September 16, 2014
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, Mason will join the world in celebrating the annual International Day of Peace, a global observance that was established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, which “recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights.”
This year’s theme, “Right of Peoples to Peace,” is an acknowledgement of that historic declaration and a reaffirmation of the UN’s call for all “nations, communities and individuals to renounce conflict and promote harmony.”
International Programs and Services is sponsoring a Peace Walk to commemorate the day and University Life has partnered with INTO Mason to host a program in the Global Center that will include refreshments, a keynote address by Provost Emeritus Dr. Peter N. Stearns, and other activities that promote this year’s theme.
All students, faculty, staff, and alumni who would like to participate in the Peace Walk should congregate around the Johnson Center Clock Tower in the North Plaza at 5:00pm. The celebration will then proceed to the Mason Global Center for refreshments and the keynote speech.
Provost Emeritus Dr. Peter N. Stearns will be speaking at 6:00pm in the Mason Global Center Ballroom to address the issues, obstacles, and social ideals that surround the concept of world peace. His latest book, Peace In World History, examines how societal notions of peace evolved in the midst of conflict and provides historical context for today’s geopolitical climate. By analyzing mankind’s aspirations for peace throughout world history, Stearns offers a new lens through which we can understand the past and strive for a better future.
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, released an official message regarding International Day of Peace in which he reminds us that, “Too many are suffering today at the brutal hands of warmongers and terrorists.” He goes on to declare, “Peace and security are essential foundations for social progress and sustainable development… Peace is a long road that we must travel together—step by step, beginning today.”
Join the Mason community in traveling that road to peace, step by step, on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
For more information about Mason’s International Day of Peace observance, visit facebook.com/OIPSMason.
To learn more about the United Nations and International Day of Peace, visit www.un.org/peaceday.