Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said Bangladesh will continue to contribute actively to international peace by advocating for the renunciation of the use of force and for universal and complete disarmament as enshrined in the Constitution.
“A democratic, inclusive and participatory environment is absolutely critical for peace to prevail in any society,” she said in a message on the occasion of International Day of Peace.
At the same time, Hasina said, there needs to be sustained investment in peace, tolerance and harmony by promoting quality and transformative education and a sound cultural orientation.
“I, therefore, find the theme – ‘Education for Peace’ – to be of utmost relevance for the observance of this year’s International Day of Peace.”
She said all must think of recalibrating traditional education methods towards promoting cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, and should also use social media and other education tools to propagate a culture of peace and non-violence among children.
“It is, therefore, of paramount importance to understand what afflicts our people, especially our youths, and to try to feel their needs and aspirations with empathy,” Hasina said in her message.
The premier said they continue to be inspired by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who firmly believed in democratic rights and social justice as the cornerstone for building a peaceful world.
In the days to come, the prime minister said, Bangladesh shall continue to remain on the side of any initiative to promoting peace as a fundamental premise for our pursuit of sustainable development in the post-2015 scenario.
“Our enduring commitment to global peace has been best exemplified through the ‘People’s Empowerment and Development’ model that I proposed to the UN in 2011, leading to its adoption by a consensus by the comity of nations last year.”
The premier reaffirmed, on behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh, her unwavering commitment to peace and security across the globe. “This is indeed an occasion to renew and redeem our pledge to ensure a stable and peaceful world, as envisioned by the UN Charter.”
In an increasingly inter-connected world, Sheikh Hasina said, the absence of peace anywhere is a threat to peace allover.
“Peace is, however, not guaranteed by the absence of wars or conflicts alone. In recent times, we’ve seen mass social unrests in many parts of the world and have witnessed the ugly face of fratricidal conflicts that have left many innocent people maimed, scarred and displaced from their homes.”