UN: UN observes International Day of Peace with call for global ceasefire

New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday in New York observed the International Day of Peace with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealing to all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire and stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.

Ban made the call at the Peace Bell ceremony, which kicked off the series of events
at the UN headquarters in New York for the Day, which is observed annually on 21 September and whose theme this year is: "Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All."

He stated: "Just as surely as striking this Bell makes a sound, we will continue to hammer this
point and demand peace, and we live at a moment of peril."

Drawing attention to the fact that "this is also an era of great promise", he said: "In a matter of days, leaders from across the globe will gather at the United Nations to adopt the 2030 Agenda, our 15-year plan to achieve sustainable development, and this is fundamental to ushering in a life of dignity for all, where poverty is history and peace is paramount.

"On the International Day, as we mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, let us seize
the opportunity to achieve the organization’s founding purpose: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war."

PANA in New York reports that Ban also attended a Tea Ceremony for Peace at which he
said: "The beauty of this tea ceremony is its simplicity, and even though the world is facing
many complex problems, we just have to act in solidarity based on our common values of
human rights, justice and peace."

Joining the UN chief at the Peace Bell ceremony and later at the International Day of Peace
Student Video-conference that followed, were UN Messengers of Peace anthropologist Jane
Goodall and actor Michael Douglas, and UN Goodwill Ambassador and musician Herbie
Hancock.

Others were fellow Messenger of Peace and cellist Yo Yo Ma, who performed for the students
attending the conference.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the UN General Assembly to
coincide with the opening of its session, which is held annually on the third Tuesday
of September.

The first Peace Day was observed in September 1982. In 2001 the UN General
Assembly established 21 September as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire.
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