International Day of Peace is observed with a call for cessation of hostilitiesListen /
People all over the world have been asked by the United Nations to observe a moment of silence on Friday to mark the International Day of Peace.
The theme of this year's observance is "Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future".
Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters to mark the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that armed conflicts attack the pillars of development.
"This is a day on which the United Nations calls for a complete cessation of hostilities around the world. We also ask people everywhere to observe a minute of silence to honour the victims of conflict – those who have lost their lives, those who survived but must now cope with trauma and pain, and those who, at this very moment, are under fire or being subjected to brutal abuses of their human rights."
The Secretary-General rang the peace bell, cast from coins donated by 60 nations and presented to the United Nations by the UN Association of Japan in 1954.