State­ment by the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral on In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Each year the In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace is ob­served around the world on 21st Septem­ber. The Gen­eral Assem­bly has de­clared this as a day de­voted to strength­en­ing the ideals of peace, both within and among all na­tions and peo­ples. It was also es­tab­lished as an an­nual day of non­vi­o­lence and cease-fire. The theme of this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tion is “Part­ner­ships for Peace - Dig­nity for All” which aims to high­light the im­por­tance of all seg­ments of so­ci­ety to work to­gether to strive for peace.

On this day, in the lead-up to the Day of Peace, I am ask­ing all part­ners to lend their voices to this call for a lay­ing down of arms, and to work non-stop in the days to come to bring about a 24-hour cease fire on Septem­ber 21st.

Let’s make this In­ter­na­tional Day of Peace a day with­out vi­o­lence, and a day of for­give­ness. If, for one day, we can live in a world with­out ag­gres­sion and hos­til­ity, we can imag­ine how much more is pos­si­ble.

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