About the Peace Bell
The United Nations recently celebrated the 50th anniversary
of the Japanese Peace Bell that was presented to the UN in
June 1954 by the United Nations Association of Japan. The
Peace Bell was made from coins collected by people in more
than 60 countries and is protected by a typical Japanese structure
made of cypress wood that resembles a Shinto shrine. On one
side of the bell, the words -- "Long live world peace"
-- are inscribed in Japanese. The stone base of the structure
was donated by Israel.
It has become tradition to ring the bell twice a year, once
on the first day of spring and once on the opening day of
the General Assembly's annual session in September.
You can listen
to the Japanese Peace Bell by clicking on it!
Watch a webcast
(Archived video) of Secretary-General Kofi Annan ringing the
Peace Bell on 21 September.
on the Peace Bell to hear it ring three times
It is our most sincere hope that the
deep and calming sounds of the Peace Bell will continue to
remind us all of the importance of Peace.
-- His Excellency Ambassador
Koichi Haraguchi Permanent Representative of Japan to the
UN on the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bell