World Understanding and Peace Day is marked on 23 February by Rotary Clubs across the world. On this special occasion, the Clubs promote several goodwill projects to help make the world a more peaceful and harmonious place.
The day also marks the anniversary of the formation of the Rotary Club on 23 February, 1905, by Chicago attorney Paul Harris. Harris formed the club so that it could help professionals from diverse fields develop life-long friendships and exchange various ideas promoting harmony and brotherhood.
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, East India Council in association with Calcutta Chamber of Commerce organised a seminar to celebrate World Peace and Understanding Day. US consul-general in Kolkata Melinda Pavek was the chief guest. Rtn. Shekhar Mehta, Past President of Rotary International was the guest of honour and delivered the keynote address. Eminent speakers and panelists who participated in the panel discussion were Rtn Ajay Kumar Law District Governor Elect 22-23 RID 3291,Ex bureaucrat & Rajya Sabha MP Jawahar Sarkar, renowned Cardiac Surgeon Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Regional President,Indo American Chamber of Commerce(EIC) Prof. Dr. Sujoy Biswas and Kishan Kumar Kejriwal, President of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce.
The significance of World Peace and Understanding Day is immense. It not only celebrates the anniversary of the Rotary Club but also serves as a reminder of the need to work towards creating a more peaceful and harmonious world. The day is an opportunity to promote peace and understanding among nations, and to celebrate the efforts of those working towards it.
It is a chance for people to come together and remember the importance of peace, and recognize the hard work of those dedicated to creating a more peaceful world. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of understanding and to foster mutual respect and understanding among different cultures and beliefs.
Because understanding can lead to more tolerant and respectful relationships and encourage the peaceful resolution of conflicts. It is also important to understand our own biases and to be open to learning from others to help each other.