World Peace Day: Group calls for societal recovery

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Members of the group

By Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta

A socio-cultural Non-Governmental Organization, Aviary Association Worldwide in collaboration with United Nations has called on all and sundry to think creatively and collectively about how to help society recover better.

The group also urged the society to think how to build resilience, and how to transform the society into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier.

The association’s president, Babatunde Elegbede, at Gateway Grande during a press briefing in Abeokuta, noted that peace is a much needed reflection for major actors of any events of conflict to cease-fire and to pause and assess their
actions and give time to absorb what life would allow humanity to achieve without the interruption of conflict.

Speaking on behalf of the National president on the theme: “Recovering Better For A Sustainable and Equitable World,” Elegbede said it is the responsibility of all to support the laudable intent behind this initiative and wholeheartedly join in the global endeavour.

“To avoid this, recovery policies should be designed to “build back better”. This means doing more than getting economies and livelihoods quickly back on their feet,” he said.

He added that recovery policies also needed to trigger investment and behavioral changes that would increase society’s resilience, saying that central to this approach should be a focus on well-being and inclusiveness.

“The day is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.

“The World Peace Day is a much-needed reflection time for major actors of any events of conflict to cease-fire, and to pause and assess their actions and give time to absorb what life would allow humanity to achieve without the interruption of conflict.

“As the planet continues to feel the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is renewed awareness of a need to build a more equal, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier world if we are to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

“Thus as responsible stake holders of the wider society, it is our duty to support the laudable intent behind this initiative and wholeheartedly join in the global endeavour,” he said.