of the Peace Bell Ceremony
20 September 2002 at 10.00 AM
Secretary-General, distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen,
gives me great pleasure to join you this year, as we gather
here to ring the peace bell and to celebrate the International
Day of Peace and Global Ceasefire.
special occasion allows us to remind ourselves of the primary
mission of our organization - maintenance of world-wide peace
and security. The people of the many nations who collected the
coins to construct this bell show us that life in peace is a
desire shared by people around the globe. Many of these people
look to the United Nations for support in the peaceful settlement
of disputes, in conflict resolution, post-conflict reconstruction
and economic and social development. And indeed, throughout
the years of its existence, the United Nations has helped to
better the lives of many of these people.
therefore wholeheartedly welcome the designation of 21 September
as the international day of peace, nonviolence, and global cease-fire.
The celebrations give us an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments
and draw inspiration for the work ahead as the United Nations
General Assembly launches its deliberations. I also sincerely
hope that this symbolic act can be accompanied by a commitment
to a cease-fire by as many warring parties as possible.
this way let the peace bell's ring resonate throughout the world
by spreading tolerance, dignity, justice, understanding, solidarity,
prosperity - in one word, by spreading peace.