1. Discourse on Peace
Thursday, 14 September 2023
1500 hrs EDT
Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters
The International Day of Peace, observed on September 21st each year, is a global initiative aimed
at promoting peace and fostering a culture of non-violence. It serves as a reminder of the importance
of resolving conflicts through dialogue and diplomacy. The day was established by the United Nations
in 1981 and has since become a platform for nations, communities, and individuals to come together
in the pursuit of harmony and peace. International Day of Peace emphasizes the resolution of
conflicts through non-violent means, fostering mutual respect, social justice and the well-being of all.
Peace is more than just the absence of war; it encompasses social, political, and economic stability.
It also underlines the power of dialogue, education and cross-cultural understanding to prevent
conflicts and promote sustainable development.
India, a nation of diverse cultures, stands out as a leader promoting peace. With a history rooted in
non-violence, India's role in advocating harmony is significant. From Mahatma Gandhi's teachings on
peaceful resistance to its constitution's values, India's dedication to peaceful existence is steadfast.
India's promotion of peace is deeply ingrained in its cultural heritage, diplomatic endeavors, and
regional engagements. The nation's commitment to non-violence, active diplomacy, and regional
initiatives all underline its role as a global advocate for peace.
As a founding member of United Nations, India consistently supports peaceful conflict resolution
through talks. India has actively engaged in peacekeeping operations under the United Nations flag.
With a significant contribution of troops, India has been involved in various conflict zones, working to
stabilize regions and facilitate diplomatic solutions. These efforts showcase India's commitment to
maintaining global peace and security.
The theme of India’s G20 Presidency, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth·One Family·One
Future” is a reflection of India’s commitment to the welfare of the entire humanity and dedication to
global unity and peace.
To commemorate the International Day of Peace, the Permanent Mission of India will organize a
Discourse on Peace on 14th September 2023 at Trusteeship Council Chamber at UNHQ. Yoga Guru
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will grace the conference as Chief Guest.
1500 hrs : Opening Remarks by Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative of
India to the United Nations
1505 hrs : Keynote Remarks by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of Art of Living
1520 hrs : Special Remarks by Mr. Miguel Moratinos, High Representative for UNAOC
1525 hrs : Interactive Q&A Session
1540 hrs : Breathing Exercise
1545 hrs : Vote of Thanks