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Strengthening the Ideals of Peace

September 22, 2016

Members of the Viatorian Community carried out the International Day of Peace with a dsc_0021_cropsolemn prayer service dedicated to war-torn Syria and its nearly 6 million refugees fleeing the country.

At the same time, Viatorians stand in solidarity with Veterans for Peace and with members of the United Nations, who created the International Day of Peace in 1981 as a way of strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”peace-day

“Sustainability addresses the fundamental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict. Sustainable development contributes decisively to dissipation and elimination of these causes of conflict and provides the foundation for a lasting peace. Peace, meanwhile, reinforces the conditions for sustainable development and liberates the resources needed for societies to develop and prosper.”