NSU Commemorates International Peace Day with the US Ambassador Peter Haas
On September 21, The Center for Peace Studies (CPS) of the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) collaborated with the Office of External Affairs at North South University (NSU) to commemorate the International Day of Peace. The celebrations resonated with this year's United Nations theme of "Actions for Peace: Our Ambition for the #GlobalGoals". A standout moment of the day was the keynote speech delivered by Ambassador Peter Haas, the US Ambassador to Bangladesh.
"The essence of International Peace Day is to remind us of the critical role of peace in addressing global challenges," said the Ambassador.
Chaired by Professor Atiqul Islam, NSU's Vice-Chancellor, the session, held at NSU's main auditorium, was met with the full-capacity of 1,200 audience comprised of students, faculties, and officials of NSU.
Welcoming all, Javed Muneer Ahmad, Chairman, NSU Board of Trustees, said that peace is the most precious resource now in the conflict-ridden world. Dr Abdul Wohab, Coordinator, CPS made opening remarks, highlighting CPS's role in promoting peace, sustainability, and diplomacy through research, dialogue, and community engagement.
During the Q&A session, Ambassador Haas highlighted the USA's firm dedication to bring peace in Bangladesh and South Asia, especially referencing the Rohingya crisis and the International Day of Peace. He emphasised the vital role of youth, equipped with education and digital resources, in global peace efforts.
Regarding foreign policy, Haas indicated the US's preference for diplomacy over military action and emphasised strengthening ties with key nations like Bangladesh. Additionally, he mentioned the Indo-Pacific Strategy's focus on anti-corruption measures to bolster trust and economic growth.
Session Chair Professor Atiqul Islam observed that even stable countries face significant inequalities and political divisions. Hence, the world urgently requires peace due to the widespread impacts of war, conflict, and displacement, he urged.
With activities ranging from a peace rally, pigeon release, to tree plantations, CPS united students, faculties and officials in a shared commitment to peace, sustainability, and diplomacy. The symbolic release of pigeons, universal emblems of peace, underscored the importance of resolving disputes without conflict. The olive tree plantation by Chair of NSU's Board of Trustees further cemented the NSU's commitment to environmental sustainability, drawing a parallel between a peaceful world and a thriving planet.