Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, has shared a message to mark International Day of Peace 2021, which is observed globally on 21 September.
For decades, the Commonwealth Secretariat has worked with member states, multilateral partners, regional and national peace architectures to build more inclusive and peaceful societies.
This video message has been produced to highlight some of the Commonwealth Secretariat's efforts aimed at building sustainable peace across member states.
During the video message, Secretary-General states: "On this International Day of Peace, the Commonwealth celebrates the commitment of our 54 members to a Charter that underscores the primacy of democracy and development for achieving sustainable peace and security.
"Today, I call on over 1.2 billion young people across the Commonwealth to boldly take up this generational challenge of our time. You are the present and the future, and your energy, resilience, and creativity - the big and small actions that you take for positive peace and for our planet - are the seeds for a healthier, prosperous and secure future.
"It is encouraging to note the immense contributions of many men and women and Commonwealth organisations who have risen to meet the challenges of building social cohesion and promoting peace and reconciliation through the turbulent eye of the pandemic."