Veterans For Peace national is asking Veterans For Peace chapters to celebrate International Day of Peace by putting on an event or supporting, joining with and promoting current Peace Day efforts underway in your city or town. We want to help popularize International Day of Peace to the point that, in years to come, it becomes part of mainstream culture.
The theme of this year’s commemoration is "The Right to Peace- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.” which aims to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948. Yet, the Universal Declaration does not include a separate article on "Right to Peace". This is why the UN is asking this year: What does "The Right to Peace" mean to you?
International Day of Peace does not mean peace somewhere else. To hold meaning to the average person, it must also mean peace in their communities. As Veterans For Peace, we can help deliver this message and be a leading organization to build peace.
Here are Some Ways You Can Take Action for International Peace Day:
- Host a gathering of friends. This can be in a public space, community or at your home. Read the VFP Peace Day Statement. (Download as a PDF)
- Write a Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed Piece. Here is an example that a VFP member wrote.
- Write a Poem or Spoken Word. Send your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be shared online.
Take Action on Social Media!
- As a veteran, I know to #StandForHumanRights for all people means ending war @VFPNational #PeaceDay
- When anyone’s human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will STAND UP #standup4humanrights
- Equality, justice & freedom prevent violence & sustain peace. Respect for human rights is at the core of building peace.#standup4humanrights
- There can be no human rights if half the world’s population continues to be held back, discriminated against, ignored, disempowered, marginalised and left behind. #standup4humanrights
- We must combat racism, xenophobia and hate speech, whenever it happens. #standup4humanrights #fightracism
- All human beings without exception are born free and equal in dignity & rights. Say NO to discrimination. #standup4humanrights
- Raise your voice for a #Torture-free world. Torture is 100% immoral, 100% illegal, and totally ineffective. #StandUp4HumanRights
- #PeaceIsPossible, so is the abolition of #NuclearWeapons @VFPNational #PeaceDay #NoNukes