Secretary-General's 100-day Countdown Message
13 June 2014
Today marks the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, when
the United Nations calls on nations, communities and individuals to renounce
conflict and promote harmony.
The theme for the Day this year acknowledges the 30th anniversary of the
General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace, with its
central message that humanity’s sustainable progress and the realization of
fundamental rights and freedoms depend on peace and security. It is central
to the Rights up Front approach, which calls upon the international
community to act earlier and more concertedly in the face of human rights
violations, which are often the precursors of worse to come.
Over the coming 100 days we need to unite as a human family to deliver the
right to peace by encouraging fighters to lay down their arms. Let us stand
in solidarity with the civilians killed by terrorism and war, the
traumatised families whose homes and futures lie in ruins, the countries
whose development has been set back by decades.
History has shown that, no matter how fierce, conflict can end, peace can
prevail and reconciliation can triumph. On 21 September, at concerts around
the world -- in major cities and small towns, in conflict zones and peaceful
communities – people will broadcast this essential message. They will
celebrate the value of human diversity and the strength of our unity.
As we start the countdown, I urge every peace-loving person to engage with
their friends and neighbours, their community organizations and
governments. Together, let us demand the right of peoples to peace.