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Marking International Day, UN affirms people’s right to ‘imagine’ world at peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Peace Bell Ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2014. (UN Photo/Cia Pak)

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Peace Bell Ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2014. (UN Photo/Cia Pak)

With John Lennon’s iconic song “Imagine” as the backdrop, the United Nations today marked the International Day of Peace underscoring that all people have the right to peace.

“We must douse the fires of extremism and tackle the root causes of conflict,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said ahead of the official observance of the Day, 21 September, which this year falls on Sunday.

As on each year since the Day was created in 1981, the Secretary-General asked combatants to lay down their arms “so all can breathe the air of peace.” He also called on people around the world to observe a minute of silence at noon and reflect on what peace means for the human family.

For more on this story, visit: United Nations News Centre – Marking International Day, UN affirms people’s right to ‘imagine’ world at peace.

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The 2014 theme – The Right of Peoples to Peace – marks the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace. This anniversary offers a unique opportunity to reaffirm the Declaration’s central message that humanity’s sustainable progress and the realization of fundamental rights and freedoms depend on peace and security.

For more on this story, visit: UN Live United Nations Web TV – Peace Bell Ceremony on the occasion of the International Day of Peace 2014.

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