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Let us all work together for a safe, just and prosperous future: UN
The International Day of Peace (IDP) was observed globally on 21st September with the ringing of the 'Peace Bell' at UN Headquarters in New York City. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa and has the inscription 'Long live absolute world peace' on it.

IDP WAS marked by a global peace wave with moments of silence at noon in every time zone, by the UN agencies and their partners. Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. It was in 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for IDP.

According to the UN resolution for IDP, the day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples and as a reminder that our permanent commitment was to peace.

The theme of this year's observance was "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future". At many places, IDP was observed by lighting a candle at noon and sitting in silent meditation.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, in his message on IDP said, "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."

Ban, while calling on combatants around the world to find peaceful solutions to their conflicts, added, "Let us all work together for a safe, just and prosperous future for all."

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