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Sustainable Development Goals: Building blocks for Peace


Dimapur, September 21 (MExN): Peace Channel in collaboration with North East Institute of Social Science and Research commemorated the International Day of Peace on September 21 at the NEISSR’s Auditorium. The commemoration programme also coincides with the 10th founding anniversary of Peace Channel. The programme began with a presentation on the history and background of the International Day of Peace by Akha Richa and Akumnaro Longchar, third semester students of NEISSR.


Addressing the gathering, Dr. C.P. Anto, Director, Peace Channel and Principal NEISSR highlighted the increasing need for efforts to build peace and spread the message of peace.


“Indifference is one of the fundamental causes for conflicts and the lack of peace. This indifference leads to individualism which in turn results in isolation, ignorance and selfishness,” he said. He called upon everyone present to unlearn and then relearn to be an agent of peace. “We need to unlearn things from our history, our environment and from everything that have shaped as who we are, yet make us selfish or indifferent to the injustice that is happening around us,” he said.


“We need to relearn the human values that will make us strive for unity and also develop concerns for our fellow human beings and the things which are hindering us from achieving our rights,” he added.


A press release said that Dr. Anto thanked the people, well wishers and friends who have been associated with the Peace Channel since its inception. He expresses gratitude for the concern that everyone has towards Peace Channel. ‘A genuine human concern for our fellow being is the beginning of real peace’, he asserted.

The programme concluded with a pledge taken by students and the members of Peace Channel to work for peace. A short presentation on Sustainable Development Goals: Building blocks for Peace was also presented by a faculty member of NEISSR.


‘Be an agent of peace’


Dimapur, September 21 (MExN): National Peace Prayer Centre (NPPC) observed International Day of Peace in fasting and prayer at its Centre Nihoto Village, Dimapur. The participant comprising of Church leaders, NPGs, GBs, Civil Societies and student leaders was chaired by Pastor Kaiho Awomi Baptist Church Nihoto.


Ahovi Sema GB gave welcome address. Dr. Nihoto P. Chishi founder of NPPC exhorted gathering with vision and mission of the NPPC. Dr. Hesheto Y. Chishi delivered speech on the significance of International Day of Peace and its objective of ceasefire and non violence.


While dwelling on peace mission, he enlightened more on Holistic peace which our society is least concern about. He encouraged participants to be an agent of peace citing a reference from Matt 5:9, Blessed are the peace maker for they shall be called children of God.


Kiholi Khuvung concluded the programme with benediction. This was stated in a press release issued by NPPC Secretary, Dr. Hesheto Chishi.


‘Peace, justice, strong institutions’


Dimapur, September 21 (MExN): MGM Higher Secondary School (MGMHSS) celebrated International Peace Day along with the 10th Peace Channel foundation day on September 21.


Across the world, September 21 is observed as International day of Peace to strengthen the peace activities among people and Nations.


The School in a press release informed that a special morning assembly was conducted wherein a speech was delivered by Tiasola on the United Nation theme for International Peace Day 2016, “Building Blocks of Peace”. It focused on the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal number sixteen, ‘Peace, justice, strong institutions’.
She emphasized how one must have a peaceful mind in order to build a peaceful society and stand by the truth. School and educational institutions should consider its duty in enlightening the children about the pros and cons of superstitions prevailing in the society and to be able to distinguish between the right and wrong.


Principal, Fr.P.S.Varghese, spoke on the importance of building a peaceful community and asked all the students to be the peacemaker of the society as it is the need of the hour. He further pointed out that every student should be carriers of peace and love then only it can be given to others and to the society. The school is also a part of the peace channel network and has been actively participating in all of its activities.


Further, he appreciated the works of Peace Channel and Peace Channel members of school for actively participating in all the initiative moves and motivated other students to join in Peace Channel.