The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, on Wednesday said that citizens of all countries had the responsibility of holding their governments accountable to their promises.Ban gave the advice in his message to mark this year’s International Day of Peace, presented in Lagos by Director of United Nations Information Center (UNIC), Mr Ronald Kayanja.
According to him, this year’s Peace Day highlights the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as Building Blocks for Peace.
“All of us can be sustainable development advocates and spread the word about the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
“And we can all hold our governments to account for keeping their pledge in the future.
“Let us all work to help all human beings to achieve dignity and equality, to build a greener planet, and to make sure that no one is left behind.
“On this International Day of Peace, express your commitment to peace by becoming a champion of the Sustainable Development Goals,’’ he said.
Ban said that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the UN’s blueprint to prevent conflicts from occurring.
The UN scribe said that it was also imperative for warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global ceasefire.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, said that an urgent need to promote peace in communities would not be more compelling than now.
Ambode, represented by the Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Seye Oladejo, said that the world had become characterised with conflicts.
The governor said that his government would continue to strengthen the capacity of its Citizens Mediation Centre to bring its services closer to people in the state.
“It is a known fact that development cannot be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos and uncertainty.
“It is, therefore, very critical that we all work for peace by toeing the line of non-violence in resolving our differences,’’ he said.
The event, which was jointly organised by the Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre and UNIC to mark this year’s International Day of Peace brought together about 300 people.