Today, September 21st is commemorated by the world community as the International Day of Peace. This year, the commemoration of the International Day of Peace is in a situation where every country is struggling hard to shake off from the Covid-19 pandemic. United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said that the Covid-19 had turned the world upside down. Conflict is out of control. The climate emergency is also getting worse. Inequality and poverty are deepening. Badly, distrust and split are tearing people apart at a time when solidarity and collaboration are needed more than ever. In his statement, Antonio Guterres also expressed his belief that by working in solidarity for lasting and sustainable peace every day, the world can overcome the problems it faces.
The theme of the International Day of Peace in 2021 is “Recovering better for a just and sustainable world”. Shaking off the pandemic, rising and recovering in peace are being carried out by all nations in the world. Every country has its own strategies and steps without the exception of Indonesia.
One of them is that Indonesia calls for nuclear disarmament at the World Atomic Energy Agency. The call was conveyed by Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi in the General debate and Annual Report for 2020 at a virtual meeting of the World Atomic Energy Agencies on Monday (20/9). She affirmed that the potential for peaceful use of nuclear energy is unlimited, including to address today's global challenges. Minister Retno Marsudi also called on the world community to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace and prosperity.
With the spirit to rise and recover, Indonesia will also prove through the G20 Presidency in 2022. During the G20 presidency, Indonesia through the theme "Recover Together, Recover Stronger" reflects the spirit of recovering with the world. Of course, with the support of all Indonesian people, creating and maintaining peace will continue. The little actions of the Indonesian people to maintain domestic peace will be a great step to participate in creating the world’s peace. Because Indonesia believes that the world’s peace is not just a dream. As UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put it “peace is not a naive dream”.
Happy International Day of Peace!