On Friday, September 15, 2017, a group of FIT students and select FIT Student Government Association members were invited to the United Nations Headquarters by Peace Day 365 to celebrate the International Peace Day.
This event featured an exciting range of keynote speakers like H.E. Ambassador Hahn Choong-Hee (Deputy Permanent Representative of the republic of Korea to the United Nations), Daniel Perell (Baha’l international, Coalition for Global Citizenship), Representatives from the Nobel Peace Laureate Conference, and youth speakers who have initiated great innovative programs to engage youth around the world. The conference helped identify opportunities for action for the Sustainable Development Goals, and empowered young people to be change-makers by providing us with information about the resources that were available in New York City to do so. Tuesday’s Children – An initiative that works in partnership with experts from around the world and in collaboration with renowned facilitators and mental health professionals, to serve communities altered by an act of violence.
This was a great opportunity to learn about International Affairs and most importantly, developing peaceful solutions for world issues amongst youth. Representatives from AIESEC were one of the many incredible panelists present who shared their views on peace.
An important point was made in the conference about the children who are affected by this act of terrorism and disruptive activities that resulted in the lost their families and I quote, ‘Kids need families and love- not institutions, not government, not charity or anything else.
Kids belong to people, not government not charity or these institutions! They need belongingness and quite frankly, anyone can provide belongingness and love, including you all.’
And just as Franklin D. Roosevelt said, ‘Peace, like charity begins at home.’
– Ishani Shah, Director of Sustainability