[RC's Statement] On the Occasion of the International Day of Peace

It gives me a great pleasure to be here with you to commemorate the International Day of Peace.

At this juncture, allow me to make a few remarks on behalf of the UN Country Team in Zimbabwe before reading the UN Secretary General’s message. The United Nations in Zimbabwe supports the strengthening of national mechanisms for peace building and for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict under the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2012-2015.

The UN in Zimbabwe supports promoting peace and tolerance from its ardent belief that, if development is to be successful and lead to a sustained reduction in poverty and higher levels of human development, peace has to be embraced at all levels of society.
The United Nations remains committed to supporting Zimbabwe in, Planting the Seed of Peace for a Sustainable Development, and the longer term objectives of this celebration, which call for, building understanding and tolerance between individuals, communities and societies; establishing new structures of cooperation; creating practical acts of peace; and promoting the peaceful exchange of ideas.

With this brief note, allow me to read the message of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon for the day: 

I quote “On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world.  The theme of this year’s observance is Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future. Armed conflicts attack the very pillars of sustainable development. Natural resources must be used for the benefit of society, not to finance wars. Children should be in school, not recruited into armies. National budgets should focus on building human capacity, not deadly weapons. On the International Day of Peace, I call on combatants around the world to find peaceful solutions to their conflicts. Let us all work together for a safe, just and prosperous future for all.” End of quote.

In addition, the UN Secretary General has called for people everywhere to observe a minute of silence to honour the victims – those who have lost their lives, and those who survived but must now cope with trauma and pain. May you please join me and countless others in the world to observe this minute of silence.

In conclusion, I would like to remind all of us that, peace cannot be taken for granted. We have to work hard at it, with great intent and a continued commitment. In this regard, the United Nations in Zimbabwe will continue to work with the Government, as well as national and international development partners, in support of national initiatives to further nurture peace for sustainable development.

Thank you.