In a world in which we regularly witness tensions, acts of hatred, rejection of others and discrimination, the pursuit of peace and the will to live together harmoniously is more crucial than ever”. said Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Living Together in Peace.
This day aims to mobilize international support for peace, inclusion, tolerance, openness to difference and solidarity. It is also an invitation to unite the voices and strengths of all to create a world of peace and solidarity.
“Living together in peace means accepting differences, listening, showing esteem, respect and appreciation for others and living in a spirit of peace and harmony,” the UN says.
The values that underlie living together are very much in line with those of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) who have been working since their inception to build a better world in solidarity with marginalized populations.