The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, urges member states to be committed. They are to pray for global peace because “peace is needed today more than ever before.” Guterres made the call at a religious event at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday. Also, this was to observe a moment of prayer for peace.
Further, the gathering took place at a unique moment in time. It was the last Friday of Ramadan, as Christians celebrated Easter, Jews marked the end of Passover. During this time Sikhs enjoyed the Festival of Vaisakhi.
The ceremony was held at the Visitors Plaza, UN Secretariat, in front of the iconic Knotted Gun sculpture. This is a symbol of the organisation’s commitment to global peace. Today, at this blessed moment of renewal across faiths, let us lift our hearts and voices for peace. It is a guiding star and our most precious goal.
Equally important, the UN chief believes that as long as war and conflicts continue, peace is needed more than ever. Furthermore, the entire planet is battling climate chaos, and even peaceful countries are facing gaping inequalities and political polarization.
“Let us hold firm to the common faith that unites the human family.” We should come together as communities and countries. “Let us pray for peace,” he said.
Lastly, the calendar sends a message of peace and unity among countries.