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International Day of Conscience 2024, Date, History and Theme

‘International Conscience Day’ is celebrated every year on 5 April. This day is celebrated to remind people to introspect, follow their conscience and do the right thing.

The theme of International Day of Conscience 2024

The theme for the International Day of Conscience in 2024 is ‘Promoting a Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience’. This theme emphasizes the importance of cultivating a global mindset focused on peace, compassion, and moral integrity.

History of International Day of Conscience

The inaugural International Day of Conscience was first commemorated in 2020 by the United Nations General Assembly. This annual observance was established to encourage people around the world to introspect, follow their conscience, and do what is right.

In 2024, the global community will celebrate the fifth United Nations International Day of Conscience. This milestone marks five years of dedicated efforts to raise awareness about the power of individual and collective conscience in shaping a more just, harmonious, and sustainable world.

Importance of International Conscience Day International Conscience Day holds great significance for several reasons:

  1. Preventing Harm: The day is celebrated to highlight the importance of discretion and moral conscience in preventing people from harming others verbally, physically, sexually, or mentally. It underscores the role of individual and societal conscience in upholding human dignity and rights.
  2. Upholding Human Rights: International Conscience Day emphasizes that everyone has the fundamental right to self-respect, peace, and security. It serves as a reminder that disregard for human rights has historically led to “barbaric acts” that have “offended the conscience of mankind,” as stated in the Preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  3. Defining and Condemning Anti-Human Acts: On this occasion, scholars define and condemn acts that are considered antithetical to human values and wellbeing. The goal is to raise public awareness and discourage such harmful practices through education and moral advocacy.
  4. Promoting a Culture of Peace: International Conscience Day is also linked to the broader movement for a global “culture of peace.” This concept emerged from a 1989 UNESCO congress in Côte d’Ivoire and has since evolved into a meaningful objective for the international community.

Origin of the Culture of Peace

The notion of a culture of peace first took root at the 1989 UNESCO congress in Côte d’Ivoire. Since then, the promotion of a culture of peace has been widely embraced as an important goal for the global community.

The evolving concept of a culture of peace has inspired activities at various levels, with full participation from civil society organizations and grassroots movements. As a result, the culture of peace is gradually taking on the characteristics of a truly global movement, with far-reaching implications for peace, justice, and human development worldwide.

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