Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Saah N’Tow has urged peace-building practitioners and Liberians to approach the maintenance of peace from three levels.
These levels, according to Mr. N’Tow, are within the individual, the community and the larger society.
He made the call at a program marking this year’s International Day of Peace held over the weekend in Monrovia.
The significance of the day affords people the world over to reflect on global peace and all its attending benefits, he said.
Mr. N’Tow reminded Liberians that in commemorating the day they must ask themselves as individuals as well as collectively several roles they could do in preventing conflict to continue their co-existence with their neighbors.
He said Liberians must unblock their pathways to allow the unhindered flow of peace at all the levels in their activities in the country.
“As we celebrate the day of peace, all of us must do all we can to ensure that we do not go back to those painful and ugly years of war and destruction,” he stated.
Mr. N’Tow also observed that the importance of the global theme, “Partnerships for Peace- Dignity for All,” recognizes the essence of collaboration at all levels to achieve peace.
According to him, peace is expensive but it is worthy of any price; and challenged all participants to strive to maintain it by putting their hands together.
In separate responses, community residents commended P4DP and re-confirmed their commitment to strive for peace at the three fronts.
The P4DP is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established out of the UN and Inter-peace collaboration in 2007. In 2012, it became autonomous.
Participants were also urged to collaborate in terms of the sustainability of peace in their respective communities as United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down by next year.
The International Day of Peace is set aside under the United Nations Resolution 36/67 in recognition of the efforts of millions of people working towards building a peaceful universe.
The one-day program was held under the theme, “Peace is Like Oxygen We All Need.”
It began with outdoor activities, involving a street parade and an indoor program that brought together residents of Old and New Matadi communities and those from Lakpazee.