The United Nations has designated September 21 as the annual International Day of Peace, commonly known as World Peace Day. It is devoted to the absence of war and bloodshed around the world, such as might occur during a temporary ceasefire in a conflict zone to allow humanitarian aid access. Various governments, organizations, and even the military have observed this day since its inception in 1981.
The 2022 theme for the International Day of Peace is “End racism. Build peace.
When racism exists, it has a negative impact on the lives of those who are subjected to it. It may result in a lack of access to essential social services including healthcare, education, and employment advancements. Violent extremist groups may exploit feelings of isolation, discrimination, and injustice as recruiting and radicalization tools.
It’s estimated that millions of people around the world experience some form of racism, racial discrimination, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, or some form of intolerance every year. The 2022 International Peace Day theme, “End Racism. Build Peace,” is a timely call to recognize our diversity while also celebrating our shared humanity.
Racism endangers people’s safety. It unfortunately continues and even takes on new shapes. United Nations reports that cultural factors contribute to 75% of the world’s most significant conflicts. The reciprocal distrust between majority and minority groups might worsen if the majority continues to stereotype and discriminate against the minority. According to data presented in the UNDP’s Human Development Report 2021, worldwide polarization is on the rise. It is more vital than ever to put into practice the ICERD, the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which requires all signatory states to work toward the complete eradication of racism and the promotion of mutual understanding between people of different races.