ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

On World Peace Day, Colombia Looks Forward to War-Free Future

On World Peace Day, Colombia Looks Forward to War-Free Future

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos took to Twitter to say that "On World Peace Day we remember that this is our greatest purpose: Colombians deserve to live without war!" Established by the United Nations in 1981, World Peace Day, also known as the International Day of Peace, is celebrated around the world on September 21st. This year's theme is "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All", which emphasizes the value of the different parts of society working in unison towards peace.

Director of Civil Service of Colombia Liliana Caballero tweeted "Peace is a decision. A decision about the future and against the past," adding the hashtag "Peace Moves Forward."

This comes shortly after Pope Francis expressed support to the process of peace negotiations between the Government of Colombia and the FARC, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombiaβ€”People's Army, which have taken place in Havana, Cuba.

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