"The importance of this particular day should not be underestimated, particularly in Iraq, where violence and terrorism continue to kill, maim and injure scores of innocent civilians on a daily basis," said Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG) for Development and Humanitarian Affairs, Dr. Jacqueline Badcock.
Reflecting on the importance of Peace Day in Iraq, Al Hasan Hady Fahmy, a young Iraqi said, "this day provides us with a collective opportunity to reflect on the heavy toll that Iraq has paid over the last years." Safaa Eemad Salman, another young Iraqi who spoke on the importance of the day, added, "Today gives us the chance to send out the message that violence can and should stop, once and for all, in Iraq."
In addition to Shamma's concert, a group of young Iraqi artists prepared a mural symbolising the collective hopes and wishes of their generation for a peaceful and prosperous Iraq. The mural was presented to the Iraqi parliament as a reminder of politicians' collective duty to Iraq's youth.