Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on September 21. The General Assembly of the United Nations declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The 2017 theme honors the spirit of “TOGETHER”, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes and those leaving in search of a better life. “TOGETHER” unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants. It was initiated during the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016.

Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope.

This year, the International Day of Peace focuses on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to show support for refugees and migrants. Its messages are shared with communities hosting refugees and migrants, as well as people concerned that refugees and migrants may bring physical and economic insecurity to their lives.

Today in Liberia, a program commemorating the 2017 international Day of Peace was organized by YOCEL- an organization that works to promote, advance and increase participation of young people by initiating impact-driven projects through education and empowerment. The program was sponsored by NAYMOTE, an institution established in 2001 by students’ leaders and activists. NAYMOTE is one of the leading grass-root organizations promoting democracy, peace building, human rights and civic engagement in Liberia.
The program was held in Paynesville City at the Right to Play Youth Center, it was spiced with great cultural performances followed by an interlude of music,  and a peace poem by Elvis M. D. Browne, an aspiring young Liberian Poet. His poetry cataloged the negative impacts of our civil crises while messaging the beauty of peace before, during and after elections.
The one day event was climaxed by a Panel Discussion which tabled Moses Garzeawu, Program Director of LNTV, Amos Sawboh of Orphan Concern and Miss Joan from THINK.
The discussion centered around peace and elections with concentration on women participation in electoral processes.

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