Secretary-General's message on the International Day of Peace
New York, 21 September 2012
On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world.
We also ask people everywhere to observe a minute of silence, at noon local time, to honour the victims – those who have lost their lives, and those who survived but must now cope with trauma and pain.
The theme of this year’s observance is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future”.
Armed conflicts attack the very pillars of sustainable development.
Natural resources must be used for the benefit of society, not to finance wars.
Children should be in school, not recruited into armies.
National budgets should focus on building human capacity, not deadly weapons.
On the International Day of Peace, I call on combatants around the world to find peaceful solutions to their conflicts.
Let us all work together for a safe, just and prosperous future for all.
Statements on 21 September 2012
- New York, 21 September 2012 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sudan and South Sudan
- New York, 21 September 2012 - Secretary-General's remarks to the High Level Debate on the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
- New York, 21 September 2012 - Secretary-General's remarks to Student Conference on the International Day of Peace [as prepared for delivery]
- New York, 21 September 2012 - Secretary-General's remarks at Peace Bell Ceremony on the International Day of Peace