Auspire is Silent for International Day of Peace
People across the world joined together for a minute’s silence at noon on 21st September to commemorate and acknowledge the International Day of Peace, which was established by the United Nations in 1981
In 1984, in commemoration of the day and in solidarity with the United Nations, Pathways To Peace, an International Peacebuilding, Educational and Consulting organisation inaugurated the Minute of Silence at 12:00 noon in each time zone, resulting in a “Peace Wave” around the world.
Individuals, organisations, communities and nations from that point on are annually invited to participate in this shared and practical act of peacebuilding.
In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It was universally agreed and understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere.
The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.
Auspire – The Australia Day Council’s work is closely aligned to the UN’s sustainable goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. It calls for promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Accordingly, Auspire was proud to be part of the movement this year.
“As the Australia Day Council, our vision is for Australia to be the most socially and culturally inclusive country in the world, where everyone feels a deep sense of belonging” says CEO, Morgen Lewis. She added “Our work straddles the space of social inclusion capacity-building as well as recognising people through our awards, who are advancing public welfare, which when combined contributes to community sustainability, cohesiveness and strength.”
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the declaration of Human rights, so the theme for Peace day 2018 was – The Right to Peace.