UN: UN chief says SDGs are 'building blocks for peace'

New York, US (PANA) - Ahead of the International Day of Peace, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stressed that each of the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in December last year by 193 UN-member states, are the "building blocks" for peace and progress.

Ban, in a message obtained by PANA in New York, said that every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on warring parties around the world to observe a 24-hour ceasefire.

"But, peace is not just about putting weapons aside. It is about building societies where people share the benefits of prosperity on a healthy planet," the UN chief stated in the message for the Day, observed annually on 21 September.

He said the theme of this year's observance highlights the 17 SDGs as building blocks for peace, noting that "sustainable development is essential for lasting peace, and both depend on respect for human rights, and all of us can be sustainable development advocates."

"On this International Day of Peace, express your commitment to peace by becoming a champion for the SDGs," he added.

The UN system is marking the Day early this year, with a host of events, which kicked off on Friday in the Peace Garden at UN headquarters in New York, where the UN chief rang the Peace Bell and observed a minute of silence for those who lost their life in the search for peace.

The Day was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly, and two decades later in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the Day as a period of non-violence and ceasefire.

The UN invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
-0- PANA AA/VAO 16Sept2016

16 september 2016 14:30:15

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