Do you believe that in 15 years our world will be a more peaceful, sustainable and transformed place? A large group of students from around the UAE faced this question for World Peace Day, and the uncertainty in their responses is nothing short of alarming.
Every year on September 21, people around the world celebrate the United Nations International Peace Day providing an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and countries to reflect on the importance of peace. NYU Abu Dhabi’s first-ever Peace Day event united 63 students and 14 faculty/staff facilitators from five educational institutions to talk about global issues, particularly sustainable development, and ways to affect positive change toward a peaceful future.
Associate Director of NYUAD's Office of Community Outreach Suparna Mathur shared the vision for the event: “We have a moral imperative to examine how each of us can contribute toward this shared agenda for humanity. The UN's sustainable development goals are a roadmap for changing our world."
However, when students were asked, “How many of you deeply and honestly believe that in 15 years, by 2030, the world will be more peaceful, sustainable, and transformed?” not many arms shot up confidently.