World community urged not to "succumb to despair"

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UN Secretariat staff mark the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations by joining in formations which read, "What R U Doing 4 Peace?" around the Circle in front of the Secretariat Building at headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The world-wide community has been urged by the UN chief not to "succumb to despair" despite what he called a time of deadly violence.

In a message ahead of International Day of Peace, Ban Ki-moon said people around the world have the responsibility to demand an "end to the brutality".

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The UN Secretary-General said that this year's International Day of Peace comes at a time of violent and destabilizing conflicts around the world.

But he said rather than succumbing to despair, the world-wide community has a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail.

He said people around the world yearn for peace

"People everywhere dream of peace. I have high hopes for the world's young people. They can make massive contributions. Leaders should invest in young peacebuilders. We all can foster peace."

Mr Ban also called on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire.

International Day of Peace is observed on Monday.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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