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Friday is the International Day of Peace. This years theme is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.”

National budgets should focus on building human capacity, not deadly weapons. Children should be in school, not recruited into armies.Full message from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Watch the annual ringing of the UN Peace Bell live on Friday at 9 am (NYC time). The Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly will be joined by the Ambassador of Japan, Messengers of Peace Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall, and Elie Wiesel, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker, and UN Foundation Girl Up Champion Monique Coleman, the diplomatic community, NGOs and flag-bearing students.  

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