To commemorate the International Day for Peace, Peace Bell Ringing Ceremony was organized on 21 September at 11.00 o’clock at the Botanical Gardens in Ankara.
UNDP Country Director Mr. Claudio Tomasi, said that the General Assembly had declared 21 September devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
“The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere and ensure that their rights were protected. The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice”, Tomasi said.
Tomasi concluded his speech by reiterating Secretary General’s call: “Let us act together to promote and defend human rights for all, in the name of lasting peace for all”.
President of the Turkish-Japanese Foundation Prof. Cafer Tayyar Sadıklar said that peace has been seriously challenged all around the world and if this problem would not be addressed, its consequences would be bigger than ever.
Mr. Koichiro Nakamura, Minister of Embassy of Japan, in his speech expressed his pleasure to see a peace belll in Ankara and urged the international community to intensify its efforts for lasting peace.
Ali Demir, Secretary General of the Model United Turkey Conference 2019, said that UN has a unique place to bring all sides together for dialogue for peace.
A student band from Rauf Orbay Middle School also performed songs with peace theme after the speeches and added color to the event.
Participants rang the bell to invite world leaders to establish sustainable peace for all.
International Day of Peace
In 1981, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that the opening day of its regular session in September “shall be officially dedicated and observed as the International Day of Peace and shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples”. Every year, people in all parts of the world honour peace in various ways on the 21st of September.
The World Peace Bell
“The World Peace Bell Association” was established by Mr. Chiyoji Nakagawa in 1954 to eradicate war and all nuclear weapons from the earth, to provide assistance for countries whose people are suffering from hunger, and to develop World Peace by promoting cultural and educational cooperation internationally.
The World Peace Bell which is located in front of the United Nations building in New York is made from coins and medals donated by 65 member countries of the United Nations in the hope everlasting world peace will be realized.
As of September 2004, the number of countries contributing coins to the World Peace Association totaled 106. Today, 19 countries host the peace bell in their capitals. Additionally, 25 more countries are considering hosting the Peace Bell.
Turkey is among the countries hosting the Peace Bell.