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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