Climate change is the new enemy of peace and it threatens all humanity said United Nations Turkey Officer in Charge Alvaro Rodriguez.
International Day of Peace was celebrated at a ceremony jointly organized by the United Nations in Turkey and Turkish Japanese Foundation on 23 September at the Botanical Gardens in Ankara.
Peace is a day to day mission and aim of the United Nations since its establishment 74 years ago stated Rodriguez and added: “For decades, peace faced several adversaries, but today it faces a new danger: the climate emergency which threatens security, livelihood and lives of all the humanity. That is why this year, today at the UN General Assembly and here with you, we focus on Climate Action.”
Climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security emphasized Rodriguez and said natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts, forcing millions to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. It also endangers food security, and the impact on public health is escalating he added.
“Peace can only be achieved if concrete action is taken to combat climate change. It is also at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals which aims at creating a better World for all. Climate change is a global problem and only joint action by global community can find a solution for it” stated Rodriguez.
President of the Turkish-Japanese Foundation Prof. Cafer Tayyar Sadıklar also made a speech during the event. “We are here for the hope of imagining peace. Although we say that we ring this bell every year in September for peace, we actually ring it because we are longing for peace” stated Sadıklar.
Sadıklar reminded that the first peace agreement in history known as Kadesh Peace Agreement was signed between the Hittites and Egyptians in 1269 BC in Anatolia. “Living on this land where peace is born while knowing the value of peace, maintaining and sustaining pleace, working for world peace and making our voices heard all over the world are the most important reasons for us to come together today” he added.
Yoichi Mikami Minister Counsellor of Embassy of Japan stated he is very happy to commemorate the 30the year of the peace bell in Turkey. He said he hoped the world gets closer to eliminating nuclear weapons and ending wars.
Student orchestra from Rauf Orbay Middle School also performed songs with peace theme after the speeches and added color to the event.
At the end of the event participants rang the bell to demonstrate their call for world peace.
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