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Group Observes UN Peace Day

The United Nations Interna­tional Peace Day observed on September 21 annually did not go unnoticed this year. In Fiji, a group of writers decid­ed to write encouraging letters to people
23 Sep 2018 12:28
Group Observes UN Peace Day
Lawyer Sabrina Khan

The United Nations Interna­tional Peace Day observed on September 21 annually did not go unnoticed this year.

In Fiji, a group of writers decid­ed to write encouraging letters to people around the world. Brought together by Human Rights lawyer, Sabrina Khan, the group met at Pacifica Patisserie at TappooCity in Lautoka to make someone’s life a little better through writing en­couraging letters.

The United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strength­ening the ideals of peace, both within and among all na­tions and peoples.

The UN Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they 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, and ensure that their rights were protected.

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.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institu­tions” 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.

Each year Ms Khan brings the initiative to create something for Peace Day.

Before, while based in Brisbane, Australia, Ms Khan hosted a World Café uniting people to come togeth­er to discuss ideas on kindness and how best to reach out to others.

At Tappoo City, she encouraged the large crowd who had gathered there to write letters of peace and encouragement to send locally and worldwide.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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