Today, September 21, we celebrate the International Day for Peace, brought into being by a Resolution of the UN General Assembly in 1981 and, since 2001, meant as a day of non-violence and cease fire. All over the world, from Italy to the Philippines, people organize events in order to spread and promote the ideals and the culture of peace. This year the theme of Peace Day is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”. The sustainable development goals – sustainability is the capacity of addressing the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs – were adopted in 2015 by the 193 Member States of the United Nations and are part of Agenda 2030, a program of action for people, for the planet and prosperity. The 17 goals are therefore, as defined by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, “a to-do list for persons and for the planet” and they entail, among other things, gender equality, quality education for all and the end of poverty.
Goal #16 deals specifically with peace but actually, and peace day is also meant to remind it us all, all 17 goals are necessary in order to achieve peace and peace is the only context in which the goals can be fulfilled.
In order to fulfil the development goals words are not enough: in the support given to populations in need, in addressing the needs of women and girls, in the building of sustainable structures, Kito Onlus is willing to create a more equal and fair world through its activities.
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