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Today, 21 September 2014, marks the International Day of Peace that is observed worldwide annually. It is a day of reflection and commemoration of the ideals of peace within and among all people and nations. This year’s celebrations are also underpinned by the 30th year anniversary of the affirmation of ‘The Right of People to Peace’ by the United Nations.

Peace and security are matters of utmost priority for the IGAD region that continues to grapple with a myriad of security challenges. The promotion and maintenance of regional peace and security is also central to IGAD’s mandate as a foundation for the realization of sustainable development and regional integration. IGAD continues to lead regional conflict resolution and peace building efforts as well as the fight against terrorism and violent extremism that currently represent critical security challenges for the region.

As is the norm during this day – and echoing the message passed by the UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon on this occasion, I wish to reiterate the call for a global ceasefire and the laying down of arms by all combatants to allow for a global day of peace and tranquility.

I also wish to echo the invitation by the United Nations to all people everywhere to observe of a minute of silence at noon local time, to honor those killed in conflict and the survivors who live with daily trauma and pain. I thank you.

Issued from New York, 21 September 2014

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