International Day of Peace celebrated with Peace Bell ceremony in Ankara

01 Oct 2013

International Day of Peace was celebrated at a ceremony jointly organized by the United Nations in Turkey and Turkish Japanese Foundation.

New Horizons- To commemorate the International Day for Peace, Peace Bell Ringing Ceremony was organized at the Botanical Gardens in Ankara on September 20, 2013 where international community was called upon to support peace more.

Kamal Malhotra, UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Keisuke Yamanaka, Minister Counselor of Japanese Embassy and Prof. Tayyar Sadiklar, President of the Turkish Japanese Foundation made speeches to mark the international day.

Delivering the opening speech of the ceremony attended by students, members of non-govermental organizations and diplomatic corps, Prof. Sadiklar said that people have been talking about concepts of democracy and peace for many years; however they are not able to establish lasting peace.

UNDP Resident Representative Kamal Malhotra underlined the importance of the event and said “we are gathered to commemorate a very important event at a time when violent conflicts continue to rage in our world, and especially in our neighborhood.”

UN Resident Coordinator emphasized that the theme for the International Day of Peace this year is “Education for Peace”.

“Education fosters global citizenship and building peaceful societies. It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others.” said Malhotra.

Following the speeches calling for world peace, participants rang the peace bell.


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