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Celebrating International Day of Peace

Posted: Thursday, 20 September 2012, New York | Author: Department of Public Information 


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rings the Peace Bell at the ceremony held at UN Headquarters marking the annual International Day of Peace. (photo credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider) On Friday 21 September, UN staff members at Headquarters and in field missions will celebrate the 31st International Day of Peace in a series of events.

The celebration at New York Headquarters will start with the Peace Bell Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, accompanied by his wife Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, and the President of the General Assembly will ring the Peace Bell in the Rose Garden. They will be accompanied by the Ambassador of Japan, Messengers of Peace Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, and Elie Wiesel, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker, and UN Foundation Girl Up Champion Monique Coleman. The diplomatic community, NGOs and 194 flag-bearing students will also be present. The event will be available live on UN webcast  .

  Peace Day Concert at the National Theatre in Baghdad on Friday 21 September 2012, featuring renowned Iraqi musician Mr. Nasseer Shama. Following the ceremony, the 15th Student Observance under the theme “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future” will be held in Conference Room 2, North Lawn Building from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in which more than 450 students from Montreal, Vermont, Virginia, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and the tri-state area will attend. The Secretary-General and Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal will deliver opening remarks. Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, Elie Wiesel, Forest Whitaker and Monique Coleman will also speak at the event. Madam Ban Soon-taek will preside over the closing ceremony. The event   aims to highlight the environmental causes of conflicts and the importance of addressing the ownership, control, and management of natural resources in post conflict countries. Due to space constraint this event is not open to staff but is available on webcast.

Later in the day on the same theme a high-level debate organized by UNESCO will take place in Conference Room 3, North Lawn Building, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., which is open to all staff.

Beyond Headquarters, several peacekeeping missions will celebrate the day with different activities.

In partner with UNDP and the Ministry of Culture of Iraq, UNAMI will host a concert at the National Theatre in Baghdad on Friday 21 September 2012 at 6:00 p.m. local time, featuring renowned Iraqi musician Mr. Nasseer Shama.

UNMIL has organized an outreach programme called 21 Days of Activism on Volunteerism for Peace and Development, which targeted four counties outside the capital of Liberia. Their programme will highlight the day with a forum to be held at the William V Tubman High School, Monrovia with special focus on the role that natural resources play in financing or fuelling conflict and what is being done to address this issue.

In UNIFIL, a ceremony will be held at its headquarters in Naquora, which will be attended by representatives from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), religious and municipality leaders, ambassadors from troop contributing countries and members of the International community. Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major-General Paolo Serra and LAF South Litani Commander Brigadier General George Chraim will lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in memory of the peacekeepers who have laid down their lives in the line of duty in southern Lebanon.

In the week leading up to Sept. 21, MINUSTAH has been employing various social medial platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to raise awareness of the day and its theme.