Harare – UNIC Harare, the Committee on Dialogue among Religions to Promote Peace and the Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) commemorated the International Day of Peace. The commemoration involved two activities. The first was a sports tournament entitled “Sports for Peace” which involved 11 schools affiliated to the Zimbabwe United Nations Association. These schools competed in the following disciplines: athletics, basketball, soccer and volleyball. The three winning teams were given prizes that included publications of the United Nations.
The second activity was a formal activity which began with the reading of the Message of the United Nations Secretary –General Ban Ki-moon by Soo Hyang Choi, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Representative. This was followed by a panel discussion on the topic, How can we improve and promote dialogue among religions? Panelists included Mr. Assadi from the Iran Embassy Cultural Section, Mr. A. Makwinja of the Fatima Zahra College and Mr. Mazorodze from the Traditional Healers organization. The Keynote Address was delivered by the Guest of Honour, Honourable Deputy Minister Dokora, Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, who was represented at this occasion by the Director of Sports. Youth who participated in the Sports for Peace tournament also made presentations on the topic “How schools can promote peace”.
The Voice of Revival Ministries sang songs at this colourful event which was attended by representatives of the Moslem, Pentecostal, Traditional, Faith and Hindi religions. Peace Prayers were offered by Pastor Felistas Mapimbiro of Faith in God Network.
The day was commemorated under the global theme “Youth for Peace and Development.
The schools that participated in this event included Mufakose High School, Ellis Robbins High School, Girls High School.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by resolution 36/67 of the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, which was held annually on the third Tuesday of September. The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001, the General Assembly by unanimous vote adopted resolution 55/282, which established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The UN invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.