UN chief urges commitment to world peace

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres urges member states to commit and pray for world peace, noting that “peace is needed today more than ever.”

Guterres made the call at a religious event at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday to observe a moment of prayer for peace.

The gathering took place at a unique time on the last Friday of Ramadan, as Christians celebrated Passover, Jews marked the end of Passover and Sikhs enjoyed the Vaisakhi Festival.

The ceremony was held in the Visitors Plaza of the United Nations Secretariat, in front of the iconic Knotted Gun sculpture, a symbol of the organization’s commitment to world peace.

“Even the calendar is sending a message of unity.

“Today, in this blessed moment of interfaith renewal, let us lift up our hearts and voices for peace, our guiding star and our most precious goal,” Guterres said.

According to the UN chief, peace is needed today more than ever as war and conflict unleash devastating poverty and famine, forcing tens of millions from their homes.

“The entire planet is fighting climate chaos, and even peaceful countries face huge inequalities and political polarization.

“Let us stand firm in the common faith that join the human family. Let us unite as communities and countries. Let us pray for peace,” he said.


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