The International Day of Conscience is a global day of awareness celebrated on April 5, commemorating the importance of the human conscience. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on July 25, 2019, with the adoption of UN resolution 73/329. The first International Day of Conscience was celebrated on April 5, 2020.
Conscious of the need for the creation of conditions of stability and well-being and peaceful and friendly relations based on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion, the General Assembly declared 5 April the International Day of Conscience.
International Day of Conscience 2021: Theme and Significance
The theme of the 2021 International Day of Conscience is,” Promoting a Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience.”
According to the mentioned resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly, the day is designated in the struggle of “Promoting the Culture of Peace with Love and Conscience” throughout the world. The core values that underlie this day include peace, tolerance, understanding, solidarity, and inclusion. Moreover, International Conscience Day insists upon the global community to have a firm belief in co-existence, acceptance of different cultures, diversity, and cultural assortment. The global leaders at the UN platform agree that peace and stability in the world cannot be achieved without promoting inter-cultural harmony.
The global leaders are aware that conscience is an influential entity that obliges people to condemn evil practices like colonization, racial discrimination, social stratification, gender discrimination, religious discrimination, social injustice, human trafficking, drug smuggling, organ smuggling, and war crimes against marginalized communities, anarchic regions, and weaker/unstable countries.
Importance of Conscience
Conscience refers to a person’s inner self that is abstract a virtual entity, but it plays an important role in the actions of a person. A human being cannot ignore the mystic side of his personality that usually becomes the chief motivator behind every action a person performs. Psychologists also confess that human beings are highly influenced by thoughts and feelings. These thoughts are governed by conscience and history proves that the nations who regarded conscience were just and those who did not regard it became cruel. Morality, ethics, and virtue are guided by conscience and conscience stops people and nations from exploiting others. When conscience becomes inactive, people become materialistic, cruel, senseless, and scoundrel. Eventually, jungle law starts prevailing in the society that leads to absolute damnation of society.