“The poison of war is infecting our world“By endangering millions of lives,” turning people against each other, breaking nation against nation, eroding security and welfare, [and] reverse development”.
“It is also advancing our shared goals for the future further and further.”
Instead of fighting, “humanity should come together” to tackle common challenges, the UN chief stressed.
These include poverty, hunger and inequality; climate change and loss of biodiversity; the COVID-19 pandemic – “continues to wreak havoc on lives and economies alike” – and racism, “the focus of this year’s International Day”.
While promoting peace is the main mission of the UN, he reminded that “The task of peace-building belongs to each person“.
“Together, let us initiate peace.
“Peace for our planet…for developing countries that are victims of a deeply unfair global financial system…[and] in the name of equality for all – by ending all forms of discrimination, racism and hate speech”.
He went on to advocate peace for young people “who will inherit the consequences of the decisions we make – or we don’t make”.
“And most importantly, peace for the millions of people today living through the horrors of war.”
Global solidarity ‘starts now’
The Secretary-General stressed the need for global solidarity, collective action, commitment and mutual trust, “now more than ever”.
“It starts here – and it starts now,” he said. “Let us call for a world of peace for all.”
Before ringing the peace bell, he invited those present to attend a moment of silence “to reflect on the meaning and necessity of peace”.
Unity is needed
General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi recalled that the peace bell was created with coins donated from 60 countries in 1954.
“We need the solidarity we have today to ensure that our work here is relevant and impactful,” he said.
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Noting that the aftermath of the Ukraine war is said to be “far beyond the region,” he describes it as “a stark reminder that peace can always be at stake and that no country can take it as a threat.” of course”.
Education is important
This year’s theme for “End Racism. “Building peace,” says Kőrösi, forcing people to remember that “racism is still deeply rooted in our world.
Racism threatens global peace, weakens social ties, and leaves nations more vulnerable to climate change, conflict and other crises.
“Education and science are key to breaking the blind stereotypes behind racism“, he argued, adding that “diverse ideas inspire creativity and drive innovation” – our source of strength.
He urged people to “put an end to racism and discrimination in all its forms, once and for all”.
Let equality ring
Mr. Kőrösi attracted the attention of the Society High-level meeting on September 21 to mark the 30th anniversary Declaration of the Rights of Persons of Nationality or Ethnicity, Religion and Languagedescribes it as an opportunity to “pass on the practice of tolerance, inclusion and respect for diversity”.
He also paid tribute to the drafters Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Chairman of the Council concluded: “May this bell ring for the freedom and equality of all, everywhere.
Every year, the International Day of Peace, celebrated on September 21, is dedicated to strengthening the ideals of peace – both within and among all nations and peoples.