The High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
On the Occasion of the International Day of Peace
New York – 21 September 2015
As we commemorate the International Day of Peace on 21 September, let me take this opportunity to echo the words of the United Nations Secretary General that the International Day of Peace should be a day without violence, a day without aggression and most of all a day of ceasefire.
General Assembly Resolution 55/282 of 2001, the United Nations has observed the International Day of Peace annually on 21 September, striving for a day of non-violence and ceasefire.
As the United Nations marks its 70th anniversary, this year’s International Day of Peace is observed under the theme “Partnership for Peace – Dignity for all”. Our work at the United Nations of the Alliance of Civilizations is largely based on the collaboration and partnerships that we have with governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organizations.
As High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, I have no greater calling than that to promote the cause of peace between and among identity groups. Too frequently we see political leaders exploit our different identities to advance their own agendas. Too frequently we see these leaders ignore our shared values, our common humanity.
I call upon leaders from all walks of life, including political leaders, religious leaders, cultural, educational and business leaders, to speak with one voice calling for an end to conflict, an end to violence and a new commitment to a more peaceful world.