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International Day of Living Together in Peace

At the initiative of Algeria, the UN General Assembly adopted on December 8th, 2017, the resolution 72/130 declaring the 16th of May as the International Day of Living Together in Peace.

Accordingly, today the whole world is celebrating the International Day of Living Together in Peace as a means to mobilize the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity, and also to express commitment to the desire to live and act together united in differences and diversity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony.

Algeria's initiative is rooted in the experience acquired during the difficult journey it endured in the nineties, when it confronted barbarism, and rose again, stronger than ever, reconciled and determined to turn the page and enter fully a new phase of its history, that of living together in peace.

It also bears witness to Algeria's commitment to promoting global peace and tolerance. In fact, and at a time when the ideologues of the apocalypse were advocating a thesis proclaiming an imminent clash between Western civilization and Muslim civilization, and predicting the end of History, president Abdelaziz Bouteflika preferred to see a world moving towards happiness, knowing that this happiness, our common dream, depends on our ability to understand the other, to accept him in all his diversity, a diversity that, far from constituting a handicap, perhaps, if intelligently put at the service of human race, can become a source of progress for humanity.