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OPENING ADDRESS DELIVERED BY LAWAL RAFIU ADENIRAN, NATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR,  NIGERIAN YOUTH 4 PEACE INITIATIVE (NYPI) AT THE ONE DAY SENSITIZATION AND AWARENESS PROGRAMME IN COMMEMORATION OF 2016 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE HELD ON THE 21ST SEPTEMBER 2016 AT YINBOL COLLEGE, IBADAN, OYO STATE, NIGERIA

Good day to everyone.

It is with great delight that I welcome you all to this great occasion. But before I proceed, I want to quickly use this opportunity to thank the Principal, the entire staff and students of this great citadel of learning for giving us the privilege of coming to celebrate this year’s International Day of Peace with you. We are indeed grateful. The Nigerian Youth 4 Peace Initiative (NYPI) is a network established by young peace practitioners to coordinate the activities and contributions of young peacebuilders to building a peaceful nation. Our mission is to facilitate the achievement of a peaceful society through peace education, advocacy, capacity building and trainings, research and documentation, lobbying, building partnerships, mobilizing resources and so forth.

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Every September 21, is a day set aside by the United Nations and member states to celebrate, promote, preach and discuss issues relating to peace in our society. Without exception, Nigerians are joining their counterparts all over the world to commemorate this Day.

The theme for this year commemoration is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace’’. For those of us who are not aware; the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are;

No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace and justice and partnerships for the goals.

All these goals were unanimously adopted by 193 countries including Nigeria at a United Nations meeting in New York, USA in September 2015. While these goals are integral to achieving peace in our time; peace on the other hand is an essential condition if any of the Sustainable Development Goals would be achieved. For the goals to be reached, everyone including government, private sectors, students /children needs to play their part.

The essence of this wonderful gathering today is firstly; to create awareness and sensitize us on the great ways in which we can contribute to building sustainable peace in our communities, to initiate the process of setting up peace club in your school and lastly, to officially launch our PEACE BEGINS WITH ME PROJECT. All of us have a role to play in building a safe and peaceful world.

On a final note, On behalf of Nigerian Youth 4 Peace Initiative (NYPI), I want to once again appreciate the opportunity given to us to come celebrate our International Day of Peace in your school. I want you to sit down, relax and enjoy our presentations.

Thanks and God Bless You

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