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On the 21st September next week, as it has been the case for the past few years, Seychelles will join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of Peace which is observed around the globe every year. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.

As we prepare to celebrate this year’s Peace Day, we need to reflect on the question - what is peace and what is the right to peace. Surely peace is much more than the absence of war and violence. In order for peace to happen we need to come together as a community and as a nation to achieve the common vision of a life of dignity and well-being for all.
Seychelles is a beautiful country, with a nation made of people of multicultural backgrounds all coexisting in one country. “Aware and proud that as descendants of different races we have learnt to live together as one nation under God and can serve as an example for a harmonious multi-racial Society” are the words from the preamble of our constitution.
We are surely proud of having attained national stability and political maturity despite the pressure of a sadly divided world, but at the same time we should be mindful of the uniqueness and fragility of Seychelles. We should be aware that as a small and fragile island state nation we should be very careful when adopting from other countries their way of living and lifestyle as they may not always be appropriate for us, if we are not careful and aware this might lead to division and chaos.
Sir James Mancham, the first President of Seychelles, saw the dark clouds looming above our country in the days when we were undergoing political and social changes, and he took it on board to promote peace and unity, just so to avoid the decadence pitfall. He made peace his life mission, as for him peace was a life building block on which a society stands. He had been during the last years of his life instrumental and relentless in his pursuit of a non-violent policy of his beloved Seychelles. He advocated peace and national reconciliation.
Although gone, the wisdom of the man who has had worldwide recognition for trying to promote peace, should not be forgotten, as he was one of our own, and was in his quest defending and preserving our nation. Today the James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute, along with Citizens Engagement Platform Seychelles, Seychelles National Youth Council, Seychelles Police, Youth Hostel and the Universal Peace Federation, are joining together in the spirit of unity and promoting a culture of peace in our country.  Several activities are being organized next week to celebrate the 2018 International Day of Peace in Seychelles, and they are as follows;

Forum- Right to Peace.

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 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights does not contain an article on the “Right to Peace”, this will be the main topic of discussion in the forum.
Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Venue: CEPS Conference Room, Orion Mall, Victoria

March-Peace Road.
Following the forum is a march or PEACE ROAD under the theme “Connecting the World through PEACE”. Everyone is invited to join us on this journey of realizing the dream of achieving a peaceful world and one global family. The PEACE ROAD project is to bring peace and prosperity to the world and to show our own commitment to the cause.
Time: 3.00pm to 3.30pm
Venue: From the Orion Mall to the Peace Park, Victoria

 Peace Park Show.
Live entertainment at the Peace Park. The United Nations Peace Message will be read, followed by poem recitals, songs and dance performances.
Time: 3.45pm to 4.15pm
Venue: Peace Park, Victoria

Let us all join hands to promote peace and unity.

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