Culture of Peace to counter violence and hatred: Ban Ki-moon

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Our strongest arsenal in the face of violence and hatred is our shared values, according to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

On Tuesday, Ban Ki-moon shared ideas on ways to build and promote a "Culture of peace", which are a set of values, attitudes and ways of life that reject violence and prevent conflicts by tackling their root causes.

The concept of a culture of peace was born 25 years ago with the UNESCO-supported International Congress of Peace in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire.

Ban Ki-moon said today, the Culture of Peace is challenged due to conflict, extremism and violence.

“I am convinced that our strongest arsenal in the face of these threats is not weapons or missiles or guns. It is our shared values, our common vision for peace, development and human rights,  our universal aspiration for a meaningful culture of peace (0'19")”

Mr Ban added that we are many cultures, but we are a single family, bound by respect for human rights and dignity for all.

Thus, he explained, we need a new commitment to respect the right to be different and make the most of diversity as a strength to share.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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