It is indeed very significant that Belize’s Independence is on International Peace Day, September 21. The United Nations Secretary General takes this opportunity to express appreciation for Belize’s peaceful development on this day and always.
Attached is the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon’s message in which he states “On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world….” and calls for everyone to observe a minute of silence at noon on the Day to honor victims and survivors of violence.
Message On The International Day Of Peace
“On the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world. We also ask people everywhere to observe a minute of silence, at noon local time, to honor the victims – those who have lost their lives, and those who survived but must now cope with trauma and pain.
The theme of this year’s observance is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future”.
*Armed conflicts attack the very pillars of sustainable development.
*Natural resources must be used for the benefit of society, not to finance wars.
*Children should be in school, not recruited into armies.
*National budgets should focus on building human capacity, not deadly weapons.
On the International Day of Peace, I call on combatants around the world to find peaceful solutions to their conflicts. Let us all work together for a safe, just and prosperous future for all.”