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UPF-Sri Lanka Holds Multi-ethnic Celebration on U.N. Day of Peace

Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka—The Sri Lanka chapter of UPF celebrated the UN International Day of Peace 2023 with an event promoting unity, harmony and understanding among different ethnic groups in the country. Themed, “Actions for Peace: Our Ambitions for the #GlobalGoals,” it took place on September 21 in the heart of Mullaitivu district. During the program, 150 pairs of shoes were distributed to students from different communities in Sri Lanka.


Among the distinguished guests who attended the program were Hon. K.K. Masthan, a member of parliament, state minister for rural development and district coordinating committee chairman for Mullaitivu district; Maj. Gen. M.K. Jayawardena, commander of the Security Forces, Mullaitivu; and Mr.  K. Kanageshwaran, an assistant government official of Mullaitivu.

Established in 1981 by a UN resolution and observed annually on September 21, the day provides a date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace. In Sri Lanka, where ethnic diversity has often been a source of conflict, it is vital to celebrate this day with initiatives that bring communities together.


The program began with prayers offered by leaders and representatives of the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Unificationist faiths.


UPF-Sri Lanka secretary general, Dr. Chula Senaratne, read the UN Secretary General’s message for this year’s day. This was followed by messages of peace from Hon. Masthan, Maj. Gen. Jayawardena and Mr. Kanageshwaran.


After cultural performances by Muslim, Tamil and Sinhalese youth showcasing the rich cultural diversity of the nation, a video about the Sri Lanka Army’s role in the post-war peace-building process in Mullaitivu district that introduced its “5R Concept” of Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Reintegration, Resettlement and Reconciliation was shown.


A peace walk bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to promote peace and unity, tree planting signifying the nurturing of peace in the community, and a two-minute moment of silence to remember all those who died in the civil war were also part of the program.


The event demonstrated the power of collective action in fostering racial harmony and promoting peace and served as a reminder that unity in diversity is not only possible but essential for building an inclusive and peaceful society in Sri Lanka.

By UPF-Sri Lanka
Thursday, September 21, 2023


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