Guterres calls for end to racism, discrimination

by IANS |

United Nations, June 14 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for efforts to eliminate racism and discrimination.

"Over the next 100 days and beyond, let us work to safeguard the human rights of all people and build peaceful and inclusive societies," the UN chief said in his message for the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, which falls on September 21 annually.

"Together, we can realise the vision of a world free of racism and racial discrimination."

The UN chief stressed that the world body calls on all people to lay down weapons and reaffirm their commitment to living in harmony with one another every year on September 21, reports Xinhua news agency.

This shared aspiration "is more pressing than ever", said the Secretary-General.

This year's theme for the peace day is "End racism. Build peace".

"Racism poisons societies, normalizes discrimination and spurs violence. We must fight it by countering hate speech, promoting dialogue and addressing the root causes of inequality," Guterres said.

The International Day of Peace, also officially known as World Peace Day, is a UN-sanctioned holiday dedicated to world peace, specifically the absence of war and violence.

It can be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.

The day was first celebrated in 1981 and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people.

Latest News
New Zealand prepares for 2023 national census Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 05:00 PM
Xi Jinping re-emerges in public, quashing unfounded 'coup' rumours Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 04:59 PM
SC pulls up Centre on delay in deciding Balwant Singh's mercy plea Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 04:58 PM
'Ban RSS', demands K'taka Cong; BJP retaliates Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 04:57 PM
Delhi HC grants bail to Chitra Ramkrishna, Anand Subramanian in NSE case Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 04:47 PM
'A normal party worker' Kejriwal on the arrest of Vijay Nair Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 04:45 PM
Prime Minister congratulates Giorgia Meloni for winning Italy polls Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 03:44 PM
Hundreds of jail police personnel go on mass CL in Gujarat Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 03:36 PM
Banning organisations no solution, RSS was banned thrice: Yechury Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 03:22 PM
Livingstone's ankle on the mend but he might be a bit undercooked: Moeen Ali Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 03:12 PM
4.9mn tourists visit Egypt in first 6 months of 2022 Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 03:03 PM
Cattle smuggling case: Sukanya Mondal submits her income details to CBI Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 03:01 PM
Assam Police seize drugs worth Rs 160 cr Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 02:52 PM
PM Modi to take Raj route to reach Gujarat's Amba Mata Mandir Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 02:51 PM
Why right-wing majoritarian outfits not banned, asks Owaisi Wed, Sep 28, 2022, 02:38 PM