Tehran Peace Museum Welcomed International Day of Peace

Monday, September 21, 2015


Every year, the Tehran Peace Museum family, in collaboration with the United Nations Office in Tehran, holds a ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace.  This special occasion reminds us all about how and why we have come together to reconcile peace among nations, community members, families and individuals.



In the afternoon of Wednesday 16 September 2015, the Tehran Peace Museum (TPM) family held an event to mark and welcome the International Day of Peace (21 September). The ceremony was held by the TPM in collaboration with the United Nations office in Iran, and the Andisheh Cultural Center as its venue.



A big group of peace activists, UN agencies representatives, Ambassadors and embassy representatives of several countries such as Austria, Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Germany, Guinea, Indonesia, Japan, Sweden, and Iraqi Kurdistan (where its Halabja Monument and Peace Museum is the sister museum of the TPM); as well as well-known artists and film-makers like Ms. Rakhshan Banietemad and Mr. Homayoun Ershadi, and also members of Council for Promoting the Culture of Peace for Children and other NGO representatives joined chemical weapons survivors of Iran – Iraq war to commemorate this occasion.



The event started by speeches by Mr. Gary Lewis, the UN resident Coordinator in Iran, Ms. Elham Aminzadeh, the vice president on legal affairs, and Mr. Meysam Amroodi, the social and cultural deputy of Tehran’s Mayor; and followed by a short animation entitled “Simorgh” made by Meghdad Asadi Lari and also Iranian Folkloric museum by “Lian” ensemble led by Mohsen Sharifian as good examples of art for peace.



The last part of this ceremony was the message of the TPM on this occasion which has been read by one of the young volunteers of the museum and followed by one minute of silence on the memory of the all victims of wars and to pray for the world peace.



It is good to mention the master of the ceremony (M.C) was one of the chemical weapons victims who works with the TPM as a volunteer guide and narrator; and the whole event has been organized and held by the help of a big group of young volunteers of the museum.



International Day of Peace each year observed on 21 September and this year, with having this event few days earlier, the TPM welcomed the date and acted as the starter of series of events and observances all around the country to commemorate and promote the culture of peace nationally and internationally.





This year’s International Day of Peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world. Rather than succumbing to despair, we have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail.

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.



Although it may seem hopelessly distant, the dream of peace pulses in the lives of people everywhere.

There is no group more poised to help realize this dream than today’s young people. They are part of the largest generation of youth in history, more aware and connected than any before. I urge all governments to make greater investments in realizing the potentially massive contributions of the world’s young peacebuilders.



At the same time, we need to mobilize all partners who share the goal of peace. Non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups and corporations all have a role to play in fostering social progress, protecting the environment and creating a more just, stable and peaceful world. The value of this collaboration is our theme for the Day: “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.”

We live at a moment of peril – but this is also an era of great promise. In a matter of days, leaders from across the globe will gather at the United Nations to adopt the 2030 agenda, our 15-year plan to achieve sustainable development. This is fundamental to ushering in a life of dignity for all, where poverty is history and peace is paramount. 



On the International Day, as we mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, let us seize the opportunity achieve the Organization’s founding purpose: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.


*Link For Further Reading: World Against Violence and Extremism

*Photo Credit: Tehran Peace Museum, Wikipedia, UN, UN News Center, Indian Mirror

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