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Resist cynical efforts to divide communities, UN chief urges world community on International Day of Peace
The International Day of Peace, 21st September, was observed across the globe with a call for the absence of war and violence, as well as a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.

The main objective of the observance is to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The theme for the observance this year "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All."

In his message for the occasion UN chief Antonio Guterres said, "We must resist cynical efforts to divide communities and portray neighbours as 'the other'. Discrimination diminishes us all. It prevents people — and societies — from achieving their full potential."

He added, "Together, let us stand up against bigotry and for human rights. Together, let us build bridges. Together, let us transform fear into hope."

According to the UN, this year's theme honours the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.

"TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants," it is stated.

Earlier, on 15 September 2017, at the Peace Garden at United Nations Headquarters, the Peace Bell was rung and a minute of silence was observed. United Nations Messengers of Peace also  participated in the ceremony.

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