Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Peace
UNSOM, 21 Sep 2014
New York, 21 September 2014 - Today is the International Day of Peace. Each year, on this day, the United Nations calls for a global ceasefire. We ask combatants to put down their arms so all can breathe the air of peace. Armed conflict causes untold grief to families, communities and entire countries.
Too many are suffering today at the brutal hands of warmongers and terrorists. Let us stand with them in solidarity.
Peace and security are essential foundations for social progress and sustainable development.
That is why, three decades ago, the United Nations affirmed the right of peoples to peace.
Throughout the coming year, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.
Our organisation is founded on the pledge to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.