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“Sustainable Development Essential For Lasting Peace” - Ban
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 United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon


“Sustainable Development Essential For Lasting Peace” - Ban
By Prince S. Nagbe

MONROVIA, September 22 (LINA) – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said sustainable development is essential for lasting peace, and that both depend on respect for human rights.

He made the statement in a speech at programs marking the observance of the International Day of Peace at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday syndicated in Monrovia by the UN local office. 

Ban noted that citizens across the world need to protect the planet and that it is only by working together that they can make their common home safe for future generations.

“Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour global ceasefire; the symbolism of a day without fighting is a crucial reminder that conflict can and must come to an end,” the UNSG stressed.

He pointed out that peace is not just about putting weapons aside, but it is also about building a global society in which people live free from poverty and share the benefits of prosperity, adding, “Peace is about growing together and supporting each other as a universal family.”

Reflecting on the theme of this year’s Peace Day, which highlights the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the building blocks for peace, Ban indicated that conflict often starts when people compete over limited resources.

He therefore urged world leaders attending the celebration to use the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as their blueprint to prevent such conflicts from arising by making sure no one is left behind.

“All of us can be sustainable development advocates by spreading the word about the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and holding our governments to account for keeping their pledge to the future,” Ban added.

He called on world leaders to work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; build a greener planet; and make sure that they all express their commitment to peace by becoming champions of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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