Honoring International Day of Peace

A message worth repeating, “Let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.”

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Let us honor peace within and outside ourselves. May there be peace in our hearts so we may have peace in our dwellings and in our world.

“On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and International Peaceteachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during this International Day of Peace, Sept. 21.

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Day of Democracy 2016

The United Nations has declared September 15 as the International Day of Democracy.

Voters proudly display their registration cards as they wait to vote in the first peaceful, democratic presidential elections in Haiti's history (1990).

Voters proudly display their registration cards as they wait to vote in the first peaceful, democratic presidential elections in Haiti’s history (1990).

Democracy and voting are very much on the minds of U.S. citizens now. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, will be the 58th quadrennial U.S. presidential election. Putting it politely, it has been an unusual campaign season. Who will win the popular vote? Who will the members of the electoral college choose?

The right to vote is essential to any democracy. With that right comes a duty. You have to register to vote and actually cast a ballot. Simple enough, or isn’t it? I have learned the stories of many people, from many countries, who have faced intimidation and death to be able to secure the right to vote.

That is why I am always puzzled to hear some young people say they are not planning to vote. Many say it is because they don’t like the choice of candidates or they don’t believe one vote will make a difference. If you feel your choice is limited now, wait until you have someone else’s choice thrust upon you. Remember, sometimes a single vote can make the difference between winning and losing. Most of all, never forget the power of one vote (and like-minded votes) multiplied one million times or more.

For those in the United Sates who are interested in registering to vote visit: http://www.rockthevote.com/

UN Photo|Milton Grant

Harness for God energies of love

 

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Photo: Emeldil at English Wikipedia

We can make a difference — Nelson Mandela Day

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We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference. — Nelson Mandela

“Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at a meeting of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York to mark the Day, which is observed annually on 18 July.

“Today, we remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace and human dignity,” he added, delivering the message on behalf of UN Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon.

“Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to bring change to the people of South Africa. His accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his nation, but all people around the world, giving them hope to fulfil their dreams and aspirations,” the Deputy Secretary-General said, adding that “Nelson Mandela continues to show us the way.” — United Nations News

Photo: South African The Good News/www.sagoodnews.co.za