The United Nations Celebrates “International Day of Peace” with Torch of Love and Peace

Oct 11, 2017

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Under the patronage of H.E. Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, the Minister of Labour and Social Development, an event was held celebrating the International Day of Peace at the United Nations building in Hoora. A joint-event by UNDP and the charity Torch of Love and Peace, the event focused on the contributions of the Kingdom of Bahrain towards the consolidation of peace around the world and the role of youth in conflict reduction and peace.

In attendance were H.E. Mr. Khalid Ishaq, Undersecretary of Human Development, H.E. Mr. Amin El Sharkawi, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Dr. Adel Abdellatif, Chief of the Regional Programme Division at the UNDP Regional Bureau of Arab States in New York via Skype, Torch of Love and Peace board members including Dr. Hala Jamal and various youth NGOs.

Speaking on behalf of H.E. Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, H.E. Mr Khalid Ishaq highlighted the growing importance and deep faith of the international community towards achieving peace and the sustainable development goals. He added that the International Day of Peace allows people all over the globe to spread awareness of the principles of peace and carry out work towards its achievement, and that the participation of the Kingdom of Bahrain in international forums through its institutions and bodies reflects its commitment towards promoting a culture of peace and achieving a better standard of living for all humans through sustainable development.

During his intervention, H.E. Mr. Amin El Sharkawi explored the role of the United Nations in promoting peace over the last 72 years: "Looking at history, the Charter of the United Nations was created 72 years ago to work on international values, including justice and respect for international law, and to promote better standards of life and greater freedoms, but more importantly, the practice of tolerance and living together in peace with each other as neighbors. The United Nations was created after the Second World War to avoid the possibility of another catastrophic war like World War II, which is why the word "peace" in the preamble and chapter I appears tenfold in the Charter,” he added.

During her speech, Dr. Hala Jamal stated that: "This event, held for the first time in Bahrain, will focus on the contributions of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the consolidation of peace around the world,” She added that the themes of the forum focused on the importance of peace in the development and stability of societies and humanity, raising  productivity, increasing employment opportunities and education, and achieving the desired prosperity. She added that the themes of the forum are in line with the theme of the 2017 International Day of Peace: Dignity for all”.

She noted that establishing and maintaining peace was an important element of the SDGs, of the and requires the contribution of all to achieve it. More specifically, Goal number 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Amongst other participants were Dr. Abdulhasan Al-Dairi, Ambassador of the Arab Youth Council, the Head of the Arab Youth Council of the League of Arab States, and Khawla Al-Shaer, Rapporteur of the Committee on Social Responsibility in the Council, in addition to Professor Nasreen Kashman.

The “International Day of Peace Forum” is the first of the recently launched “Torch for Love and Peace” organization, which aims to promote the values ​​of tolerance, love and coexistence. The UNDP is the UN global development network, working in 177 countries and territories. In the Kingdom of Bahrain, UNDP provides technical support and assistance to national institutions and civil society towards achieving national priorities and addressing local challenges. UNDP assistance includes the building of systems and capacities within the public sector and the parliament, support of social strategies, the promotion of women’s advancement, energy sufficiency and environmental sustainability. UNDP is continuing its work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).