The International Day of Peace 2018 was hosted jointly by the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, People’s Government of Jiangsu Province and the United Nations System in China.
The theme of the event was “Work Together to Build a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind & a World of Lasting Peace and Universal Security”.
More than 150 participants from 50 countries including peace organization leaders, security think tank experts and Chinese representatives attended the event.
General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter addressed to the participants of the Commemorative event, and Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Gutteres – his video message of congratulations.
On September 19, Vice President of the People’s Republic of China Wang Qishan, representatives of the UN system, and high-ranking officials from China and other countries, including Song Tao, Minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee; Ma Biao, Vice President of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Vice President of the CPAPD; Ulziisaikhan Enkhtuvshin, Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia; Oscar Arias Sanchez, Former President of Costa Rica, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dominique Galouzeau De Villepin, Former French Prime Minister; Pushpa Kamal Dahal (also known as Prachanda), Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Former Prime Minister of Nepal, and others delivered their speeches at the opening ceremony of a Commemorative event for the International Day of Peace.
After the opening ceremony, two plenary sessions were held: the Peace Forum, where Natalia Khalturina, the RCCSAA’s Secretary General, addressed the audience on behalf of the RCCSAA; and the Security Forum, where representatives of international non-governmental organizations and think tanks discussed issues of peace and stability, as well as security and cooperation in the current international context.
The participants voiced their support for solving current problems through multilateral approaches, saying differences could be managed through equal-footed negotiation in the spirit of mutual respect, mutual learning and inclusiveness. Moreover, they expressed their determination to make concerted efforts to create lasting peace and universal security and, ultimately, a community with a shared future for mankind.