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Celebrate International Day of Peace

By Jean Paul Peretz

Every year on September 21, the United Nations calls on the peoples of the world to remember their common humanity, join together to celebrate the International Day of Peace, and build a peaceful future for earth and all of its inhabitants

This year’s theme is the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace. It highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony. Experiencing peace and working together, we can make peace possible for all.

International Day of Peace
Wed, Sep 21, 12–5pm
Jardín and Parque Juárez

The 17 sustainable development goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 member states of the United Nations at an historic summit in September 2015. They are universal, applying to all countries. And they are integral to achieving peace. When people feel secure in their abilities to provide for their families, when they are given access to the basic resources they need to live healthy lives, when they feel truly included in their societies, and when they feel peace in their own life, then they are much less likely to engage in conflict.

We must recognize that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. We need to work together to help promote and achieve the sustainable development goals. The leaders of the world have given us a clear blueprint, and by following it, we can help build a future of peace and prosperity.

For the third year, Camino de la Paz and partners, local Rotary clubs, and Allende la Cultura will organize a celebration of the UN International Peace Day in San Miguel. The goal is to let people know that peace is really possible, that it starts with each one of us to present existing programs that are making peace happen here and around the world, and to offer people ways to express their desire for peace and ways to get involved.

The event will start at Wednesday, September 21, at noon with a peace walk around the Jardín and on to Parque Juárez.

Collaborative activities like team games, Tai Chi, and World Café dialog tables will encourage people to learn how to work together every day.

Food, music, and dance will entertain and inspire children and grown-ups. Everyone will be invited to join meditation and prayers for peace and express their vision of peace drawing and writing on a huge roll of paper.

Nonprofit groups that offer programs fostering peace and community building will present how to give to and receive from them.

Finally, we will dedicate the space in the park that will host the future San Miguel peace pole.

This year, 2,000 students are participating in a four-day forum called “Paz en las escuelas” (Peace in the schools) organized by the state of Guanajuato and five municipalities. Some of them will join us along with residents of colonia Malanquín who attended our previous World Café sessions.


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