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Student Observance of the International Day of Peace



Archive» Student Observance of the International Day of Peace at UN. Photo & illustration: eEyeCam


New York, September 19, 2008 - This morning at 9:30 am, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked the Student Observance of the International Day of Peace in the Japanese Garden located at the UN Headquarters in New York by ringing the Peace Bell and sending a text message to the world leaders, which read "On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all.”


The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Photos: eEyeCam

The Secretary-General Moon gave the following reasons for his text message: “We do this in defence of those whose rights are violated. We do it for those who suffer from poverty and hunger. We do it to support our call for a day of global cease-fire and non-violence, as declared by the General Assembly."
 
And he hoped that this effort will send a powerful signal for peace that will be felt, heard and read around the world.


Students carrying flags of the world.

Hundreds of cheering students who were carrying the flags of the 192 UN Member countries, UN dignitaries and staff witnessed the technological moments of delivering a peace text mobile message, but the unanswered question remains: "Is it that simple to achieve the PEACE in this volatile and intolerable world?"

Secretary-General Moon calls on people around the world to observe a minute of silence at noon on Sunday, September 21 to observe the International Day of Peace.


The UN Secretary-General Moon ringing the Peace Bell at the UN Headquarters. Photos: eEyeCam

The morning atmosphere was windy and chilly at the UN Headquarters but the Secretary-General Moon's message was a comforting and assuring.

He said, "This year, the International Day of Peace takes on special meaning. This is the year we also mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We know that human rights are essential to peace. Yet too many people around the world still have their rights violated -- especially during and after armed conflict.

That is why we must ensure that the rights in the Declaration are a living reality -- that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.

It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists -- and that it exists for them."

The Secretary-General Moon emphasized the emergency of the development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals which, he said, is "the common vision agreed upon by leaders of all countries for building a better world in the 21st century."

He urged the governments, civil society and business to forge a broad coalition and try to bridge the gap.

-Pradeep Thapa Magar in UN Headquarters, New York. Comments? 551-358-7726


The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon texting peace message which read "On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, I call on world leaders and peoples around the world to join forces against conflict, poverty and hunger, and for all human rights for all." Photos: eEyeCam




The Japanese Garden and the Peace Bell at the UN. Photos: eEyeCam




A student girl carrying Nepalese flag. Photos: eEyeCam


The UN Secretary-General Moon listening the peace music played by Tarumi Violinists in the Japanese garden at UN Headquarters. Photos: eEyeCam


The UN Secretary-General Moon with UN musicians, H.E. Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the sixty-third general Assembly and other UN dignitaries. Photos: eEyeCam






Elizabeth Ann Kelly, 15 and Sai Matsumoto, playing violin at the Student Observance of the International Day of Peace at UN. Photos: eEyeCam See more at Faces of the Week
   
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