UN Supports National Mechanisms for Peace Building and Conflict Resolution

Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day of Peace on 21 September in Harare under a localised theme “Planting the Seed of Peace for Sustainable Development”. The theme was symbolicalClick here for more photos on the evently demonstrated when the Guest of Honour, the Minister of Information Media and Publicity, Webster Shamu, planted a tree locally known as “Mutsvikiri” (meaning tree of peace) on the grounds of the Harare International Conference Centre.

Reading the statement of the UN in Zimbabwe on the occasion, UNFPA Representative, Basile O Tambashe said, “The UN in Zimbabwe supports promoting peace and tolerance from its ardent belief that, if development is to be successful and lead to a sustained reduction in poverty and higher levels of human development, peace has to be embraced at all levels of society.”

He reiterated the support of the United Nations to Zimbabwe in Planting the Seed of Peace for a Sustainable Development, and the longer term objectives of the peace day, which calls for, building understanding and tolerance between individuals, communities; establishing new structures of cooperation; creating practical acts of peace; and promoting the peaceful exchange of ideas. Accordingly, the United Nations in Zimbabwe supports the strengthening of national mechanisms for peace building and for the prevention, management and resolution of conflict under the Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2012-2015.

At the occasion, the statement of the Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration read by the Guest of Honour stated, “The ONHRI would like to pay tribute to the UN family in Zimbabwe, Ministry of Education, Faith Based and Civil Society Organisations for their support and commemorating the peace day for the past years.” The Minister called on Zimbabweans to dedicate themselves to peaceful resolution of disputes, thus laying the firm foundation of a sustainable peace.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General’s statement for the day called for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world and for all UN member states to work together for a safe, just and prosperous future for all.

Click here to read the message of the Resident Coordinator on the Day

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