UN: UN chief kicks off 100-day countdown to International Day of Peace

New York, US (PANA) - Kicking-off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on the international community to work together in recognizing that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing in order to help build a future of peace and prosperity for all.

"When people feel secure in their abilities to provide for their families, when they are given access to the resources they need to live healthy lives, and when they feel truly included in their societies, then they are much less likely to engage in conflict," Ban said in a statement issued in New York.

"That is why, over the next 100 days, we must recognize that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. We need to work together to help promote and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The leaders of the world have given us a clear blueprint, and by following it, we can help build a future of peace and prosperity," the UN chief stated.

He said that, the International Day of Peace, which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples has been observed annually around the world on 21 September since it was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly.

He also noted that, every year on the Day, the UN calls on the peoples of the world to remember their common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife, saying that, it also calls on all countries to observe a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.

Ban announced that, this year's theme is: "The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace", and it highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony.

According to him, "when we all work together, we can make peace possible, starting with 24 hours of peace on 21 September."

Recalling that the 17 SDGs were unanimously adopted by the 193 UN member states at an historic summit in September 2015, the the UN chief emphasized that the SDGs are a shared vision to humanity, and they are universal, applying to all countries, as well as integral to achieving peace and development.

He also noted that SDG 16 focuses on peace, justice and strong institutions, although he said that, "peace runs like a thread through all 17 of the SDGs."

PANA in New York reports that, as part of activities related to the 100-day countdown to the Day, a new hip-hop music video, entitled: "Sustainable Development Goals: Improve Life All Around The Globe" was launched on Monday by the UN headquarters.

The music video, which breaks down the 17 SDGs into easy-to-understand concepts, aims to inspire young people around the world to take action to support the UN development agenda.

The video was produced by Flocabulary, a web-based learning programme using educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement, in partnership with the Education Outreach Section of the Outreach Division of the UN Department of Public Information.

In related news, the UN's Education Outreach Section also launched a new video contest to offer a platform for youth to express their ideas on how the SDGs can help build peace.

The contest is open to young people from ages 15 through 24 years, who may submit video clips ranging from 10 to 15 seconds on their vision for sustainable peace.

The clips will be posted on a dedicated YouTube channel, and the winning clips will be screened at the global student video conference taking place on 16 September at UN headquarters in New York.

Students can also share their ideas through Twitter using the hashtag #peaceday.

Also, as part of activities leading up to the actual Day, on 16 September the UN chief will ring the Japanese Peace Bell in the Peace Garden at UN headquarters in New York and observe a minute of silence, and UN Messengers of Peace and women Nobel Peace Prize laureates are scheduled to participate in the event.
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