international-day-of-peace.jpg21 September 2009. New-York - Kyiv - on the occasion of the International Day of Peace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to people throughout the world to disarm, support the United Nations in maintaining peace and stability, and do your part for peace. international-day-of-peace.jpg21 September 2009. New-York - Kyiv - on the occasion of the International Day of Peace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to people throughout the world to disarm, support the United Nations in maintaining peace and stability, and do your part for peace.

international-day-of-peace.jpg21 September 2009. New-York - Kyiv - on the occasion of the International Day of Peace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed to people throughout the world to support the United Nations in maintaining peace and stability, and do your part for peace.

Secretary-General Message:

"The International Day of Peace is a global call for ceasefire and non-violence.

It is a time to reflect on the horror and cost of war, and on our duty to resolve disputes peacefully.

Most of the victims of conflict are powerless. Innocent civilians. Fathers, mothers, children.

Without peace they have little hope of improving their lives. Little hope of escaping poverty.

Often, those who work on behalf the powerless are also targets.

Journalists, medical professionals, humanitarian workers, United Nations staff and peacekeepers have all found themselves under attack.

Combatants, warlords, arms suppliers and their sponsors continue to display a cruel disrespect for life.

On this International Day of Peace, I remind all of them that there is another way. A better way.

The path of peace.

We should be encouraged that war between nations is happening less often. Diplomacy and negotiation are becoming a more frequent choice.

And even where States are torn by internal strife, history shows that peace can prevail if there is sufficient will.

There are many examples where the advocates of peace have successfully subdued the voices of hate.

I also draw hope from the renewed engagement of the international community on the issue of nuclear disarmament.

That is why I have launched the WMD-WeMustDisarm! Campaign. As long as such weapons exist, no-one is safe.

On this International Day of Peace, I have a simple message for all: We Must Disarm! We must have peace.

I appeal to people throughout the world to join in this effort. Support the United Nations, and do your part for peace."
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International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. During the discussion of the U.N. Resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that:

"Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."
More information: http://internationaldayofpeace.org/about/background.html
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