Monthly Archives: June 2016

Secretary-General’s Message for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace (13 June)

SG's Message for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace

Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on the peoples of the world to remember their common humanity and join together to build a future free of strife. It calls on all of us to observe a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.

This year’s theme – the Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace – highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony.  When we all work together, we can make peace possible, starting with 24 hours of peace on September 21.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit in September 2015. They are universal, applying to all countries. And they are integral to achieving peace.

SDG #16 specifically focuses on “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”. Yet peace runs like a thread through all 17 of the Goals.

When people feel secure in their abilities to provide for their families, when they are given access to the resources they need to live healthy lives, and when they feel truly included in their societies, then they are much less likely to engage in conflict.

That is why, over the next 100 days, we must recognize that development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. We need to work together to help promote and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The leaders of the world have given us a clear blueprint, and by following it, we can help build a future of peace and prosperity.

Ban Ki-moon

International Yoga Day celebrated in Tashkent

Some 80 yoga enthusiasts joined International Yoga Day celebrations held on 18 June at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Centre for Indian Culture in Tashkent with support from the Embassy of India and the UN Office in Uzbekistan.

Day of yoga Day of yoga at Tashkent 2016

The Yoga Day celebrations kicked off with welcome remarks from the Indian Ambassador to Uzbekistan Mr. Vinod Kumar and UNFPA Representative in Uzbekistan Ms. Mieko Yabuta. Among those invited to the event was the famous Uzbek actress Lola Eltoyeva. They emphasized the benefits of yoga for the spiritual growth and health of people around the world as well as the importance of this sort of events that advocate for healthy lifestyles, which is one of the UN’s key tasks.

Международный день йоги в Ташкенте 2016 Yoga day. Tashkent 2016

The festivities included a yoga session, which was an opportunity to perform various asanas and immerse oneself in the ancient spiritual practices. Those gathered were then treated to a special post-yoga meal considered to have significant health benefits.

Recognizing the universal appeal of yoga, the United Nations proclaimed 21 June as International Yoga Day. The day aims to raise awareness worldwide of the many benefits of this practice.