Venue, Theme of Celebration and Time
The venue of celebration of the United Nation International Day for Peace was at the Royal Mercure Hotel, 170 Ferensway, East Yorkshire, Hull HU1 3UF, United Kingdom
The theme for the celebration was: “Partnerships for Peace, Dignity for all”.
The time fixed for the celebration was 6.30pm.
Keynote Address/Speech Presented by Country Director for Nigeria
keynote address/speech achieved by Amb Ozuem O. Esiri , the country Director Soccer for Peace Foundation Nigeria
Welcome address by
Dr. Salinder Supri the chairman of the occasion
The president of Rotary Club of Hull Paragon.
The president in a brief speech said that the advancement of International Understanding, partnership goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business partners, professional persons united in the ideal of servicers, has been one of the four objectives of Rotary.
Supri explained that Rotary has a number of major programmes that directly contribute to business partnership and peace building whereby they sponsor Rotary World Scholars and Rotary University Chairs in Peace Studies at Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, the Rotary Peace Plus Programme; and through peace Rotarian Action Groups.
He explained further: “I believe that Rotary Helps in the development for a world perspective, and though fellowships, we can transcend issues of race, tribal loyalties, and class and help bring forward the day when we all live together in peace.”
Keynote Address/ Speech Presented By
Amb Ozuem O. Esiri , Country Director Soccer for Peace Foundation Nigeria
The Country Director Soccer for Peace Foundation affirms the annual celebration of the International Day Peace on September 21st and applauds the United Nations for initiating and promoting this day since 1981 which is when the UN General Assembly resolution 36/67 was passed. As stated on the UN Website, “The United Nations invests all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues relating to peace”
The theme for the International Day of Peace 2015 is “Partnership for Peace: Dignity for All.” SPF, Peace Ambassadors, lovers of peace around the world are encourage to honour this day by convening programs dedicated to this theme.
The concept of partnerships is an integral part of the United Nation’s Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda which is to be the focus on the 70 Session of the United Nations General Assembly. In fact, there are six essential elements that are to be highlighted in the global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (S.D.G): people, planet, Partnership, Justice, Prosperity and Dignity these are core elements and core values underlying the SDG initiative, two of which are being taken by this year’s International Day of Peace.
Partnership: In paragraph 81 of the “Synthesis Report of the Secretary General on the post – 2015 Agenda: (December 4, 2014), we read that “Inclusive partnerships must be a key feature of implantation at all levels: global, regional, national and local. We know that extent to which this may be transformative. The sustainable development goals provide a platform for aligning private action and public policies. Transformative partnerships are built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals: placing people and planet at the centre. They include the participation of all relevant stakeholders. Mutual accountability is at the centre, committed to expanding our sphere of partnerships with other stake-holder and to being a partner that live for the sake of others.
Dignity: In the report referred to above, we also read in paragraph 67, that “The defining challenge of our time is to close the gap between our determination to ensure a life of dignity for all on the one hand, and reality of persisting poverty and deepening inequality on the other “ By upholding a life of dignity for all as a core value, we affirm not only the rights of each human being, what may be required to meet basic responsibilities, and to do what is necessary to assure that each and every human being can hope to flourish and fulfill the aspirations for security, health, education, prosperity and a meaningful life in communities with other members of the human family. Let no one be excluded from this goal.
SPF wholeheartedly affirms the ideal of dignity for all. According to our own core principles, each human being derives from our common origin, God, and each one of us has within the core of our being, a spark of the divine. Let us work to assure that each man and woman, each girl and boy, may live in a world where very good and natural aspiration can be fulfilled.
SPF is pleased with the 2015 theme of the International Day of Peace and we are committed in doing our best to celebrate this day and to work throughout the coming year to advance these most noble ideals, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
SPF are in partnership with:
- Rotary international Club of Hull Paragon
- HANA. Humber All Nationals Alliance UK the organization conduct humanitarian services globally, and one of which was the peace advocacy
- Rhanas Global Peace and Humanitarian Award.
The award is giving to Personalities that have contributed immensely to Peace and Humanitarians service around the world.
UN SECRETARY GENERAL SPEECH/MESSAGE
Below was the secretary general’s speech for the 2015
United Nations International Peace Day Celebration
“Over the next 100 days, let us stand with millions of people across the world who are suffering the devastating impact of violence and conflict. Let us share ideas plans for helping and supporting them in their time of need”
The theme of this year’s commemoration is “PARTNERSHIP FOR PEACE.. DIGNITY
FORR ALL” which aims to highlights the importance of all segment of society to work together to strive for peace. The work of United Nations would not be possible without the initial partnerships that were active in its creation and the thousands of partnership that exist each year between governments, civil society, the private sector, faith based groups and other non-government organizations that are needed to support the organization in achieving its future goals.
Presentation of Awards and Gifts
Various Awards and gifts were presented and the recipients are
- Prince Amb. Usinefe
- Friday Osanebi
Deputy Speaker, Delta State
House of Assembly
Vote of Thanks/ Closing Remarks
Dr. Abel Rivera,
Chief Executive Director
Humber All Nations Alliance
Gave the vote of thanks and closing remarks