While the world watches with attention, and with increasing concern, the increase in tension in different parts of the planet such as the Middle East, the Caucasus, Asia and Europe, different global leaders called for peace and understanding between States within the framework of the International Day of Human Fraternity.
By order of the United Nations, this day is celebrated every February 4 to remember the signing of the document “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Coexistence” signed in 2019 by Pope Francis and the Muslim leader the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar , Ahmad al-Tayyib, during a historic visit of the Holy Father to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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This resolution highlighted the importance of education and respect for the different cultures and religions that exist in the world. It also points out the urgent need to care for people, promote peace and put an end to violence, religious extremism, wars and terrorism.
The UN General Assembly approved the commemoration of this day. (Photo: Giuseppe CACACE/AFP)
In this context, the General Assembly of the United Nations approved the creation of this day based on an initiative promoted by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco and Venezuela.
The leaders' request for peace and understanding
“Let the declaration jointly signed by Pope Francis and His Excellency the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyib, inspire us and allow us to renew our commitment to remain united as one human family,” said the secretary general. of the UN, Antonio Guterres.
In the same sense, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Argentina, Saeed Al Qemzi, stressed the importance of “building bridges of understanding and cooperation between peoples to forge a future in the spirit of tolerance, rejecting extremism, hatred, and any cause that generates division and difference.”
Pope Francis with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, during his visit in 2019. (Photo: EFE/ Vatican Press)
Representative of a country where more than 200 nationalities coexist and there are more than 40 churches and places of worship, the Emirati ambassador also emphasized that “human brotherhood is not just a motto, but a vision in which we must all work together to consolidate peace, development and human rights, in order to build a better world within a framework of cultural diversity.”
Different organizations around the world began to commemorate this day and a comment from Pope Francis himself is also expected during a Sunday mass at the Vatican.