UNDP Country Director Georges van Montfort was the guest speaker at a Wednesday@UNIC Discussion Forum held at United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) on Wednesday, 27 September to commemorate the International Day of Peace.
In his presentation, the UNDP Country Director encouraged Zimbabweans to register to vote for the upcoming country’s general elections ‘because it is their right.’
He said that peaceful societies are not those that are devoid of conflict. “Rather peace is sustained when individuals or communities have spaces to dialogue and can negotiate their lives while respecting the diverse interests of others,” he said, adding that conflict is a key aspect of human existence and if well managed, can lead to positive transformation at individual and societal level.
As part of the commemorative activities, UNIC solicited pencil-drawn pictures from Zimbabwe United Nations Association (ZUNA) affiliated schools, depicting their vision of a world of peace. The group, Guitarists for Peace also performed at this event.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. It was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”