The International Day of Peace (PEACE DAY) is observed on Sept 21 at the Caritas Training Centre in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Religious and Traditional Peacemakers from different parts of the country participated in the events with festive mood along with an annual peacemakers congregation committed to local sustainable peace and peace building efforts for global peace. Every year the Peace Day is celebrated by Atisha Dipankar Peace Trust Bangladesh to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all people around the world. It provides the local peacemakers a globally shared date for humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace.
A discussion on the Peace Day theme ‘Recovering Better for a Sustainable and Equitable World World’ is held chaired by Dr. Dibakar Barua. Eminent educator and professor of the Chittagong University Dr. Sakander Chowdhury was presented as the chief guest. Among others Hindu community leader adv. Tapan Kanti Das, Buddhist scholar prof. Dr. Dipankar Srigyan Barua, Christain priest Rev. Asai Tripura and Professor Masum Ahmed participated as speakers. Before the discussion, an interreligious prayer and one minute of silence remembering the departed one who have lost their life from COVID pendemic and global peace. The speakers highlighted on recovering better for a more equitable and peaceful world by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover. And emphasised on national unity for promoting an inclusive society in the fifty anniversary of independence of the state and leaving no one behind as religious or gender discrimination and ensure a peaceful Bangladesh for their countrymen. After the discussion a Peace Talk is held with participation of local peace actor’s role in the last year and engagement in the pandemic period. Peacemaker Kazi Iqbal Bahar Sabery, Sanat Kumar Barua, Mir Md. Ferdous Salim, Anna Sampson, Sanatan Chakroby Bijoy, Shaymal Chowdhury, Sarif Nabab Hossain, Hasan Mohammad Ripon, Ven.Dr. Priyadarshi Mahathero, Shampa Chowdhury took parts and shared their engagement in local peacebuilding for common benefits for all and uplifting socioeconomic, environmental ethics, human values, 2030 agenda for the UN SDGs etc for contributing an inclusive society & to envision an equitable and sustainable world for all of us.