UN / PEACE BELL

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Marking the International Day of Peace, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “it can take decades, even centuries, to build peaceful, stable societies. But peace can be squandered in an instant by reckless, divisive policies and approaches.” UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / PEACE BELL
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DATELINE: 17 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, Peace Bell at United Nations Headquarters
2. Tracking shot, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrival
3. Wide shot, speakers at their podiums
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Peace is never a given. It is an aspiration that is only as strong as our conviction, and only as durable as our hope. It can take decades, even centuries, to build peaceful, stable societies. But peace can be squandered in an instant by reckless, divisive policies and approaches.”
5. Wide shot, speakers at their podiums
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
7. Close up, Peace Bell
8. Zoom in, Secretary-General rings the Peace Bell
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The International Day of Peace is traditionally a day when we call on armed combatants across the world to put down their weapons. But in a time of pandemic, 24 hours is not nearly enough. That is why, last March, I called for an immediate global cease-fire. Because now there is only one true enemy: the virus. The pandemic is the biggest threat to peace and security in our world today. My cease-fire appeal resonated widely with Member States, civil society, and even several armed groups. But spoilers and distrust have proven to be major obstacles to the implementation.”
10. Med shot, musical performance by Yo-Yo Ma

STORYLINE:

Marking the International Day of Peace, Secretary-General António Guterres today (17 Sep) said, “it can take decades, even centuries, to build peaceful, stable societies. But peace can be squandered in an instant by reckless, divisive policies and approaches.”

Speaking in front of the Japanese Peace Bell on the grounds of the UN Secretariat, Guterres said, “peace is never a given. It is an aspiration that is only as strong as our conviction, and only as durable as our hope.”

The Secretary-General outlined how the COVID-19 pandemic is putting peace at risk, prompting him in March, to appeal for a global ceasefire shortly after the pandemic was declared.

He said, “let’s address the fragilities and inequalities that work against peace, so that we emerge from the crisis stronger than before. Let’s push for peace wherever conflict is raging and wherever there are diplomatic opportunities to silence the guns. Let’s prioritize peace and build a safer future for all.”

After the traditional ringing of the bell, Guterres addressed a virtual student observance of the International Day of Peace.

He told students, “the International Day of Peace is traditionally a day when we call on armed combatants across the world to put down their weapons. But in a time of pandemic, 24 hours is not nearly enough. That is why, last March, I called for an immediate global cease-fire. Because now there is only one true enemy: the virus. The pandemic is the biggest threat to peace and security in our world today. My cease-fire appeal resonated widely with Member States, civil society, and even several armed groups. But spoilers and distrust have proven to be major obstacles to the implementation.”

The pandemic is unfolding in the year the UN turns 75, and Thursday's ceremony also provided a moment to reflect on the Organization’s founding goal of preventing war and promoting peace.

UN Messenger of Peace, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma was on hand for this year’s virtual commemoration along with the British primatologist Jane Goodall.
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