 21.
The UN General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The day’s theme for 2016 was “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”
Speaking at the event, Peter Essoka noted that peace constitutes an important element in everyday life. He said the celebration of the International Day of Peace is some sought of a reminder that peace is not only needed in times of war, conflicts but peace in the family, society and in a country. He said the United Nations decided to create a day for peace to implant in people that it is very necessary for us to live in peace if sustainable development has to take place
Another speaker, Dr. Richard Ndi Tanto of the Ecumenical Service for Peace said peace is the very reason why his organisation was founded in 1995. In his presentation, he talked about the borders of Cameroon with neighbouring countries which he said have not always been developed and this create an opening for people or rebel movements to infiltrate and cause havoc along the borders.
Other speakers at the event included the Secretary General of National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms, Eva Etongue, traditional and religious leaders who all preached peace.
The ceremony witnessed amongst others the presence of students from the Christian Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS), Nkolmbong – Etoudi, a private seconday school in Yaoundé.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of World Leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.
The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.
“The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the World Leaders and the People,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a to-do list for People and Planet, and a blueprint for success.”
Sustainability addresses the fundamental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict. Sustainable development contributes decisively to dissipation and elimination of these causes of conflict and provides the foundation for lasting peace. Meanwhile, peace, reinforces the conditions for sustainable development and liberates the resources needed for societies to develop and prosper.
Every single one of the 17 sustainable development goals is a building block in the global architecture of peace. It is critical that we mobilise means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer, and capacity-building, as well as the role of partnerships. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make.
On September 16, 2016, the Secretary-General celebrated the day in the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters by ringing the Japanese Peace Bell and observing a minute of silence. Women Nobel Peace Prize laureates and the United Nations Messengers of Peace were invited to participate in the ceremony.
Established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations Resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all Nations and Peoples.”
Furthering the day’s mission, the General Assembly augmented the original resolution in 2001, fixing the date on September 21 each year.
Peace day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.