20 September 2008 -- UNAMID observes international day of peace
The African Union – United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID will join other institutions and organizations tomorrow to mark this year’s International Day of Peace with a special ceremony to be held at the State Legislative Council Hall in El Fasher, North Darfur.
21 of September every year is observed as International Day of Peace. The Day was established by the United Nations in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The Day was officially declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002 as a global day when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.
Invited dignitaries to the ceremony organized by UNAMID will include government officials, Non Government Organizations (NGOs) dealing in peace, as well as UN officials and staff, while a Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Abdul Jabbar Abdullah Fadul of the Center for Peace and Development, El Fasher University. The Principal Deputy Joint Special Representative, Mr. Henry Anyidoho, representing the Joint Special Representative Mr. Rudolphe Adada, will read the Secretary General Ban K-imoon’s message for the International Day of Peace, and also ring the “Peace Bell”.
Other activities to mark the Day will include distribution of “Peace Balls (Footballs and Volleyballs) to eighteen Secondary Schools in El Fasher as a symbol of peace, and as evidence of activities that should be promoted in a peaceful environment.